Shops on shortlist for national award
Business is booming for two Rutherglen women as their shops are voted the best in the Glasgow region.
Paula Ogilvie, 46, who owns the Sweet P gift shop in Burnside, and Fiona Stewart’s Hairspray hair salon in Glasgow picked up the top prize at the Glasgow Retail Business Awards.
Now both shops will go head- to- head with stores in six regions across the country to be named best in Scotland.
Paula, who grew up in Burnside and now stays in Cambuslang, was a teacher at Burnside Primary for more than 20 years before taking over the shop just under three years ago.
Moira Murray and Wendy Whiteside make up the team of three and Paula’s son Scott, mum Trisha and husband Ronnie help out whenever possible.
Paula told the Reformer she was shell-shocked to find out she had won.
She said: “You get nominated by a customer firstly and then people go online and vote. We also had a mystery shopper.
“I’m really proud of the shop and the team and all their hard work. I’m a big believer in people shopping locally and helping local businesses so to be voted for by customers is great.
“Without the customers we wouldn’t be here. There are some lovely people who come into the shop so it’s great to get that recognition from the community.
“It’s been huge to start a business and to change from being a teacher. To be in the community where I grew up was an added bonus.
“To win this is just fantastic but to win a national award and be recognised throughout Scotland would be the icing on the cake.”
Paula and her team will now compete with shops in Aberdeen, Perth, Edinburgh, Angus and Fife to be crowned best Scottish gift shop.
Fiona Stewart of Cathcart Road has owned her Hairspray business for just under a year but has already made a big impact on her clients.
The 31- year- old former Stonelaw High pupil is one of four members of staff at the salon, which will compete for the title of best Scottish new business.
Fiona said: “We are over the Moon. It’s my first year in the business so it’s a big achievement. We’re looking forward to the final. We’ve been working our butts off.”
Both ladies and their teams will be nominees at the grand final in Edinburgh on August 28.
To vote visit www. scotlandsbusinessawards. co.uk/grand-final-vote.
Gift for business Paula Ogilvie, Moira Murray and Wendy Whiteside of Sweet P
New Fiona Stewart has owned Hairspray for just under a year