It goes without saying that the last year has been tough. However, burnley.social is here to pick out all the positive stories amongst the hardships of 2020 and 2021.
We love that e-commerce businesses have been on the rise, especially because Burnley has a huge digital sector and is ranked 2nd in the UK for digital job growth.
One young entrepreneur who’s taking advantage of the trends is Ellie Harrop. At just 22 years old, she has her own online business – The Cornershop UK – selling fashionable home giftware across the country.
Living at home with her parents, Ellie has managed to grow her business over the space of a year after setting in February 2020.
“Whilst studying my Marketing Management Degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, I started to get anxious about the job market. I’ve always had an interest in homeware so decided to bite the bullet and start trading.”
Shortly after setting up her business, the pandemic hit and The Corner Shop UK received a boom in sales.
“I started getting orders from all over country – it was so satisfying to see that my hard work had paid off.”
On top of her uni degree and her growing business, Ellie commutes from Burnley to Cheshire everyday for her full-time marketing position at an interior design company. And, despite selling her products all over the UK (and even getting enquiries from the States), Ellie stresses that this is a Burnley business and is currently on the hunt for premises in town.
“This is my hometown and I’ve got a strong belief in the Burnley community. There’s lots of things going on in Burnley, with loads of investment coming into the town centre.”
She continued to explain how Burnley is turning into a “mini-Manchester”, which is why so many young business owners are setting up camp here.
For anyone wanting to get their hands on the trendy homeware, The Cornershop UK has a small pop-up shop at Beauty and Hair on Briercliffe Road from Wednesday to Saturday. You can also follow the pages on Facebook and Instagram.