What happens when your biggest customer is in the eye of a hurricane?

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Used under a Creative Commons license. Image credit: Karl-Ludwig Poggemann

Our CEO and inventor Alison Grieve spoke to Insider about the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and its Florida headquarters, which were right in the path of Hurricane Irma.

"Last week we were glued to our tablet screens as the news reports of historically powerful Hurricane Irma came through thick and fast.

We have many personal friends on the East Coast, across Florida and over to Charleston.

I video called our friend Kelly, who had joined me just the other week at the ErgoExpo in Vegas.

Emergency alerts had pinged on our phones to warn us of flash flooding – an occurrence almost unheard of in Vegas but linked to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Now she was back in Charleston, huddled in the hallway with her dog, boyfriend, bedding and three suitcases filled with their most valuable possessions as a tornado ripped through a highway just two miles away from them.

The unpredictable Irma took a turn away from its forecast path shortly before the weekend. Instead of a sweep across the Eastern side of Florida and onto Georgia and the Carolinas, Irma swept slightly west, gaining in strength, and heading directly for St Pete, over the water from Tampa.

Why was this particularly concerning for G-Hold? Because our largest customer, HSN, is right bang in the middle of St Pete."

Read the full story here.


Posted by Caroline Whitham.

The Herald profiles G-Hold inventor and CEO, Alison Grieve

Alison, our CEO and inventor, was profiled by The Herald newspaper. Read the full story here.

Here are some of our favourite bits:

"What does [your company] produce?

We design and manufacture ergonomic handholds for iPads, tablets and any other handheld devices. We also produce Safetrays, a more mature product range, which are non-toppling trays for the foodservice industry.

To whom does it sell?

We sell the G-Holds to a real mixture of tablet users. Our biggest customer is the Home Shopping Network in the USA, but we're now on the Scottish Government Framework for schools across Scotland. We also sell to global banks, healthcare services and thousands of other users who need their tablets in everyday life and work. Our celebrity users include Suzi Perry.

What is its turnover?

We have forecast £400,000 this year and we're on track to be ahead of that target.


What could the Westminster and/or Scottish governments do that would help?

I'm meeting with the Deputy First Minister to discuss an idea I have for an import/export project for twelve year olds. We have organisations in California who would like to get involved. Creating a culture of international entrepreneurship is something I believe could and should begin at school.

What was the most valuable lesson that you learned?

I learned to be grateful for what I have when things go wrong, and grateful for what I have when things go right. I also learned that the greatest advantage in business is to be underestimated.

I always get a lot out of meeting business people who have achieved significant success.

I felt honoured to have had the opportunity to meet the dragons when I appeared on the Dragons Den television show recently. You're in the Den for over two hours so there's a lot which has to be cut for the final airing. Many of the comments I felt were best and most useful didn't make it onto the show but the overall result has been a fantastic boost to our online sales and exposure to many people we would not have otherwise reached. I've also been so touched by the many messages of support following the show.

How do you relax?

I love anytime I spend just hanging out with my twin boys and my partner Denny. A good walk up a Munro is also fantastic to clear the mind. And music is the very best of medicines for the soul."

Read the full story on the Herald website here.

Posted by Caroline Whitham.

Revolutionary tablet holder grabs grip on market - G-Hold featured in The Herald newspaper

G-Hold inventor Alison Grieve features in an article about G-Hold in today's Herald newspaper. You can read the full article on their website, but here are some highlights:

"A space themed-range of G-Holds is now available to buy at the Glasgow Science Centre and at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, while other versions are on sale in the Scottish Parliament shop and through Amazon.

"This month a version of the hold emblazoned with the Glasgow University logo has been put on sale, in honour of the 50th anniversary of Ms Grieve’s knighted grandfather – Sir Robert Grieve – taking up the university’s first professorship of town and regional planning.

“'There is still a dissertation prize at the university that bears my grandfather's name,' said Ms Grieve. 'I'm sure he would like to see the Grieve family's connection to the university continue through the generations.'"




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G-Hold inventor Alison Grieve interviewed by The Sun

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G-Hold's inventor Alison was interviewed by The Sun newspaper, who have dubbed her "Scotland's answer to Joy," after Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop played on screen by Jennifer Lawrence.

Alison talked really honestly about difficult times with the business and overcoming challenges as an inventor and as a mum, to see G-Hold used by Suzi Perry on Formula 1 and about to be featured on the Home Shopping Network in the USA. You can read the full article on the Sun's website.


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G-Hold inventor Alison Grieve in conversation with the Financial Times and other inventors

Alison Grieve joined a Twitter panel to discuss the challenges faced by inventors when getting their product to market. Some interesting points were raised for budding innovators - see the full discussion on the Financial Times website here: 


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Alison with G-Hold in the Daily Record

Alison Grieve wrote a comment piece for the Daily Record, explaining why we decided to make the G-Hold locally.

"But perhaps more than anything it is the strong relationships that you form when working so closely with a manufacturer. I have laughed, pondered, learned, invented, almost cried and drunk numerous cups of tea with McLaren Plastics.

Walking into the factory and breathing in the scent of hot steel and molten plastic feels like you’re connecting with the very soul of a product.

The establishment of Safetray production took us around 18 months. With the G-Hold, units started shipping just five months after the first bit of aluminium tooling was cut."

Read the full article here.

Posted by Caroline Whitham.