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Liberty Rocks finds solid foundations with valuable business advice
Hearing other people’s experiences can be invaluable when you judge yourself over critically. Juliet Webb
Liberty Rocks is an art production and consultancy business run by partners Ruby SoHo and Juliet Webb, that makes 3D sculpture, art installations, set design and prop fabrication, for events across the country.
The business specialises in interactive and mechanical art that is produced for projects which are aimed to grab the attention of and inspire young people. They also provide there clients with a full production service for both artists and creative events, particularly fund / bid writing, obtaining commissions, management production, PR bookings, and hiring artists or artwork.
Ruby is the Artistic Director and is a creative powerhouse with a flair for the impossible. Ruby has a long experience of facilitating workshops with all kinds of people, but she is most at home with the angle grinder in her own hands. She has worked on some exciting, large-scale projects over her career so far, for events such as Glastonbury Festival, Boomtown Fair and Secret Garden Party, plus several large community based Arts Council funded projects.
Juliet is expert in PR for artists and creative companies. She is experienced in bid writing and fundraising for creative arts, and she specialises in marketing and strategic development for artists she represents, including a selection of circus, theatre and event suppliers.
Finding help was initially a problem for Liberty Rocks until the bank pointed them in the direction of Business West and the Start & Grow team. The challenges for the business have been securing funding, and managing their cash flow. Ruby and Juliet have found that having to take full responsibility for the business has been a challenge. “I would advise anyone starting their own business to take it slowly and find some good professional mentors to talk to when you feel like having a meltdown.” said Juliet.
The Start & Grow programme has helped Ruby and Juliet to successfully secure a loan of £4,500 each from SWIG start up loans.
The Business West Start & Grow team also provided them with initial guidance needed to get their business kick started. Further to this Liberty Rocks will receive a year’s Chamber membership giving them the opportunity to network, attend workshops and webinars within the largest membership organisation in the region.
Ruby SoHo and Juliet Webb are clients of Business West, delivering business support across the South West.
Under the Start & Grow programme Ruby and Juliet received 16 hours of support and attended one training day. They raised £9,000 finance to invest into the business and have created 2 jobs.