When she started her beauty business in 1988 Morag Wood had lots of plans for the future – and 25 years later they have all come true.
One of the first salons of its kind in Falkirk town centre, Body Matters has stood the test of time and she now employs three other staff.
This week she is celebrating her silver anniversary, but admits finding it hard to believe.
She said: “When I opened, my first premises were in Grahams Road. A couple of years later I moved to Park Street in the heart of the town where I’ve been ever since.
“I think we’ve survived because of our good customer service.
“Some of the clients have been with us since the first few months and are still coming along. Now I’m also looking after their daughters and granddaughters.”
Morag (46) has also managed to juggle running a business with bringing up her three children, now aged 18, 16 and nine.
She added: “It’s not always been easy, especially in the first years when I was working six days a week. But I think, like my clients, I’ve realised you need to have a work-life balance.
“People see beauty treatments not just as a treat but as something they deserve. Even when times are hard, they might not be able to afford to change their car, but they will ensure they have their manicure.”
When Morag started her business after training at Edinburgh’s Mary Reid College, she received a loan and grant from the Prince’s Trust Scotland, which in 30 years has helped 80,000 young people in the UK start a business.
Allan Watt, director of The Prince’s Trust Scotland, said: “It is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates what young people can achieve given the right support and opportunity to make the most of their potential.”