The Faces Behind Skye Candles: Charlie MacInnes

  • by Caroline McQuistin

Following on from last month's blog post about Iseabal Hendry, We'd like to continue to share the stories of our team, to showcase the faces that collectively help to bring our brand to life. This month we'd like to celebrate a current employee, Charlie MacInnes. 

Over the years, we’ve met some truly gifted and driven individuals; some are still part of the team, some have moved on to different ventures. Some love it so much, they stick around for a whole 10 years and counting.

Rewind those 10 years, Charlie had moved from the Ross of Mull to Bedfordshire in England and the change of scenery was a massive shock to the system. He found himself really missing Scotland and its beautiful outdoors. After chatting to our founder James (who he knew from childhood) and finding out there were job openings in the candle workshop, within a week, Charlie was living on Skye.

It wasn't an easy start establishing himself in the area. Between short term accommodation and living in an uncle's caravan. However, a summer spent climbing the Cuillin ridge made it all seem worth it. In fact, Charlie has now summited 239 of Scotland's Munros. 

 

 

During Charlie's first festive season at the new job, Isle of Skye Candle Company started stocking candles at Wholefoods. This process perked his interests, and the following year Charlie asked to pivot into a role focused on growing wholesale. Since then, the department has gone from strength to strength. Working with the likes of Naomi & Mitul from Wholefoods Kensington, Lynne from Blackhouse Bags Gullane, and Dipesh to name but a few, have made the role incredibly fulfilling.

 

 

We asked Charlie about his experience working with us. Here is what he said:

What is your favourite part of working for Skye Candles?

Meeting new people, catching up with our wonderful customers at trade shows, and impromptu sunny days off to climb the hills of Skye and Lochalsh. 

 

Is there a lesson you’ve learned on the job that you feel you’ve carried with you and has helped you in your current position?  

Always listen to what everyone has to say - it doesn't just help make your job more fulfilling, for example helping to improve our product and service, but so many people have great stories to tell and it just makes your day-to-day life more interesting and sometimes quite exciting.

 

Have you always had the same favourite Skye Candles fragrance?

My favourite is Sandalwood & Patchouli which is a more recent addition, before that it was Highland Gorse.

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