A Carnoustie businesswoman has been overwhelmed by the response after she was named Young Woman of the Year at an awards night.
Bethany Bowles, owner of greengrocer Gather, was presented with The Malting House Design Studio Young Woman of the Year Award at the Women Ahead Business Awards 2017 on Saturday night at the Apex in Dundee.
She was nominated by Edith Adam and Bethany was tasked by the Women Ahead panel to fill out a 2500 words application covering a number of questions and also provide two excellent references.
Bethany takes up the story: “One of those was Wendy Murray from East Haven and the other was Kathryn Baker, one of the owners of Sacred Grounds Coffee in Arbroath. So one was a customer and one was a supplier.
“I was shortlisted to go for interview in February and I found out afterwards that I was a finalist.”
Winning however was not on Bethany’s mind and it came as a bit of a surprise.
She said: “”I didn’t really expect to win. It was good to be part of it because it made me stop and look back at what I had achieved, and that in itself was worthwhile and beneficial.
“It’s just over three years since I bought the business and I’ve done a lot to change things round.
“I was happy to be a finalist, but if someone else had won I was still proud to be a part of it.”
Bethany would like to thank everyone who has supported her in her endeavours.
She added: “I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the number of ‘likes’, messages of congratulations and shares on Facebook.
‘‘I came into the shop after the win and Lucy had put up a congratulations banner!
“It’s just made me think. I do it because I love it and it’s nice to know so many people appreciate it as well.”
For Gather and Bethany it is a case of onwards and upwards.
She added: “There’s a lot more happening in Carnoustie now than there used to be and it’s nice to see so many businesses wanting to work with each other.”