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Jane Gowans

Jane Gowans
Dundee, United Kingdom

Jane Gowans set up her brand in 2010 and has since worked with companies such as Harvey Nichols and The National Gallery London. Her collections have been worn by a selection of celebrities including Brit Award winner Emeli Sande and actress Emma Thompson

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
My Gran, she is an amazing woman who just gets on and gets things done. Inheriting this attitude, I feel, has contributed a great deal to my business.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
The ability to be my own boss and to shape my own future.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
I think it was working as a Saturday girl in a hair salon and was probably my entire day's wage.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
Connecting with the industry in other countries. Something we will be looking at over the next three years.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
My family are incredibly supportive: this has been key. As the brand grows our customers make us feel very loved and receiving pictures of people enjoying their jewellery always brightens up my day.
What is it that gets you out of bed in the morning?
The fact that every day is different and I never know what will happen. I love that!
How do you define success?
Happiness, contentment and security.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
We aim to be selling internationally with a larger team and to continue building on our current success.
If you could give your ‘teenage self’ one piece of advice, what would it be?
I wouldn’t. Each stage of our lives teaches us something, it is all valuable and nobody likes to be lectured.
If you could have any one person on your business contact list, who would that person be and why?
I wouldn’t mind picking Richard Branson’s brain sometimes.