Learning Cog
Headspaces Interview September 2018

Pleece & Co has 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. 

This months conversation is with Learning Cog, an independent training and development consultancy agency.

 

QUESTIONS WITH RIC HAYDEN – DIRECTOR / FACILITATOR / COACH / CONSULTANT / COFFEE MAKER / DOG WALKER
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TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY

We are a Training and Development Consultancy working with national and international clients to equip their teams with the right skills and behaviours to excel in their jobs and business. Working predominately in Leadership and Management development, Sales Training and Team Development. We break the mould from traditional training and work to engage with individuals and make development personal.

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM

We are a people focused business so our team is key to the way we work with clients. We are a small team here in the office, just myself and Troy working here most days. We have a team of associate trainers and coaches.  A good mix of introverts and extroverts, which can make for some excellent ideas for supporting our clients.

 

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WHY SPACES?

Spaces is such a great environment to be working in. The flexibility of from little office on the 4th floor, the terrace up on the 5th or downstairs in the business area. Working in a creative environment is important to us, and the community created at Spaces is great to get out and have a 5 minute chat to people you wouldn’t normally be speaking to.

 

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WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU ENCOUNTER AS A COMPANY?

As a training and development consultancy the market is saturated and we need to be in front of customers as much as possible to prove why we are the right choice. Mostly training and development is always the first thing to go from a budget, we have to work to support clients understanding and be able to prove return on investment.

 

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WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY UNIQUE?

I think every company is unique, every company is made up of the people that work within it and that makes it unique. What makes us different to other training consultancies? We disrupt the business, we look at behavioural and skills change form the perspective of the people wishing or needing to make the change and build bespoke, blended learning solutions from there. We are forward thinking and move with the times. People learn and consume information so much differently then they did just a few years ago, we adapt our style to the new ways.

 

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BEST PIECE OF WORK ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?  

Work hard and it pays off. Be yourself, thats what people buy in to. I guess I have built the business on these two elements. We have worked hard to be where we are today without forgetting who we are.

 

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WHAT PUTS YOU IN A GOOD HEADSPACE?

Being mindful of the moment. The sun, which is great right now. Living near the sea. My 6am wake up call from my dog to go for a walk on the south downs, the best start to the day ever. I get my best ideas when out walking, I need to take my notebook out with me more.

 

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learningcog.com

spacesworks.com

 

Resident Music
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.

Resident Music is a Record Store with a big reputation. Based on Kensington Gardens in the North Laine, Resident has become a Brighton institution, catering to crowds of record enthusiasts and growing with the revitalisation of vinyl in the past 5-10 years. We spoke to Natasha Youngs, co-founder of Resident to ask about her journey and how a modern day record store works.

 

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HOW WAS RESIDENT MUSIC STARTED?

Myself & my now husband Derry Watkins met whilst working for Virgin / Our Price & realised we had similar dreams to set up our own business doing what we love best: running a record shop.

 

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HOW HAS THE POPULARITY OF FORMATS CHANGED THE BUSINESS OVER RECENT YEARS?

We opened as a CD only shop, as vinyl was already heavily catered for in Brighton at the time (we opened in 2004). There were more than 20 places selling music in Brighton & Hove at that time so competition was strong & we wanted to be sure we were doing what we did really well rather than dabbling in a bit of everything. At the time, the demand for CD far outstripped the demand for vinyl but clearly, over the last 14 years, this has changed dramatically. We introduced a box of vinyl on the counter. This quickly became a lot of boxes under the CD racks. This this then became CD racks being swapped out for new vinyl racks. Then we just ran out of space! So we took on the shop next door, knocked the 2 together & now we have a happy CD / vinyl balance with space to shop more comfortably & a book corner too.

 

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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF RECORD STORE DAY?

We’re big fans of the event as it’s the one day of the year when independent record shops have a spotlight shone on them. It’s a way of bringing us all together in celebration of our place on the high street. A way to remind people how important record shop culture is – either an affirmation for those who already know & help us keep it alive every day of the year or a way for those who have forgotten or who don’t invest in the culture regularly, to be reminded or re-engaged. In the press, there is too much focus on the actual releases & the commercial aspects of the day & nowhere near enough focus on the actual shops involved the people behind them & the culture of our sector of the industry.

