“The last few years have been tough for our industry, but I’m positive about the future”

Christine Bewley, MD of Aycliffe Fabrications, was one of three business owners invited to meet with the Cabinet Office recently when they visited the SFEDI and IOEE offices in County Durham. The business has an impressive portfolio, creating one off artistic commissions in steel and aluminium for public art and schools. As well as bespoke […]

What is the Enterprise Bill?

In the new parliament one of the first acts to be passed is that of the new Enterprise Bill. It’s main purpose is to serve the interests of small business, whilst also simplifying and clarifying the business environment in this country and focusing on jobs. Here’s how the Enterprise Bill plans to do this. Take a look to […]

“It is a very steep learning curve, so we take all the business support we can get” – Vicki Gardner shares her start up story.

In late March, ambitious new businesswoman Vicki Gardner came along to Meet a Mentor at Exeter Castle. Afterwards, we caught up with her to find out about both her business and the event. After 20 years of working as a freelance photographer, Vicki Gardner teamed up with friend Jane Hill to establish Gardner & Hill. […]

Nichola English Shares Her Journey To Becoming The Wardrobe Provocateur

Nichola English is the Wardrobe Provocateur. Newcastle-based Nichola’s unique business combines style insights, sartorial advice and one-to-one life coaching. Now 43, over the years the fashion expert has overcome more than her fair share of adversity including life-threatening health issues and a significant accident. Despite this, she has an excellent entrepreneurial story to share with […]