The founder of personalised hand-engraved jewellery Merci Maman has been honoured by being named in the 2018 Timewise Power 50 awards.

Béatrice de Montille, who is being represented in the Power Founder category for small business founders who have used their start-up status to work flexibly, told the story of Merci Maman and her own personal experience of managing a growing company alongside a growing family.

Timewise Power 50 is an annual celebration of the UK’s flexible working stars. The award aims to shift opinion about flexible working.


After having her second child in 2007, the company’s founder was looking for flexibility to balance her work and family life but unfortunately larger corporations were not able to offer this to her at the time.

Montille spotted a gap in the market and decided to create a UK-based platform that would ship stylish personalised jewellery worldwide and founded the company Merci Maman from her kitchen table ten years ago.

The entrepreneur is now a mum of four and her award-winning company employees 30 people between their London, Paris and soon Berlin studios.

De Montille and Merci Maman have been recognised for a number of awards, including, The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2017, Best Small e-Commerce Company 2017 and nominated as a finalist in the Professional Jeweller Awards 2017.