 

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HOW DO YOU BALANCE THE STOCKING OF BIG AND SMALL BANDS AND LABELS?

We don’t really consider our curation of releases so much in this way. We try to consider lots of different elements surrounding our buying – customer demand (across a hugely diverse customer base, all ages ranges, locals & tourists, hardcore devotees & occasional buyers), how previous releases have sold, how much we are into it ourselves, press / radio coverage, how much we trust that label’s own tastes & previous releases

 

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TOP 5 RECORDS OF 2018 SO FAR?

Across all the staff tastes, the mid-year vote revealed the following to be our favourites:

Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile

Rival Consoles – Persona

No Age – Snares Like A Haircut

Fire! – The Hands

Sleep – The Sciences

 

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ARE THERE SOME HIGH FIDELITY STYLE QUIRKS THAT COME WITH WORKING IN A RECORD STORE?

Of course – we all have geek like tendencies & obsessive behaviours. It’s what holds us together!

Hopefully we come with a lot less snobbery though. I personally hate any snobbiness related to music. Who’s to say whether one noise is more superior to another? Whatever engages someone’s brain, makes them dance, takes them to a different place, helps them feel a sense of belonging, has a nostalgic warmth, challenges them, makes them feel fuzzy, causes cathartic release – that’s the joy of music. One person’s intolerable racket is another person’s melody. One person’s cheesy pop is another person’s euphoria.

 

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DO YOUR STAFF INFLUENCE THE SELECTION OF RECORDS IN-STORE?

Yes, all of them, whether they realise it or not. We always try to recruit people with a fresh approach or who bring a set of knowledge with them that we are lacking as a team. The wider the tastes in the shop, the more people we can confidently cater for. Derry & I can’t possibly hear, understand, know or like everything out there so we need a set of people around us that can help filter & curate.

 

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

Yes, although many of them are the same people that walked through our door in week 1 which is brilliant. We have changed as a shop, in response to the demands of our customers. We started out pretty mainstream as that was Derry & I’s background, what we were familiar with & what we were confident with but we’ve evolved. We take on board everything we get asked for that we don’t stock & adapt accordingly.

 

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WHY BRIGHTON?

It’s home. It’s an incredible city. It’s what we know & where our heart is. The thriving live music scene here is crucial to our success & the people here want to be involved in all things cultural. Also, the support for independent businesses here is strong, especially in the North Laine.

 

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WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS FOR RESIDENT?

Our plans change all the time. Expand Resident further. Open more record shops in different towns. Open more shops selling different stuff in Brighton. Just cruise along exactly as we are enjoying what we’ve built here. Pack it all in & live in Australia. Who knows what the future holds?……

 

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

 

Meet Laura Stupple,
our new creative content person.

Hello to ‘Stupps’ our new creative content person

We’ve recently started working with Laura Stupple, or ‘Stupps’ to those that know her. She is working with us on strategy, content and improving our joke-telling.

It’s great to have her on board and below she tells us a little about herself and the things that make her tick and, indeed, tock.

 

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WHO THE HELL ARE YOU??

Laura Stupple – freelance content writer and social media manager.
Food lover, spontaneous hugger, dog person.

 

TELL US MORE…

Writing a Q & A about yourself is weirdly difficult, so I’m going to tell you what I’m not because that’s easier.

I’m not used to writing about myself, clearly. I spend most of my time writing about other people – their ideas and their businesses. I love to help brands find their tribe and build connections, whilst building an identity that’s authentic along the way.

I’m not very good at working in the traditional way – at a desk 9-5. I used to think this made me a shitty worker, but actually that’s the opposite of true. I’m a grafter, but only between my most productive hours of 6-11am and 6-11pm, weird right?! I believe that routine is the enemy of creativity – which is why I went freelance. That being said I am constantly on my phone replying to clients and am pretty much contactable 24/7 (how sad!).

