Award is sweet success for gifted Paula
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