Thanet duo hoping for taste of success with new sweet bouquet business

Tracy and Zoe are hoping Summers' Sweets will take off

A Palm Bay mum-of-two and her sister-in-law are hoping for a taste of success after launching a sweet bouquet business.

Zoe Summers, 43, has joined forces with former admin worker Tracy Offen, 40, to create Summers’ Sweets, combining Zoe’s creative skills with Tracy’s business acumen.

The online business launched last weekend and has already started to attract orders.

Zoe, a former carer for adults with learning disabilities, suffers with fibromyalgia so wanted to be able to work from home.

She said: “I used to make sweet cakes and fancied doing something a bit different. It is difficult to go out to work due to chronic pain but I am creative and I love making things.

“I came up with the idea of the sweet bouquets and then looked online to see what people were, and were not, making.

“I decided to ask my sister in law to help me run the business side of things. She has been struggling to find work in Thanet and sends out numerous CVs and emails on a weekly basis. It’s heartbreaking when you don’t even get a reply, especially with 24 years of experience behind her.

“I make the bouquets and Tracy takes orders, delivers them and keeps on top of the receipts and paperwork.

“We have done lots of research and found that we can undercut any price found on the internet and our bouquets look pretty good.”

The pair have donated a sweet bouquet to the Pilgrims Hospice for its charity raffle at the Pegwell Hotel tonight (October 12) and pledged to give 15% of any orders from the guests to the cause.

Zoe said: “I would like to eventually have our own website and to be able to buy in the boxes so we can post orders out as well as delivering locally.”

Find Summers’ Sweets on facebook here