08 Mar Meet the Trader – Gekoglass
Based in Scarborough Market, enterprise runs in Lindsay’s blood; her mother Maxine was a publican and both are proud of their local roots! Lindsay teaches us to make an opportunity out of adversary as she and her husband embarked on the roller-coster of self-employment after redundancy. Her shop is a treasure trove, I got lost in the trinkets, wall hangings and jewellery all lovingly made in Scarborough.
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What town do you work in?
Tell us something that makes your town special.
We live by the sea and it is beautiful all year round.
How long have you been in business? Is it something you started yourself, inherited or ‘fell into’?
I set up the business in 2014 with my husband. He was made redundant and with the money Gekoglass was born.
What’s special about your business? What sets you apart from the competition?
We manufacture in Scarborough which we are really proud of. The splashbacks are not just functional but are beautiful too. We also produce handcraft fused glass items.
Anything else you want to tell us about your business? Have you got famous customers, do you do anything special for the local community, do you run workshops?
We have just started to make a beautiful new product. We have called it 4eva embers. We make fused glass tiles with copper letters in them, spelling out what ever the customer would like. Underneath this we encapsulate cremation ashes. This can be with ashes from a loved one or a pet. We have been overwhelmed with the positive response we have had from people regarding this item.
Do you employ other people? Are they friends, relatives or ‘just employees? What do they bring to the business?
We are just a husband and wife team. We would love to employ someone in the future.
Tell us ONE thing you love about being a market trader.
I love being part of a community. I work at Scarborough Market Hall and it’s a totally indoor market. The best thing is it’s an all weather venue.
Tell us ONE thing you could do without.
I could do without the worries being self-employed can sometimes bring. It can be stressful and slow paced at times, but the community spirit always helps me through the hard times.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Knowing I have a wonderful business to go to gets me out of bed in the morning. There are large windows in the building and every morning I look up and see the light coming through them and it makes me realise how lucky I am to be self-employed.
Are you doing anything to celebrate International Women’s Day #downthemarket?
This year I’m supporting my fellow businesses. There is a big event on in Scarborough which I’m unable to attend but my fellow business friends are displaying my flyers for me which is great.