Preston couple hand over jobs to pursue dream of proudly owning their very own sweetshop


A pair from Preston have achieved their dream of establishing their very own enterprise after they determined to pack of their full time jobs.

Taking the leap of religion and drastically altering their lives, Amy and Lauren Elleray-Wilson who each labored as key staff for the NHS took the plunge in 2021 after Lauren determined she needed “go for her desires.” The pandemic supplied the couple with a chance to save lots of for what they thought, could be a home.

With no the place to go and nowhere to spend, Amy says they had been capable of save much more cash than they thought. When in search of their dwelling collectively, the pair lastly discovered what they had been in search of, just for the deal to fall by way of because of the pandemic.

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As an alternative of looking for one other home, Lauren took the plunge, and informed Amy she “was simply going to for it.” “I’ve all the time needed to do it, it was virtually me that needed to do and it was by no means Amy actually- if I am trustworthy, it was truly me that simply went for it and I rag Amy and informed her I’ve gone for it,” Lauren stated.

In Could 2021, Amy and Lauren who’ve been married for the previous 4 years opened up their first candy store Lolipops in Bamber Bridge however the concept to run a confectionary enterprise wasn’t all the time within the pipeline. Amy stated: “We had been sat at dwelling and Lauren simply stated, I wish to begin my very own enterprise. We brainstormed a load of concepts and nothing was protruding and we regarded up and down Bamber Bridge.

“There was a store that had been stood there for seven years and nobody had performed something with it. We reached out to seek out out whose it was and obtained involved with the man and he was completely happy for us to take over the lease and that we thought, proper what enterprise are we going to do.

Lolipops store opened in in Penwortham in May
Lolipops retailer opened in in Penwortham in Could

“We actually regarded up and down the excessive avenue in Bamber Bridge and thought what have we not obtained. Then it simply got here to us- a candy store. We went full steam forward and all of the concepts simply popped out of our head and actually from the minute we opened these doorways it has been psychological.”

When pondering of a reputation for his or her candy store, there was one concept that rapidly grew to become a “meant to be” second for the pair.

“As we had been brainstorming we had been pondering of the identify, what had been we going to name it in any case these concepts and we discovered the identify in two minutes,” Lauren stated.

“As a result of Lauren is named Lauren, her dad used to name her lollipop when she was youthful and we simply thought, oh my god that simply works completely. We do have one L lacking out of it however that is as a result of Lollipops was taken and we needed to be totally different, that is all we’re about is being totally different.”

Inside the Lolipops store in Penwortham
Contained in the Lolipops retailer in Penwortham

Amy and Lauren needed the enterprise the mirror their attitudes- enjoyable, vibrant and totally different. Being a identical intercourse couple additionally meant that they pushed to verify once they arrange their store, it could be a inclusive, open-to-all enterprise.

“We wish to be totally different and being a homosexual couple- everybody simply loves it. Our brand is made with satisfaction colors, the store is vibrant. We wish to hold it present and trendy,” Amy stated.

“We’re a candy store and it’s out full time job now but when we are able to hold it enjoyable and thrilling and hold everyone concerned with us, it lets us take pleasure in an entire lot extra. It is simply all about having enjoyable.”

In February 2022, the couple discovered themselves so proud of the success of their store that they questioned opening up a second. Quickly sufficient, after securing a location they cherished simply over quarter-hour away from their first retailer, and opened up a second Lolipops retailer on Could 28.

Lower than a month for the reason that doorways to the second retailer opened the group have prefer it had all the time existed and even discovered themselves numb to the candy scent of the store. Being part of the group can be a giant a part of the Lolipops ethos, along with their employees they welcome in individuals all ages, from all walks of life and even assist out the place they’ll.

“When someone walks in we wish instantly welcome them as a result of they’re moving into our dwelling and we wish them to really feel welcome and we wish them to have expertise once they come right here, if there’s one thing that we do not have on the cabinets they usually actually need it, we’ll get it for them,” Amy stated.

“If mother and father include their kids we’ll assist, we’ll hold them entertained- we even maintain the little infants whereas mum and pa go searching and they also haven’t got the fear that the infant is crying or something. It is even being a factor right here now, some individuals will come right here and say ‘here is my little one’ and it is humorous, we do not thoughts it that is what we’re about.

“To this point, thus far, the danger that we have taken of giving our jobs up has paid off. Lauren stated to me the opposite day, what about store quantity three, and I stated maintain on a minute Lauren, maintain on.”


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