Member of the Week - Ortak Ltd
Ortak Ltd has been established since April 2014, when Alison Firth purchased the Ortak brand, set up manufacturing the jewellery in Kirkwall, Orkney. Since they started they have had two manufacturing premises, growing out of their original workshop in 2017 and moving to “the old home” of Ortak. They now continue to grow the business selling to trade customers, their own shops in Kirwall and online sales.
We spoke to Alison Firth, Director of Ortak. About her role, Alison said: “Originally from Castletown in Caithness, I started my career as a trainee at Rolls-Royce. I worked there for 12 years before joining a commercial company based in Dounreay. During this time, I studied both for my degree and my chartered accountancy. Using the various knowledge gained during my time at both places, I then invested in Ortak in 2014 and became a director of the business. My role includes all financial matters, marketing, attending trade shows to promote the business, retail management and all HR matters. Most days I cycle everywhere in Kirkwall, it is far easier than trying to park my car!”
Alison told us why Ortak would like to be featured as member of the week: “Since we reformed Ortak in 2014, it is amazing how many people do not know we are back in business, we often get asked “but you used to have shops….” We want to promote our business and move forward and let people know our success story to date.”
Did you know? Along with manufacturing some of their amazing range of jewellery (they have a back catalogue with over 14,000 designs), Ortak also provide services including manufacturing for others including bespoke work for both for individuals and companies.
Ortak have a new designer in-house, Laura, who has just launched her first range of jewellery, called Solstice. Alison said: “We are very proud of Laura as she has just graduated from UHI Orkney and we want to develop young people and continue the amazing jewellery services provided in Orkney. We provide a full range for services from initial design to manufacture and finishing.”
Alison shared with us her business plans for the next 12 months: “Continue to grow the business, both within the UK and abroad. We attended our first trade show in the USA this year and would like to continue to grow both that market and the Canadian market in the next 12 months.”
Alison told us what she values most about Inverness Chamber membership: “We have joined to Chamber to help us network and grow our business, we see this as an advantage to our business. The information we can get to assist us is invaluable.”
Alison gave us her top-tip to share as to how to make the most of your chamber membership: “Use the chamber for advice, there are a lot of resources out there and you should utilise them. It is also a good environment for networking and meeting new contacts.”