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At a glittering awards ceremony held last night at the Royal Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden last night, Blackhorse Road based firm Paul Henry Architects and Project Managers was announced the Waltham Forest Business of the Year, selected by business industry leaders. This follows their recent success as winners of the 2013 Waltham Forest Small Business Competition by public vote.
The event was hosted by the Federation of Small Business to recognise and celebrate London's small business successes. Proceedings were opened by Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise.
The award was presented to Paul Henry by Cllr Mark Rusling.
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An innovative new London-based confectionery company inspired by natural history has created a range of chocolates that includes a leech, a garden snail, a warty toad, a newt, fossils and an endangered beetle. Food artists Sarah Hardy (WFWIB member) and Chris Verraes are opening the doors to their new joint venture: Boy Eats Bug which will appeal to children, natural history buffs, sweet and chocolate lovers alike.
Sarah and Chris are self-taught chocolatiers with cake making, sculpting and crafting backgrounds; both equally fascinated by the natural world.
Sarah left a career in prop-making to start a family which she combined with cake making and drawing. She’s now moved full circle and joins all these worlds into Boy Eats Bug.
Chris draws inspiration from growing up in a river flood land, a natural habitat to amphibians, birds and insects combined with a fascination for natural history museums and his own two children.
‘We can hopefully all remember what it was like to be a child, discovering something for the first time’, says Chris, ‘The wonder and excitement of being confronted by something amazing - something strangely beautiful like a frog or a dragonfly or a dinosaur’.
Sarah explained: ‘We are following our passions; this has led to us wanting to create a fun, family friendly business. We are artists with a love of natural history and a background in luxury confections. So obviously we had to make Boy Eats Bug happen!’
In December last year Sarah made a turkey cake so highly realistic it was impossible to tell apart from a real raw turkey. The orange and rum spice cake ‘turkey’ featured in press and social media around the world, including the Daily Mail and Huffington Post.
Boy eats Bug has now created ‘Darwin’s Parlour’. An installation that forms part of the Appetite Food Festival in East London this June.
Boy Eats Bug chocolates will be available from September in Selfridges and on the Boy Eats Bug website, www.boyeatsbug.co.uk
Sarah and Chris are also available for commissions. If you would like to work with them, devise your own chocolate or would be interested in stocking the Boy Eats Bug range you can contact them direct: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
· For additional information, contact Sarah on 07801 946 505 or Chris 07985 472 689
· Twitter: @boyeatsbug
· Sarah Hardy turkey http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/sarah-hardy-raw-turkey-cake_n_2425443.html
Craftswoman, mum, entrepreneur and WFWIB member Jennie Caminada is thrilled to be launching a new range of sewing and crafts courses to keep up with increasing demand.
Jennie runs the sessions from her home in Walthamstow, East London and has a full schedule of classes running throughout June and July for people of all ages and abilities.
Since 81-year-old Ann Rowley won the Great British Sewing Bee on BBC 2 earlier in the year, the resurgence of sewing and crafts is at an all time high and has become more popular than ever. After leaving paid employment in 2010, Jennie was inspired to start teaching and sharing her skills and services. This has included making bespoke children’s quilts, taking on a huge variety of sewing commissions, offering a unique service of repairing and servicing vintage and modern sewing machines together with a bespoke service which offers home visits and buying advice, all through her company Cheekyhandmades.
Jennie commented, “I wanted to use my creative skills, I wanted to work for myself, and I wanted to be able to work around the children.” She is, she confesses, “passionate about great design, colour and quality and offering a friendly accessible service”.
The courses cover a host of crafts and include beginners sewing class, dress making, free motion machine embroidery, bunting, quilting and making children’s clothes. Jennie also organises hen sewing parties and children’s craft birthday parties all over London.
Cheekyhandmades, though locally based, ships handmade quilts all over the world through Etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/HandmadeByCheeky). With a plan of expanding her wings even further, Jennie is now writing her first sewing book, due out next year.
To find out more about the Cheekyhandmades courses and satisfy your sewing cravings go to www.cheekyhandmades.co.uk or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For additional information, contact email@example.com or on +44 7944 863932
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