We met school friends Farah Kabir and Sarah Welsh, the creators of HANX, a new stylish range of male condoms 'by women, for women'. These women have massive ambitions to shake off the taboos that run riot around sexual health and we're loving it.
1. What's the biggest lesson you've learnt from starting up?
Definitely patience. We've been eager since the beginning to get the job done but we've learnt that everything takes time. We've also realised how important our network is. We've called on everyone we know and they've all helped to make Hanx a reality.
2. What's the one piece of business advice you wish you'd been given?
Everything takes a bit longer than you expect. When we first launched we thought we’d have it up and running within six months. People around us told us not to put pressure on ourselves to expect so much so soon. We could have listened to them!
3. Was there ever a point when you wanted to give up?
Never. It took us eighteen months from determining the concept to launch and it has been far from a smooth journey but we've never wanted to give up. We're passionate about breaking taboos around sexual health and we believe in our vision, which keeps us going. It tests us and challenges us but we're determined to make it work. We're really pleased with the end result.
4. What's been the biggest milestone for the business so far?
Launching HANX and seeing it gain traction organically.
5. Has it lived up to your expectations?
Sarah: I can't say I had any. I wanted to be my own boss, make a change and work with my best friend. Those things have been fulfilling and I am enjoying learning so much every day.
6. Who is your inspiration?
Anyone who is changing behaviours and breaking taboos. We're passionate about promoting positive sexual health and want to empower women to take control. Anyone who is challenging perceptions inspires us.
7. What keeps you motivated?
Knowing we're making a positive impact. The fact that we're creating a product that is compelling to many and building a movement is extremely rewarding.
8. What business or brand do you look up to?
We look up to so many businesses in the startup space. Huckletree is one that's creating a unique community. It's the sustainable businesses that are breaking barriers that we admire.
9. If you weren't doing this, you would be....
Sarah: I guess I would be continuing full-time work as a doctor!