WHO WE ARE
And why we do what we do
BUSINESS AS A FORCE FOR GOOD
One of our customers coined the term 'The Orchard' - "a safe and nurturing environment to start and grow a business".
We have supported over 200 people to start and grow their businesses.
After spending a decade working with leading players in the start-up ecosystem and supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs, Ollie took the leap and founded Enterprise Orchard in 2018. But the concept started long before this.
How and Why?
Ollie's passion for business started in India - where Ollie was born in the 1980's. His mother, fluent in Tamil, helped setup Bishopston Trading Co, who pioneered Fair Trade organic cotton clothing.
Ollie saw first-hand the difference business can make to people and communities. So after learning his craft, Enterprise Orchard embarked on its mission of supporting first-time founders to start and grow rewarding businesses.
THE ENERGY BEHIND YOUR START-UP
Ollie started Enterprise Orchard in 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
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 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.
Freya joined Enterprise Orchard in 2020 to manage its social media.
Freya also works on the Founded & Grounded podcast 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).
Social Media Manager
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 our start-up founders.
Zora has great experience with CRM's previously working for Rolls-Royce.
Zora is president for a 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.
DON'T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT...
"WORKING WITH OLLIE GAVE ME
THE CONFIDENCE TO START
Enterprise Orchard helped us launch our 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 support landscape and the introductions along the way have been invaluable "
Blue O'Connor, Founder
"HELPED US SHAPE OUR VALUE PROPOSITION & GAIN INVALUABLE CUSTOMER INSIGHTS.
Therefore we produced products that people really wanted. As we are a sustainable body care brand, it was critical we worked with someone that bought into our vision and values.
They kept us accountable and focused, always giving honest and insightful advice. I'd highly recommend Enterprise Orchard as they were fun and inspiring to work with."
Banasa Williams, Co-Founder
"SUCCESSFULLY GOT US £75,000 IN START-UP FUNDING
Enterprise Orchard helped us fine-tune our business plan and ensured we had a robust financial model in place before going to market.
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 someone who understood innovation and disruption."
Tony Maclachlan, Co-founder