Rotherham-based Kirsty Glover, the owner of ThePouring House, has been awarded £10K worth of business start up support from young Yorkshire millionaire, Nicky Story.
Based in Aston, Kirsty’s business which creates luxury soy wax melts, was born in lockdown whilst she was furloughed.
Initially starting as a hobby selling to family and friends, the business has now broken into the wider market, something she didn’t anticipate having originally established it simply as a distraction from Covid, and a release from dealing with her health challenges, as she is currently in remission from cancer.
Nicky Story, 29, from Mexborough, is the CEO of SuppliesFor Candles and The Soap Kitchen – online suppliers of candle and soap making ingredients to a growing craft industry. £10K is the value of what it had cost him to set up his business five years ago from his garage, and he is now is the owner of two multi-million-pound businesses.
Nicky said: “2020 has been a really hard year for a lot of people and I wanted to do my bit to help. So, I decided to do a £10K giveaway to help others build their business.
“We received hundreds of applications and it was so difficult to choose one winner, but Kirsty’s story in particular stood out from the crowd. I know how hard it is to get a business off the ground and have failed before I succeeded – but I also know how empowering it is to be the master of your own ship. I can’t wait to continue to support her in 2021.”
Run from her kitchen at home, Kirsty told us that she can’t wait to work with Nicky on this amazing venture as she has seen how he has built his own business and she would love to follow in his footsteps.
Kirsty said: “I’m still in shock – stuff like this doesn’t happen to people like me and it’s just going to be life changing. This started as a way to keep busy and it got a bit bigger than we expected. I can’t explain to you what it means.”
Kirsty’s £10K prize includes website update and bespoke branding package, £5,000 worth of start-up stock, a brand new laptop, label printer and camera, dedicated one-to-one business mentoring session with Nicky and a business start-up plan.