About us (me). Where it all started.
This crazy candle making business started around 2010. I say crazy because anyone starting a new business from scratch has to be a little coo coo. There are a lot of hurdles and hoops you have to jump through and it takes a lot of hard work obviously, patience, a lot of support and the love of what you do.
Once I qualified I began making and selling Essential Touch Candles and natural body care products on Bescot Market in Walsall every Sunday. I also held stalls in Halesowen, Kidderminster and Wolverhampton Market. I also attended several craft fairs events. After several months of dealing with unpredictable weather conditions, it was time relocate to somewhere undercover and where it was warm and protected from the elements and where there was a larger footfall.
So at the end of January 2011 my hubby and I approach Westfield Shopping Centre in Merry Hill, West Midlands and was successful in securing a retail position in the mall. After a year of trading in the mall and having to employ staff to man the kiosk, I had a bespoke kiosk made and continued selling Essential Touch Candles and various other products. This is where the crazy comes in. Did I forget to mention, I continued to practise as a front-line Social Worker and also worked on the kiosk in the evenings and weekends. As the business grew I had to employ more sales assistant to cover the hours that I could not do.
In April 2012 I handed in my noticed at my social work position so she could fully commit to my candle making business. The natural progression was to take my candles to a wider audience at the Autumn Fair International Trade Show in 2013 where Essential Touch Candles was launched. I have continued to nurture and evolve my business cooking candles which is crafted by hand from start to finish.
Thanks for taking the time to know my business.
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