A north-east design, print and embroidery firm is reporting “regular development” simply months after relocating from Aberdeen to a purpose-built studio in Kintore.
Ripples Custom Designs & Prints has additionally gained a gong within the Scotland Status Awards since its transfer from Centurion Courtroom within the Granite Metropolis.
To be recognised for our providers as we enter our ninth 12 months, exhibits we aren’t stopping anytime quickly.”
Founder and self-proclaimed “woman boss” Ola Adeyemi stated the brand new location had delivered a direct enhance to the enterprise.
Gross sales are at present up 23% year-on-year and on monitor for a 60% improve within the first 12 months after the transfer, she stated.
Ripples was thriving earlier than the relocation and wanted extra space to fulfill rising demand for its merchandise, she added.
The agency designs, prints and embroiders a variety of clothes in addition to customising and branding promotional and company presents.
It was included in 2010 and Mrs Adeyemi, 38, went full-time with it a number of years later, initially working from residence.
The enterprise now employs 5 folks, with a mixture of distant and workplace working throughout the busy workforce.
Ripples’ new premises are rented however there may be potential to purchase, which Mrs Adeyemi, who boasts a postgraduate diploma in worldwide industrial legislation from Aberdeen College, stated would permit it to work with greater corporations – resembling distilleries and people inside building – and faculties.
The long-term aim is to offer a facility for folks to come back in and create designs themselves, providing instructing alternatives.
Former radio station
Ripples’ newly developed studio was as soon as residence to North East Community Radio, prompting Mrs Adeyemi to retain the identify “The Studio” as a part of the tackle, alongside conventional options of the constructing, such because the stone partitions discovered inside.
Gordon Lee, proprietor of Craigdon Building, which carried out the rebuilding work, stated: “The imaginative and prescient was to mix an area that will act as each an company and a workshop, whereas together with conventional and fashionable options for high-technology equipment and printers.
“I might examine in with Ola now and again to listen to her ideas on our progress, however we labored nicely collectively and he or she trusted me to simply get on with it.
“She positively had huge concepts and it was a pleasure to offer extra capability for Ola and her workforce to work with a big number of shoppers.”
Ripples’ triumph within the Scotland Prestige Awards – launched in 2019 to recognise enterprise success all through the nation – got here within the embroidery service of the 12 months class.
Mrs Adeyemi, who co-owns the corporate along with her GP husband, Ade, and in addition owns north-east clothes model City Caledonia, stated: “This award means a lot to me and the Ripples workforce because it validates our onerous work.
“I’ve been working Ripples Prints for over eight years now, and to be recognised for our providers as we enter our ninth 12 months, exhibits we aren’t stopping anytime quickly.
“The corporate has grown from my residence and now we have not too long ago moved to completely operational premises in Kintore which can allow additional growth of the enterprise.”