I’m not interested in working on projects that have no soul – I want to work for people who I think are interesting, on projects that I think are interesting. How spoilt of me.

 

WHERE HAVE YOU WORKED BEFORE?

If I listed all the jobs I’ve ever had, you’d judge me. Top picks would be: Sky, Learning People and Edge Hill Entertainment.

 

NAME ONE MARKETING CAMPAIGN YOU’VE SEEN THAT YOU’VE LOVED AND WHY?

This Girl Can – everytime I see it I want to jump in a swimming pool or message my girlfriends to see if they want to go on a run. I massively believe in the message and it also inspired 2.8 million women to get active which is very cool.

 

WHAT STIRS YOUR PASSION?

Food, authentic people and adventure. In that order.

 

YOU’RE AT YOUR OWN FUNERAL SITTING AT THE BACK OF THE ROOM – WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ABOUT YOU?

What a nutter. Just kidding, but they probably would be telling stories about the crazy things I’ve done – like deciding I was going to Africa and booking a flight for that day. Yes, I actually did that.

 

WE HEAR YOU LIKE A ‘CRUISE’. WHERE ELSE CAN WE FIND YOU ENJOYING YOURSELF?

If it’s sunny: the beach! If it’s raining: in a coffee shop with a good book. If it’s Saturday: in the tea hut at AFC Stoneham.

 

AOB (ANY OTHER BOLLOCKS) WE SHOULD KNOW?

I can rap the whole of Juicy by The Notorious B.I.G.

 

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Acceler8 Training
Headspaces Interview July 2018

Pleece & Co has 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. 

This months conversation is with Acceler8 Training, a learning and development agency that specialises in improving employee experience, leadership and customer service.

QUESTIONS WITH CHRIS SCOTT – ACCELER8 TRAINING FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
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TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY

Our ethos is really simple. We have great ideas, gorgeous creative and engaging training – all to ignite the fire in your people. We specialise in all things employee engagement; leadership and customer experience. After years of frustrations as a corporate Head of Learning and Development, Chris our founder, decided he could provide a better, more engaging consultancy than he’d ever experienced.

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM

 Our people are the key to our success. We have a healthy mix of permanent team members and freelancers that allow us to scale-up quickly, without passing that continued cost on to clients. All of our people have one thing in common:  they are super talented!

We design, we facilitate, but ultimately they are experts at engaging.
They really know what makes a workplace human.

 

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WHY SPACES?

 We had spent a few years during start-up as a ‘remote’ company where everyone worked from home. We reached a pivotal moment in our growth; office space was needed.

We wanted something that reflected everything we stand for; collaborative working, contemporary style and an inspirational environment – exactly what SPACES provides.

The team is an extension of our own people and do a brilliant job, representing us day in, day out.

 

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WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU ENCOUNTER AS A COMPANY?

As with all businesses there is increased uncertainty in the marketplace for a number of reasons. We must continue building relationships, telling people about our products and services and finding new, innovative ways for our clients to engage their people. There are challenges attached with growth too – recruitment, induction, change of leadership requirement, to name a few. Thank goodness we specialise in all of that – it gives an additional insight into our clients’ challenges and allows us to practice what we promote!

 

 

WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY UNIQUE?

We see learning as a human interaction. We fundamentally believe that the areas we specialise in (leadership, customer experience and employee engagement) are better face to face. We embrace technology within our learning and use the nine intelligences to bring all of our sessions to life. We believe that our brains are so much more complex than traditional learning theories may suggest.

With us you get a stimulating learning environment, brilliantly engaging facilitators, and gorgeous learning materials; all underpinned by our clients’ brand, mission, purpose, and values.

 

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BEST PIECE OF WORK ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?

“Never assume anything! Always check the details.” That one has got me out of hot water a few times and I always come back to it.

 

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WHAT PUTS YOU IN A GOOD HEADSPACE?

Being around Acceler8 people and seeing the fantastic feedback we get from clients. Last week a client rang us to tell us “you are fundamental in changing our culture for the better.”

