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Bristol writer benefits from free business support to promote first novel

Sue Weeks, who goes under the stage name Suzanne Stewart, is a Bristol based author and lyricist who has worked in performance poetry, short plays and songs for local festivals. She has also recently published her first Young Adult novel, Rowan The Dreamweaver, which she wrote during the national lockdowns.  Sue worked with a local...
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Carly Cannings – The Happy Business School

Three things prompted Carly Cannings to set up her new business, The Happy Business School, in January 2022. The first was the realisation that having climbed the corporate ladder in her legal career, she was left unexpectedly dissatisfied. “I thought that my achievements which took me to become Head of Department and a member of the...
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Michael Hawkins – GO! Pesto

Having studied graphic design at university, Michael Hawkins co-founded a design agency which he ran successfully for ten years. A passion for food gradually became more of an obsession as he taught himself to cure and smoke foods which then progressed into pasta making during the national lockdowns.  A cancelled trip to Greece, due to...
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Your Stories – Nigel Smith, Stop Mo Studios

Nigel Smith is the Director and Animator at the non-profit CIC, Stop Mo Studios. From their studio in Eastville, Bristol, Stop Mo Studios create craft stop motion films about a variety of topics like health and sustainability, using traditional methods in a very creative way. Nigel’s films in the past have had a focus on...
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Your Stories – Luke Mallison, The Improv Theatre

The Improv Theatre is the UK’s first full-time dedicated improv theatre company. With a team of 14, the theatre operates in a four-story building in Clifton, Bristol, where they put on regular shows, as well as teach Improv classes, workshops and function as a venue hire. The Bristol Improv Theatre started life in 2012 as...
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Bristol-based photographer develops business through 33% Cashback Grant from North & East Bristol Enterprise Support

Barbara Evripidou is a freelance photographer and owner of First Avenue Photography, with over 30 years of experience in corporate and PR photography. Like many businesses, the lockdown restrictions over the past two years affected Barbara’s day to day operations and limited opportunities to find new clients and promote her work. In March 2021, Barbara...
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The Business of Sustainability

Author: David Arscott, CEO PyTerra Ltd Looking back over the last few years of getting our business off the ground, there is one particular regret which stands out. PyTerra’s journey started in the water sector, setting up R&D projects with universities such as the University of Surrey, and large corporates such as WSP. Our approach...
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Earthwise Construction – Sustainable construction in Bristol

Ben East is the founder and sole director of Earthwise Construction, a sustainable construction and ventilation company based in Bristol. The construction industry has a reputation for being quite unsustainable and wasteful. A recent report showed estimates that construction accounts for 35% of global energy consumption, and 40% of C02 emissions.  “The reason I started...
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Rewilding gardening in Bristol and why it is important for local biodiversity

Robert James is the owner of Bristol Wild Gardens, a unique gardening business that specialises in rewilding and transforming people’s gardens into wildlife havens, based in Easton.  Robert came to North and East Bristol Enterprise Support (NEBES) for help with structuring his business plan and to access support and advice around marketing his business online...
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Bristol music business given boost opportunities to survive lockdown

The Famous Company – a Bristol based business helping unsigned global music artists, is broadening its services thanks support from North and East Bristol Enterprise Support (NEBES) and grant funding from the West of England Combined Authority. The Famous Company, which was founded in 2010 by Matt Allen and Ben Rees in Stokes Croft, Bristol, have previously helped thousands of...
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