Silo Brighton
What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story? is a monthly series in which we find and talk to interesting people in our local community, whether they run a business, have an interesting job or do something else that we think is worthy of wider attention.

Silo Brighton is a restaurant, bakery, coffee house and brewery that prides itself on a zero-waste philosophy. Believing in food purity, Silo mills their own flour and relies on natural farming systems when creating their menu. We spoke with Dan Gibeon, chef at Silo, to find out more about him and the restaurant.

 

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HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH SILO?

I already knew Doug from my previous job, when I worked at 64 degrees.

 

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DO YOU THINK PEOPLE BECOMING MORE ETHICALLY CONSCIOUS HAS CHANGED THE INDUSTRY OVER RECENT YEARS?

Yes, an obvious example of this is many restaurants are now exclusively going organic. Which is one small step but it highlights a positive change in focus through the industry.

 

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WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR FROM OTHER RESTAURANTS WHEN VISITING AS A CUSTOMER?

For me, the quality of the food is on the top of the list for me, knowing that the restaurant has sourced ingredients conscientiously and ethically. Beyond that, the service and atmosphere is important, alongside a creative menu with interesting takes on dishes.

 

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WHAT’S THE FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

My favourite thing about working at Silo is having the freedom to experiment with dishes, and working closely with nature. It’s so rewarding working with a small number of like-minded suppliers who care about quality and producing food the ‘right way’ in regards to the environment.

 

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HOW HAS THE BRIGHTON RESTAURANT SCENE REACTED TO YOU?

Well, Brighton is a great community, and I have a couple of good relationships with restaurants in the city.

 

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HAS YOUR CUSTOMER BASE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS YOU’VE BEEN OPEN?

Yes it has. Since Silo opened, our customer base has changed more from being a cafe, offering coffee and baked goods, to a restaurant. Restaurant customers have a different approach, they come in looking an overall experience as well as delicious food.

 

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DO YOU FIND FOOD BLOGGING A NECESSITY IN THIS INDUSTRY? 

The impact of blogging can be disputed, however blogger or not, we aim to make our customers happy!

 

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FAVOURITE DISH CURRENTLY ON THE MENU?

That has to be pumpkin seed ice-cream, pine, ferukaki – it’s the perfect balance of savoury and sweet.

 

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WHY BRIGHTON?

I moved to Brighton for University many years ago and fell in love with the city.

 

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WHAT ARE THE FUTURE PLANS FOR YOU AND SILO?

Making positivity louder.

 

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If you would like to feature and tell us your story, please contact us: david@pleeceandco.com 

 

Liberty Music PR
Headspaces Interview June 2018

After a lot of moving around, Pleece & Co have found a home in Mocatta House – part of Spaces Brighton. We now share a building with a number of creative and diverse companies, and we thought it was time to get to know them a little better.

Headspaces is a collaboration blog series between Pleece & Co and Spaces in which we talk to our neighbours about their businesses, work advice and what puts them in a good headspace. 

Our first conversation is with Liberty Music PR, an independent digital publicity company promoting artists and their music.


QUESTIONS WITH BEE ADAMIC – LIBERTY MUSIC PR FOUNDER

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY

We are a global music pr agency, specialising in creative release campaigns for musicians at all stages of their careers.
We empower artist independence.

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM

Our team is super talented and a diverse bunch music lovers.
We are a mix of geeks and extroverts.

 

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WHY SPACES?

It’s such a cool location, plus I love the fact that it has a roof terrace and a hub for new and innovative businesses.

 

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WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU ENCOUNTER AS A COMPANY?

Recruitment… recruitment… recruitment.

 

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WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY UNIQUE?

We are the best music pr agency out there, we are thorough, dedicated and transparent,
putting the artist at the centre of everything we do.

 

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BEST PIECE OF WORK ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?

Work smart, not hard. Remember to be respectful of everyone you meet along the way.
Also running your own business isn’t for everyone it can be soo emotionally tough at times.

 

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WHAT PUTS YOU IN A GOOD HEADSPACE?

Meditation, the sunshine and living by the sea.

 

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libertymusicpr.com

spacesworks.com

 

Dopple Press
What’s Your Story? Reissue

What’s Your Story? is a monthly series in which we find and talk to interesting people in our local community, whether they run a business, have an interesting job or do something else that we think is worthy of wider attention.

Dopple Press  is a Risograph & Design studio based in New England House in Brighton. The Studio was set up by Livvi White, the only Risography studio currently based in the Brighton area serving many in the local illustration and design scene. We caught up with Livvi to explore Dopple Press and the appeal of Risograph printing.

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HOW WAS DOPPLE PRESS CREATED?

After finishing my Graphics degree at Kingston, I worked in publishing and then in digital printing. I really missed the DIY design culture and hands on nature of creating. In came Risograph printing, which made perfect sense as an outlet to encompass my skills and passions. Dopple Press began in my living room, I dropped all my savings into the machinery and began to teach myself the ropes. A year later and it’s a real business with a studio, a lovely varied clientele and four exhibitions under it’s belt.

 

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WHY RISO?

The are so many reasons to love Riso- it’s hands on, un-charted, eco-friendly, versatile. The excitement comes from not always predicting the outcome and playing with the vibrant colour pallet. We so rarely get the opportunity to see more than CMYK or RBG so Riso is a whole new visual adventure!

Risograph is also the only eco-friendly form of print which is very important in our climate.

 

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BUT DOPPLE PRESS IS MORE THAN JUST A PRINT COMPANY?

Dopple Press is an outlet for creatives. It’s personal and I care about giving people a means to experiment and adapt there work and see it in a new form. It’s also saving the planet which is pretty cool. This year Dopple will be hosting more events and workshops too for people to get there teeth into and amping up the online shop.

 

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WHAT KIND OF CLIENTS DO YOU PRINT FOR?

Anyone and everyone- artists, corporations, illustrators, designers, students, bands, shops, makers, eco-aware folk. There’s a great range of people, some who know and love the process and some who just want to give something new a shot.

 

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FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE JOB?

Creative freedom, literal freedom of being my own boss and wonderful clients I get to meet. Learning and honing my practice is also very rewarding. I can take the machine and drums apart and put them back together now, which feels good. The growing Riso community is also an interesting thing to see developing and be a part of.

 

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC TO LISTEN TO IN THE STUDIO?

I love a gnarly true crime podcast- though late nights printing can sometimes get a bit spooky.

 

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WHY BRIGHTON?

It’s creative and has a wonderful community. It’s also a city that takes the environment seriously. I couldn’t believe no-one else was doing Risograph here when I moved home and i’m a great believer in ‘if you think something should change, change it’. So I set up Dopple Press.

 

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WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS FOR DOPPLE PRESS?

The studio is expanding as we speak which is very exciting, mainly because I love making floor plans, but also because it makes way for in-house finishing equipment. Dopple is adding publishing, in house creations and workshops to its roster in 2018! Watch this space!

www.dopplepress.com

 

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