Brook Farm Studio, 1 High Street, Bildeston, Ipswich IP7 7EX
T: 01473 823819 (eve) M: 07432 138966

Hazel is an artist with a background in teaching art & craft lessons primarily through local authority.  In early 2011 she had the opportunity to convert a former car showroom in Bildeston into an inspirational space dedicated to helping people find and develop their creativity.  Brook Farm Studio now runs regular classes taught by Hazel and a number of other local artists and technicians in painting, felting and textiles, figurative drawing and a craft group in which a variety of subjects and techniques are explored.  For children there is a monthly craft club..  In addition there are half day and day length workshops on Saturdays in a wide range of subjects.  As well as a teaching space Brook Farm Studio has a wide range of unique and individual gifts and cards, many created on the premises, for sale in the shop, with prices starting from under £5.

Menta’s Involvement
Hazel was signposted to Menta by Babergh District Council to help her develop a business plan and financial forecasting with a purpose of applying for a local grant.  This was achieved and supported Hazel in the set up of Brook Farm Studio which is still running today.

Business Comments
As a business start-up it's great to have an idea but there's so much more to starting a business than that.
Without MENTA I would have had no compass, they showed me the way, they pointed out the pitfalls and encouraged me when I was flagging. I'm not sure I could have done it without them.