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Small Businesses in Kent – July Edition

insideKENT’s Jess Marshall gets to know some of Kent’s inspiring small business owners

 

Macie Stenning – Macie Cakes

Fudgy brownies, deep-filled cookie pies, cheesecakes and cookie dough are just some of the delightful bakes Macie Cakes is known for in 2022. But business life started for Macie Stenning rather unwittingly when she made a Christmas cheesecake that her family and friends went wild for. It seemed at that moment that she had found what she was meant to do, and after starting Macie Cakes on somewhat of a whim, she received 30 orders in two weeks and there could no longer be any doubt; she had found her calling. After the excitement of winning Confectionary Product of the Year at the Taste of Kent Awards in May for her salted caramel millionaire shortbread, Macie is using the rest of 2022 to focus on market pop-ups, bringing her incredible products directly to her customers, some of which travel hundreds of miles just to get a bite of her bakes! We asked the young business owner if she could tell us a few of her tips and tricks to success and she kindly obliged: “I would say go for it and fully submerge yourself in your passion. Don’t compare yourself to others and be your own competition.”

 

Website: www.maciecakes.co.uk

Instagram: @maciecakesofficial

Facebook: Macie Cakess 

 

Donna Edwards – Fox & Bloom

Donna Edwards was once a full-time teacher and mum looking to broaden her horizons and possibly make the jump into becoming a business owner. It was only after a fateful trip to visit a candle-making cousin that the idea sparked to try making nourishing soaps that were good for the body and soul. After some experimentation, Donna’s small collection turned into a full skincare line: Fox & Bloom, whose niche could not be clearer – products that are natural and sustainable, using only the best ingredients found, where possible, from the Garden of England itself. “I source many of my ingredients locally, including honey, goats’ milk, aloe vera, cucumber and other botanicals.” Now very much a part of the small business community in Kent, Donna has seen first hand how people come together to help and support one another and urges anyone looking to start a small business to take advantage of the wonderful community of people willing to give help and advice to anyone just starting out. With business booming, Fox & Bloom has plans to expand even further, and with a luscious whipped body butter and beard oil in the works, Donna and her business are levelling-up every step of the way.

Socials

Website: www.foxandbloom.co.uk

Instagram: @fox_and_bloom_soap_co

Facebook: Fox and Bloom

 

Laura Roberts – Laura’s Larder

Laura Roberts‘ business story starts over 20 years ago when she fell in love with the local village deli while on holiday in Norfolk. But it was only after her brother’s diagnosis of leukaemia in 2017 that Laura started to question her work in media and technology. Was this really her passion and the life she wanted for herself? The answer was a resounding ‘no’, and just three years later Laura’s Larder was up and running, selling artisanal British products as well as some staple European items and curated especially for the foodies among us by Laura and her team. Luckily, despite some initial pandemic-related struggles, Laura’s Larder was made of strong stuff and emerged from the depths of Covid with new life breathed into it. With two decades of passion behind her, it’s clear that Laura loves what she does: “I love everything about my job,” she says. “I’m so much more rewarded than any previous job I’ve ever had!” As a final thought, Laura let us in on her four secrets to small business success. “Firstly, prepare for change; secondly, never forget the brand; thirdly, don’t underestimate the power of social media; and finally, invest in staff.”

Website: www.lauraslarder.co.uk

Insta: @lauraslarder

Facebook: Lauras Larder General Store

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