In these days of repro products and cheap disposable fashion imports there is something refreshingly authentic about Araminta Birse-Stewart’s hand-weaving workshop and showroom down on Leith waterfront.
Making people feel good about themselves is all in a day’s work for Becky Woodhouse, though it sometimes comes from unexpected customers.
It has to be said that credit unions have had to cope with a bit of a bad press, having been lumped together with payday lenders and generally seen as ‘poor people’s banks’.
If the buzz around the Business Gateway stand was a measure of success then it would appear that Susan Harkins has nailed it.
Andrew Brookes stretches out on a brown leather Chesterfield sofa, a coffee maker and drinks trolley adding to the home-from-home furnishings that give his studio and offices the feel of a modest New Town apartment.