What if...Girvan participants

A group of five budding entrepreneurs working or living in the South Carrick area have been selected onto the first round of What if...Girvan! 

Chelsea Rodger
Chelsea, a trained artist, runs Pastel Fox Studio in Girvan, but wants to develop the space by offering structured classes and a range of creative activities, particularly for those under 18’s. She is passionate about creativity and its role in community cohesion, she hopes that the space will provide a creative outlet for young people and those looking to gain new skills. Chelsea said:

I grew up in Girvan and I want to improve the town’s connectivity and bring people together through creativity. Girvan deserves to regenerate, bring passing trade through the town and have plenty of choice of activities for both tourists and residents. I am very passionate about doing my part for the town and delighted to have been selected onto the programme.

Marianne Maxwell

Marianne Maxwell Girvan Sea front
Marianne’s idea is to create a 21st century Glasgow Fair in Girvan. The festival will celebrate successful existing local activity while capturing the spirit of Glasgow Fairs of the past by attracting high profile artists to perform over two days. The festival aims to entertain local audiences and introduce Girvan to a new generation of holidaymakers.

Andrew Sinclair and Lesley Fisher

Andrew and Lesley
Andrew and Lesley’s idea is to import coffee from Uganda and make it available for sale in Girvan and surrounding areas. The enterprise will provide training and employment opportunities in Girvan and elsewhere in Ayrshire. Their long term ambition is to employ local people in a roasting facility and coffee shop. Producers in Uganda benefit too, as the enterprise will provide employment in the growing, packaging and export process.

Pearl McGibbon
Pearl McGibbon

Pearl’s idea is to organise a weekly, all year round indoors farmer’s market in Girvan. The market would allow local producers, as well as artists and craft makers, to get their products in front of both locals and visitors. Pearl wants the market to help bring Girvan back as a destination for day/weekend tourist and holidaymakers.

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