Pas­sion for peace in­spired Sharon to be self-em­ployed

The Oban Times - - FEATURE -

JOIN­ING a lo­cal CND group not only al­lowed Sharon Dolan-Pow­ers to stand up for what she be­lieved in but it in­spired her to launch a new busi­ness.

Us­ing her eye for de­tail and love of art and craft, the 58-year- old launched the Bonny Badge Com­pany last year af­ter de­sign­ing and mak­ing badges for CND mem­bers to wear.

Thanks to her clever use of so­cial me­dia, Sharon, who lives in Clachan Seil near Oban, has built a loyal Twit­ter fol­low­ing of 1,200 peo­ple who love the quirky and in­di­vid­ual prod­ucts she sells, from badges, coast­ers and mag­nets to clocks, compact mir­rors and tote bags.

With de­mand for new prod­ucts, such as mugs and T-shirts grow­ing, and with cus- tomers stretch­ing all the way to Aus­tralia, she turned to Busi­ness Gate­way Ar­gyll and Bute for ad­vice on how to take her busi­ness to the next stage.

She said: ‘I’d had sup­port from Busi­ness Gate­way some years ago when I set up a busi­ness with my hus­band down in Dum- fries and Gal­loway, so I knew I could turn to them when I re­alised I needed to up my game. Some­times when you’re do­ing ev­ery­thing in a busi­ness you can’t see the wood for the trees, so the ad­vice I was given re­ally helped me fo­cus and highlighted routes of in­vest­ment that I could go down to help me buy new equip­ment.

‘ The plan now is to sign up to some of the free sem­i­nars, par­tic­u­larly those about so­cial me­dia, to help me cap­i­talise and grow on the fol­low­ing I’ve al­ready gen­er­ated.’

For more visit http://the-bonny- badge­com­pany.myshopify.com.

To find out how Busi­ness Gate­way can help you set up and de­velop your own busi­ness, call 01546 808 363 or visit www. bgate­way.com/ar­gyll-and- bute.

Sharon Dolan-Pow­ers.

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