I am Nick Fiddes, founder of Scotland’s oldest heritage site, owner of the world’s last artisanal tartan weaving mill, and enthusiast for Scottish culture. AMA
Today is 'Burns Night', so I'm here to answer any questions I can about Scottish traditions and culture, tartan, tweed, kilts, knitwear, our rather unique businesses, or pretty much anything else!
I set up Scotweb in 1995 - Scotland's first secure ecommerce site and maybe even the first company to retail custom made clothing online. Today we offer by far the world's largest choice of tartans and tweed products, where you can design your own tartan on CLAN.com and get it woven at the heritage weaving mill that we rescued from closure a few years ago, for manufacture into over 100 garments or products.
Our DC Dalgliesh weaving mill is the world's only specialist hand-crafted tartan producer. We stepped in in 2011 when it was about to close, both to save its unique skills, and because we saw huge value in its reputation for excellence and amazing 'Hall of Fame' client list. We've been turning it around to preserve its heritage while making the business fit to service 21st century demands competitively at any scale.
We're at an incredibly exciting stage of our own development, after years of behind the scenes work to prepare. We hope soon to seek investors for our future plans, but I can talk about these much tonight or any commercially sensitive business data that would help our many competitors. Beyond that I'll give it my best shot, whatever you want to fire at me.
I'm a little shaky on history and can't go deep into the technicalities of weaving that I'm still learning to understand myself. But I've been in this business for decades and we're evangelists for Scottish traditions and craft skills. So I'll do my best!