The Threpwood Fayre journey has been a long and exciting one. Looking forward to the next 25 years!
Threepwood Fayre was founded in 1989 by John and Anne Dobbie after the birth of their son Jordan. Reluctant to forego being a full time mum the idea of self employment was the ideal opportunity to create something special.
Anne obtained a degree in Hotel and Catering Management at the Glasgow Hotel school and went on to run the catering department at British Alcan for 12 years. With this background and some experience in making gifts at Christmas the decision was made to start up a cottage industry producing handmade confectionery.
Their journey began!
In early 1990 a single port-a-cabin was purchased and John personally converted a cloakroom into a purpose built kitchen facility. He dealt with every aspect of the building project from grant application (which they were fortunate enough to receive £1800 from Scottish Enterprise – Thank you!), planning permission, laying of the foundations, plumbing, power, internal and external design.
The cabin was situated on their ground at Lowhouse Cottage and put Anne in the perfect situation to care for their family and earn a living.
In 1990, exactly one year from conception, their cottage industry, Threepwood Fayre, began trading.
They started by supplying local retail outlets, attending Craft Fairs and making gifts and over the following years strived to expand the business. They would supply Glasgow venues such as the Kings Theatre, the Burrell collection, Glasgow art Galleries, the Transport Museum and the City Chambers where members of the Royal family and visiting dignitaries would savour their after dinner confections.
They were also approached by a sales representative who went on to supply the central belt of Scotland.
After the Twin Towers disaster, when John was made redundant, the decision was made for him to join Threepwood Fayre full time. It was at this point Farmers Markets became a substantial part of their business doing up to 20 markets per month. With his experience in sales he pushed the business to the next level. By 2008 Threepwood Fayre had added another 2 cabins a vending trailer and two vintage vans to the business which provided ideal selling units. By supplying retail and commercial customers, as well as attending a substantial number of events throughout the year, it meant that the business was not dependant on one avenue for sales.
In 2009 it became necessary to upgrade to a larger facility, still on their own premises, allowing them to work more efficiently and produce higher volumes of confectionery.
Their youngest son Kyle left school in 2010 and chose to join Threepwood Fayre to work alongside Anne in production. He has become an integral part of the business with his social media skills and enthusiasm to move forward.
All four family members strive to run an ethical and successful cottage industry, each offering their own strengths and skills to what has become a way of life for the Dobbies.