By Alesha Capone
Point Cook’s Suji Sanjeevan has been recognised with a national AusMumpreneur award.
Ms Sanjeevan won the Handmade Business Award category of the competition, which is run by The AusMumpreneur Network to celebrate mothers in business.
“It was a total shock for me, I was not expecting it at all,” Ms Sanjeevan said.
Ms Sanjeevan, along with her husband Jeeva, founded Light & Glo. Designs – which makes and sells boutique-style fragrance candles – in 2015.
Ms Sanjeevan, a former doctor, said she used her scientific knowledge to create candle scents – for example, a peppermint and menthol candle which opens up people’s airways.
The mother-of-three said Light & Glo. Designs started after she made candles to give guests at her second son’s baby shower, and a friend requested more candles for Christmas.
Ms Sanjeevan said she never dreamt the company – which also exports to New Zealand, Vanuatu and the United Kingdom – would become so successful.
In 2016, the business opened a warehouse in Hoppers Crossing, which has five employees.
Last year, Light & Glo. Designs won the New & Emerging section of the Wyndham Business Awards (WBA). This year, Ms Sanjeevan received the WBA’s Young Business Person of the Year gong and the company also won the Manufacture Small category.