Blenheim Gives Start-Ups a Chance to Shine

The winners of a new start-up scheme aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs launched their product ranges at Blenheim Palace from the end of August.

Chosen from 55 applicants, and eight competitive pitches to senior management, Neve’s Bees, which produces 100% natural beeswax skincare products, and designer and artist Kathryn Croxson, who creates a range of clothing accessories and homeware, have their items stocked in the Palace’s main retail area, the East Courtyard Shop.

Visitors are able to buy Neve’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balms and Beeswax Hand Salve across their range of seven fragrances. As well as discover Kathryn’s silk chiffon scarves in three different sizes, beautiful leather bags, mugs and limited-edition kimonos from her signature bold print, limited edition designs.

As part of their prize, not only have they won the contract to supply their products to the retail areas at Blenheim Palace, they are also getting support with marketing, profiling and ongoing advice from business mentors.

Judy Bendall, Head of Retail for Blenheim Palace, said: “We are thrilled to be stocking the new collections from this great scheme. Both Neve’s Bees products and Kathryn Croxson’s accessories fit extremely well within our retail offering.”
“Blenheim Palace receives almost 1 million visitors per year, meaning great exposure for the two local businesses,” she added.

Visitors are able to buy the new products in-store now. Both companies will also work with the teams at Blenheim Palace to create new bespoke ranges for the East Courtyard Shop.

About Kathryn Croxson

Kathryn Croxson is a true visual storyteller, she uses bold prints and Kaleidoscopic colours in her eclectic collection of limited edition prints. Kathryn’s range encompasses womens fashion, accessories, textile prints, homewares, and artworks. | #kathryncroxson

About Neve’s Bees

Neve’s Bees products are made using beeswax from their bees in West Oxfordshire, smell heavenly and make your skin and lips feel lovely. Using 100% natural ingredients they create products which are a bit different from the norm. | #nevesbees

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