Candlemaker Wins Blenheim’s Start-up Business Award

A candlemaker from Long Wittenham has won Blenheim’s annual business start-up competition.

The competition is open to any business, which is less than two years old or has fewer than five employees, is based within 20 miles of Blenheim, and can provide something which can be sold in our shops or cafes.

Molly Stevenson launched Littlemore Candle Company in 2018. She started out making candles as gifts for friends and family but, with the support of her mum Yvonne, Molly decided to switch from hobbyist to entrepreneur and has gone on to forge a successful brand from a favourite pastime.

“Knowing there are many different brands choose from when it comes to buying a candle, I wanted to create candles that stood out from the competition, both in terms of the unique finished products and the ethical and sustainable production processes used to make them,” she said.

A total of 25 local entrepreneurs entered the competition with six being shortlisted as finalists.

In addition to Littlemore Candles, the other finalists were Fineline Arts Oxford, Love Rustic, Liz Corley Art, Raised Spirit and The Herberowe Candle Co.

We launched the start-up scheme in 2018 in a bid to support and mentor locally-based firms.

“We’re delighted for Molly and excited to have the opportunity to work with her over the coming year,” said Judy Bendall, our Head of Retail.

“This has been an incredibly difficult time for businesses and we have been particularly impressed with the high standard of applicants for this year’s award and the way they have each had to battle through adversity to achieve their goals.

“Blenheim remains committed to providing local start-up businesses with support and a busy marketplace to showcase their products,” she added.

As part of our strategic goals we have committed to trebling our economic contribution to the local community within 10 years.