Month: May 2018

gwen holbrey
Business

5 minutes with Gwen Holbrey – The Watermelon Studios

gwen holbrey poleGwen Holbrey is the owner and head instructor of The Watermelon Studios. As a child, she grew up trying multiple styles of dance and went on to complete a degree in Drama. After attending pole classes and becoming head instructor for another school, she took the plunge and opened her own business. Her studio quickly became a Scottish success story, coming second in the Off The Pole best studio awards and attracting pole artists from all over the world, visiting to teach exclusive workshops. The school also attracts world class sports photographers looking to shoot both Gwen and her Watermelon ‘Pips’ (students).

With classes booked to capacity every week, Gwen has just opened her second school, introducing Zumba, Body Blitz and Yoga alongside her famous pole classes. Most recently, The Watermelon Studio was the first pole studio to get to the final of the Edinburgh Business Awards 2018, and proudly took home the Community Award.

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Mark Speed BBC
Entertainment

5 mins with Mark Speed – Comedy Writer

Mark Speed’s comedy writing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and appeared in newspapers as diverse as the London Evening Standard and The Sun. He performed his solo comedy, The End of the World Show, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 and 2012.

He’s been writing novels since he was fifteen, and has an MA in Creative Writing from City University, London. In 1995 a chiropractor told him he’d never run again. He chose to give up chiropractors instead, and has since completed several marathons and a couple of Olympic-length triathlons. He has been diagnosed as a ‘polarity responder’. Read More

dolls
Business

5 minutes with Irina & Marina Skvortsova – Founders of Inspire Dolls

Irina and Marina Skvortsova are a Russian sister duo who create unique and conversation starting dolls for both adults and children. The pair divide the roles of their business, with Marina creating the dolls, and Irina designing the costumes. The popularity of their dolls stems from the meticulous levels of craftsmanship behind each one – with the ladies paying particular attention to current beauty and fashion trends.

The sisters have recently gained recognition for their collaboration with clothing designer Anna Gavruishina, producing mini replicas of Anna’s ‘Girls just wanna have fun’ collection for their dolls. They have also participated in several exhibits across Russia, including the recent Moscow Doll Show.

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Marlon Kobacker 5 Minutes With
Business

5 Minutes with Marlon Kobacker

A difference-maker in the field of renewable energy, Marlon Kobacker continues to develop new and innovative strategies for reducing operational business costs through environmentally sustainable solutions. Marlon Kobacker, the director of Sustainable Future Group, is widely respected for his role as an innovator in the renewable energy sector and brings more than 13 years of experience in sustainable building design when working with clients seeking to benefit from his company’s expertise in sustainable technology, finance, and advisory.

1. Tell us more about Sustainable Future Group’s mission and values.

We understand that businesses have different needs to consider, so our mission is to provide sustainable solutions designed with the short- and long-term needs of each individual business clearly in mind. In order to do so, we have made a commitment to our clients that ensures they will always have access to the most innovative and effective sustainable products and alternative energy solutions available.

2. What strategies do you rely on most to achieve your business goals?

Developing a sense of trust with our clients is absolutely critical, so we conduct ourselves in a manner that is always forthright, informative and honest. We then work to develop an ongoing relationship with our clients to ensure they get the greatest possible value from our services.

3. What is it about your business model that makes it so unique?

Sustainable Future Group is built upon a comprehensive service model in which we provide clients with advisory services along with technology and financing for the project.

4. Outside of your work with Sustainable Future Group, how have you raised awareness of the need for significant environmentally sustainable change?

Given the potential stakes involved in this global issue, raising greater awareness of the problems we face today — not to mention the ones will might face in the future — and the solutions already available to us has long been a goal of mine. I’ve written countless articles on the subject and recently published a book called “Removing the Capital Cost Barrier to Sustainable Building Design.”

5. What motivates you each day?

The work we do at Sustainable Future Group is so important for so many reasons, and I’ve always been motivated by the opportunity to make a difference through environmentally sustainable change.

And Just For Fun…

6. What is your favourite quote?

There are quite a few quotes from David Attenborough that I’d like to share, but this one is probably my favorite: “It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”

7. What is your favourite sport?

I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee the most, but there are several other sports I enjoy playing or watching.

8. What have you learned in the last week?

The last week has again reminded me that not only do you have to continuously strive for forward progress, but you also have to be vigilant against the possibility of a sudden regression as well.

9. When was the last time you felt nervous?

During the talks that led to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, there was a great deal of pessimism that an agreement could be reached at all, let alone accomplish enough to address global climate change. I was quite nervous throughout that process.

10. Who would you most like to meet (dead or alive)?

I’d like to meet either David Attenborough or Henry David Thoreau.

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