Start-up Stories

Start-up Stories is a series full of small business advice from companies and entrepreneurs that have been where you are to help you to help you on your business journey.

Business owners share their start-up stories, what they’ve learnt from building their business and the best advice they’ve received and can give from their business experience.

Discover ideas to inspire you to get creative, think differently, overcome challenges and grow your business with advice from a range of creative and inspiring businesses and entrepeneurs.

Claire Lowe Jewellery - Devon-based contemporary jewellery design

Start-Up Stories- Claire Lowe Jewellery

Meet Claire Hennesy, creator of Claire Lowe Jewellery Claire graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2005, after studying silversmithing, jewellery and allied crafts, and now finds creative inspiration for Claire Lowe Jewellery in Devon, where she lives with her family. What does your business do? I am a contemporary jewellery designer maker. I create jewellery

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Start-Up Stories – Keeping It Vintage

Today we talk to Tracy Kensdale from Keeping It Vintage Keeping It Vintage is a small, family run wedding and event hire company based in Sidmouth, East Devon. What does your business do? Wedding and event props hire. We also offer setup and styling services to our clients on a bespoke basis. How long have

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Start-Up Story – Full Rotation Ltd

Today we welcome David Mattock from Full Rotation Ltd Full Rotation is a small, Devon-based collaborative design and animation studio, created from freelance 3d animator / artist and 2D motion designer David Mattock. What does your business do? Animation How long have you been in business? 10 years What’s the story behind your business /

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Start-Up Stories – Bridger & Buss

Today we welcome David Buss from Bridger & Buss Bridger & Buss combines high-quality furniture design and cabinet making skills with the ability to produce high-quality joinery installations. The workshop can be found nestled in the heart of rural Devon, where each piece of furniture is carefully handmade by a dedicated team of skilled craftsmen

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Start-Up Stories – Bird

Today we chat to Ed Bird from Bird Sunglasses Family-run Bird make award-winning, sustainable eyewear with a social purpose. With lightweight frames made from sustainable materials, unique designs, and polarised lenses, every pair sold brings the gift of solar light to families in Malawi, Zambia and Uganda through Bird’s ethical Share Your Sun partnership with SolarAid. How

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Claire Close - So Close print and design studio

Start-Up Stories – Claire Close

Today we welcome Claire Close, a successful Not on the High Street seller Claire Close runs So Close, a gift company based in Exmouth, East Devon with her husband Tarot. So Close is a gifting company that specialises in quirky, colourful, personalised gifts which Claire, Tarot and their team design, make and dispatch from their

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Rosie johnson illustrates

Start-Up Stories – Rosie Johnson Illustrates

Say hello to Rosie Johnson, an illustrator that hopes to entertain and inspire Rosie Johnson is an illustrator based in Exmouth, East Devon. She creates beautiful, individual illustrations and portraits on commission as well as her unique line of cards, jewellery and gifts which are infused with her sense of humour and political views. What

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Start-Up Stories- The Floricultural Cabinet

Welcome to the first in a monthly series of features on inspiring businesses. This month’s feature is Jen Mills from The Floricultural Cabinet, a freelance florist based in the seaside town of Budleigh Salterton, East Devon. Jen started her bespoke florist business in 2011 and shares with us her insights into the inspiration in and

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