Sam Peddie, Founder of The Barn & Wirral Candle Co
A bespoke soy scented candle service that aims to ‘inspire, evoke and soothe’
I’m a great believer in doing what you love as often as possible and as much as you can, which is why I always say it’s never too late to change careers; I’ve done it 10 times over!
Over the last 30 years I’ve worked in many different sectors – including insurance, law (establishing my own firm), publishing, estate agency and organising charity events. I enjoyed great success in all the roles I chose to pursue and I’m especially proud of the fact I’ve forged lots of long-standing relationships with people that exist to this very day.
It was during my role as a personal estate agent that I became interested in candle making. Reaching out to business contacts from my publishing days, I had the idea of putting together luxury hampers to welcome new homeowners to the area. After securing lots of locally sourced goodies – including gin, honey, cookies and fine dining club cards – something was still missing… I got in touch with a couple of candle makers, as I thought a beautifully scented candle would complete the hamper perfectly, but when I didn’t hear back my ‘DIY aesthetic’ kicked in and I became a burgeoning chandler!
I loved making candles so much that I transitioned from the estate agent job to commit to it full time after acquiring The Barn – a premises in Wirral which needed a significant revamp before it was ready for opening in June last year. During the renovation I learned that a well-loved clockmaker had been there for decades before sadly passing away, so I’ve restored the building with integrity – featuring numerous visual acknowledgements to his artistry and the installation of a log burner to create a cosy atmosphere in my shop.
As a craft venue owner, I’m keen to work with business owners who share my sensibilities. It’s an amazing feeling to have some truly wonderful people based at The Barn now and I’m currently staying busy making my candles, managing the shop, running courses and hosting events.
Next year I’ll be focusing on a private Facebook group I’ve created called Wirral Artisans. It currently has 500 members and I want to introduce better bargaining power through discounted offers.