When this journey began just over three months ago, we had hoped and we had dreamed for success, but we never quite anticipated just how well-received our passion project would be. Like all small businesses we experienced teething problems and start up struggles, money, resources and most importantly time. Juggling full-time jobs, studies at The Growth Company and very busy personal lives really is a challenge in itself – throwing another brand-new venture in the mix was no easy task for any of us.
The first bit of PR that we received sent our website and socials into total frenzy! Orders,shares, likes, messages – it was relentless. We couldn’t believe how many people were getting behind our beautiful rainbow bottles, the support we received was wonderful. Within a few weeks our socials had grown and so had our orders. We wont sugar coat it, it was hard – had we bitten off more than we could chew? How was it going to work? Then we received our first complaint.
It was disheartening to say the least, the last thing we wanted was for people to think we were trying to take their money and that our business wasn’t legitimate, it was all for a good cause after all. We tried our best and that’s what we had to remember, mistakes were corrected, complaints were responded too and fixed. However, regardless of the minor problems, we are proud of how far we have come and the challenges we faced were a lesson we have all learnt and grown from. The future is looking bright for our Eco-friendly and proud bottles, our aim of making the world a much cleaner, more equal place continues and our hopes of spreading positive messages and love across the city of Manchester will never die down. The BeeHydrated team are grateful for the love and support that has been shown so far and we hope to carry on raising money in aid of the wonderful LGBT+ Foundation. Onward and upwards!