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Blurred edges

This is Part 2 of the Millie and Me story… Armed with her financial forecasts and projected footfalls, Sophie applied for a bank loan and was surprised, after she’s supplied all her spreadsheets, that they offered one over the phone. … Continue reading

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Have a cupcake

Come at 4.30, she had said, we’ll be finishing off then and Millie can join us after school. I’m a bit early and Sophie is still clearing up after the last of her coffee shop customers. “Would you like a … Continue reading

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Not your traditional leftie

Andrew runs his own engineering company out of a two-storey building tucked behind a block of flats on a housing estate. In the workshop on the ground floor a couple of his employees are tinkering with small circuit boards. Upstairs … Continue reading

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A profession from a passion

… this is Part 2 of Kyle’s story… “Can I ask you to start at the beginning. Where were you born?” “I was born in Torbay hospital,” says Kyle. “And I’ve lived in Paignton all my life. My mum is … Continue reading

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Getting his business off the ground

The posters, leaflets and press articles about the Neighbourhood Challenge past Kyle by. On the days he was in Brixham the parkour enthusiast would more likely be doing forward rolls along Fore Street to strengthen his shoulders. It would drive … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

And so, although the prize winners were announced some time ago it’s now time to formally present some of those over-sized cheques. Rachel’s up first, thankful no doubt that she is not expected to say anything. She poses with her … Continue reading

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It’s not about the money

It’s a fast-flowing evening and there’s lots to get through. Harry is on the microphone now, our compere for the evening. He’s a natural. I can see him presenting Blue Peter before long. “Look underneath your tables and bring out … Continue reading

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Tossing the tifta

If the forecast is to be trusted the weather turns tomorrow and so the next hour or so is my last opportunity to complete some picture postcard images around the harbour. I wander round in the sunshine, snapping children’s fishing … Continue reading

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“The best bit…”

“Tell me something about winning the award, what was that like?” “Stunning,” says Mark, “absolutely stunning. I was amazed at how the Challenge had actioned so much. When I heard we were one of the winners I was overwhelmed. I … Continue reading

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A magic wand?

This is the continuation of the BYTES story (see The false gâteaux) Mark is still clearing up in the kitchen and so as not to inconvenience him too much I suggest I wire him up, attach the microphone to his … Continue reading

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