CANDLE and home fragrance company Essence of Harris has hailed a milestone in its growth with the opening of a new store at Princes Square in Glasgow.

The Isle of Harris business, which has a factory at its Tarbert base, said the Glasgow store would be run by seven new staff members.

It highlighted the fact that most of these new employees are from Harris and Lewis.

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Essence of Harris declared that this illustrated its “commitment to the recruitment, development and retention of young people from the Outer Hebrides”.

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Essence of Harris managing director Jamie McGowan, who co-founded the business in 2015 as Buth Bheag Candle Co, said: “We’re lucky to have been able to create seven new jobs here in Glasgow, made up largely of young, dynamic staff members who hail from the Outer Hebrides themselves and who can share our story with consumers within Glasgow.”

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He added: “Job creation is one of the key drivers behind our brand.”