Oct 24 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
AN ENTREPRENEUR has been recognised by one of the UK’s leading businessmen, who tweeted about her venture.
Louise Howard runs a handmade soap company in Ormskirk and took part in Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday (SBS) on Twitter – impressing the Dragons’ Den TV programme star with her enterprise.
Hundreds of businesses tweet Theo hoping he will choose their company and retweet it to his 400,000 followers.
Louise was one of the lucky ones to be chosen and now has her business details featured on the SBS winners website.
She also gets to attend an SBS winners event next month in Birmingham, where all the winners network before meeting Theo himself.
Louise said: “I’m amazed to be chosen by Theo. People try for months and months to get him to recognise them but it was only the third time I had tried.
“It’s a brilliant opportunity for me as it really helps to get the word out about my products.
“I started making soap about five years ago, after watching a TV show where Kirstie Allsop made soap.
“ I thought I’d give it a try and set up my own business and after many years of making terrible soap, I perfected the art and set up Louisa Brown soap about a year ago.”
Louise makes a range of nine soaps including one for men and also one for dogs.
She is currently working from home but hopes to move into bigger premises before eventually setting up her own spa and gift shop.
Four shops across the UK currently stock her soap and she hopes to see her products in more stores soon.
Louise said: “I’m a holistic therapist as well as a soap maker and my dream is to own a spa.
“I’ve come so far in a year so who knows what I’m capable of.”