The past 12 months have brought about unprecedented changes to everyone’s lives. Many people were left out of work and put on furlough, leaving them with a lot more free time on their hands.
One business that was forced to close its doors was the Marshmallow Bakery in Dymchurch on the south coast of Kent. One employee put on furlough there was 20-year-old Lucy Cole. Miss Cole who was a keen art student through school, decided to start her own business selling homemade crafts.
“When I was furloughed during the start of the pandemic, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to set up my own little business” she told me. Miss Cole told me about her long-held passion for art, “at school I was very artistic and art was my favourite subject.”
It was originally an idea that she had during the first lockdown in 2020. However, the second lockdown was when she started to move forward with it. “When I was furloughed during the start of the pandemic, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to set up my own little business.
“With the latest lockdown implemented and being furloughed again, I took the opportunity to expand and focus solely on my business, putting all my time into it.” Even with her return to work, Miss Cole has continued to expand her crafts, “I have seen my original idea of making box frames expand to making more and more new products every week.”