From honesty box to big name store

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Lismore candlemaker Hazel MacCormick is taking part in this year’s Great British Exchange trade event heading for Glasgow this summer.

Hazel will be taking her Lismore Luminations soy candles and other scented goods she makes on the island to the city to run a pop-up stall at high-end department store John Lewis in  the week starting August 16.

‘When I heard about the  Great British exchange I thought it was too good an opportunity not to try,’ she said.

‘I contacted them to see if I could run one of their pop-up stores.

‘The Great British exchange looks over your brand and products and then pitches it to John Lewis on your behalf.

‘John Lewis liked my brand so agreed that I could have a stall. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me,’ said Hazel, who started selling her candles from an honesty box at the end of her road on the isalnd.

‘When I started out three years ago I never dreamt that one day I would be in one of the major department stores in Glasgow and my candles selling in more than 20 shops all over Scotland,’ she added.

The Great British Exchange was set up in 2014 to support British businesses and revolutionise how retailers source and buy products.