“Creativity is simply connecting new dots in new ways” – Sam Horn – The Intrigue Expert & TedX speaker
Entrepreneurs are known for thinking outside the box, finding solutions to problems, brainstorming new ideas and having the confidence to put them into action. They use their curiosity and passion to help people in creative ways whilst pushing themselves outside their comfort zone.
On a local level Mandy Barker, the founder of Sail has produced a platform for artists to share their thoughts and feelings through the pandemic. Creative Waves aims to “document the surrealness and build a community within it”.
Launching peer-group support initiatives is not the only thing North East creatives have done to help people recently. Ruth Jacobs, If We Can You Can finalist and the founder of Jacwicks, makers of problem-solving solutions for walkers, have swapped outdoorsy products for PPE manufacture with Rachel Burn, founder of CATCALL clothing pausing production to return to work at the NHS with her radiography skills.
Taking ideas and doing something with them takes vision, as well as a clear strategy or goal, while utilising your support network to bounce off ideas and share information – there is so much in the North East including our “FIRST” online event on 11/06/2020 which aims to support you to make new connections as well as develop impact and growth plans.
Hot tub firm sales increase by 1,600%
Soaring demand for hot tubs during lockdown has transformed a local Newcastle based business from a sideline venture into a £4 million a month operation.
Wave Direct was launched last year as an online venture for entrepreneurs Dan Luper and Tom Jeffrey, selling a range of inflatable hot tub alongside sports and leisure kit including kayaks and paddle boards.
Since the start of lockdown, Wave Direct has been inundated with orders for its portable inflatable outdoor Wave Spas and Hot Tubs, which are ready to use in five minutes, triggering a 1,600% spike in sales.
The co-founders had previously turned over £300,000 annually – but sales reached over £4m in April alone and are set to rise by a further £500,000 this month. See the full article detailing their success on Business Live here.
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