She previously ran a sweet shop but delivery costs spiralled. She said one wholesale company used to deliver free on all orders over £150 but now requires a minimum spend of £1000.
Now running two jewellery businesses - Smith Jewellers in Forres and Castle Jewellers in Nairn - she said she has encountered similar problems. Deliveries can cost around £80-£100 to a Highland postcode. She said: "We're about 20 miles from AB postcodes, so sometimes it's easier just to get stuff delivered there and then drive over to pick it up myself.
"It's definitely been getting worse."