Slime start-up business set up by nine-year-old Northumberland girl during lockdown
A nine-year-old Northumberland girl has used her spare time in lockdown to set up a slime-making business.
Violet Achard, from Fenwick Steads, near Belford, decided to turn her long-time passion into a proper business venture.
She is selling a range of slime pots and make your own slime kits and used her pocket money to design branding and purchase stock.
In addition, 10% of each sale is donated directly to her favourite charity, ‘Save the Pangolins’, which is raising awareness and supporting conservation of the endangered mammal in Asia and Africa.
Violet, a pupil at Longridge Towers School, near Berwick, said: “To be able to share my passion for slime, make a child smile and to help the pangolins at the same time is a dream come true.”
Her school has praised her entrepreneurial flair after she sold 30 in her first two weeks of trading.
Mum Lydia, who operates Lemmington Cottages, near Alnwick, says the venture has been the perfect activity during the shutdown.
“It’s been the perfect task for her time out of school,” she said.
“Violet has always loved slime and has used the last few weeks to look at branding and marketing, how to buy in what she needed, how to sell it and things like invoicing.
“It’s been very educational for her, a bit like the young enterprise scheme.”
She started off by researching and testing out various slime-making recipes.
“At first we just sent them to friends and family but then decided to open it up for orders and the feedback has been really good,” said Lydia.
“A lot of grandparents who haven’t been able to see their grandchildren as they normally would have been buying them to send on.
“They have proved to be excellent craft activities for lockdown families and many of the parents have said they make excellent stress busters.”
Violet’s slime kits come in various options and even include little packets of sweets.
Orders can be placed via her Instagram page tag: violets_slime_factory.