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The Round-up: Autumn's looking pretty exciting for our Pioneers

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The Round-up: Autumn's looking pretty exciting for our Pioneers

Could there be better way to embrace Autumn than to cosying up with a photo album of wonderful memories, reading an inspiring book, enjoying a comforting food, or maybe relaxing in front of one of your favourite TV shows or films (Dragons Den or Star Wars come to mind...)? Then have we got an amazing news round-up for you!


Pioneer of the Week: Nelly Naylor from Nelly Naylor Photography
Untitled design (52).pngNelly NaylorWhen @Nellynaylor's girlfriend asked her to marry her (she said yes!) they discovered a rather important gap in the market. Specialist LGBTQ+ wedding photography.


Perfect for her skillset her business is growing beautifully, but she does have a question - could you tell her about your experiences scaling up your business?


Sarah the Dragonslayer!

When our recent Pioneer of the Week @sarahhilleary told us she was off to the Dragon’s Den, we knew that the fiery investors would B-Tempted.

She sweet-talked them with her perfectly baked pitch, piquing their appetites with her gluten-free treats and walked away with a tasty offer from Tej Lalvani.

Booked in with Branson

IMG_20171012_194039-01-01.jpegLast week, pioneers @Ifeyinwa, @soniameggie and @Shani  joined us at Richard Branson’s book launch at the Troxy in London.


Richard's certainly made his mark, Shani has taken one of his favourite sayings to heart and has an exciting announcement!


Watch the video from the event and find out from these brilliant business women what it was like to be there. Finding My Virginity with Richard Branson.


Grow up, chow down

Wave goodbye to waste and say hello to home-grown herbs and salad! And farming puns.

LettUs Grow are at the cutting edge of urban farming with their almost futuristic vertical farming technology. You can find out more about that here. And now they’ve partnered with Grow Bristol to grow their business too. Awesome work!

Flavour in the finals

The Chuku’s team cooked up a storm and made it through to the finals of The Black British Business Awards with their super tasty Nigerian tapas. Well done @Ifeyinwa and @EmekaF you're always winners to us too. 

Out-of-this-world start-up advice

Want to raise your business profile? It doesn't take a Jedi Master, though that helps. 

Nigel @SecretHamper, recently bumped into a rather recognisable chap who was more than happy to help bring attention to this delightfully random act of kindness startup. 

May The Force be with you!

Failing that, Nigel has some great advice.


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Tell us your most exciting news from 2017 in the comments below or over on the community discussion board.


We'd love to share your good news, and help you connect with other pioneers.


Or meet us on the road...

The #VoomTour bus rocked up in Winchester this week, where we talked about what businesses need to do to survive and thrive in the age of digital. Opened will a traditional bell-ringing by the Mayor, of course!

 Thanks to everyone who came along, it was a really amazing day. Next stop Scotland!



Thanks Emma for including us in your news roundup, well done to all the other fab people that have been mentioned too. Wish you all a great weekend