“To Be A Team, You Must Be A Family” - Tillett's

“To Be A Team, You Must Be A Family”

With less than a week to go until The Wedding of The Year, I wanted to catch up with the Tillett Sisters in one of their scarce free moments. We know so much about Mrs T and her role within the company, I thought it was high time we learnt a little more about the Millennials of the business and their aspirations for Tilletts.

We’ll start with the older of the two and the soon to be ‘Mrs Austwick’. When Grace isn’t busy jet setting around the globe on buying trips, she can be found amongst the marketing department creating events and plans for the company. In her down time Grace enjoys spending time with her family on trips away in the Caravan, holidays abroad and attending Clubbercise at the local Gym.

Before joining Tilletts as a Director, Grace built up her resume and sales experience by working for local jewellers ‘In The Pink’.  By beginning her working career at age 17 meant that Grace picked up key skills and invaluable exposure to life in business at an early age. Almost immediately she fell in love with the hustle and bustle of a busy retail environment. It didn’t take long for Grace to realise that she had found her passion and her true calling.

It was whilst working at ‘In The Pink’ that Grace discovered that the shop was coming up for rent due to an unexpected move for the Jewellers. She went home that day and pitched the idea to Mel that they move Tilletts into the premises and make a real go of it. That store just happened to be 17 Seaview Street and the rest as they say, is history.

For Nancy, the move to Director of Tilletts was less smooth. Growing up, Nancy’s main passion was Horse Riding and when she left school the opportunity came up to work at an Event Yard as a Groomer and Yard Supervisor. Perfect! Her days consisted of exercising and grooming the Horses, prepping them for competitions and general yard duties – to put it finely, she was an outdoor girl who was at home in the mud! So, when it was suggested to her that she should come to work in the store, Nancy wasn’t keen. After spending all day, everyday outdoors the idea of standing around in a shop all day did not appeal to her at all. But to her surprise, she found she loved it! The more Tilletts thrived, the more invested Nancy became and before long she was full of enthusiasm for the company and truly excited for the chance to be at the helm.

Between the girls they have both at some point put their hands to every role or task within the company, although some are more favoured than others. Grace is somewhat notorious for avoiding paperwork and emails where possible but if you drag Nancy on a buying trip you better hope you’re not delayed – she doesn’t handle that too well!  *Editor’s Note* I asked both the girls secretly to write down their pet hate task and what they thought the other would say……I can confirm you were both wrong girls! Ha Ha!

However, there is one thing that the girls do both agree on and that is their fondness of the Tilletts customers.

“Working at Tilletts allows us to see all these wonderful ladies wearing our clothes, looking amazing and feeling confident.”

Grace goes on to explain;

If we can help just one lady feel better about herself, then that’s job done for me!”

 Nancy adds;

 “My ultimate dream is to give as many women as possible, in as many countries as possible, the outstanding ‘Tilletts Experience’. I want them to feel as stylish and happy as our current customers do and fill them with the confidence to wear what they love.”

But it hasn’t been an easy journey to reach this point. The Tilletts as a whole have worked incredibly hard to achieve their current success. So, what is it that gave them the drive to keep going when situations got tough? Nancy is naturally a very positive person and often follows the mantra ‘mind over matter’ but she also believes that the world simply isn’t a nice place and there is always someone older or better ready to knock you down. In that situation you have to keep your head strong, don’t deflect and you’ll achieve. Wise words for a mere 23-year-old! Grace however, like myself is a natural worrier and finds comfort in reminding herself that any current concerns that hold no longevity deserve zero attention and any that do can be dealt with, so……..don’t worry! Too true Grace.

These girls are not afraid of hard work and their recent award wins and continuing growth of Tilletts is proof of this. Always the first to give credit to others of their hard work and dedication to Team Tillett, I think it’s important to remember that these girls and their Mum embarked on an adventure several years ago with no idea how it would turn out. A brave and bold move which has resulted in the Tilletts we know today.

So, what next for these fearless fashionistas? Well, only time will tell…….but right now it’s time to get wedding ready and party glam because for one weekend only at Tilletts, there will be just one dress worth talking about!  



Team Tillett xxx


Author: Sheryl Gibson-Hill

  • PAtricia WOodhead says...

    Hi, I have bought things from you in the past and they did not fit .I am a size 20 and could not get into the trousers. Will you be getting some larger sizes? The shoes I bought are great.

    On October 07, 2018
  • Melanie says...

    A lovely right up hope u all have a beautiful day u deserve it all u lady’s work so hard finding these lovely clothes for us ladies hope the weather is on your side too I no all of u will look a million dollars carnt wait to see some pictures just in joy and have a fabulous day xx

    On August 26, 2018
  • Tracey Forster says...

    What a great blog. I loved reading about the girls. It’s great to hear how they came to be apart of tillets. It’s inspiring. Hope the wedding of the year goes to plan and can’t wait to see all the photos and videos of the day. God bless. Xx

    On August 25, 2018
  • Sue Harris says...

    Hope you have a wonderful day. I only found you earlier this year but have regularly ordered from you as well as visiting the shop. I love the fashionable clothes and the colours. I can’t wait to see your Autumn/Winter range. Once again have a brilliant day and many congratulations.

    Best wishes

    On August 25, 2018
  • Sue KIdd says...

    Hope you day is very thing you wish and more. Can’t wait to see your dress Grace , wishing you and your family a amazing day 💞🍾🍸👰🏼

    On August 25, 2018
  • SHARON Mclean says...

    Than you for sharing that with us was very nice to read good luck on the forth coming wedding good luck to the happy couple can not wait to see the photos xxxx

    On August 25, 2018
  • Hayley Date says...

