Mixing work and family is Kydz' play

Mixing work and family is Kydz' play

Some say it is a bad idea to work in the same office as one's spouse. Some couples, however, prove a husband-and-wife team can run a successful business and still have fun in the process. Yasmine Yahya speaks to the couple behind Kydz International to find out how they make it work.

AFTER having each climbed the corporate ladder, Madam Carrie Chan, 48, and Mr Gary Seow, 53, knew that they had had enough and decided it was time to strike out on their own, together.

In 2005, after having been married for 11 years, the couple founded Kydz International, a distributor and maker of educational toys for young children.

Neither of them had any background in childcare products or toy distribution - Mr Seow was a logistics manager, while Madam Chan worked in a trading firm.

This did not deter them. Madam Chan quit her job, took a diploma course in early childhood education, and the firm was born.

The idea behind the company was inspired by their two children - a son, 14, and a daughter, 12.

"When I was shopping for toys, I realised there was no one- stop shop that sold different kinds of toys all in one place, so I felt that this was a gap we could fill," said Madam Chan.

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