Good Story Festival

Want to turn your creative passion into a business? 

Good Story can help


The Good Story Festival of Creativity - Saturday 26th April


Brahboys is one of 20 businesses to have received support from the charity Good Story – giving creative, passionate people aged 18 to 30 business mentoring and funding. 


On 25th – 27th April, Good Story will host its first ever Festival of Creativity, which aims to inspire other young people to take their creative passion and turn it into a business.


And we’re taking part. 

So if like us, you’ve got a creative idea for a business, and need help to get it off the ground, this event is for you. 

On Saturday 26th April, a packed day of seminars and one-to-one networking has been arranged at The Highwaymans Gallery, Risby, Suffolk, to help aspiring young entrepreneurs get their business ideas going.   


At £15 each, tickets are limited to 50 and open to anyone aged 18 to 30.  


Your ticket will gain you exclusive access to a panel of high-profile business speakers. 

Covering topics from how to get noticed through PR and social media, the essentials of starting up in business and how to get your finances in order, the talks will be delivered from people who have been there and done it. 


And will finish with food, drink and live music with sets from funked up rock and roll band Juke & the All-Drunk Orchestra plus hip hop artist Rex Domino. 


The full line-up of business speakers includes:


  • Ted Ridgway-Watt - Digital expert and ex-head of Digital Jersey 
  • Alastair Whatley - Theatre producer and founder of The Original Theatre Company 
  • James Baker - Founder of Waterless Media  
  • Suzy Pettican - MD and founder of award-winning PR agency Reflection PR 
  • Richard Tribe - MD and founder of events company Revolution Events
  • Claire Johnsen - Business advisor and trainer from NWES
  • Kathryn Fletcher – Owner of Fletcher Thompson Chartered Accountants
  • Jill McCulloch –  Personal and business coach  


Good Story was set up in early 2013 by Malcolm and Nicky McAllister from Lavenham in loving memory of Nicky’s daughter, Mimi Watts. A talented clothing designer, Mimi sadly died in a snowboarding accident in Chamonix in December 2012. At just 26, she was in the midst of launching her own business.  Sitting at her hospital bedside, Mimi’s brother Rory Watts first had the idea for the charity, determined to see her dreams live on. 


The charity now supports other likeminded young people.  Raising £50,000 in its first year, it has supported more than 20 young businesses. And we are lucky enough to have been one of them. 


The following day, 20 creative young businesses like us will be selling their creative goods, including fruit juices, photography, vintage fashion, poetry, musical instruments and so much more, to the general public. 


So if you’re in Suffolk, please come and support us on Sunday 27th April. 


Rory Watts, founder and trustee says: “We want to give others the opportunities that Mimi didn’t have, guiding them through their first steps of running a business and helping them with their applications for funding, inspiring and supporting young people to succeed. And Saturday’s sessions will give creative young people lots of practical ideas, advice and inspiration from business leaders who have been there and done it.”


Tickets are going quick (we’ve got ours!) and limited to 50 spaces. 


To book, email or call 01787 247265. 


Venue:     The Highwaymans Gallery, Risby, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6QP


Time:        10am – 5pm with live music, food and drinks into the evening. 


Visit the Good Story website, Facebook page and Twitter for more details.