A Buxton businesswoman whose children inspired her to start making natural soaps has been recognised by Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis.
Jane Malcolm established Coconut Blush 11 years ago as her children suffered from eczema and she wanted to use natural products on them but struggled to find many in the shops and supermarkets.
Since then, the business which she runs from her home has gone from strength to strength, and after tweeting Theo Paphitis during his regular Small Business Sunday event on Twitter, she was selected as one of six businesses to be retweeted by him.
She now joins a small group of businesses who have been recognised by Theo, owner of stationery chain Ryman, homeware specialist Robert Dyas and lingerie retailer Boux Avenue. Every Sunday small businesses are encouraged to tweet Theo between 5pm and 6.30pm using the hashtag #SBS and he then chooses six favourites.
She said: “To win this award was incredible. I think I ran around screaming for about half an hour!
“There are so many superb small businesses out there, and to be recognised by Theo Paphitis for the work I do is very important to me.
“To be selected for an #SBS win has many perks, including registration of a profile on the #SBS website, access to media coverage and networking with the possibility of a raised profile and increase of sales.”
Jane, whose tweet to Theo was ‘frantic mother trades eczema for a home grown natural skin-care business!’, now hopes to meet him at the annual #SBS event next year.
There are so many superb small businesses out there, and to be recognised by Theo Paphitis for the work I do is very important to me.Jane Malcolm, of Coconut Blush