Owner of By Storm in Bearsden is awarded an OBE

SUCCESSFUL Bearsden businesswoman, Joyce Young, thought it was a wind-up when she received a letter saying she was going to be awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

The founder of special occasion/wedding wear shop By Storm on Milngavie Road, Bearsden says the award was a ‘complete surprise - but a lovely one.’

Joyce (59) set up the company in 1993 with help from her husband Maurice and it has grown from strength to strength over the years and now employs 20 people.

The driven lady is a Glasgow School of Art graduate, where she studied interior design and embroidery, and she has been in the textile industry since 1975. Maurice has also been in the industry since the 1960s.

Joyce also has a studio and factory in Maryhill with an outlet store with samples of fabrics and trimmings and she opened a shop in the west end of London in 1999 to cater for customers in the south of England and from abroad as they can fly more easily to the city.

Tartan Spirit was also started by Joyce in 2005 - it offers contemporary tartan outfits and accessories and caters for tartan weddings, which she says is a niche market.

By Storm also scooped the prestigious VOWS industry award last year.

For the full story get the nest issue of Milngavie and Bearsden Herald - out on Thursday, January 10.