Falkirk’s Sisters impresses in national contest

Owner Lauren Ferguson and manager Sophia Davies-Bell with the Drapers Young Fashion Independent of the Year award
Owner Lauren Ferguson and manager Sophia Davies-Bell with the Drapers Young Fashion Independent of the Year award

Boutique boss Lauren Ferguson was in the spotlight when she picked up a top fashion industry award.

Her Sisters store was named Young Fashion Independent of the Year at the Drapers Independent Awards 2014 ceremony in London last week.

It comes only 10 months after she was named the district’s top Independent Retailer at The Falkirk Herald Business Awards.

The Drapers awards recognise the country’s top sole traders in the fashion retailing world with accolades handed out in 15 categories.

Lauren’s two stores in Lint Riggs, Falkirk, were reviewed by a panel of judges. They said: “The shops look really amazing. The business really engages with its target audience, it is just tremendous, it really stands out.”

Delighted at her success, Lauren, who juggles running her successful business with bringing up two children, said: “This is a dream come true for me and my team, and massive reward for 18 years of blood, sweat and tears, building the business up from nothing to become Scotland’s best young fashion destination in a town which has been hammered by the recession, online trading and retail parks.

“I am beyond proud of this achievement and it means the world to me to be respected by others in the industry that I have the highest admiration for.”

Lauren has retailing in her blood. One of her stores is on the site of where her father ran Browns gents outfitters and her brother Gregg runs the aptly named Brothers in the town’s High Street.

Research shows that the growth of independents is stronger and proving to be the best hope for its survival. In 2013, across the top 500 UK town centres there was a growth of 424 independent shops, while the number of multiple stores declined by 209 units.