They are the future for Glasgow and the west of Scotland's economy and are working hard to achieve success in the face of continuing economic hardship.
Many new businesses are struggling to take off because of the economic downturn, and this column will offer advice for potential start-ups.
Each company will answer the same questions about their business and their answers will appear in the Evening Times each Wednesday. This week we highlight Alison Burn from Wonky Woolies
Who are you?
Alison Burn, I come from Melrose in the Scottish Borders and have lived in Glasgow for 10 years.
What does your
Wonky Woolies offers a personalised service to individuals, businesses and groups looking for customised bobble hats.
I also have an online store where customers can purchase hats from our existing bespoke range www.wonkywoolies.com
Where are you based?
A studio in Central Chambers on Hope Street.
How did you get started?
I wanted to make a dress for myself for a space-themed Hogmanay party.
My mother used to have a knitting shop in Melrose when I was very young and suggested I knit one.
She taught me how to make the dress, and from there I was hooked.
We started to create various products and decided to try them out at some craft fairs in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
We then, by chance, landed a contract with a large merchandising company which is when I decided to quit my day job and go for it.
I set up a small studio in my spare bedroom and within four months I needed to take on freelance knitters to help me out with the orders.
After eight months I decided to move out of the house and get premises in the city centre.
What is your background?
I studied event management at Glasgow Caledonian University, but I found it difficult to get a good job in the sector and jumped from company to company for a year or so.
I then worked as a travel consultant for Flight Centre for three years before deciding to set up my own business.
What is your top tip?
Stick to your guns. If you have an idea and you believe in it, just go for it, only you can hold yourself back.
How long has your business been running?
Has anyone helped you get started and how?
I first received advice from Business Gateway, who transferred me to Glasgow Regeneration.
I was given guidance in writing my business plan and setting up the basics of the company.
After a short presentation to a panel of Glasgow business people, I received a start-up grant which helped me to pay for my website and a portion of my IT equipment.
The Princes Trust gave me a test market grant which helped me to set up my stand at Scotland's Trade Fair in January 2013. Following that I went back to Business Gateway and applied for a start-up grant, which I was awarded.
I became a virtual member of DEG (Digital Enterprise Glasgow) who have helped by providing training sessions.
Business Gateway; Glasgow Regeneration; PSYBT; DEG; Cultural Enterprise Office; Scottish Development International
l Wonky Woolies, Suite 383 Central Chambers, 93 Hope Street, Glasgow
G2 6LD. 07846 247198