Almost exactly 10 years after starting this business from my bedroom in my mum’s house, I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve just bought our first property.
It’s a great opportunity to look back at our fantastic growth over the last 10 years.
We started out in my bedroom wrapping orders in the only paper I had (pink flowery paper!) and I piled up the different kinds of sporrans around the floor and under my bed:
Then we moved to a tiny 75 square foot unit. The photo is basically all there was in it – 2 sets of shelves! However, it sure felt huge at the time.
When we started to outgrow that, we moved into a 125 square foot unit:
Then into our first office at about 350 square foot. We started off having it split between warehouse and office:
Then we got a a second 200 square foot office (total 550), so we moved the warehouse to the new unit and had our first solo office! Mind you, those warehouse aisles were a pretty tight squeeze!
Then into another 200 square foot office (total 750) to take some of our bigger bulk products:
At our last move, we took a bigger step that we hoped would last us for a few years and moved to a 2,500 square foot unit, a huge 4 times bigger. We suddenly had more space than we’d ever thought about. You can see that our aisles got a little bigger as well!
However, as is the way, after less than 2 years, we’d started to find ourselves short of space again….
So, we began looking for a larger space to help us continue our growth into the future. Finding a big space in Edinburgh isn’t easy, unless you want to be slightly out of town in an industrial estate. We were very keen to find a space in Leith as we love it here – there’s a real buzz around the area right now and lots of cool bars and shops are opening up.
On Friday 25th July (10 years and 1 month sine we were founded) we completed the purchase on a 15,000 square foot shop. A whopping 6 times bigger than our current premises and wee bit bigger than my bedroom!
It’s part of a beautiful grade B listed building and used to be a Co-Operative superstore back in the day. The property also has 2 shop fronts so stay tuned for exciting news on what we’re going to do with them.
Here’s some photos before we got in to tidy up!