 

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acceler8training.co.uk

spacesworks.com

 

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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English’s Chef Off 2018
Pleece & Co Photo Blog

The sun shone and the conversation and wine flowed at the 2nd English’s of Brighton Chef Off. On May 10th, 2018, the Pleece & Co team managed, filmed, photographed and drank several vats of alcohol at the exciting event which was held on the terrace outside Brighton’s most famous restaurant. 

The Chef Off champions the next generation of chefs in the city of Brighton & Hove, with the winner being crowned, ‘Best Emerging Chef.’ The contestants have to ‘Chef Off’ against each other and produce a signature dish to present to and be judged by some of the biggest food hitters in town; Michael Bremner from 64 Degrees and Murmur, Stephen Edwards, former Masterchef Professionals winner and owner of etch. and Yuri Magni, head chef at English’s

The participants were: Cin Cin, Plateau, Drakes, La Choza, The Salt Room, 3rd Avenue, Isaac At, with the winner being the dark horse, Tristan Conway-Grim from fledgling restaurant and venue, 3rd Avenue.

Pleece & Co created the concept for the Chef Off as well as managing the whole process from press ganging all the restaurants and press, bloggers and blaggers to attend, and running the on the day comms across social media as well as documenting and measuring the success of the day with our clients and partners. 

Everyone had a great time and we now look forward to next year, when the format will change slightly, but the objective will remain the same – to celebrate the skills and innovation of Brighton & Hove’s unsung kitchen heroes. And the wine will still be free.

 

The event compere Jonathan Speirs introduces the competitors
The young chefs ready to compete…
…for the top prize
A large crowd watch on under the sun
The guests were free to try a range of oysters from the oyster bar
Aiden Briffett from Isaac At looked pleased with what he was cooking
Josh Ticehurst from Plateau carefully preparing his dish…
… and enjoying a quick taste before sending his dish off to the judges
Our videographer Alvy filmed the whole event
Donal Hughes from Cin Cin delicately preparing his dish
Host Jonathan watches on as eventual winner Tristan Conway-Grim puts the finishing touches to his dish
The audience were treated to an endless supply of wine and fizz…
…as well as a number of free tasters, like these Eton mess dishes
Harry Traynor from The Salt Room cooks in front of some curious audience members
The 3 judges deliberating over the dishes
Each dish was scored on different criteria
Tristan’s winning Dover sole dish
Andre presenting Tristan with his prize
WInning chef Tristan poses with the 3 judges…
…and shared a laugh at the end of this fantastic event

 

Private 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.

Private Press is a screen-printing studio on Hollingdean Road in Brighton. Gary Parselle runs the studio, printing work for a wide range of  clients, curating print exhibitions such as ‘Editions’ and also doing live printing events. We spoke to Gary to find out more about Private Press and his own creative direction.

 

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HOW WAS PRIVATE PRESS CREATED?

I have been screen printing for a long time. About 12 years ago, while working at a graphic design agency in London I did a course in screen printing and caught the printing bug. I started printing for other people, slowly at first, and then it organically grew into a business, and officially launched in the summer of 2013.

 

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT SCREEN PRINTING OVER USING OTHER MEDIUMS?

For me it is all about the tactile nature of the prints, seeing and feeling the ink on the sheet, and being able to easily print on a real variety of substrates, from glossy boards through to textured, uncoated stocks, even wood and canvas. I think there is a place for all types of printing, digital and litho included, but I do feel screen printing offers unparalleled quality and depth of colour. All of our prints are hand pulled and I think the fact that a lot of care and attention has gone into each print adds a lot of value to what we do.

 

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DO YOU CREATE YOUR OWN WORK ALONGSIDE PRIVATE PRESS?

I do, but this has taken a back seat to some extent as the studio has been so busy printing for other people – which is great, and to be honest I prefer it that way! I love the variety printing for other people gives us.

 

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WE ARE VERY FOND OF YOUR BRANDING, DID YOU DO THIS YOURSELF?

Thank you, I did – I wanted to keep it as simple as possible to let the prints do all the work.

