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Craig Johnstone

Giglets
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom

Craig is a real example of someone who has undertaken that entrepreneurial journey. Starting the business at school he has experienced many challenges along the journey and is very willing to share his experiences with any aspiring young entrepreneur.

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
My biggest hero was and probably still is Richard Branson. I’ve always aspired to what he’s done and what he’s like. I think he’s pretty exceptional.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
Young Enterprise Scotland. I did it when I was in my 6th year at Loudon Academy
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
I had a wheelie bin cleaning business when we moved into a new cul de sac.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
That’s very hard because there’s so many challenges that are of a similar size but they might have different consequences. I think the biggest challenge for any business is to make sure you getting the right team, finding the right people and developing them.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
My team. It’s your team, friends and family. One of the biggest things is the network: Bridge 2 Business, Entrepreneurial Spark, Scottish Enterprise. Having that community of entrepreneurs there is key to help you get through those challenging times.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
Wanting to do something different, to make the business work. If you didn't have the passion to run the business you wouldn't get out the bed because sometimes your days are hard work. You get out your bed to get through those tough times so you can have the days when it goes well too.
How do you define success?
I think success for us as a business is to know that our product is making a real difference in education and we can see that by improvements in learning and so on. For me personally I think success is achieving the things you think are exceptional and you want to do.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
I see Giglets being a couple of million pound turnover business, I see us having expanded beyond the UK properly and selling to the market in USA, Australia, and New Zealand. Built a properly high growth technology business in Scotland but more specifically Ayrshire.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Probably to chillax. Don’t take things too seriously. I remember getting "het up" about things and I was quite a stressed person as a teenager. Relax; try and do your best and you’ll know if you work hard things are going to come your way.
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
Probably Richard Branson because of the things he can do for you and have him on your board and learn things from his experience would be ideal. He’s the kind of guy who can make things just happen for you.