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Opera Co-Pro

Opera Co-Pro is the first global marketplace to trade opera productions and to launch co-production projects for funding matching partners. “The Enterprise Steps programme has been useful in many areas,” says Ambra. “It has been particularly helpful in terms of events, networking, good workshops and really informative materials.”

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Trade Show Explorer

Trade Show Explorer enables businesses to carry out bespoke research projects at trade shows, providing companies with valuable consumer product insights and informed sales lead generation.

Founder Jose Tovar has used Enterprise Steps as a guiding hand throughout the set up of his business.

“… the Enterprise Steps programme has been great, knowing that I have support while going through start up. It’s also been reassuring to have a mentor to consult with; I'm not sure if I could have developed as quickly as I have without the programme.”

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Let it Roll Records

An urge to work in the music community coupled with an encyclopedic record knowledge was enough for husband and wife team Janet and Kieran Smyth to review their careers in television to open vinyl record store and coffee shop ‘Let It Roll’ in May 2018.

“We heard about the Enterprise Steps project through Newham College marketing” says Janet.

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Wildsuga provides art prints, paintings, colouring books, one off fashion garments, jewellery, and educational workshops in schools & community. Founder, artist and educator Sarina Mantle created the business in 2008 stemming from a deep desire for independence, and a wish for freedom of artistic expression. 

One of the obstacles Sarina has been able to overcome as a result of being part of the Enterprise Steps programme has been to be more active with her marketing.

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Middle Path Soapery

Inspired by local knowledge and traditional remedies, Middle Path Soapery creates high quality handcrafted soaps with an ethical impact. 

Founder Katerina Qabaha Kralova started the business in 2017. 

“I really appreciated the help of my Enterprise Steps business adviser in the planning stages, because initially I only knew I liked making soap but had no idea where to start with a business.”

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On the button

On the button is a graphic design and branding company specialising in the food & drink, property and publishing sectors.

Founder Nick Button started the company in 2016 having been a graphic designer for over 20 years.

“The best decision I have made to date, was to seek help from Enterprise Steps, without which I think I would have folded a long time ago. It helped me focus and set me targets to improve.”

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Octemo the Octopus

Octemo the Octopus is a toy for autistic children, uniquely designed to support emotional education for children with autism and other such cognitive impairments.

Founder Sandika Dhawan initially developed the idea as a university project and started the groundwork for the business in June 2017.

She heard about Enterprise Steps whilst attending a Ravensbourne University focus group, and was keen to take part in the programme to help develop her ideas.

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