We were introduced to Andy Cox of Pop Up Designs through a mutual friend. Andy was looking to build the business but needed help to manufacture the products. It turned out that Paul had crossed paths with Andy when both of them were secondary school Heads of Design & Technology. With a shared interest in education and young people, Andy was very interested in The Workshop and, given our laser cutting capacity, delighted for us to be his manufacturing partner.
Andy’s motivation to start the business was to raise funds to support two children a year, or more, through Compassion UK which gives long term support to children in the world’s poorest places. This goal was achieved for two years by selling a range of products that were made in Gordonstoun School, Moray, for the Christmas gift market. Now that Andy is semi-retired he is trying to raise far more for Compassion UK by investing in the business with a patent, registered and copyrighted designs, a business partner in charge of sales and registered trademarked products.
Pop Up products include post cards, cards and A4 wooden products. All are flat with laser cut parts to be pushed out to make 3D mini models. There is a fantastic collection of unique designs categorised in the following groups: Christmas, Scottish Animals, Scottish Heritage, Fun/Novelty and Custom/Bespoke. We commissioned a unique Wade’s Bridge design so look out for A6 cards and postcards on sale locally in Windows, Spirit of Wood, The Courtyard, The Highland Chocolatier and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre!
Gemma Henderson is the Business Manager at The Workshop Aberfeldy. Always inspired by the variety of products that 'walk through the door', this blog highlights some of the more interesting projects that are created here in The Workshop.