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Ben Ide, Founder: Ben’s Wood Den

I started doing it as it's always been a hobby. I've been doing woodwork since I was about 12. I don't have got any qualifications on paper; just taught myself over the years. I actually had my own carpentry business a few years ago now -- not called Ben's Wood Den - but I ended up stopping it because it was rather stressful. Too much work and I couldn't keep on top of it...

Studio Zipcode Offically Back to Business

The shop was still operating online during the second lockdown. But as of 4th December, you are welcome to come in-store and browse around. At a time when shopping locally has never been more important, this independent shop, which made its way into our community during the first lockdown, has come back to greet us with its funky, original, and creative signature style. Studio Zipcode started as an online platform during the first lockdown and its success led it to expand into a physical store in Winton...

Dominic Taylor, Founder: Resonant Visuals

Resonant Visuals started out from my passion for photography and videography. I've carried that passion from a young age. Ever since the first moment I picked up a camera, I've enjoyed capturing moments in time and showing them to others for them to enjoy. Being able to do that whilst also earning a living and work for myself is something that's always appealed to me...!

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...

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