Mum hopes her book business will be a winner

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A Newmarket mum is keeping her fingers crossed that her business will be a winner.

Natasha Monks-Johnston started selling Usborne children’s books when she noticed that her three-year-old son Oliver had taken such a shine to them.

Now she has gone into a competition organised by the Grafton shopping centre in Cambridge, with a top prize worth around £2,000.

Natasha, of Noel Murless Drive, works four days a week as an advertising and public relations manager, but fits her book-selling business in around the rest of her work.

She runs Little Acorns Bookshop through her website ( and by selling at fairs and events.

“I wanted something to do as a hobby, but it took off more than I anticipated,” she said.

“Within five weeks I had six people working for me and I am really enjoying it.”

She has also raised £510 to buy books for the Rainbow ward at the West Suffolk Hospital at Bury St Edmunds, and hopes others will donate through her Facebook page.

The competition is run via Mumpreneur Market, an event that helps mums develop their home businesses. Selected mums are set to trade at the event on May 29-31 at the Grafton Centre and will be competing for the opportunity to trade there on a retail stand for one month. They must prove their entrepreneurial skills via active online marketing and trading at the event.

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