Shops on short­list for na­tional award

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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