How a Creative soul can build a Business?

Online Business Networking event – our seminar – Creativity in flow.

This month at our Online Business Networking event pre educational seminar, Simon O’Rourke is an award winning Chainsaw sculptor who began his career as an illustrator.

Tired of never finding stability through illustration, Simon turned to training to be a tree surgeon to pay the bills.

Over time he began to see the beauty of working with wood – and Simon O’Rourke was born. And YES – They are Eggs from Game of Thrones!

As Simon says

“After gaining my degree with honours in Illustration; specialising in children’s books, I became a tree surgeon for Acorn ArborCare. There’s no connection really, but I needed a full time job, and wanted to slowly build up my illustration career outside of work!

I managed to get a children’s book commission from a tree work customer which was published in America through Trafford Publishing. In the time that followed, I did not pursue my illustration career, but I realised I could actually be creative with the chainsaw and tried my hand at wood carving!

I carved for two years under the banner of Acorn Furniture and set up my own business in 2005. I now reside in North Wales, with my lovely wife Liz, and have worked in a wide variety of public places and private gardens.

My chainsaw carving exploits have taken me all around the world. I have now competed in chainsaw carving competitions in the USA, Japan, Canada, Holland, Germany, Denmark and the UK, placing highly in many of them.”

A member for over 7 years, Simon has adapted his business through this time of Lock down and as well as now teaching illustration, he is wanting to share his expertise and experience to the next class of creative entrepreneurs through our Online business networking event.

Online Business Networking event – Seminar content

Through this Business networking event pre seminar Simon will inspire and demonstrate how being a creative person need not mean you cannot also create a thriving Business.

He will share his tips and advice on how to blend creative vision with Business acumen to build a robust and yet balanced Business.

He will also share how his quiet and gentle approach to business networking has supported his business and taken into some interesting places!

One business networking seminar not to be missed! Even if you are an accountant!!!

Watch the video here to learn more direct from Simon!


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