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Methlick teenager turns boredom into business


By Kirsty Brown

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Lockdown created a unique opportunity for a Methlick teenager.

With school out and exams cancelled, 17 year old Thomas Smalley found himself, like many others across the country, looking for ways to pass time while staying safe at home.

Having always had an interest in businesses, as well as planning and organising, Thomas started thinking about different business ideas and how he could best put his skills and interests to use to pass time.

He came up with ideas for three different companies, and after some further research and contemplation decided that Full Stop Apparel was the idea he was most interested in bringing to fruition.

Thomas Smalley.
Thomas Smalley.

Explaining how Full Stop Apparel came about, Thomas said: "During lockdown I was very bored as I didn’t have anything to do, all my Higher exams were cancelled which gave me too much time.

"I have always had an interest in business, planning and organising– I am always the one in the family that is either planning adventures, holidays or days out.

"During lockdown I came up with three ideas of different companies – I quickly worked out that Full Stop Apparel was the one I was most passionate about.

"Full Stop combines both my passion for business and fashion, so I decided to put my time and effort into making something productive out of lockdown.

"Full Stop was launched in July and since then we have received an amazing amount of orders, and I have also received amazing support from family and friends.

"Since then we have been very busy completing orders with the little touches and making sure every delivery is special.

"It has been a very bizarre time for myself, but I absolutely love it.

"It has been fun doing something professional and knowing that people have bought and are wearing something that I have made - I am very grateful to those that have placed orders."

Full Stop Apparel stocks affordable, good quality clothes and accessories with unique designs.

Thomas is now pursuing an HNC in business at North East Scotland College, and has aspirations of becoming a commercial pilot.



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