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College helps healthcare student start her own vegan lip-gloss business

A health and social care student at Coleg Sir Gâr has turned her passion for vegan beauty products into an enterprise and is now running her own business called Honey Glosses Wales.

Serena Adamson, 18, has a personal passion for lip gloss and understands how much happiness a beauty package can bring to someone and as a tried and tested taster of such products, she already had an insight into the market.

She sells vegan lip gloss as well as gift and care bundles which include sweets and hair scrunchies and mini bundles.

Serena Adamson explains: “I had been ordering lip glosses for a few months, and had gained a real passion for the product, and had learnt what I did and did not like about certain packages I received.

“I realised I could put this experience to good use over a summer period, when I went job hunting and couldn’t find anything that fitted into my personal circumstances.

“My little business definitely does inspire me and I want to create products that make people’s days better, and brings them happiness.”

Serena also said that opening her business has greatly improved her awareness and understanding of legal aspects and it has helped her look differently at her own finances.

She has also undertaken research looking at what products and packages to sell and which selling and marketing platforms to use.

The college encourages and supports students who have an interest in creating their own business with their employability and enterprise team.

Serena added: “Becky, my enterprise and employability coordinator at college, has been so amazingly enthusiastic about every aspect of my plan.

“She has also been so understanding and supportive about any changes I wanted to make to my business plan.

“Becky is so approachable and friendly, and I feel very comfortable asking her for help and advice.

“She has also referred me to other helpful individual and information and I definitely could not have started my business so well without Becky’s support.

Honey Glosses Wales is available on Etsy.