Soap-making Scunthorpe mum is cleaning up thanks to UK Steel Enterprise kickstart funding
A Scunthorpe mum-of-two is sampling the sweet smell of success after setting up her own soap company, with help from UK Steel Enterprise.
Tracy White, 40, launched The Willow Soap Company after receiving a £2,500 loan from the Tata Steel subsidiary's Kickstart Fund.
She is now producing her own range of soap slices, bathbombs, massage bars and whipped body butter.
Tracy gave up her part-time job at Normanby Hall to concentrate on the new business.
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This came after she bought an industrial mixer and created a dedicated manufacturing area at her home.
She is now looking forward to increasing sales as Christmas approaches and more people place orders for her own creations. She said: "I began by selling other people's soaps but then thought, why not make my own and start working for myself? People really liked my creations and things are taking off well.
"It's really exciting to be at the start of a new business, especially one I am so passionate about as I just love coming up with new ideas for soaps and body creams."
UK Steel Enterprise has joined forces with the Telegraph as part of our Your Life, Your Future campaign to support local businesses and boost the local economy.
The organisation's Kickstart Fund was launched last year to help create new businesses in North Lincolnshire. It provides firms with start-up finance of up to £5,000 in unsecured loans.
Tracy said: "Applying for funding to start a business is one thing, having the right advice about how to put together your business plan is another.
"I found the support I got very, very helpful and it made the whole process so much easier."
Keith Williams, regional manager for UK Steel Enterprise, said: "The passion and creativity that Tracy puts into making her own products is obvious to see and is a vital ingredient in business.
"Her business model is sound and it's clear from her early successes that there is demand for her soaps."
For more about The Willow Soap Company, see www. thewillowsoapcompany.com
To apply for support from the Kickstart Fund, call 0800 9151188.