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Sian Thomas

Lingerie retailer for the fuller figure launched in a former chapel

After a career working in sales as an account manager in the corporate world, Sian Thomas has made an astonishing career change that will set hearts racing – selling sexy lingerie to larger women.

And in a move that would make John Welsey blush, the 37-year-old has launched her online business – Plus Size Pleasures – from a former methodist chapel at Hullavington, between Chippenham and Malmesbury. 

“After being made redundant from my previous job, several people suggested I start my own business,” said Sian. 

“My husband Ross felt I should take a look at the sector of lingerie and the ‘secret life of the bedroom’. I did my research and I’m now in business. 

“Some people may think why on earth have I chosen this particular sector?

“I believe there’s nothing wrong with a little ‘theatre in the bedroom’ and my research has shown that larger women can feel very excluded from lingerie outlets which often cater for people of a smaller size. Or they find the choice of products is very limited if you are over a size 14.

“Everyone has the right to feel sexy, and have an interesting intimate relationship regardless of their age or body shape.”

Sian, who has worked for companies including oil giant Shell, has used her account management, negotiation, sales and IT skills to build an e-commerce site, which she hopes will set her company apart from others.

She’s formed partnerships with lingerie brands including Elegant Moments, Seven Til Midnight & Shirley of Hollywood with products ranging from quality to luxury, to suit most budgets.

Customers could buy a sexy costume ensemble, a form-flattering corset or bustier, or a cute teddy or camisole. There’s even something racier to appeal to most tastes.

“Some sites which deal in lingerie and adult items can appear very amateur and provide very little additional information about sizing and how to care for your purchases.

“I’ve worked hard to produce a site which is informative, gives precise sizing information according to each brand and even helps men when choosing underwear as a gift for their partner.”

Married to Ross for 14 years, Sian is upfront about interesting ways to keep a relationship from becoming stale or mundane.

“There’s nothing wrong with a little burlesque or boudoir fun in the privacy of your own home. I’m not ashamed to say that my relationship with my husband is a healthy one intimately.”

Sian’s new business can be found at, with a Business Biscuit warning that the site contains adult content.