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Risby: Young entrepreneurs benefit from Mimi’s festival of creativity

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 April 2014

Young business initiatives on show at the Good Story Festival if Creativity held at the Highwaymans Barn Gallery in Risby on Sunday
Brantham based Dan Hydes and Roy Jones showcase their Lightly Frozen Productions film work

Young business initiatives on show at the Good Story Festival if Creativity held at the Highwaymans Barn Gallery in Risby on Sunday Brantham based Dan Hydes and Roy Jones showcase their Lightly Frozen Productions film work

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The brother of a promising young designer whose life was cut
tragically short by a snowboarding accident believes she would be “immensely proud” of the work being carried out by a charity set up in her name.

“Good Story” was established early last year by the family of 26-year-old Mimi Watts, a clothing designer from Lavenham who was planning to launch her own label.

This weekend, the charity staged its first ‘festival of creativity’ to highlight the work of similarly innovative youngsters, and to help those aspiring to make a business out of their passion.

Held at The Highwaymans Gallery in Risby, near Bury St Edmunds, the festival showcased the 20 fledgling businesses the charity has supported over the past year, both with mentoring and financial help, all made possible from the £50,000 that has been raised so far in Miss Watts’ memory.

An auction held at a private viewing on Friday evening raised a further £2,500 for the charity.

A series of inspiring business lectures on Saturday provided invaluable advice on how to put creative ideas into production, while Sunday gave the young entrepreneurs a chance to sell their wares to the public.

The selection on offer demonstrated a diverse range of skills, with cinematographers lining up against upcycled fashion, fruit cordials, lovingly-restored antique furniture and handmade musical instruments.

Mimi’s brother, Rory Watts, said: “There is so much creative talent in the UK which might never see the light of day because people don’t know how to turn it into a profitable business.

“During the weekend, the young entrepreneurs – many of whom are like Mimi – were able to earn a bit from their stalls, learn from each other and our mentors, and make good contacts.

“I think she would have been immensely proud of what has been achieved.”

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