A MOTHER from Yate is celebrating her fifth year in business as her homemade candle empire goes from strength to strength.

Mum-of-two Yasmin Keetley launched her business in 2016 and now counts celebrity influencers including Stacey Solomon and Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosby as customers.

Stacey shared the business on Instagram this week as Yasmin announced a promotional gift to celebrate the milestone.

Made By Yasmin Ltd is a home fragrance business offering candles, diffusers and wax melts.

With a huge customer base including over 111,000 Instagram followers, the company have taken over 50,000 orders to date.

The business ran by Yasmin and her partner Martin Ponfield has seen huge growth over the past five years and has allowed the happy couple to leave their 9-5s to run the company full time.

The duo, that previously worked in insurance and construction now employ two members of staff to contend with the large numbers of orders received every day.

Owner Yasmin said: “I have always had a passion for fragrances and scented candles. After lots of research I took the plunge and decided to create my own.”

During lockdown the team poured and donated 1,000 hand sanitisers to the NHS at their own cost to try and support those on the frontline.

Despite seeing notable dips in sales during lockdown the team has seen a huge 97% growth in turnover from their online sales.

Made by Yasmin products are currently stocked in over 35 shops across the country and ISawItFirst website

She added: “We are looking to expand our stockist list and are hoping to move into more stores over the coming months.

“Getting to five years is such a huge achievement and we cant thank our loyal customers enough.

“Lockdown has been so hard for so many - I am pleased we were able to give back to the NHS for the incredible job they do.

“In terms of business, i actually cannot wait to see what is next for Made By Yasmin, it really is very exciting.”

To see the full range of products go to MadeByYasmin.com