An antenatal class may not seem the most obvious place for a new business to be born but that’s just what happened to Scottish “mumtrepreneurs” Julie Wilson and Amy Livingstone.
The pair were on maternity leave with their first children when they hit on the idea of attaching teething chews to baby bibs to stop them being lost or dropped on to dirty floors.
Cheeky Chompers was formed and the Neckerchew hit the shops in 2013.
It proved a hit and the company has since widened its range of teething aids.
Amy said the forthcoming Entrepreneurial Scotland conference was a great chance to meet and learn from like-minded individuals.
“We are not the finished article by any means,” Amy told The Courier.
“There are lots of people who will be going to conference that we are looking forward to meeting. We would love to have mentors in business that are more established than ourselves.
“We are looking forward to being with like-minded people, sharing stories and best practice and learning from the experience.”
The duo will join a stellar line-up of senior business figures at Entrepreneurial Scotland’s annual conference at Gleneagles Hotel later this month.
The event on April 21, for which The Courier is official media partner, will also feature input from homegrown billionaire Jim McColl.
The Clyde Blowers Capital founder’s path to success was not immediately obvious when he left school at 16.
However, an apprenticeship at Weir Pumps spurred his lifelong interest in engineering and in 2007 he returned to buy the business that had given him his first start.