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Monika Theodoris, Fashion Entrepreneur

Three months after I opened my business, I was shocked to receive a call from the presenter and fashion coach Gok Wan to work with him. He actually supports independent businesses, so we worked together and organized a fashion show in 2018. I learnt a lot about him in terms of fashion, but mostly in terms of confidence at the time to dress. He always says that age is just a number. The most important is to feel confident with what you are wearing...

Cameron Varnish, Founder: Hurricane Apparel

I didn't really think anything of it until the events company came along. We were trying to get some branded merchandise together. Just for giveaways and to wear at our events - to give us an edge over everyone else. Went to a guy in Winton - Otto House - fantastic printer - who does screen printing. When you do a screen, you have to do a lot. Like a minimum order of 20, and they all have to be the same. Great quality, but I was there thinking, "I want every one to be different. If there was a way of doing it differently, I would do it"...

Joe Quinlan & Kalem Brinkworth, Founders: The Bonbon Boys

Kalem and I have known each other for eight years, and we've always wanted to do a business together. We have worked with each other in the past, so we know what one another's styles are like. But it took us a while to figure out exactly what we wanted to do and what the product was. And so, during lockdown there was a lack of pick-and-mix -- for two people who love sweets, that's not very good...

Laura Hardwick, Baker

Even though cupcakes are my biggest stressor (because I always worry they're not perfect), I love the satisfaction of seeing a box of cakes ready to leave. I love making customers' ideas come alive in cake form. I wouldn't say I have a 'favourite', but I think my Coffee and Walnut cakes are always a big hit, and I make a mean Lemon Drizzle...!

Jack Pyne — The Shirt Framing Service

Last time we spoke to Jack Pyne, founder of The Shirt Framing Service, this was Humans of Bournemouth. A couple of years have passed since then, and with them, some growth to this sports memorabilia service. And so we were more than pleased to head over to the head office in Broadstone and catch up with Jack...

Tom Simper & Simon van der Wolf, Co-Founders: The Umbrella Group

Upon first meeting Tom Simper, he mentioned having two brands in the making -- a coffee brand and a printing business. The interview we set up with him and his business partner Simon van der Wolf proved that those formed just the tip of the iceberg. An iceberg they have aptly named The Umbrella Group. How they came together and created their business are what we focused on in the chat that followed.

Andy Thakkar — The Daydreams Continue

It's very rare that we end a series on Part 3, but it has had to happen this time around. Our final outing with...

Andy Thakkar — The Bar Consultancy Customer Journey

Here comes the next in our three-parter with bar consultant and mixologist Andy Thakkar. Exploring his business, Electric Daydreams, in more detail... One of the...

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