Meet The Maker: Oli

Our blog is full of our candles, our inspirations and our show schedules but we realise we never really talk about ourselves (and rightly so – we wouldn’t want to bore you)! We thought though that it was about time we introduced the people behind the candles, so we’ll start with a quick Q&A with Oli!

1. What were you doing before you started the Home County Candle Co.?

My background is in sales management and just before we started the business I was working in certification and compliance – a clear route into candle making obviously!

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2. When you’re not making candles what are you doing?

Playing as much golf as Hannah will possibly allow! I’m a member at Stocks Golf Club in Aldbury and play on the scratch team, so if I’m not exhibiting at weekends you can find me there. Or at the pub actually…

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3. What is your favourite Home County Candle Co. product and why?

That’s a tough one! Has to be the Hampshire reed diffuser though - it’s what we’ve got going in our living room at the moment and I can really smell it every time I walk in the house. I’ve also got to plug The Bedfordshire as I grew up there – got to represent!

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4. what is your best and worst part of the candle making process?

In general I really enjoy the whole making process - I get the radio on and then I don’t mind being in the studio all day!

The worst part for me up until now though has to be gold leafing the labels. I basically have to cut out tiny thin strips of gold foil to add to the labels and put them through a machine which is similar to a laminator. It’s by far the most frustrating and time-intensive process but I’m happy to say we’ve just received a huge batch of new labels which take this off my hands - watch this space!

5. what is the best and worst thing about running your own business?

The best thing has to be all the time to play golf! Just kidding – I love the feeling that growing the business and being successful is in my hands, that really motivates me. I’ve got big plans for the business and know that the harder I work the more successful we’ll be.

The worst thing…There are definitely stresses and pressures that come with working for yourself, but it’s all part of the challenge which I thrive on.

Hannah Spinks