One thing that has been really important to me for a while is seeing local, small, artisan businesses triumph. When we lived in Kent in a seaside town it was a struggle for smaller businesses to keep going when the larger brands were muscling in.
Moving to Keswick, a bustling little Lakes town with tourists bringing the trade most of the year it is great to see many small business owners doing well. However this is contributed to by everyone working together in the area to boost each other.
In opening our B&B I looked at many suppliers for many things, but one stood out from the early planning days as someone I wanted to work with. Their products stand for themselves, being ethically sound, paraben free, UK made, never ever ever animal tested, not only do you feel good buying them but when you use them their fragrances send you to heaven they smell so delicious!
As if this wasn’t enough to get you looking them up in droves they support people with disabilities and disadvantages. Over 70% of their workforce are locally based disabled or disadvantaged people, with The Soap Co. as their springboard to success.
That my friend is why at Underhill Guest House is stocking The Soap Co. toiletries and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Its been tough, taken longer and cost more than we planned but we are almost there and I can’t wait.
Its the 11th of April 2017 and we may open for business before the end of May. The property needed fully rewired and we took the opportunity to replace the fire system for an upgrade. The electricians from Lewis Contracting have been great and the work is flying along.
Vanessa and I are heading up this weekend to crack on with some redecorating and gardening. In favor of a fresh start we have changed the name to Underhill Guest House (let me know what you think) and I am currently busy drawing logos for business cards and signs.
Perhaps stubbornly we have opted to have a go at the website ourselves instead of paying a professional. Yes we may have already regretted this several times but Vanessa and I really want to maintain an informal, personal approach to the business, so hopefully it’ll be worth it.
Right, back off to B&Q for more supplies, hopefully see you here soon.