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Candle-maker unlocks scent-sational growth

A bespoke candle maker has been able to accelerate the growth of her business and take on new premises after Business Gateway helped the team secure funding through the Business Gateway Local Growth Accelerator Programme.

About the business

Founded in 2019 by Hazel MacCormick, Lismore Luminations is a business based on the Isle of Lismore that designs and manufactures soy candles and ancillary products with unique scents inspired by the magnificent local scenery.

Before working with Business Gateway, I would never have imagined I could turn my hobby into a growing business. With their support, I have been able to access funding, expand into new premises and create a successful brand.

How Business Gateway has helped

As well as providing support from a business adviser, Business Gateway signposted Hazel to funding opportunities and help her access a growth grant from the Local Growth Accelerator Programme. Using this grant, Hazel was able to expand production from her kitchen to larger premises, with the aim to provide further employment opportunities on the island long term.

Through Business Gateway, Hazel was also able to access a range of services including 1:1 support, advice on her business plan and two days of marketing support to help identify potential markets for her business to target which helped expand her customer base across mainland Scotland and the UK.

Hazel said: “Before working with Business Gateway I would never have imagined I could turn my hobby into a growing business. With their support, I have been able to access funding, expand into new premises and create a successful brand that I hope will bring jobs to the local community in the future.”

Angela Vernel, business advisers for Business Gateway, said: “The Argyll and Bute Local Growth Accelerator Programme has been highly effective in facilitating the growth of Lismore Luminations, and it’s fantastic to see how Hazel has had the confidence to build her brand, develop new products and expand.”

“We know that throughout this pandemic, people have been taking time to evaluate what they want to do with their careers. Hazel’s story shows that it’s possible to take your hobby and make it into a thriving business, especially if you reach out and access the range of support available.”

Support Provided

1:1 Business Advice

Advice on Funding

Advice on Marketing

Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Local Growth Accelerator Support

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