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Today we're thrilled to showcase the visionary brilliance of Gemma Cockrell, the founder of artisan skincare brand Puremess. Gemma provided the fabulous prize for our recent #Styledbymychild competition and we're huge fans of her all natural heaven scented products. People launch businesses for all sorts of reasons, for Gemma, this was personal as the inspiration to launch her own skincare brand came out of her devastating second breast cancer diagnosis in 2015.

'"Although I had a healthy approach to life I I had never really taken the time to research what was actually in the skincare products I had been using, although I believed them to be natural. Using my science background I decided to take control of my own skin health and started to formulate and make my own products".

Two years later Puremess was launched, and with it's fiercely loyal customer base it's going from strength to strenth while sticking closely to it's founding principles - that each Puremess product should promote well-balance, healthy and glowing skin.

Ten questions hastily scribbled on the back of a pandemic postcard with Gemma Cockrell

1. What has 2020 taught you so far?

That I am more capable than I think I am. That I can adapt and pivot my business to meet the changing climate and that my family and friends are hugely important to me!

2. What is the best small business ‘oxygen mask’ piece of advice you could share?

Have different streams of income! So, retailers, e-commerce options etc.

3. When is the last time you laughed out