When we asked Poppy Lane of Pop & Scott whether she and her husband Scott Gibson have any specific rules for maintaining their professional and personal relationship, she exclaimed, ‘No! Bloody hell! We need some rules!’ Though they seem to getting by just fine without!
Having spent almost 10 years working together and sharing a business, a relationship and two children, a lot of their success comes down to mutual passions and ideas. ‘When Scotty and I first met and fell in love, it was because we loved dreaming and discussing ideas!’ Poppy explains, ‘I felt like we started working together the minute we met.’ If you and your partner are staying up until the wee hours talking about ideas, it may be time to take the next step!
While they both have their designated roles (Poppy as Creative Director and Scott coordinating production and new designs), the couple finds having each other as support makes a big difference. ‘Sharing the ups and downs of a small business with your partner can be confronting sometimes, but also very comforting,’ says Poppy, ‘sometimes you can get too deep into the issues with your business and take it personally’.
On the flip side, Poppy and Scott apply the strength of their personal relationship to their work life –‘You are always there to keep each other in check, have fun, fire up and inspire each other!’