The shortlist for the North West FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 has been announced and Wirral based Owen Drew Luxury Candles is amongst those nominated for the Start-Up Business of the Year category.
Owen Drew Luxury Candles was created in 2016 after noticing the damage mass-produced candles were doing to his own home, Company Director, Drew Cockton, decided that the fragrance could and should be better. Since then the company has continued to boom with products now stocked in nearly 20 outlets nationwide.
Each and every candle is hand-poured by Drew and his small team before being left to set for 72 hours. The candles are then inspected and polished before being carefully packaged to preserve the candle's precious scent.
Fifty small firms from across the North West have been shortlisted for one of the 12 awards including Family Business of the Year, Green Business of the Year, and Best Start-up Business. The winners from each category will automatically go through to the FSB’s UK national business awards in May.
Drew Cockton said, “It is a real thrill to have made the awards shortlist as running a new, small business is tough, so it is fantastic to see that the judges have recognised the creative work which we do and that we always go the extra mile on a regular basis to enhance the customer experience. We hope to be leaving with the Start-Up Business of the Year award on the day but we are equally delighted that business has been acknowledged in making a very shortlist.”
The North West area finals of the national FSB contest will be held in March and will celebrate the achievements of small businesses that play such a vital part in making the North West region such a vibrant area to live, work and invest.
The success of Owen Drew Luxury Candles was congratulated by Paula Basnett, CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, who said, “We are delighted that one of our members, Owen Drew Luxury Candles, has been nominated for this prestigious award. The small business sector is at the very heart of our future economic growth so we were very happy to offer our business support as Owen Drew Luxury Candles has evolved and grown. We wish the business every success in becoming the FSB Start-Up Business of the Year award winner in May.”
Simon Edmondson, FSB North West Regional Chairman, said, “The sheer scale and diversity of the entrants who have taken part in our awards is a real testimony to the vibrancy of the business community here in the North West.
He added, “There is no doubt that this is an area full of fantastic small firms and a rich culture of entrepreneurship, so it’ll be great to crown many of them with a trophy in March. I am particularly looking forward to seeing the cream of the crop then take on the rest of the country at our national finals in London.”
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Tickets for the North West Final held at the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa on March 21st can be purchased by registering at https://fsbawards.co.uk/entry/north-west