Feature: Open for Business: Catch-Up

Open for Business is an annual business exhibition and trade fair. This year over 75 businesses are exhibiting, most of which are businesses that have been supported by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Management at the University of Derby. Hatch'd decided to catch up with businesses that exhibited last year to see what successes they've had over the last 12 months.

Ewan Mathers

Ewan is a commercial photographer based in Derby working with people, places and things - from women to warehouses.

HM: How has your business evolved during the last 12 months and what have been your success stories?

EM: Over the past year I have concentrated on the wedding and portrait market in the first 6 months.  In particular focussing on getting my website found on google.  This has proved to be very successful with my site now often on the first page of google (I actually once found myself at number one... briefly!).  As a result of this I am now a preferred partner for weddings at the Kedleston Hall for the National Trust and also at Risley Hall, near Derby.
 
In the second half of this year I have been concentrating on building up my commercial work for business to business images. This has also been going well with several new clients coming back for additional services and some interesting work coming my way.

HM: Where would you like your business to grow to in the next 12 months?

EM: Over the next year I want to consolidate my wedding business and ensure that I have a steady income from those.  My business network in increasing all the time and I expect that I will be doing more of that work during the week.  I will also be working with Derby University fashion department again photographing the students collections and the catwalk show.

Website: http://www.ewanmathers.com
Twitter: @ewanmather

 

David Booth

David is a fine artist, sculptor and painter resident at Banks Mill, Derby.

HM: How has your business evolved during the last 12 months and what have been your success stories?

DB: I am currently exhibiting as part Artcore group "Games People Play" exhibition at Deda, which will travel to India.
Recent success is that I have been selected for Factory Night @ The Historic Wedgwood Institute, Stoke-on-Trent (2011) by Rednile Projects in partnership with British Ceramics Biennial. Factory Nights are an innovative new approach to commissioning art work and inspiring collaboration, with unique opportunities for attendees to apply for bursaries to conduct research residencies, collaborations or produce a piece of work responding to the space. The selection was one of only 10 places open to all artists, creatives and potters from studio, design and industry throughout the UK.

HM: Where would you like your business to grow to in the next 12 months?

DB: In the next 12 months I am working towards a site specific sculptural commission, and will continue to pursue further commission and exhibition opportunities.

Website: http://www.davidbooth.uk.com

 

This is Bazaar

This is Bazaar is a unique event bringing emerging contemporary makers and designers under one crafty tent! With a burgeoning craft and design community in the East Midlands This is Bazaar provides a fresh venue for designers and shoppers alike. The bazaar gives shoppers a chance to meet the designers and buy one of a kind pieces.

HM: How has your business evolved during the last 12 months and what have been your success stories?

TiB: This year has been really busy working with different venues and local makers. This year started off with This is Bazaar markets at Deda and Claymills Pumping Station, then off to London and now Christmas events planned at The Royal Derby Hospital (in support of Air), Derby University (in support of the Red Cross) and Royal Crown Derby. So it's been a super busy but creative year!

HM: Where would you like your business to grow to in the next 12 months?

TiB: More collaborating to provide interesting venues for This is Bazaar and its creative band of makers.

Website: http://www.thisisbazaar.co.uk
Twitter: @ThisIsBazaar

To find out more about the event, view our own Hatch'd event listing.