Cork Boards

Week 2: Design Lab – Andrew from Get Cork

This week in Design Lab we are featuring one of our proudly South African suppliers, Andrew from Get Cork. Andrew whom started the company intended it to be innovative and malleable as a company, striving to always supply quality products. That’s why we love working with him.

We asked him a few questions and this was what he had to say:

What did you want to be when you were a child? I wanted to be and still want to be a pilot. Piloting a hang glider over Cape Town is still one of my dreams.

What made you decide to start your own business?
I had to make my own pocket money as a child, so I collected golf balls from a water hazard for re-sale to the same golfers who’d hit their balls into the water. I collected Avocados from trees in the neighborhood to sell at the hostel dinner table. I would trade and sell anything to fellow hostel dwellers. After school I worked for a nasty man who took pride in bullying his staff. I started a domestic window cleaning service as a way to supplement the salary he paid me and so I could save money to move from the small town I grew up in. The man showed me that I have the skills and the desire to work for myself and provide for my future.

How do you think being creative can bring about change in South Africa
​I​t’s only impossible until its done, Madiba said that. Sometimes a little bit of out the box creative thinking makes you stumble onto the most obvious solutions.

One piece of advice for young entrepreneurs?
Be patient, be impatient, be keen, be optimistic, be yourself, don’t ever be arrogant though. Listen to your customers and hold dear your staff.

What are you up to at the moment?
I’m honing my wood turning skills, I love working with wood and wood turning is a really relaxing way
of making beautiful objects. As always I’m also looking for ways I can make some money from it.

Except for his cork boards for kids rooms Andrew can also supply cork sheets and cork tiles.

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