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Monday, 04 November 2013 (3044945)
Soap star teacher!
by Tom Martin


A THORNTON teacher is hoping to clean up with the launch of her new business selling handmade soap.

Steph Leach, who teaches children in Liverpool, launched Green Bubbles to sell specially crafted soap in her spare time.

At first it was just a hobby but it has now turned into a money-making company and she has perfected her skills to sell unique and interesting gift sets.

The business now has a website and Steph is predicting a bright future for her new idea.

She said: “The business started as a hobby as I have always been a bit creative and made gifts for people.

”In October 2012 I was thinking of a new idea for family Christmas presents and came across the idea of making a Christmas-scented soap to give as stocking fillers.

“I, like many of my family and friends, had only ever used shower gel and liquid soap, so I thought it might be a bit of a novelty item but that my family and friends would appreciate that it was handmade.

”Once I had made it and tested it, I was instantly converted to solid soap and I was hooked on making it.

“I moved on to other fragrances and designs and soon had more than enough to give to my friends and family.

”After giving away as much I as I could I began doing small-scale crafts fairs and markets to see if it was something other people might be interested in.

“The response was brilliant and through talking to customers I was able to come up with new fragrance ideas, and new products.”

“I made a website with the help of my mum's partner and made a business page on Facebook, which have both been great avenues for marketing my products and for customers to contact me with specific requests.

”I also continue to do craft fairs and markets all over Merseyside.

“Because I love making these products, I spend time on the business after I have put the kids to bed.

”I get a lot of support from my family, who think this is a great idea and want the business to work.

“A selection of my products are also stocked at Sweet Peas & Co., a small boutique in Crosby Village and the hope for the future is that more shops will stock my products.

”I would love to open my own shop but financial implications of two children and a mortgage means that I have to continue to work full-time at the moment, but maybe one day.“

MP Bill Esterson visited the entrepreneur and claimed that she is an inspiration for anyone starting their own business.

He said: ”It is great to see Steph turn her hobby into a business. She has spent time developing her products and researching her customer base and she is now rolling out the company.






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