A weekend of conversations about things a load of us have been working on all of this year, our Beautiful Ideas.
First gathering early evening on Saturday at Make Liverpool in the North Docks.
All ready, including these lovely brochures about it all.
Done for The Beautiful Ideas Company by our friends at Wordscapes.
The bar’s ready too.
And at the end of our meal together Rachel’s baked a cake.
Third on the left there, Rachel of the Urban Cupcakery.
As well as us Beautiful Ideas people and Board members from Liverpool, there are some guests from Salford, also part of the same LaunchPad programme, and some friends from Wirral also interested in working with The Beautiful Ideas.
Deputy Mayor Ann O’Byrne and Nicola Higham of The Beautiful Ideas Co cut the cake.
And it’s a quietly lovely evening of talking gently through what we’re all starting to do and exploring more possibilities of this enterprise development idea working elsewhere.
Next day, Sunday, it’s good and sunny as I set off on my walk.
Past the obvious.
In the town where I was born.
And along the Dock Road.
Back to Make Liverpool!
Where a very special guest is coming to talk with us about our ideas.
At first we think he’s arriving in a ‘Don’t buy the S*n’ taxi. And we’re impressed.
But actually he’s in the car behind, welcomed here by Liam of Make Liverpool.
Yes it’s John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor and here in Liverpool for the Labour Party Conference.
We show him around the huge maker space.
And Liam, Kirsten and Ann explain how it works and what things like this signify for how we want to make things work in Liverpool.
Liam introduces his Dad, a teacher, who’s also one of the makers here.
And I’m not the only one taking photographs.
Assistant Mayor, Councillor Nick Small also in the line up here. Nick is Chair of The Beautiful Ideas Co.
We take John up to look at the top floor office spaces
Which is where he gets to hear about Coming Home and the other Beautiful Ideas enterprises here.
Like Jay and Gerrard from Mayfair Home Furniture here.
(Jay’s the one leaning enigmatically against the pillar.)
Too soon it’s time to go.
Pausing good naturedly for Liam’s selfie.
Time for me too to make my way home, again, from Make Liverpool.
A truly beautiful idea, and one I’m so proud to have been involved in so often this year.
Outside it’s a beautiful evening in the streets by the North Docks.
A place full of possibilities and a clear sense of its maritime and industrial past – and future?
Some brutalism for you brutalist architecture fans.
Some delicate beauty too, walking through the business district.
Across Exchange Flags.
And over the top of Liverpool One.
To catch the bus home.
Big thanks to everyone involved with The Beautiful Ideas Co, it’s been such a pleasure to work with you all this year. So thanks for your love and friendship and looking forward to continuing mutual support as Jayne Lawless and I move into full operations now as Coming Home Liverpool.