Niamh Hogan has turned recession into opportunity with the creation of her own line of body oils and face creams.
The Ballymurn-based Carlow native was facing a glum outlook in her work as a natural health therapist.
With time on her hands, she turned her attention two years ago to making the oils and creams for her clients rather than buying them from others.
It was her partner, graphic designer Paul Hickey, who came up with the idea that the products should be presented under the Holos Skincare label.
He came up with a distinctive look for the new brand and Niamh set to work finding customers for her creations.
She found that they were very popular at Christmas markets and Holos soon came to wider attention through television appearances on 'Xposé' and 'Ireland AM'.
'Things are going very well,' said the delighted entrepreneur whose work was recognised with a gold award in the home/craft category at the recent Bank of Ireland startup awards.
In fact her business has moved out of home in Ballymurn as she has become a tenant at the enterprise centre in Enniscorthy beside the Vocational College off the Milehouse Road.
While she concentrates on finding more customers for Holos, the job of manufacturing the products is left to others in the Holos base at the enterprise centre.
Niamh Hogan is delighted to be living and working and now creating employment in County Wexford after a dozen years living in Dublin and she has no intention at all of returning to the capital.
Her late father was a Wexford man so, though she was brought up in Carlow, she feels that the Model County has always been in her heart and that she is now in the right place.