by Janet Gray 15 Sep, 2017

It has just been announced that West Midlands based Feed My Creative has been shortlisted for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Feed My Creative beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with over 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

 Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.

“Feed My Creative is an arts studio that enables both young people and adults to express their creativity in sustainable ways. Drawing on reused clothing, soft furnishing fabrics and other furniture, students artistically upcycle, developing their skills in good company as they make simple reupholstered items such as stools and chairs.”

 Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: "I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

 The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here: .

by Janet Gray 26 Feb, 2017
This week I have been involved with a lot of community work.  I have previously worked with an organisation called New Heights in Birmingham before.  This is a community organisation based in North Birmingham who meet the needs of the most disadvantaged members of the Kingstanding community and to help to bring about social cohesion.

Early  last year I was introduced to their Project Manager Anna Freeman who kindly allowed me to run some workshops over a four week period during the summer of 2016.  They had some chairs that were a bit worn and looking a bit dog eared and were unable to replace them and as they were still in good condition it would be a crime to throw them away, and I promised that I would be back to recover them.  

This half term I spent a couple of mornings doing just that and here are the results. Using recycled chair covers donated from a well known high street retail, I was able to cover each chair each day within a couple of hours  As soon as I am able to return I will do the remaining chairs.  

I also have plans to go go back to deliver more craft/sewing sessions hopefully later on in the year.

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