In the Hot Seat, is our new business feature, getting to know successful business professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries across Huddersfield. In the Hot Seat this time is Teb Moema of Slaithwaite based Moema Floral Design.
What was your first job?
I was a TV extra on Grange Hill! Missing days off school was so much fun.
What does your company do, and how does your role support the company goal?
At Moema Floral Design we focus on creating unique and bold designs for weddings, corporate events & brand partnerships, group flower crown and wreath workshops; with seasonal flowers and foliage. We style and support companies and engaged couples to ensure their events look and feel luxurious and special. I set up this business myself in 2020.
If you weren’t in your current position, where would you be?
I would be a still in the design world, most probably an interior designer as I have always loved texture and colour and love how a room makes us feel.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Early bird with an insomnia problem so I am generally catching up on sleep whenever my body lets me!
What behaviour or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?
I have an (at times an unhelpful) ability to not be phased by achieving anything, so I take a DIY approach to everything. If I can’t get what I need off the shelf or within budget, I learn to do it myself. When I was 23 I got so frustrated with not being able to get a good “American style” manicure that I enrolled on a course and got my GNVQ as a manicure/pedicurist.
This is helpful as a floral designer and small business owner as I have been able to respond to demand and scale-up whilst right reacting to my client’s desires and market trends.
What is your proudest achievement (personal or work-related)?
My friends – I have such great friends, some from when I was in primary school and some from right up until a few months ago. They are my constant and always hold an honest mirror up to me. It takes a lot of work to keep real honest friendships going across the globe, but we reciprocally invest in them, and they stand the test of time.
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
I would be able to fly and sleep at will! It would be great to feel like a bird for the day, or even better…batman.
What is your top tip for success in business/career?
Take help from the expertise around you, as you can’t do it all. Listening to those around me who are steps ahead of me has set me in great stead, whether its brand, PR or operations. I am always so open to taking advice from those who have succeeded or failed and shared their learnings in a space where I want to succeed.
If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
Web development/graphic design – as someone in the creative industries, how I am represented online is so important to me. The technical side of e-commerce and web presence is something that takes me a while to get to grips with.
What’s your most-used emoji?
👏🏾 I am always being someone’s cheerleader!
What are your hopes for the future of Huddersfield (say, 10 years from now)?
To really leverage the history and community that this town has to offer. The resurgence of independent shops and small local businesses that are focused on enhancing their local communities such as Om is where the heart is in Slaithwaite, Empire House and Bolster Moor Farm Shop. They do so much more than just provide goods or services. They celebrate their Yorkshire Heritage and all things British, whilst being open and inclusive to all people (not just pounds). I am a big fan and would love town and the more central parts of Huddersfield to get back some of this charm.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
As a child I was a stage school kid and performed at the Royal Variety Performance for the Queen. I was in an ensemble in a classical and modern ballet piece.
If you were to host a dinner party with three influential people (alive or deceased) who would you have dinner with and why?
Kim Kardashian, Tory Burch and Reese Witherspoon all for the same reason. They are the queens of reinvention and have built a business empire that is authentic and resonates with themselves. Plus they all do it with a smile.
Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?
Amandine Ohayon who was GM of YSL Beauty when I worked there. She was the perfect balance of leadership, detail and elegance.
What would you do if you won the Lottery?
Buy a Hacienda in Mexico and set it up as a destination for weddings and retreats – sip Mezcal and live my best life flowering it up in Mexico.
I’d also really invest in my business to build the brand that I want.