Ann Granger of Little Aussie Monster has been named as a finalist for the 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards in three categories: Regional Business, Retail Business and Sustainability.
The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The Women’s Business School celebrate and recognise Australian mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.
Ann Granger has been named thanks to her work as founder of Little Aussie Monster & Eco Incontinence, one of Australia’s largest cloth nappy retail stores, stocking more than 200 different colours and patterns of baby nappies right here in Cairns.
The company also stocks a wide selection of cloth training pants, cloth toddler nappies, incontinence support products and much more. Little Aussie Monster and Eco Incontinence are online stores and a brick-and-mortar shop located opposite Stockland Earlville on Mulgrave Road.
The store was started out of a need for more affordable and accessible cloth nappies in Cairns. When her first son was born, Ann started using cloth nappies, but found the ones available locally were out of the family budget, and there weren’t many options available. Her Little Aussie Monster son was the inspiration to start the business, and as the business grows she said her two sons are the reason she continues. Ann said she wants her sons to see what can be achieved with persistence and a drive to improve the world.
Ann said she is delighted to be named as a finalist for the national awards.
“Increasing the number of baby cloth nappies we now sell, I sold 500 in my first year of business. In the last 12 months we have sold approximately 15,000 baby cloth nappies. If each of these nappies is used every second day, this has saved 2,737500 (nearly 3 million!) disposable nappies from landfill in just 1 year.
“I love the lessons that my children are now learning from me, including work ethics, leadership styles, money skills, life skills and resilience.”
Ann said it can be challenging to be a successful businesswoman while raising a family, but has some important advice for others who are thinking about starting their own enterprise.
“Plans change; don’t get caught up worrying about one plan that didn’t happen. Concentrate on the new plans or pathways that open instead.”
The winners of the 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at an online event in September. For more information on the awards go to www.ausmumpreneur.com.