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Margaret Reynolds 
 
When Margaret Reynolds from Moray took over long-established local business Dogrobes in 2013, she thought she would be maintaining the business as a hobby. Formerly run by Ann Playle since 2004, the company supplied locally on a reactive basis. It didn’t take long for Margaret to notice the company’s potential. With a degree in marketing and a background in retail, where she worked her way through a Tesco graduate scheme, she set about using her skills to shake the company up.
 
The process involved the development of an eye-catching brand design, along with marketing materials which involved photoshoots with various doggy models and included Margaret’s own dog, cute poodle Missie, and handsome gun dog Josh. She identified shows and trade fairs as a way to meet her customers, developed distinctive stand branding and travelled the country.
She went through a long and arduous process of trademarking. The fabric used is unique and a university study is currently ongoing to ascertain why Dogrobes is "the easy way to dry your dog.” 
 
As demand increased and Margaret was sewing her own product, she enlisted the help of 2 colleagues, and eventually employed a manufacturer as sales continued to grow.
 
With a strong belief in providing the highest standards of customer service, she redesigned the website to make it easier for customers to order online and developed a social media strategy to encourage people to engage with the brand. The website now has lots of photos of happy dog-wagging customers. 
 
 
Judith Thorpe
 
In 1997 Judith Thorpe founded Thorpe Molloy Recruitment with her business partner, Karen Molloy, aged 24.  Since start up, the business has extended its services from Accountancy and Financial recruitment to include 8 other specialist divisions Executive, HR, Office Personnel, Commercial Contracts, Business Development and Marketing, QHSE, Supply Chain and Professional Trades. Thorpe Molloy has celebrated its 17th anniversary and now employs over 45 people.
 
Originally from Yorkshire and a graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Judith is passionate about promoting and supporting entrepreneurialism and young enterprise.  She is a member of the Leaders Forum, Entrepreneurial Scotland.  She is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland. She is actively involved in supporting two local charities, Cornerstone and The Sandpiper Trust.
 

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Venue information

Norwood Hall Hotel Garthdee Road
Aberdeen
AB15 9FX

01224 868951

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Chairman

Judith Thorpe, Thorpe Molloy Recruitment, www.thorpemolloy.com

Speakers

  • Margaret Reynolds, Dogrobes, www.dogrobes.co.uk
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