If you’ve picked up a copy of the Sevenoaks Chronicle this week, you may have noticed yours truly featured on the business pages, with an interview about our involvement with the UK Start Up Loan Scheme. For those who missed it, the full article is below:
‘By her own admission, 26-year old Hannah Griffin has been fortunate in her professional life. Working with her father in the family business – Ditto in Sevenoaks – has provided her with a relatively safe haven in which to work, but it has still given her valuable experience of running an independent business in today’s testing economic climate.
It has also given her a deep appreciation of how difficult it is for anyone in her age bracket to start their own business.
For this reason, she has signed up to offer advice to any 18 to 30 year olds in the area who want to take advantage of the Government’s Start Up Loan Scheme – the initiative fronted by former Dragon’s Den star James Caan.
Through Ditto’s franchise agreement with Printing.com, one of the scheme’s delivery partners, she agreed to offer a ‘drop in service’ at her firm’s studio in London Road.
‘We are able to help with writing business plans, loan applications and business mentoring from experts’ said Ms Griffin. ‘Starting from scratch is very difficult for anyone, but I feel very strongly that supporting young people in enterprise is vital. I was lucky to learn alongside my father, but it is a very steep learning curve for young people starting out on their own.’
To find out more about our involvement in the Start Up Loan Scheme, email email@example.com or visit printing.com/entrepreneurs
Introducing Graeme Lothian
Graeme is an incredible artist, and has been a friend of Ditto for years (he’s even featured the team in one of his paintings, published in his book An Artist on the Thames). Most recently, Graeme has been working in the capacity of an official war artist, and has visited Afghanistan a couple of times for research. When he told us that he was due another trip out to Afghanistan, we put him in touch with a good friend of ours, Sophie Whittaker. Sophie is a serving war artist whose main job is to provide Joint Fires Targeting support to Task Force Helmand on OP HERRICK 18. As a member of 74 Battery (The Battleaxe Company) 39 Regiment Royal Artillery – attached to 1 Royal Horse Artillery, Sophie works in the Brigade Headquarters, Lashkar Gah, where she finds time between an often hectic schedule to put pencil to paper. I was so pleased to hear from Sophie that she’d met up with Graeme during his time in Afghan – you can read more about Sophie’s story and life as a serving war artist on the official British Army blog, where she regularly posts updates on her artwork.