- How did you get started in the industry?
I did a zoology degree at the University of Aberdeen, then worked for Briggs Marine, then decided to go self-employed. I went on a Winston Churchill fellowship after seeing a poster for the scholarship and travelled in a mobile home 6,000 miles around Europe - that's when I learnt about rock dust. Every year people can apply and this year one category has horticulture in it.
- What is the best aspect of your job?
I have a bedrock of loyal users - for instance Stuart MacKenzie, who won the Federation of Edinburgh & District Gardens & Allotment Associations top prize, which he put down to using rock dust. Now repeat business is keeping me going. We're exporting overseas - to Slovenia, for instance. People come back because it works. Now I have to get into the mainstream.
- What does the future hold for the company?
The past eight months have been getting the new branding launched and getting customer business re-established. Now I have to work out the next stage and how I want it to work. We have professional trials on sprouts and oil seed rape coming up and I'm talking to two companies that are interested in getting it into the mainstream. I don't want to be just an add-on to something else but at the moment I'm doing everything from selling and logistics to invoicing, paying and chasing. I still believe there is a vast market. We're organically approved and the remineralising organisation is worldwide, but it's just me in the UK. Mr Fothergill's took their first pallet of REMIN volcanic rock dust this week. Gardening Naturally gets through several pallets each month. I have sent 24 pallets to Slovenia's Semenarna gardening chain and I have also sent a full load, 20 tonnes, to Croatia.