A Yorkshire candle supplies business has employed 35 new staff during the pandemic and invested £150,000 as sales surged during lockdown and have continued to do so since.
Established in 2016, Supplies for Candles is an online supplier of candle and soap making ingredients to a rapidly growing craft industry.
The acquisition of the Devon-based Soap Kitchen in April, a £3.5 million supplier of cosmetic soap ingredients, has cemented the company as a market leader in distribution of both candle and soap making supplies in the UK and Europe.
Founder and Managing Director Nicky Story says that year on year sales are up 169% and the company has recruited 35 new staff including a new warehouse manager, brand development manager, customer service manager, two marketing assistants, two customer service team members and warehouse staff to cope with demand.
There have also been a number of internal promotions within the business, and a £150,000 investment in a new mezzanine, equipment and offices to create additional space and improve productivity to support the recent growth.
“An increase of internet activity and working from home resulted in an increase of sales for us. By growing our marketing team and efforts, we have thrived during these uncertain times,” he said.
“In order to keep our staff safe, we have moved from eight-hour days to two shift 16 hour days to accommodate the extra business and team members and to make sure we could create a safe, socially distanced working environment for everyone.”
He added the business is continuing to look ahead to further growth.