Pink chair

We love catching up with our loan recipients to see how they've translated their business plans into reality. Based out of Glasgow, Turnstyle13 was borne of Jenny's love of working with tools and with her hands...

  • Who are you?

Hello, I’m Jenny Morrison and I run and own Turnstyle13.Ltd

  • What does your business do?

I restore and redesign furniture, taking old and unloved pieces and turning them into bright-bespoke pieces. I love my furniture to be bold and colourful – something you can’t buy in the shops. I do a bit of everything from joinery to French polishing and upholstery to spray painting.

  • Where are you based?

I’m based in Glasgow’s east end.

  • How did you get started?

I mentioned that I loved working with hand tools when speaking to a career advisor and she suggested trying a furniture restoration course at college. I had no intention of starting a business but when I started the course my love for furniture, fabrics and French polishing was born and I knew then that this was what I wanted to do.

  • What is your background?

JennyI trained as a joiner, getting my apprenticeship in 1998. Eight months after that finished I was made redundant, and realised I wanted to do something different. I studied sound production which led to degree in audio technology. Unable to get a job in media I had many different jobs: bra fitter, cleaner, deli counter assistant, customer service in bingo and it was then I decided to speak to career advisor. I’m glad I did.

  • What is your top tip?

Don’t give up, if you love what you do. I think getting to know other business owners helps too, as they get it, and its good to have these people to talk to, bounce ideas off, and support each other. I have a great group of business buddies.

  • How long has your business been running?

I started Turnstyle13 in 2015 after finishing college. It was a slow starter as I wasn’t sure how to run a business and I’m still learning. As a one-woman band it can be a struggle to try and do everything but it has been good learning new skills.

  • Has anyone helped you get started and how?

I got a Start Up Loan from Transmit Startups to get things off the ground. The money helped me to buy some machines and tools as well as some fabrics and other bits for the business. Having that initial backing helped me to be able to grow.

  • What was your biggest mistake/what would you do differently?

Everyone makes mistakes and I think that’s a good thing. I’ve made a few mistakes but I wouldn’t change anything because they’ve helped me and my business grow and go in the direction that I want it to. As for doing things differently, last year I made the decision to stop taking on commission work as wanted to focus more on my own furniture designs.

  • Who was/is your mentor/or inspiration?

My family and friends are definitely my mentors and they give me advice too.

  • Where do you plan your business to be in five years time?

I have so many ideas of where I want Turnstyle13 to go. I would love my own shop with a wee workshop in the back. Selling my furniture, interiors as well as some other stuff.