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The Why


Kindness & Co is a Social Enterprise...why? 

Every business has a story and I felt it was perhaps time to share mine.

My name is Nicola I’m hitting 50 this year eek! And Ive been married to Alan for 24 years.  We have two girls Emily 20 and Jessica 18.  We have a menagerie of pets, 2 dogs, 2 cats and ducks.  By day I work in our family business LPS Ltd in Irvine.  

In 2017 I started South Ayrshire School Clothing Bank a charity which supplies new school uniforms and warm coats to children and families experiencing financial hardship in South Ayrshire.  

All our requests come from trusted third parties such as Social Workers or charities working directly with children.  We also set up school clothing banks within local Schools, this means we are able to include young people that aren’t under the care of social work or charities uniform items are distributed by Guidance teachers.  We now have uniform hubs within all secondary schools in South Ayrshire and 6 key primary schools.  

Through the work with South Ayrshire School Clothing Bank I met so many other amazing people and charities so really wanted to be able to do something for them too…I had been making candles for a while for family and friends so January 2020 I decided to set up the website and see what happened!  

Fast forward to 2024…our ethos is still the same, but we now support a number of charities - for the most up to date list see our Social Impact page…but each and every one is very close to my heart

To date we have donated just over £92,000 to the charities we work with.

So right there is my big WHY...

Thank goodness for candles!