Scarlett
"My time on the FGIC Accelerator really helped me prioritise my business. Most importantly, it made me realise there are experts out there to help and if I can get someone to do something for me that isn't my strong point, that's ok.”

SCARLETT ERSKINE

Scarlett Erskine is a well renowned jewellery designer who knows all about silver linings. The Dundee-based entrepreneur creates both statement and wearable pieces which take inspiration from the human skin, highlighting the beauty it contains with detailed structures and textures of skin cells.

In spring 2019, Scarlett joined our Famous Grouse Ideas Centre Creative (FGCI) Accelerator to dedicate time to really think about her business, where she wanted to take it and how she wanted it to grow.

“From designing bespoke jewellery to teaching to all levels on how to make jewellery and running workshops to make your own wedding or engagement rings, my time on the FGIC Accelerator really helped me prioritise my business. Most importantly, it made me realise there are experts out there to help and if I can get someone to do something for me that isn't my strong point, that's ok.”

The hidden gem in Scarlett’s accelerator journey was her participation in Elevator’s Challenge weekend. Pushed beyond limits and inspired to take on challenges she once thought were unachievable, Scarlett believes it was the experience she needed to help her jump out of her comfort zone.

“Before setting off on our three-day adventure I had no idea what to expect and naturally I was a little apprehensive; however, I believe it was a pivotal point in my personal and business life. The weekend taught me to just do the scary thing, run up the tree and jump off - you might have fun! I learnt that you need to have a certain daring flair in business, take risks and essentially, be brave.”

Since the Challenge Weekend, Scarlett’s Elevator experience has been bolstered further thanks to Business Gateway Tayside’s support. Benefiting from 1-2-1 conversations, she was encouraged to look at the potential growth areas in her business and focus on the importance of strategising.

With this knowledge, Scarlett plans to seek further guidance on working out how much each part of her business is worth, split into stockists, commissions and workshops. She knows getting a handle on this will help facilitate sustainable growth.