We started out two girls who enjoyed reworking old furniture as a hobby.
Shauna would come round to mine every weekend and we would spend the whole day painting in my kitchen.
We would share our creations on social media sites and more and more people kept telling us we should do it for a living, so we decided to go for it.
Since that time 6 months ago we have had a steady flow of commission work and some very loyal customers, we have grew as a company and are ready for the next step.
Beyond the finish Line is a campaign ran by Icecream Architecture and Firstport. The aims are to fill empty shops in Glasgow with young motivated and creative social entrepreneurs so that we can bring these empty streets back to life as part of the Glasgow Legacy campaign for the 2014 games. We were chosen as one of the campaigns that they want to back, lucky us!
Since we have been chosen we have been constantly learning and working hard, learning all about business and pushing to be ready to open up in Summer. We have had industry professionals come in and mentor us, and the support has been unbelievable
Our aim is to open up shop in Glasgow selling all our upcycled furniture, in the back we will have a workshop and furniture storage space. The front shop will be full of vintage treasures and lots of lovely upcycled furniture.
- We will be taking on staff in the form of young people who have found it hard to find work, teaching them upcycle skills and retail skills, making them more employable in future.
- We will run classes for the community teaching them how to upcycle their own furniture and promoting the Thrifty Lifestyle.
- We will be saving furniture from going to landfill sites and helping Glasgow get Greener.
We believe we will be sustainable as there are high profit margins from the furniture we use. There are government schemes in place to pay the wages of our staff. We plan on getting a contract with Annie Sloan chalk paint so that we can run classes and sell the paint bringing in more revenue.
How the Money will be Spent
We are so passionate and love what we do, we just need to get our name out there with good branding and a nice website to follow suit. We need to spend this money on an advertising campaign so that we can compete with mainstream retailers. A logo, flyers, posters and a website. Every penny will be put to good use. We also need to initially have a fund to buy furniture to upcycle, we believe that £200 will be enough for us to buy enough furniture to fill the shop. A low number but we aim to get everything from local charities at a low rate.
Marketing and Website £300
So a total of £500 should get us on track.
We are not just a business for personal gain. Treemendus are a Social Enterprise that want to help the people of Glasgow and our local environment. Help us help Glasgow.
We want to say a HUGE THANK-YOU to everyone who pledged! We have already been in meetings to get our website and new logo designed and we are so excited about it. Your help has made this possible and we are hugely grateful! We have been overwhelmed by everyones generosity. We still have two weeks left to get more funding, and as we are at the start up stage every penny helps towards getting our new shop fitted and looking beautiful. We cant wait to shoot our thank you video and have your name in it!
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