Thank you Clapham and Brixton for helping our candle company
First of all, I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone in Clapham and Brixton who have bought one of our candles in the past few weeks. As possibly the only candle company in Clapham and Brixton, I realise there may not be a ton of alternative options available, but still, a big heartfelt thank you.
When we launched our little candle company in Clapham, it was the local independent businesses who supported us and helped us craft our candles from a misadventured “designed for men” concept (sorry – to everyone) into the lovely candles we have now. Our friends at Tart, Clapham Books, and Birksen flowers were the first retailers to stock our candles, sell them to their customers and gave us constant feedback to help us improve. James Pendleton then took us under their wing, and thanks to Lucy and Angel Zara, our Batch Ones became a gift for each and every house buyer through their estate agents. Without Clapham, there would have been no Batch One.
We would not have survived the first few months without the constant support that our Clapham Independent businesses gave us. And now more than ever, it’s so important to continue that help. We have had a surge of local sales, emails and texts checking in on us, and companies such as BrixtonLocal.Life who opened up with the sole aim to support local businesses in the area when Covid broke out.
So what can you do to support local businesses in Clapham and Brixton? Some tips from us.
Buy local. If in doubt, call or email to check if we are open. Independents will more-often-than-not try to help you out.
Spread the word. Nothing helps a small business like word-of-mouth referrals, recommendations, telling your friends or a shout-out on line. Google and Facebook reviews all help us to grow, as do tagging your swag on Instagram and Facebook.
Check in. This is one of the most stressful times for a small businesses to navigate, and many are on the breadline; a simple ‘how are you doing’ costs little but means everything.
Be patient. We are all trying to be creative while battling compromised supply chains, late deliveries, and late patients. We are doing our best!
Give feedback. Giving the us your thoughts on the good, the bad and ideas is immeasurably helpful. Don’t be shy!
Spread the love. Buy gift cards. Pay it forward. Buy something for your neighbour. It all helps.
Once again, thank you everyone for your continued support, patience, and encouragement; it’s meant everything!
Paul and the team