Ar­broath wo­man’s Pole Junkie com­pany is busi­ness of the year

Pas­sion turns into profit for duo who were fed up with frus­tra­tion of wait­ing for work­out gear to be de­liv­ered

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Jamie mil­li­gan jmil­li­gan@the­

An Ar­broath wo­man who used her pas­sion for pole danc­ing to launch a suc­cess­ful busi­ness has claimed a ma­jor in­dus­try award.

Kirsten Fair­lie, 27, and friend Heather Laugh­land, 25, cre­ated their pole­cloth­ing busi­ness, Pole Junkie, af­ter be­com­ing frus­trated at lengthy waits for work­out gear to be de­liv­ered from abroad.

Fed up with the high ship­ping costs, cus­toms charges and de­liv­ery times in­volved in pur­chas­ing pole-wear from over­seas , the young en­trepreneurs de­cided to take mat­ters into their own hands and pur­chase cloth­ing be­fore sell­ing it on.

The friends, who met while at

“We’re re­ally happy to get the recog­ni­tion and to re­ceive the award. We’ve worked very hard build­ing up the busi­ness. KIRSTEN FAIR­LIE

univer­sity, spent £20,000 get­ting their ven­ture off the ground and are now see­ing the re­wards – both have seen their idea grow into a vi­brant firm with an an­nual turnover of £235,000.

The pair have won busi­ness of the year at an awards cer­e­mony held in Bris­tol.

Pole Junkie beat six ri­val firms to claim the award at the Pole World Fes­ti­val.

A de­lighted Kirsten said: “To see just how much Pole Junkie has grown over the last three years is over­whelm­ing. Glas­gow is a hotspot for pole fit­ness with around 13 stu­dios run­ning classes, so we were sure peo­ple would like the con­cept of pop­u­lar polewear brands be­ing more ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able to them.

“We had no idea, how­ever, that Pole Junkie would be so suc­cess­ful out­side of Scot­land, to the point where we were able to quit our day jobs to fo­cus fully on its suc­cess.

“We’re re­ally happy to get the recog­ni­tion and to re­ceive the award. We’ve worked very hard build­ing up the busi­ness.

“It’s taken Heather and I to a lot of ex­cit­ing places – we’ve just re­turned from con­nect­ing with our sup­pli­ers at Pole Expo in Las Ve­gas, the big­gest con­fer­ence in the en­tire in­dus­try. We’ve also been lucky enough to work with some of the big­gest names in the pole world.”

In the fu­ture, Kirsten and Heather plan to cre­ate their own cloth­ing line.

Heather Laugh­land and Kirsten Fair­lie launched Pole Junkie in Jan­uary 2015.

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