 

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 NUMBER 1 MUSIC FOR A PRINT JOB?

Music is really important to us here in the studio, there is always music on. When printing most of the time we can be found listening to disco or rare groove or hip hop. A Larry Levan inspired playlist, some Alice Coltrane or anything by A Tribe Called Quest always sounds good in the studio.

 

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WHAT KIND OF CLIENTS DO YOU PRINT FOR?

Lots of varied clients I’m happy to say, while is focus is printing for artists, we also print a lot for graphic designers and illustrators, and increasingly lots of bands looking for tour or album posters.

 

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WHY BRIGHTON?

I moved to Brighton 6 years ago, and couldn’t really imagine The Private Press being anywhere else. While we have clients all over the UK, we work predominantly for the Brighton arts community. It’s a great place to live and work.

 

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WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST WORKING?

I look after every aspect of every job from initial quotes to delivery – and I can honestly say I enjoy every art of what I do. However, even after all this time, the first pull of each and every colour is very satisfying.

 

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WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS FOR PRIVATE PRESS?

To keep doing what we’re doing and continuing to work with such great artists. We have lots of plans for the year ahead and some great prints in the pipeline. We’ll be continuing our Editions series and we have some brilliant artists lined up for that – Editions is a series of prints where we work collaboratively with the artists, and aims to highlight the possibilities of creative screen printing using interesting inks, papers and techniques. Watch this space!

 

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Between Two Thorns
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.

Between Two Thorns  is a plant and floristry shop in Brighton that also offers workshops, plant based commissions, and tea and coffee. Alys Dobbie, known also for her antiques expertise has created a very lush, green experience on Upper North Street. We caught up with Alys at her space to find out more about her and the business she has built.

 

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HOW DID BETWEEN TWO THORNS BEGIN LIFE?

I was (and still am in a way) an antique dealer for 12 years, and i’ve worked in retail for 20. I re-trained to be a florist and really needed a workshop – I found this quirky building and fell in love. I’d love to sell more cut flowers but I’m petrified of wastage, so did some botany based courses and research and work experience and took advice and…house plants were born!

 

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TELL US ABOUT DIFFERENT SERVICES YOU OFFER AND HOW YOU BALANCE THEM?

I offer quite a few different services here – I was going to say ‘I am foremost a…’ but my brain stopped forming words  – so guess I’ll just give you a list of things I do

  • Plant shop
  • Coffee shop
  • Workshop
  • Stylist
  • Florist

They’re balanced by the nature of the shop and it’s location I think…if people come in then obviously they are my number one priority – be it looking for a plant for a particular spot in their house or coming to chat to me about wedding flowers. If the shop is empty I work on promoting my workshops and plants. If I’m at home I’m ordering various things and answering emails. It’s a 24 hour a day job so I have to stay on top of things.

 

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WHY PLANTS?

Popularity. Plants are the new black – people have really changed their attitude towards house plants now and don’t just see them as a house warming gift for a mate. They see them as investments both to themselves (air purifiers/mental health aids) as well as for their houses, they are as important as curtains or books.

 

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WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR BEST SELLERS SINCE YOU HAVE OPENED?

The workshops! People are mad keen on improving their skill set and steering clear of the pub these days. My terrarium workshops are held about 3 times a month and are always completely sold out.

 

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

People’s reactions to it – everyone is so positive and welcoming. The area is really great with all the locals being very supportive, the trend for buying local has always been cemented in Brighton and long may it last.

 

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WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO IN THE SHOP?

Ah gaaad! If I’m on my own I’ll put some cheesy bangers on. If I’m doing some computer work I’ll put on anything without lyrics so I can concentrate better. LCD Soundsystem seems to be on fairly often. I’m no music buff.

 

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WHY BRIGHTON?

There’s nowhere better to live in England.

 

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WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS FOR BETWEEN TWO THORNS?

I’m already shipping my plants globally and have some weddings lined up for the year. I’d love to get to a point where I could afford someone to work more than one day a week as my social life has taken a hit – it’s totally worth it though!

 

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