People, Places and Things
With Chloe Gardiner 

Chloe Gardiner is a young entrepreneur and the face behind much acclaimed small businesses BaaBaaBandits and The Wonky Woolins. If this wasn’t inspiring enough, Chloe also won two young entrepreneurship awards from the former Dragons Den UK star Theo Paphitis. Here, Chloe shares the inspiration behind her work and her love of Galway.

Describe yourself in three words:

Creative, Realistic, Determined.

What is something our readers might not know about you?

Not many people know that school was a struggle for me so whilst I worked hard to achieve good grades, I didn’t want to be there. When the businesses began to grow it gave me a purpose and something to look forward to after a long school day which in turn helped me to do better in my studies.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

One of my proudest accomplishments is winning two young entrepreneurship awards from Theo Paphitis, a former Dragons Den UK star. Receiving such recognition from a Dragon and entrepreneur who I have always looked up to was a really proud moment.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

I have always found Theo Paphitis’s story very inspiring and I also come from a family of entrepreneurs who never fail to inspire me. My grandmother inspired me to create The Wonky Woolins from her collection of Wonky knitted toys which had been passed down through my family for generations.

Tell us something you love about Galway:

I moved to Galway three years ago and I haven’t looked back, it is such a bright and lively city full of great people. I love being able to take a walk into the bustling city and having Connemara on our doorstep is something that I also love about living here.