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Sweet Smell of Success for NorthburN and b.Village


Expanding business moves into state of the art b.Village

Sweet Smell of Success for NorthburN and b.Village


"When we were planning b.village, we came across a lot of businesses like NorthburN that needed warehousing as well as a nice office to work from."
Lindsey Dunn - Estate Manager



The sweet smell of success has enabled a Cramlington mother and daughter duo to move their business into a brand new facility with warehousing and office space creating record breaking sales all over the UK of their unique fragrance products. 

Prior to forming NorthburN, Wendy Gray originally ran a beauty business and decided to grow the business by introducing luxury scented candles to sell to her clients. Her products were so well received that in 2014 her daughter Laura, who worked as a fashion stylist joined the business and the pair worked together from home to develop new fragrances for their growing customer base.  The Brand creates all of their own fragance blends, and then produces a range of products including Eau De Parfum, Home fragrance and bath bombs. 

Sadly, Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 but with the help of Laura, the business contined to grow. On Wendy’s last day of cancer treatment they found a workshop unit and moved from the kitchen to their first premises. With demand for their products rapidly outgrowing supply, a larger unit was found and in 2020 they opened their first retail boutique in Whitley Bay. 

The shop was badly affected by COVID restrictions and only physically opened for five months of the year. In true fighting style and despite a second cancer diagnosis and ongoing illness,  Wendy and Laura restructured the business and focused their efforts on online sales and offering free local home deliveries. The popularity of the Brands products bloomed and they have achieved a number of beauty awards based on their quality and have just received a Prestige award for Best Home Fragrance Retailer for North of England 20/21.

“Our online work went through the roof and we outgrew our workspace,”said Wendy. “we had taken on three additional staff and knew we would have to expand further but finding the right business premises was a real issue as we needed a workshop, office space and warehousing facilities.” 

Wendy and Laura discovered b.Village – a unique  concept incorporating office and warehousing space.  b.village Cramlington is the first in a network of business communities where totally flexible, energy-efficient, low start-up cost workspace comes packaged with onsite gym, recreation, catering and conference facilities.

“b.Village has totally helped our business to expand,”said Wendy.” Our facilities are excellent including ultra fast broadband and there is a hub where we can meet clients once the COVID restrictions are lifted.” 

b.village Estate Manager, Lindsey Dunn was delighted to welcome Wendy and her team. 

“When we were planning b.village, we came across a lot of businesses like NorthburN that needed warehousing as well as a nice office to work from. Normally, you get one or the other and she has settled in immediately.”

Ends

Photo shows: L to R Nicola Robson, Wendy and her daughter at b.Village (Highlights PR) 

Media: keith@highlightspr.co.uk 07814 397951

For more information: www.North-burn.co.uk 

www.bvillage.co.uk

b.village Cramlington is situated 5 minutes from the A1 and 5 minutes from the A19.It is a 20-minute drive from Newcastle City Centre and 15-minutes from Newcastle International Airport.

Each 1,400 sq. ft unit at Cramlington has an office on the upper floor and storage, warehouse, workshop, or studio area on the ground floor. Communal areas include a coffee lounge and cafe area, a gym, conference and hot desking facilities.

The fully accessible units also have fully-fitted kitchenettes, 24-hour access, parking with electric vehicle charging points and low start-up costs including inclusive fast internet, as well as other benefits.

 

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