Kitchen table idea turned into £3m-turnover business Merci Maman has been rewarded by The Queen for its achievements in international trade.
It was announced earlier this year that the personalised jewellery company had been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, and yesterday (July 11) the founder, Béatrice de Montille, a London mum who launched the brand from her kitchen table, and her husband Arnaud de Montille, officially received the award from The Queen at a Buckingham Palace Reception.
Merci Maman was honoured in the awards’ international trade category for its international growth having increased its overseas earnings, which now account for a third of their £3m turnover. In 2016 they opened an atelier in Paris and there are plans to expand further into Europe.
Company founder, Béatrice de Montille, comments: “ We had the privilege to meet Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace and tell her about our Merci Maman journey.
We were so touched by how much time she spent with us and her interest in our story. It was such a memorable evening! Meeting Her Majesty The Queen comes as an amazing 10th year anniversary gift, a milestone that the business will be celebrating in October this year.”
Merci Maman has been shortlisted for the Professional Jeweller Awards in the online-only jewellery retailer category.