Booming business sees Eco-Charlie move to new premises

Eco-Charlie - a company supplying environmentally friendly pest repellents, which was set up by a teenager fresh out of college - has been so successful it has had to move into a new warehouse so it can house its products.

Nineteen-year-old Callum Davis started the Surrey-based company last spring, aiming to supply pest products made from 100 per cent natural ingredients. The firm's most popular product, Natural Slug & Snail Deterrent, works by providing a physical barrier that is uncomfortable for molluscs to cross.

Davis started his business in April 2008 with the help of the Prince's Trust. His first attempt at developing the snail deterrent involved collecting coffee grounds from stores around Godalming, but finding the collections too expensive he turned to a gritty substance which he found to be just as effective. Davis now supplies stores across the country. The paper bags for the Natural Slug & Snail Deterrent have been redesigned for the spring season.

Davis said: "Our aim is to raise awareness of the negative effects some chemicals can have on the garden ecosystem and to continue to produce 100 per cent natural products. We have many more new products coming out over the next year including spider, deer, fox, rabbit and fly deterrents."

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