Blenheim Gives Start-Ups a Chance to Shine

The winners of a new start-up scheme aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs will be launching their product ranges at Blenheim Palace from the August Bank Holiday.

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, will both be stocking their items in the Palace’s main retail area, the East Courtyard Shop.

Visitors will be able to buy Neve’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balms and Beeswax Hand Salve across their range of seven fragrances. As well as discovering 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 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 will be able to buy the new products in-store from 27 August 2018. Both companies will also work with the teams at Blenheim Palace to create new bespoke ranges for the East Courtyard Shop.


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