Hammersmith Locals is enabling entrepreneurs like Vicky Ngari-Wilson to fulfil their ambitions
Vicky Ngari-Wilson has a fascinating story to tell. Born in Kenya, she came to the UK aged 10, worked as a fashion stylist, won the Ms Kenya beauty pageant and project managed The Creative Conscience Awards, a global movement which inspires students to focus on the principles of social impact and sustainability.
So much for her past: Vicky has an even more exciting future ahead. Having forged close links with rural communities in Africa and collaborated with them to revive traditional arts and craft skills, she is now showcasing and selling their products – for example, sisal bags, headscarves and jewellery – alongside work by UK-based artists at her Shepherd’s Bush studio.
‘My aim is to promote trade networks between those indigenous communities and designers and retailers in the UK. If we can build an interconnected global village everyone will benefit: the African artisans have access to new markets and they provide us with stylish, sustainable art, fashion and homeware. I want to be a change-maker and help create a better future for all.’
When you launch a business, you will know your subject. But, inevitably, there will be some areas of commerce with which you’re not quite so familiar – and which it is vital to understand. Or it may be that you simply don’t have time to focus on a specific topic. That is where #HammersmithLocals can help…
We provide a range of editorial, marketing and promotional services in print, online and on social media. Over the past five years Hammersmith Locals has worked with many of the exciting start-up companies that do so much to give our part of London its character and community spirit.
We are currently looking to make contact with sponsors who would be prepared to work with us to mentor and train aspiring local entrepreneurs and develop their new ventures. If you can help us to help entrepreneurs like Vicky, do get in touch.