A chartered Glasgow surveyor who, after suffering from migraines, set up an aromatherapy company has gained recognition as an entrepreneur.
Margaret Morrison-Macleod has been appointed an ambassador for the British Business Bank-supported Start Up Loans scheme.
The company of Ms. Morrison-Macleod, Divine Hag, sells items ranging from a mist to alleviate nausea to a balm made from natural ingredients for relaxation. At her studio in Glasgow, she also provides aromatherapy and candle-making facilities.
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U.K. U.K. “The Divine Hag is a dynamic business that shows how to build a dedicated local customer base into a successful brand with national and international potential.” Small Business Minister Paul Scully said.
Ms. Morrison-Macleod is one of 12 ambassadors chosen to highlight the advantages of the British Business Bank, headed by Lord Smith of Kelvinfunding ,’s for entrepreneurs.
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“The idea of starting a business is exciting but also frightening for most people, especially in the current environment,” said Richard Bearman, managing director of the business start-up loans program at the bank.
“However, what our 2020 Ambassadors show is that with the right support and mentoring, it is possible to thrive and succeed even in the most challenging of circumstances.”
Ms. Morrison-Macleod used the £ 18,000 loan funds she received to buy workshop space and equipment for development.
She noted, “I launched a new monthly subscription package during the lockdown to capitalize on the growing home wellness trend, and, in partnership with a local Glasgow barbershop, I also launched a men’s collection to meet demand.”
“While my physical workshops have been put on hold due to local and national closures, I’ve been able to launch online versions instead and am already booked to offer both candle making and aromatherapy classes in 2022.”
Since 2012, the British Business Bank has given a total of £ 39 million in lending by partners to around 5,000 startups in Scotland. Among its partners is DSL Business Finance. It has provided a total of £663 million in startup loans to businesses in the UK.