Business owners thank shoppers

A group of budding entrepreneurs have thanked the people of Kirkintilloch for helping them land a prestigeous £1,000 prize.

Back in July, Tigerprint Tees were the successful business in the TestTown 2014 East Dunbartonshire heat - which challenged young businesses to find enterprising uses for vacant town centre shops.

The jungle-themed coffee shop, where kids can design their own clothing, beat all-comers and advanced to the recent UK final in Cambridge.

And, while they narrowly missed out on the top prize of £10,000, they managed to scoop a special prize of £1,000 for marketing.

Colleen Reid, owner of Tigerprint Tees, said: “I was delighted to be recognised amongst stiff competition and feel I owe a massive thanks to the mums, dads, grannies and granddads of Kirkintilloch.

“They were so welcoming and happy to come along and let me test my business idea on them. I gained invaluable insight that weekend and look forward to visiting again in the near future to show everyone how far we’ve come.

“It was great seeing everyone in Kirkintilloch so excited about the high street.

“We had passers-by ducking under the shutters to find out what we were doing from day one.

“It was that feeling of local community that really pushed all of the participating teams that week.

“Since the final in Kirkintilloch, our product line has expanded and the quality has improved across every item we sell.

“We’d love to try our concept at events or festivals and, of course, continue doing pop-ups with the idea to bring a bit of colour to high streets all over the country.

“Hopefully we can visit Kirkintilloch again soon.”

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Congratulations to Tigerprint Tees on winning the special prize - I’m sure it was richly deserved and is a good indication that the business was a worthy winner at the Kirkintilloch final.”