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Sweet taste of success: Lurgan teen hits the jackpot with lockdown selection boxes


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Alisha Thompson for piece on Selection BOxes

Alisha Thompson for piece on Selection BOxes

Alisha Thompson for piece on Selection BOxes

If you thought selection boxes were just for Christmas, think again because a teenager has reinvented the treat for any time of the year.

Enterprising Alisha Thompson, a 16-year-old A-level student from Lurgan, set up her own company to design and deliver her products, simply called Selection Boxes.

Her distinctive purple and blue boxes are personalised to suit each recipient and include photographs and a message from the sender.

Alisha's initial idea was to put a smile on people's faces during lockdown, but her selection boxes proved so popular that she designed ranges to suit big events such as birthdays, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.

Her proud parents, Lisa and Martin, helped their daughter get the business off the ground.

"At first, we were just trying to think of something that would cheer people up because everyone was stuck at home because of the pandemic," Alisha explained.

"Everyone loves sweets, so we thought about sending sweets, then we thought we could make them not just for kids but for anyone.

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Alisha Thompson for piece on Selection BOxes

Alisha Thompson for piece on Selection BOxes

Alisha Thompson for piece on Selection BOxes

"Selection boxes are something that make people really happy. We decided on our version of one because we felt they shouldn't be for just one day of the year but every day."

Alisha spent months designing her packaging and logo and sourcing sweets before launching her products through a 'shop local' group on Facebook.

Much to her surprise, she sold 50 boxes on the first day.

"I couldn't believe it when we sold all our boxes before Christmas, then we were planning for Valentine's Day and they also sold out," she said.

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"Someone asked if I would do one for a birthday. Now I have done loads of birthday boxes.

"People have also bought the boxes to cheer up children who are being home-schooled.

"We even had an order from Kansas in America from a lady who has relatives living in Northern Ireland. We've also posted boxes to the Isle of Man and to Liverpool."

With Alisha juggling her studies with her business, her parents created a dedicated office for her at home.

"I had no idea what I wanted to do when I left school, but this is it," said the fledgling entrepreneur.

"I really love it and for it to have taken off so quickly... I just want to keep learning and working at it.

"Its lovely to see the faces of the kids when they open their boxes and know that they are getting joy from them. We are helping give people a wee lift."

÷ For more information about Alisha's Selection boxes, visit www.facebook.com/selectionboxesfb


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