Last week we made the most of the evening sunshine by supporting an event that took people on a tour of Bristol harbourside’s best drinking spots. Not only that, there was also networking and business pitching at every stop, making it the ideal working evening.
The night was curated by Origin Workspace, a new contemporary co-working space in Berkeley Square, with a buzzing events programme. It also runs Origin Startup, a bespoke mentoring package to help entrepreneurs and startups grow their business ideas.
Tonight’s event was all about showcasing the talent on the startup package, and AMBITIOUS PR was proud to be there as a sponsor. Five years into our business we think it’s important to give back and help new businesses and we believe in the collaborative approach at the heart of Origin Startup.
Sponsoring a big idea for better breakfasts
We stationed ourselves at the Grain Barge and were there as sponsors of the Epic Breakfast Club. It was inspiring to see founder Ollie pitch his idea to each group that visited us, and his passion and enthusiasm for his idea showed no sign of waning as the night went on.
Ollie’s idea is to deliver all the ingredients you need for an ‘epic breakfast’ direct to your door. He’s currently looking at sourcing local suppliers, develop his website and app and work out delivery options, with initial launch in Autumn.
Origin Startup business pitches
It was also interesting to wander around and hear from some of the other businesses at other waterside venues. The food theme continued with Hoba, a kebab with a difference. Made with free range, locally-sourced meat, Turkish flatbread and delicious dips, we can’t wait to see their first premises open. If you can’t wait that long, find them in the Volunteer Tavern in July.
We were really sold on Kings, an ethical male grooming company, born out of the realisation that it’s near-impossible to find a great, ethical aftershave. Its signature aftershave, Evolution, smells amazing, is vegan, cruelty free, made in UK and paraben and palm oil free, and they donate 20% of profits to male mental health and youth projects in Bristol.
Emma Durkin used poetry to pitch her business, telling us in rhyming verse why booking a holiday with her company, Where the Wild Is, guarantees you the trip of a lifetime. After working in travel for many years, her business will draw on her extensive travel experience and contacts to create bespoke holidays in places above the Arctic Circle.
Other business ideas included Inspire, which aims to help young people from under-privileged backgrounds get into the skills and services industry, and a new personal training studio in Clifton with a learning culture for training built in.
It was a great evening, full of energy and enthusiasm for all the new businesses being showcased. We were inspired by the number of businesses that had a sense of purpose built into their business model, and by their passion to add value to the local community – principles that many big businesses could learn from. We hope to see lots more of these names in Bristol in the coming 12 months…
Find out more about Origin Startup and see what business networking events Origin Workspace has coming up in Bristol, on the Origin Workspace website.