15:00 – 16:00
Lorna Syson (Special Guest in the Studio)
15:00 – 15:15
Melanie Porter’s online business sells a wide range of furnishings and accessories, all of them handmade by her. She uses traditional skills like knitting, sewing and crochet to create unique pieces and she aims to make sure that “every customer feels that they have a beautifully crafted item which fits perfectly in their home.”
15:15 – 15:30
15:30 – 15:45
Gabrielle Izen launched her business in May 2013; she is a designer creating stationery, artwork and gifts. She produces most of her the work by hand using traditional methods of illustration and calligraphy as well as typography and letterpress style typography. Gabrielle’s core values in her start up business are (i) good design; (ii) using local supplier and (iii) respecting the environment including ethical waste management and recycling. Gabrielle’s aim is to produce beautiful and original products that people love to send and receive. She is proud to say her work is ‘Made in England’!
15:45 – 16:00
Claire Hughes is an author, mum and marketing geek. She spent many years running online marketing campaigns for big brands including AOL, BT and British Gas before seeing the light and working with creative business owners instead! She is the author of From Passion to Profit: Start Your Creative Business in Six Weeks or Less, co-founder of HandmadeHorizons.com and works as a freelance marketing director at TFIMonday.com. Claire lives in Llanfairfechan, North Wales.