Award is sweet suc­cess for gifted Paula

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Burn­side woman who over­came per­sonal ad­ver­sity has won a top na­tional prize for her gift shop.

Paula Ogilvie opened Sweet P in Burn­side al­most three years ago.

At the week­end, Sweet P scooped the Best Gift Shop in Scot­land gong at the 2016 Scot­land’s Busi­ness Awards in Ed­in­burgh.

The win marked the end of an in­cred­i­ble six years for Paula. Dur­ing that time she suf­fered a se­ri­ous in­jury that halted her ca­reer as a teacher at Burn­side Pri­mary.

Even­tu­ally, she opened Sweet P which is now go­ing from strength to strength.

The 46 year old said: “The ac­ci­dent left me with bal­ance prob­lems and I could not go back to a class­room en­vi­ron­ment at the time.

“I had a ca­reer break for three years to try and work out what I was go­ing to do.

“It was life chang­ing. With­out go­ing into too much de­tail, I had health prob­lems, it was quite hor­rific.

“At the time I was ter­ri­fied, won­der­ing what I was go­ing to do.”

With the help of her friends and fam­ily, Paula, who grew up in Burn­side, is now a suc­cess­ful busi­ness owner and an in­te­gral part of the com­mu­nity.

Her pals 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.

And she was also happy to credit Burn­side it­self for her suc­cess, with the win­ner be­ing de­ter­mined by a pub­lic vote.

Paula said: “I couldn’t have done it with­out them ( her friends and fam­ily), it has been very much a team ef­fort. They all play a part.

“Be­cause I am from Burn­side, I had the op­por­tu­nity to open the shop here and I jumped at it. I felt as if Burn­side was part of me.

“I’ve had a lot of sup­port. I keep cham­pi­oning Burn­side be­cause it is a lovely area and a nice, wee com­mu­nity. It’s been lovely to have that sup­port and I couldn’t have done it with­out that sup­port.”

On ac­tu­ally win­ning the prize, Paula ad­mits it was “nervewrack­ing” at the Sher­a­ton Grand Ho­tel and Spa.

The shop had pre­vi­ously won the Glas­gow award and was up against the winners from five other re­gions.

“I was stunned but de­lighted to win,” Paula ad­mit­ted.

“It was very ex­cit­ing but I’d be quite happy for some­one else to get the recog­ni­tion next year.”

A wel­come gift Paul Ogilvie with hus­band Ron­nie af­ter Sweet P picked up the award for Best Gift Shop in Scot­land. Pic cour­tesy of App-pho­tog­ra­phy

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