Designer Duo Named as Glasgow's Top Young Entrepreneurs

Diane Houston is named Glasgow’s top young entrepreneur at the regional finals of the 2010 Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ Awards.

The 29 year old founder of Gilda and Pearl was announced as regional winner at a ceremony in Sloans in Glasgow today.  She was presented with a £1000 cash prize by Alison Galloway of Scotbeef Limited, sponsors of the winner’s award.  Ms Houston will now be considered by the judging panel to be entered into the national final taking place at Glasgow’s City Chambers on Tuesday 16th November 2010. Six of the 18 regional winners are selected to compete for the coveted national title of PSYBT ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ and the opportunity to win an additional £2000. 

 Inspired by the glamorous sirens of classic film and cinema, the 29 year old launched her lingerie business in 2009, having identified a demand for custom made underwear which is affordable, luxurious and feminine.  Working from her studio on King Street in Glasgow’s Merchant City, each garment is hand made using traditional fitting techniques to ensure a perfect fit, and a unique finished article.  The business is still in its infancy, however Gilda & Pearl has become a much sought after lingerie label in the UK and abroad and has been widely featured in the national press and leading fashion magazines.

The runner-up is Gillian Kyle who produces screen-printed bags, aprons, tea towels and t-shirts featuring an iconic selection of Scottish popular culture including Tunnock’s tea-cakes, Irn Bru and Plain Loaves. The former Glasgow School of Art textile designer started her business in 2009 and her products are now selling through her website, boutique shops, markets and festivals. Working from her home in Shawlands, Gillian has recently added more lines, including a range of tees and bibs for babies, and the much sought after ladies foil-print Teacake t-shirts.  A representative from Glasgow City Council presented Ms Kyle with a £500 cash prize and runners-up certificate. 

Both the winner and the runner-up received funding, advice and support from PSYBT, which during the last twenty one years, has supported almost 12,000 young people to start over 10,000 businesses, providing £31.5million in funding and additional assistance.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, PSYBT regional manager, Sarah Scace said, “Our regional finalists have demonstrated ambition, courage and determination to set up and develop their own businesses.  Youth enterprise is something to be recognised and applauded and we wish them all the best for the national final.”

 Alison Galloway of Scotbeef added, “We are delighted to support PSYBT and these awards which recognise the achievements of Scotland’s young people and encourage an environment that celebrates business innovation. Entrepreneurship is essential to our future prosperity not just in the Glasgow region but throughout Scotland.”

 The regional awards also recognised the expertise, mentoring advice and inspiration of aftercare advisor, Ken Robinson, who was named Glasgow’s regional Volunteer of the Year. A PSYBT regional manager assists with everything from compiling a business plan to securing premises.  Once the business is up and running, an aftercare adviser is appointed, all of whom are experts in their fields.  They work as volunteers for the organisation, with the sole aim of helping young entrepreneurs sustain their business and offering them crucial advice during the first two years in business.  Mr Robinson will go forward and have the chance of winning the coveted title of ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the national award finals in November.


 For further information contact, PSYBT Regional Manager, Sarah Scace on tel. 0141 572 8370 or Margaret Gibson/Emma Fitzpatrick at PSYBT head office on Tel no. 0141 248 4999.  Visit the PSYBT website at


 Contact – Diane Houston, Gilda & Pearl, Mobile no: 07901582351, Email address:, Website address:


Contact: Gillian Kyle Mobile no: 07786980366, Email address:

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