Growing a new business in times of financial and economic difficulties is never easy, but for one Belfast man who sowed the seeds of a gardening start-up last year, the fruits of his labour are beginning to show.
Conor Gallagher’s AllotMe platform, described as an Airbnb for would-be gardeners, has become a runaway success.
His determination to build a business has now been rewarded with a £250,000 cash injection from a number of investors (page 21).
With the spadework done, it’s time to expand his online business, which matches people with no outdoor space of their own to others hoping to let their plots out.
“The first year of AllotMe has shown the massive potential of the platform, from both hosts [people with land] and greenfingers [people with none], and the time is right to invest in scaling up the technology and reach of the business to meet the demand,” said Conor.
Even in trying times, a good idea, a little hard work and some faith in yourself is enough to make a business flourish.