Meet small business grant winner, Agi Brodzinski from Jolibi.
We are all washing our hands a lot more these days, so why not think about switching to skin-loving Jolibi soaps inspired by people and nature. Jolibi make its soaps by hand in small batches using sustainable vegan ingredients and better still they generate zero waste and use compostable packaging.
Jolibi soaps embody the very essence of nature itself by using natural ingredients like pure plant-based oils and natural clays. So, if you’d like a touch of nature on your skin the next time you wash your hands then think and use Jolibi. Think nature, think Jolibi!
How did the idea for your business come about?
Agi Brodzinski: Since I started with my family our sustainable, environmentally friendly journey I wanted to turn it into zero waste business. I have been making own soaps about 4 years ago I have spent countless hours working on my own recipes, researching ingredients inspired by nature and skin problems.
And why is it important to you? Agi: Jolibi nature always thinking about our Planet and ensure that every business decision is made with an environmentally sustainable conscience creating better future for next generation.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Agi: I do suffer with Mental Health and anxiety to be able to attend business webinars was my biggest challenge.
How the BIPC helped you?
Agi: BIPC provided guidance and support helped me turn an idea into business. Without access to great resources I would not have my numbers right.
What are your plans for the grant?
Agi: I am planning to spend on equipment and materials.
What do you like to do in your spare time)?
Agi: No matter the weather it would be outdoor with my husband, kids and dogs. I would be either all of us on rollerblades or camping and hiking or at the seaside.
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve been given?
Agi: Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Whenever you fall, “fall forward”. Every Failed experiment is a step closer to success.
Has there been a book that impacted you? Agi: I am an active person who cannot just sit down.
Describe your life as an entrepreneur in one word.
After a wave of enquiries and over 150 applications, the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire team shortlisted 34 aspiring entrepreneurs, who were invited to give a presentation on their new start-up to a panel of judges in a Dragon’s Den style elevator pitch as part of the Reset. Restart Small Business Grants programme. Jolibi was one of our 19 winners.
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