Scottish business growing through the pandemic article.
I have been featured as one of 10 Scottish-based businesses growing and surviving through the COVID-19 pandemic.
10 Scottish businesses growing through the Covid challenges
As Scotland takes its first tentative steps out of lockdown and reopens much of the economy this week, we’re taking a look at some of those who have risen to the challenge of the coronavirus and grown their businesses regardless.
These smaller Scottish firms come from a variety of sectors, but all show how innovation, determination, hard work and diversification can overcome even the most unprecedented of obstacles.
We’ve rounded up a range of entrepreneurial companies not just surviving, but thriving, through the pandemic.
Here are of course many more inspirational success stories of the last 12 months, but here’s a selection of the most interesting entrepreneurial stories we could find:
This wellness and beauty business was founded by 49 year-old Geraldine McCullagh 24 years ago.
Originally, as a massage therapist, she made her own range of balms on a small scale to use on clients. However, as McCullagh noticed the rise in demand for clean and eco-friendly beauty products, she wanted to make these products more widely available, and in 2017 started selling them online.
Me-Time Therapies’ handmade products are available through Amazon, which she believes has been imperative for growth, particularly during the pandemic.
“Last March, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to sustain the business as offering therapies wasn’t allowed in lockdown, but demand grew for my products online, so I was able to pivot my business and they became my main source of income.” explained McCullagh.
Her Make Your Own Body Butter and Lip Balm kits on Amazon UK became popular as a birthday gifts, or as new skills to learn in lockdown.
“In August, as therapists in the UK were allowed back to work, I added a Muscle Relaxing Massage Balm to the range, and sales are now coming back in as therapists are able open up once again in the UK,” she added.