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Victoria Hamilton

Recoil Kneepads
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Recoil Kneepads are the next generation in knee protection! Utilising a spring loaded mechanism this new design offers improved comfort and protection!

60-Second Interview

Please give your name and then say who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
My biggest hero is my Nan. She’s my hero, she always provides words of wisdom and encouraged me in whatever I decided to do in life.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
My Uncle and Dad both own their own businesses. I always liked the idea of being my own boss and making my mark on the world. With my business just now it’s not all about the sales, it’s about the wider social impact I can have through local manufacturing and also creating jobs in the UK!
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
It was actually $30 and it was at a trade show in Las Vegas! It was demonstrating some of our earlier prototypes and the guy across from me asked if he could buy a set. I’ve got it framed in the office! 3 years of hard work lead to that moment!
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
In January 2016 I ran out of cash to keep funding the manufacture. It was a really rough couple of months. We were 6 months away from having stock to start selling and i knew if I could just hang on it would be worth it! I took up a part time job and bootstrapped to keep going - it was tough! But so worth it!
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
My family. They see me every day and see the challenges I face - my Mum has been at the receiving end of many of my vents and rants of my frustrations, but she’s a solid rock I can rely on. My good pal Susie and sales manager Paul also keep me upbeat and help me to see things logically!
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
The fun of it - and knowing each day I’m one further along the business development journey than I was the day before!
How do you define success?
Success is having enough money to live, be happy and so home each night knowing you’re doing something really positive and making a difference in the world.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
Hopefully in a bigger office in Glasgow, selling internationally and employing 10 people with a whole range of products on the market!
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Believe in yourself, take calculated risks and have fun!
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
I’m not too sure to be honest! The best business connections I’ve made are through people who aren’t always on the radar most times - so I’m not really sure who I’d say. Richard Branson would be pretty cool though!