Sweet smell of success for Harris candle company

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Candle and home fragrance company Essence of Harris is celebrating after achieving the prestigious Investors in Young People Standard accreditation.

Developed in 2014 as a result of the Wood Commission recommendations, Investors in Young People is a framework that helps organisations in Scotland recruit, develop and retain young people.

Jamie McGowan, founder of Isle of Harris-based Essence of Harris (pictured, with two members of staff and the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon), said: “We are honoured to receive the Investors in Young People award in recognition of our young, talented workforce based at our factory in the Outer Hebrides.

“There has always been a problem on Harris with the younger generation moving away for education and employment, and we wanted to change this; we aimed to create a business which would allow people to stay on the island to build their career. We owe a huge amount of our business development to our workforce of young, creative staff.”