A 38-year-old mum from Manchester has her sights set on taking over the letterbox gift industry with her new business Olive and Bloom.
Entrepreneur, Gemma Robinson, started making soaps to sell at craft fairs but soon expanded into making beautiful gift boxes full of natural, luxurious products; and the best thing is that they can be delivered straight through the letterbox!
“I’m aware that today’s busy lifestyles mean that people don’t have time to wait in for deliveries or go to the post office to collect items they’ve missed,” says Gemma.
“I wanted to create luxurious products that would be a joy to receive, without any inconvenience.”
Gemma spent months coming up with the product formulations and making sure all the ingredients were natural, organic and ethically sourced. “People are a lot more aware of what goes into their products these days,” she says. “They don’t want goods that are artificial and full of chemicals.”
She was also meticulous about the packaging and branding. “I’ve been very hands-on with design,” says Gemma. “I wanted something that looked and felt really special as a big part of the gift experience is opening the box.”
Gemma still makes all the soaps herself from her kitchen, on top of running another business and being mum to an energetic toddler. “It’s a difficult juggling act,” she she added, “but Olive and Bloom is a real passion project. I want it to be the go-to company for letterbox gifts and have lots of ideas for it going forward.”