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Local businesswoman wins gold in 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards

Local businesswoman wins gold in 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards

Ebony Flett of Red Hill Candle Co. has been awarded gold in three categories of the ‘2021 AusMumpreneur Awards’, these included Rising Star, Creative Entrepreneur and Handmade Business.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021/Categories: News, News

The AusMumpreneur Awards are presented by The Women’s Business School and celebrate and recognise Australian mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to acknowledge the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family. 

Ebony shared, “I was humbled to receive gold in 3 categories. Honestly, I did not expect this and am blown away by the news. I want to thank everyone for their support over the years and especially the small but amazing Red Hill Candle Co team.

In the background there has been years of hard work, fertility issues and a fire in my belly to make it work. Whilst it has not been an easy ride, it sure is rewarding. Looking back at photos from the business launch in my lounge room almost 5 years ago now I'm so proud of where it's at today, but more so are excited for the future and all the things still to come!”

Ebony is a local 33-year-old, living and running a business in Dromana whilst balancing her new role as a first-time mother. Her corporate business background coupled with a creative mindset and drive to design a memorable experience is what sets her apart.

“I’ve always had a natural knack of inspiring, teaching and bringing people together.  My love and passion for the Mornington Peninsula region and deep desire to create a memorable experience sparked an idea. I had a really fun business concept that I knew would deliver a joyful experience for customers and felt confident I had what it takes to be successful”; says Ebony. “I was working full time and studying my Master of Business Administration (MBA) part time when I first made the leap to start Red Hill Candle Co.” 

Red Hill Candle Co. was established in October 2016 originally selling hand poured candles at local markets and selected retailers. The dream was always to evolve into an experience-based business centred around fragrance.

In December 2020, the business moved out of the family home and into a dedicated factory space in the thriving Dromana Industrial Estate. Visitors are given a unique opportunity to delve into the world of fragrance with in-store bespoke activities and workshops in the Scent Library and a retail space featuring local and regional makers, allowing guests to enjoy their own journey of inventiveness unlike any other in Australia.

Ebony shared, “We’ve welcomed over 400 people into our workshop program and they now book out weeks in advance. Due to increasing popularity and demand, a second workshop room is coming in September 2021 with a new dedicated mezzanine space.” 

There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood as Ebony explains, “I love the flexibility of being able to bring my daughter to work and choose hours which suit our family’s lifestyle and I love being a role model, showing my daughter that anything is possible.”

It can be challenging to be a successful businesswoman whilst raising a family and Ebony gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise. “Celebrate your wins and communicate with your support network when you need help. There are days as a ‘MumPreneur’ where you simply can’t get things done, but that’s OK, tomorrow is a new day.”

To connect with Red Hill Candle Co to book your own scent experience once doors reopen or explore their inspired range of retail products to bring home, learn more here: