Budding businesses in Glasgow

POSTED: 3rd October 2014
IN: Business news

Following the Labour and Conservative party conferences, the Liberal Democrats are heading to Glasgow this week in the final phase of the 2014 political conference season.

undefinedAldermore will be in attendance to hear how the party plans to support SMEs, and to mark the occasion, has put together a showcase of some of the city’s best-loved small businesses.

Wonky Woolies

Wonky Woolies are proud advocates of UK manufacturing, creating their quirky bobble hat range by hand or using hand-operated machinery, and sourcing their materials from UK suppliers wherever possible to support other businesses. The firm’s commitment to quality custom designs has earned them a fan-base that stretches as far as Japan, even taking commercial orders from the likes of Bulmers.


TreeGreen are the small but ambitious company behind the energyEGG, a device that helps homeowners save money on energy costs by automatically turning appliances on and off when users leave or re-enter rooms. The brainchild of company director Brian O’Reilly, this innovative invention is now stocked in many high street electronics chains, including John Lewis.

Silver Birch Interiors

Young entrepreneur Alan MacGregor originally trained as a joiner, but in 2007 decided to forge his own path, becoming self-employed and setting up his first business, In 2 Kitchens, in 2012. He now focuses on kitchen design business Silver Birch Interiors, which has won an Entrepreneurial Spark Acceler-8 Award through MacGregor’s involvement in the Glasgow Hatchery programme.

Hyndland Café

Hyndland Café is a family-run cafe, home-delivery and event catering business whose mission is to help the people of Glasgow treat themselves to freshly-prepared British breakfast favourites. The team’s personable approach has also earned the business a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, with customers describing the café as ‘the best kept secret in Glasgow.’

Bonnie Bling

Designer Mhairi Mackenzie has found rapid success with her laser-cut acrylic jewellery business, Bonnie Bling, since setting up in 2011. The brand’s unique designs, including a range featuring classic Scottish dialect words, have been worn by numerous international celebrities, from Usain Bolt to X Factor contestants, but are still manufactured in the firm’s micro-base off Scotland’s West coast.

Having already heard the Labour and Conservative parties outline measures to give UK entrepreneurs a better chance at success, Aldermore looks forward to hearing from the Liberal Democrats this week. Follow the Bank on Twitter for the latest news from the event.

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