WE BELIEVE THAT BUSINESS CAN BE USED AS A FORCE FOR GOOD
What we stand for
Profit, purpose and partnerships. We fundamentally believe business can be used as a force for good. Grow with us, as we plant the seeds for a better way of doing business.
Why are we different?
We put founders first. We help you and your business fulfill your true potential
Why does that matter?
We have been in your shoes and we know your struggles. We are best placed to help you.
Who do we work with?
We only work with first-time founders who want to leave a legacy.
We specialise in bringing innovation into start-ups and work across a diverse range of sectors. We're a non-technical agency, so if you're a super high-tech or a life science start-up, we're not for you.
Our sweet spot is supporting founders in their thirties to early forties, specifically those who have young families. This is because we know what's important to you and how valuable your time is.
THE ENERGY BEHIND YOUR START-UP
Ollie started Enterprise Orchard in Feb 2018 to bring a new breed of innovation support to the sector.
Ollie has a wealth of experience growing start-ups with Virgin StartUp, The Prince’s Trust, Business West and Oxford Innovation. Ollie was voted in the top 50 UK Advisers in 2018 & 2019
Ollie's passion for enterprise came from his mother, who helped set up a Fairtrade textiles business between India & Bristol.
Bishopston Trading Co supported local tailors in Tamil Nadu where Ollie was born.
When Ollie is not helping new businesses, you can find him spending time with his young family, playing 5 a side football, or exploring the great outdoors.
Founder & MD
Katherine (Kat) joined The Orchard in 2019 as Creative Director.
Kat has over 15 years experience in events, marketing & fundraising.
Kat has worked across the public, private & charity sectors including Oxfam, Environment Agency & The Prince's Trust.
Kat is composed and resourceful under pressure, whether organising clay shoots, high profile fundraising dinners or hosting celebrities such as Simon Cowell.
Kat also sits on the Bristol Beats Cancer Research UK board.Kat's creativity continues in her spare time from cooking, gardening to creative arts. She has a passion for sustainability and set up a local Lending Library.
Mark started his advisory role in 2o21 to help The Orchard with growth & positive impact.
Mark runs mch: positive impact, a staff development company, which has been running since 2005.
Prior to this Mark was Chief Exec for a community development organisation and a Consultant for McKinsey & Company.
Mark has a Doctorate in Organic Chemistry from Oxford University & briefly trained as a diplomat through a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and Trade, from Monash University in Australia.
Non Exec Director
Social Media Manager
Freya joined Enterprise Orchard in 2020 to manage its social media.
Freya is currently completing her third year of a marketing degree at The University of the West of England.
During lockdown Freya started working with Ollie on the Founded & Grounded podcast. She also works in the marketing team for the start-up company, Flavr Foods.
In her spare time, Freya finds vegan recipes to cook with her housemates or goes for walks around Bristol (the latest which, in the fields around Failand, she highly recommends).
Zora joined The Orchard in 2020 to support our growing community. Zora ensures our systems and processes are in tip top shape, to enable us to support and delight our start-up founders.
Zora is currently completing her fourth year of her business and management degree at The University of the West of England after undertaking a placement year as a global CRM intern for Rolls-Royce.
Alongside university and work, Zora is President of her university’s cheerleading team where she trains twice a week and spends her spare time walking her dog at the beach or working out at the gym.
COLLABORATION IS OUR SECRET SAUCE
We have more impact by working with organisations who share similar values. Here’s the company we keep:
We provide business advice services on behalf of Virgin StartUp, the Virgin company which helps founders and future founders start-up and thrive. Apply for up for £25,000 in start-up funding, per co-founder.
Stephenson Law is an alternative law firm that works with fast-growth, entrepreneurial businesses to provide strategic advice and support on day-to-day matters. We understand the challenges that young, ambitious businesses face because we are one.
Street2Boardroom partner with Enterprise Orchard to help business owners develop an entrepreneurial mindset and hustle like a pro. Founded by Clayton Planter who believes "it's not where you're from, it's where you're going that counts."
Metro Bank is a different kind of high street bank, open 7 days a week & is changing the way Britain banks. It offers businesses an expert and personal level of service, designed to take the hassle out of banking. You can simply walk into a store & open an account, no appointment needed.
The team at Greaves Brewster LLP – patent and trade mark attorneys – has a distinct approach, mindset and location and believes in doing things a little differently. This gives our start-ups access to expert Intellectual Property advice and knowledge.
Industry of Us are specialists in Co-Design. Applying the science of creativity to design & innovation. IoU are experts at pushing the boundaries of creativity through science, experimentation and collaboration to deliver business impact.
The Social Detail is a social media marketing agency that does so much more than just handling social media accounts. With businesses vying for the ever-diminishing attention spans of an increasing online audience, a social media strategy is vital.
If you think your business could provide value to our purpose-driven start-ups, then please arrange a discovery call with us
We have partnered with Crowdcube because they share a fundamental belief that business can be used as a force for good. Crowdcube are fuelling the next generation of businesses who want to leave a mark on the world, via their crowdfunding platform.
ORCA help ambitious, disruptive brands to achieve their potential and speak to their customers through brand development, creative campaigns and digital strategy. We want to make a difference to people’s lives in the way they interact and engage with design.
We partner with Google Digital Garage to provide free events for our community. Google Digital Garage is one of Google's flagship programmes providing digital skills training. We focus on Digital Marketing Strategy, Data Analytics and getting your business visible on Google.
DON'T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT...
"TALKING WITH OLLIE GAVE ME
THE CONFIDENCE TO START
Enterprise Orchard helped us develop our purpose-driven start-up, based on the foundation of a solid business model. The support got us £10,000 in start-up funding, a £7,000 grant, we even got tweeted by Sir Richard Branson!
Enterprise Orchard helped us navigate the complex business support landscape and the introductions along the way have been invaluable. They also understood the challenges of having a young family, especially when combined with the pressure of start-up."
Blue O'Connor, Founder
"THEY INTRODUCED US TO FELLOW FOUNDERS IN THE SAME INDUSTRY
Helped us shape our value proposition & gain invaluable customer insights. We therefore, manufactured products that people really wanted. We are a sustainable body care brand, so it was critical we worked with an organisation that bought into our vision and values.
Enterprise Orchard kept us accountable and on track, always giving honest and insightful advice. I'd highly recommend Enterprise Orchard as they were fun and straightforward to work with."
Banasa Williams, Co-Founder
"SUCCESSFULLY GOT US £75,000 IN START-UP FUNDING
They helped us fine-tune our business plan and ensured we had a robust financial model. They introduced us to other funding streams, which we will need later down the line to scale our business.
Being a close-knit family business, it was pivotal we had someone we could trust with our future. We're disrupting the electronic vehicle car charging market, so we needed advice from someone who understood innovation and disruption. Enterprise Orchard was a joy to work with from start to finish."
Tony Maclachlan, Co-founder
YOU CAN CONTACT US IN A FEW WAYS...
Come and say hi, we're based at Simpleweb,
86 Bedminster Parade, Bristol, BS3 4HL
Our registered office is:
23 Westfield Park, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6LT
For start-up tips and tools, please subscribe to our newsletter below