Start-up Stars: Aspire to arts, aspire to business

, 17.00 - 19.00 FREE
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This event will be an opportunity for you to meet like-minded people and learn more about what it takes to start a successful arts business.

Our panel will share their tips on how to get started, common pitfalls to avoid, and ways to get the help you need when things get tough.

Get ready to be inspired and learn how others have succeeded in this challenging industry!

Meet the speakers:

  • Amy Fleuriot-Reade co-founder of AARVEN. Amy designs all of the brands collections and is responsible for overseeing the creative direction across multiple online and offline channels. She has spent the past decade collaborating with artisans around the globe thanks to her dedicated and adventurous business partner, Bee Friedmann and the lasting connections Bee continues to build across continents. In collaboration with these artisans Amy designs hand printed and woven textiles, paper-based goods, brass hardware, basketry, jewellery and more. She is passionate about elevating authentic crafts to uplift the lives of artisans in marginalised communities. 
  • Jamie Watkins and Tom Kennedy, founders of Divine Savages. They took part in our previous scale-up programme #InnovatingforGrowth when Jamie had just made the decision to leave his full-time job and put all his focus on the business. Divine Savages bring colour into your home and light into your life. Taking inspiration from history, culture, fashion and the natural world, they imagine, design and create exquisitely crafted wallpapers and fabrics that encourage a braver interior design, celebrating both the divine and the savage in us all. They strive to be as environmentally sensitive as possible, and all their wallpapers are produced using water-based inks and FSC certified papers. 
  • Jaqueline Harvey, co-founder of Women in Art Fair. Jacqueline is an award-winning business woman, author and wellness expert, who has worked in start-ups for her clients for the past 15 years in areas of project management, business strategy, finance and business development. Based in London, she has worked with brands such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Crystal Clear Holistic Health Ltd and Art Strategics Ltd. Her leadership and organisational skill set allows her to look holistically at the requirements of a company and apply herself to whatever rote is required to accelerate results – whether it is as the representative of a brand or creating order and providing the appropriate value to businesses.
  • Cecilia Dewu, founder of Cerrura Fashions. Cecilia is a chartered secretary and an MBA holder. She was an accountant for many years before starting Cerrura Fashion which is a specialist in unusual mother of the bride and vibrant occasion wear. Started in 2007 their aim is to provide our customers with occasion wear that is different from what you typically see on the High Street, they started with one shop in London but now operate from 2 locations as well as a growing online store that delivers worldwide.

The panel will also be on hand to answer any questions you have. If you would like to submit a question, please email it ahead of the event to

Start-up Stars has been created to enable a space where early-stage and growing businesses can benefit from the insight and practical advice of established scale-ups, build networks and gain from peer support and expertise sharing.

This event will take place on Zoom – you will be sent the access link 24 hours before the start of the event.

This event will be moderated by Rasheed Ogunlaru, coach, speaker and author.

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Name: Start-up Stars: Aspire to arts, aspire to business
Where: Online
When: , 17.00 - 19.00
Price: Admission: Free entry
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