    This is so lovely to read! What a beautiful family unit that you have which I’m sure spills out to include all the members of staff who work with you and are part of Team Tilletts. I’m so grateful to a lovely fellow chronic illness sufferer Jane Webster who introduced me to Tilletts online & on Facebook about a year or so ago and since then I’ve been hooked! Having a medical condition that makes it hard to leave the house can make buying clothes really hard but I was overjoyed when Tilletts went LIVE & you could physically see clothes on the screen! Being able to interact with them was an added bonus too. Their friendly caring nature bounced off the screen & you knew they weren’t trying to con you in any way. Sadly at the beginning of the year I had to leave Facebook for personal reasons so miss all the lives but I do watch them when they’re posted on the website. I just want to say a massive thankyou, especially to Mel, Grace & Nancy who have brought these beautiful, on trend, comfortable & affordable clothes into my life. I’ve lost count how many pairs of joggers I now own!! Keep doing what you’re doing and a big good luck Grace for next weekend. I’m sure you’ll be a very beautiful bride xx

    On August 25, 2018
  • Elaine Salvage says...

    Thank you for this, it is beautiful and very heart felt and warming that we feel part of the Tilletts extended family. No where else would you get the support and encouragement as you do with Tilletts and the VIP page.

    All the staff at great. I’m always asking questions about new products and Donna readily replies.

    I to like others, can’t wait to see pictures of Grace and the whole family at their upcoming wedding.
    All the best to Grace and her husband to be and to all at Tilletts, please keep up the good work.

    On August 25, 2018
  • Marion Davis says...

    Lovely write up – it’s so good to read all these little titbits – makes it feel even more like we’re all part of the big Tilletts family!
    Can’t wait to see some wedding pix Grace – have an utterly fabulous amazing day, each and every one of you. (Especially Grace, of course! :)

    On August 25, 2018
  • VAnesssa JOhnson says...

    Thank you for sharing this with us. Lovely picture of the three of you. We certainly appreciate all your hard work and I luv the lives you can tell you all enjoy your work and it’s very nice as week to be includedd in your wedding plans and news as as VIP member. I hope you have a wonderful wedding day and wish you every happiness lots of luv to all the family Vanessa xxx

    On August 25, 2018
  • Sally Key says...

    Loved reading this blog!! I hope that all of you have a magical day when Grace gets married, you all deserve it!!! Hope the sun is shining and Grace and her husband enjoy many years of happiness together. Thank you for all the lovely clothes, keep up the good work ladies. 😘😘😘😘

    On August 25, 2018
  • Elaine McGivern says...

    Have a fabulous day everyone. It will go so fast so enjoy every minute. Elaine from NI

    On August 25, 2018
  • Susanne Broughton says...

    Best wishes to all the tillettes family , enjoy the wedding , it be one of the most special day ❤️

    On August 25, 2018
  • Brenda McHugh says...

    What a lovely picture of you 3 beauties & the blog is so interesting, I only found you at the beginning of May but must have had about twenty orders, I love your clothes & have always spent a fortune on clothes but with your ever changing stock, ease of ordering & the superb value for money, I don’t know how I managed without you. Hope the wedding goes really well, can’t wait to see the photos.
    Best Wishes
    Brenda McHugh

    On August 25, 2018
  • Sandra Mercer says...

    Have a lovely day enjoy every moment 2of my daughters got married in Naples Florida never forget it and 1daughter in Barbados never forget that it was amazing and my Son was married in Italy all so Amazing so all have an amazing day one you all will treasure for ever . Xx

    On August 25, 2018
  • Marjorie Garfitt says...

    That was really nice to know how Tilletts first started. You all work very hard and as they say hard work pays off. All your staff are wonderful and very helpful.
    Not long now to the big day hope the sunshine s for you and have a fabulous day. All the best.xx

    On August 25, 2018
  • Patricia Faulkner says...

    Wishing you all the best on the big day. Nothing better than a daughter getting married. So lovely to have them close too. Mine lives in Ausrala and I miss her so much but the memories of her wedding in Bahamas will always s be with me. Enjoy have fun guys x

    On August 25, 2018
  • Val Jones says...

    Have a wonderful day, it’s over in a blur my daughter got married 25uears ago I man her dress and five bridesmaids dress. Take tons of photo because you seem to miss so much because your so busy making sure everything went s right. Have a wonderful day everyone. Xx

    On August 25, 2018
  • Val Jones says...

    Have a wonderful day, it’s over in a blur my daughter got married 25uears ago I man her dress and five bridesmaids dress. Take tons of photo because you seem to miss so much because your so busy making sure everything went s right. Have a wonderful day everyone. Xx

    On August 25, 2018
  • Beverley Cowan says...

    hi from belfast, just want to wish everyone all the best for the wedding. relax and enjoy every minute xxx

    On August 25, 2018
  • Valerie MCCarthy says...

    That was lovely Sheryl thank you.
    Wishing Grace and all the family a happy day -.us Tilliters will be praying for the sun to shine on you all.
    All good wishes

    Valerie McCarthy

    On August 25, 2018
  • Kay Bell says...

    What an amazing family and an amazing story . I love love love Tilletts . All the staff are so friendly and helpful . I love the live shows and the vip tilletts to . It must be a very happy place to work with family to . Keep up the good work all the wonderful clothing . Have a wonderful wedding day . Thank you Tilletts for my lovely clothing .
    All the best. Kay bell xxx

    On August 25, 2018
  • Jane Collins says...

    What a fantastic team and a lovely family! My friends and family live our visits to Tilletts when we are in Cleethorpes or Louth. All the best for your wedding day and a lifetime of happiness together. Your philosophy atTilletts is great, keep it up!
    Best wishes,
    Jane Collins xxx.

    On August 25, 2018

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