Setting up a Successful Candle Business One to One Programe (Bexley -London)



Serious about starting your own candle business? Set yourself up for success from the very beginning, in a private course programe with Paula Mateo, award winning founder of Old Bexley Soap & Candle Co. Paula will walk you through the whole process and explain the steps you need to follow. We’ll cover everything from how to actually make exquisite candles, all the way through to marketing, packaging and legalities, so you feel confident and ready to go. Because it’s just for you, we can spend more time on any areas that you may particularly want more knowledge about. You’ll save time, money and gain incredible value , learning from an experienced business woman whose proof lies in the outstanding success of her own brand, as well as the candle businesses who have launched under her expert guidance. The course includes: A full day One to One Candle Making course either in person or on Zoom (your choice) An additional 6 hours of Zoom, calls, consultations, these sessions will be bespoke to your needs, I will be supporting all the way to your launch so you have peace of mind I will be here to answer all your questions and help you set up your successful candle business. THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU IF: You want to start a business and want someone to explain and support you on each step in an easy to understand way * You want support along your journey and at your own pace Perhaps you’ve never made candles before and want to learn thoroughly from an expert. Or you have made candles before but have lots of questions, needing guidance on branding, legalities or any other aspects of starting a business. YOU WILL LEARN: Candles: The different type of waxes and their importance in candle making Wick types and how to correctly wick your candle How to burn a candle correctly How to make your own luxury soy wax container candles The different type of waxes and their importance in candle making Wick types and how to correctly wick your candle How to burn a candle correctly How to make your own luxury soy wax container candles How to scent your candles from a selection of the highest quality fragrances in the UK The variety of ingredients needed to make a natural candle, how to select and where to source them The quipment required, a tutorial on how to use it safely and effectively How to conduct burn tests to produce safe and fragrant candles you can give as presents or sell. Compliance and regulations pertaining the sale of candles. The best suppliers for your ingredients and equipment Business: Marketing your products Packaging Cost and pricing Insurance Compliance with current legislation Good manufacturing practice, labelling requirements, CLP etc. WHY SIGN UP TO A ONE TO ONE COURSE WITH ME? I’ve been there and done it. I have built my business from scratch combining my job in the city with my love of artisan products. I found soap and candle making a very therapeutic way to escape from the daily stresses of working in finance and love the mix. It was dedication, passion, perseverance and hard work that made it possible. Now I have a successful, highly-regarded, award winning brand and sell-out workshops. It gives me so much joy to share my knowledge, teach and help other people do the same. As a chandler I am highly skilled, with a practiced ‘nose’. I discovered that blending oils, knowing what works, and creating heavenly fragrances for luxurious candles and soaps is my superpower. As an accountant specialising in budgeting and forecasting with an Honours Degree in International Business Administration and an Honours Degree in Business Studies, there is rigour behind my approach. I know the ups and downs, the challenges, the legalities etc. inside out. My products and courses have been Highly Commended at the Bexley Business Excellence Awards 2020 and I was a finalist for Best Entrepreneur of the year. Whether you are working full time, part time, on furlough or unemployed there is always time to learn a new skill and the possibility to run a business that fits your needs and lifestyle. You can do it! We have a great location in Bexley Village (zone 6 on Oyster Card) which means we are easy to get to, just a couple of minutes walk from Bexley train station, with trains from London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.

What's included in the price?

The course includes all materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. 6 hours of ongoing support We will make candles that you will take home and we will have additional Zoom meetings for further support.


15 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Paula is the founder of Old Bexley Soap & Candle Co. Paula is an accountant 3 days a week, and spends her remaining days running and teaching award winning candle and soap-making classes, in the Outer London borough of Bexley. Paula has recently won an award from tycoon Theo Paphitis.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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Parkhill Road, , Bexley, Kent, DA5 1HY