GrowBiz Client News

Small Business Saturday: The Scottish Herald Marked Small Business Saturday last week by running a piece on what some rural businesses are doing to counteract the effects of coronavirus and boost the rural economy. It featured the GrowBiz-powered REDS initiative, particularly the REDS rural gift card, and also REDS members Dunkeld Whisky Box and Isle20. Read the story here.

New Maker of Traditional and Modern Crafts: Fiona Thomson had a dream and a passion and used lockdown to make it happen, with some help from GrowBiz. After the UK was released from lockdown on May 28th 2020, Fiona took the opportunity to attend Saddlery College in Ayrshire achieving the "UK Saddlery Certificate of Attendance- Completing a Five Day Leather Course." She started GypsyRose Leather shortly afterwards, naming the business after her first pony. GypsyRose Leather makes hand sewn, made to measure bridles, halters (sheep, goats, alpacas), dog collars, leads and bumbags. She also provides a leather repair service. Fiona has started her business at a difficult time, but her passion and drive are based on her good memories growing up in the countryside and of spending time with Gypsy Rose.

New Dental Service Flying Smiles is Taking Off: A new Perthshire base is creating rumbles within the dental industry. Fiona Perry set up Flyingsmiles because of her passion for dental prevention. She wanted to give everyone the opportunity to access prevention services, even if the client was homebound, lived rurally or just busy. GrowBiz and the Peer Support group were there from the beginning. Fiona had to fight to become the first dental hygienist in Scotland to provide these services in your home and the networking support, professional training in advertising, marketing and business building were paramount in giving Fiona the confidence to do so.

COVID was a challenge, but as people have adapted to receiving services in their home, Flyingsmiles has taken off. Now, other Dental Hygienists want to know how and last week Fiona started with an introduction to why and how, digitally with dental hygienists from around the UK. Now the demand to offer mentoring and consultancy services is simmering and Fiona's business may grow quicker than she thought. Meanwhile, she says she's content with cycling her cargo bike around her local village helping others have good oral health.

Perthshire Gallery in the News: Vicky Cottrell of the Goldfinch Gallery in Comrie, talks about how she came to found the contemporary arts collective in Perthshire and mentions the support she received from GrowBiz in this article in The Courier.

New Venture for Long-term GrowBiz Clients: Simon and Fiona Calvin, formerly of Perthshire’s eco-friendly camping site Ecocamp Glenshee, have started a new wood fuel selling venture in Forfar. Read about their new business,SWF Forfar, here in The Courier.

New Book Celebrates the History of Atholl: From Home is a self-published book by Julie M Cumming, documenting stories of life in Atholl over the past 70 years through interviews with residents. Twenty-seven local voices share memories and anecdotes of life in rural Scotland, alongside photography by the author, bringing a sense of place to the stories being told.

Julie says about GrowBiz help for the book: ‘The project has been greatly supported by GrowBiz. From general business advice and motivation through lockdown, to tips on marketing and keeping on top of the mountainous workload of self-publishing, the GrowBiz team have helped immensely. Caron Ironside was available to lend a helping hand and offer advice throughout the whole process, no matter how often it was needed. The extensive range of resources and workshops available through the GrowBiz website also played a part in bringing From Home together.’

From Home is available to buy through

Accentuating the ‘pawsitive’: Great to see another one of our clients making the news this week, with journalist Gayle Ritchie going on a walk with Angie Gray with their dogs. Read ‘Accentuating the ‘pawsitive’ with animal art therapy’ in the Courier here.

New Products Available from Perthshire Artisans: If there was ever a time to source meaningful and thoughtful gifts, this year must be it, although it’ll be no surprise that GrowBiz and Perthshire Artisans strongly believe in shopping locally and enjoying the talents of local creatives at any time of the year. Perthshire Artisans has recently expanded its product range and is offering a whole host of unique, individually crafted products that will make great gifts. Browse the selection here.