Business champion shortlisted for award

Jen McDonald sporting some Neon Ninja garments
Jen McDonald sporting some Neon Ninja garments
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A business champion based at Glasgow Clyde College who is looking to revitalise the city’s fashion scene has been shortlisted for a major national award.

Jen McDonald (28), a former pupil of St Ninian’s High School in Clarkston, runs her Neon Ninja label at the Glasgow Clyde College’s Cardonald Campus.

She was last year named as a ‘champion’ of the Bridge 2 Business scheme run by Young Enterprise Scotland and, in recognition of her vision and creativity, is in the running to be named ‘champion of the year’ at a ceremony next month.

Since founding her new label in September last year, Jen has received praise for her clothing, which she describes as “all about bright colours and bold print”, is now stocked in Glasgow city centre shops.

“I didn’t want to start a bog-standard t-shirt company, so I used inspiration from the 1990s and Japanese streetwear,” said Jen, whose business idea was born as she completed a degree in fashion at university.

“The incubator at Glasgow Clyde College’s Cardonald Campus allows me to have a base and access to sewing machines and studio facilities free of charge. I have the freedom to produce samples of my ideas before they go into production and the college also runs masterclasses on finance and other aspects of business.

“Being an ambassador for Bridge 2 Business is amazing for me. I’m an average girl and was never really business-minded.

Brian McEwan, Bridge 2 Business programme manager, said: “Jen is among the standout up-and-coming business owners in Scotland.”