A FORMER tax adviser who was made redundant three years ago has turned her love of gifts into a business.

Tammi Norman, of Seaton, has opened a shop in Cockermouth and is delighted with the reception she has received - from fellow traders and customers.

Gifts by Tammi is in Old Kings Arms Lane, off Main Street.

"I love buying and giving presents, it's something I enjoy far more than buying for myself.

"Putting my passion into a business has been my dream," said Tammi.

"I sell gifts for all occasions and pride myself on sourcing unique products."

Tammi worked at the HMRC office in Lilyhall for nine years.

"I thought that was was my job for life then.

"When it closed in 2018, I was made redundant," she said.

"I was on maternity leave and kind of climbing the walls as I like to be busy.

"I started making things as a hobby, had a little stall and would go round craft fairs and shows.

"Then I rented a space in Dunmail Park Shopping Centre.

"Unfortunately due to Covid this all came to a stop in March 2020 and I had to move my business to working from home."

She was offering her products online but missed going out to work.

"I did that for 12 months then got a part time job in a Workington bakery," said Tammi.

"But I kept thinking about my gift business and wanted to get back to it.

"I saw the shop in Cockermouth and then it all happened really fast."

The shop was previously used by a florist

"It was quite exciting, nice to be able to display all my products again," said Tammi.

"I'd like to think there is something for everyone.

"I also offer a personalisation service and have a fabulous range of pocket money items."

Tammi can personalise baubles and plaques.

Popits, fidget toys made out of rubber and originally aimed at autistic kids, appear to be the latest craze when it comes to pocket money items.

Gonks, which people like to collect and use as decorations, are also proving popular at the moment.

"We're approaching Halloween so there are lots of decorations and accessories," she said.

Tammi is married to Richard, who works at Sellafield, and has two children, Oliver, nine, and Emily, six. She is delighted with her new shop, which is open Monday to Saturday.

"I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support from the local community.

"It's a lovely lane in the town."