Over the last three years we have enjoyed promoting Cornwall through Sideways Cornwall. But many of you will have noticed that our Cornwall based updates have got fewer and fewer over time.
The reason for this, is that the demand for our services has grown outside the county (a bit strange considering our only web presence is a tourism website about Cornwall!) In the last few years we have been involved with producing films for a five start resort in South Africa, international airlines, a national radio station and some of the worlds largest companies.
We are really proud to have built a company that now supports five, skilled, full time jobs within Cornwall and we aim to continue developing Sideways to further improve the strength of the business and the calibre of the work we produce.
We strongly believe that business has massive potential to be a force for good but many of the experiences that we have had, have shown us that there are still a huge number of people out there with old fashioned attitudes to how businesses should operate.
On the flip side, we have also met a growing community of people that stand against these old fashioned values. Who stand up for what they believe in and are creating businesses that truly leave the World better than when they found it. Ultimately, it’s businesses like this that we want to work with and that inspire us to do what we do.
In the last year have felt increasingly frustrated that our quest to build a financially successful business has led us to forget some of the values we had when we started.
So, we decided to make a change.
Over the last six months we have looked into businesses that challenge the way things are done and guess what? It turns out that new, more positive approaches don’t lead to financial ruin as old fashioned business thinking would have you believe. In fact, businesses that take a strong stance on what they believe and work hard to increase the positive impact they have on the World around them can actually flourish financially.
There are countless potential case studies of businesses that are making a success of doing things differently and a huge number of businesses thinkers challenging commonly held beliefs. Yet still, much of what is wrong in the World today can be linked to the way businesses continue to operate.
The majority of the small businesses we have talked to want to operate in a more positive way, its just that the day to day ’stuff’ that comes with running a business makes it easy to forget the big ideas you had when you started.
We’ve decided to make changes with the way we operate Sideways and the first step towards doing that has been to invest some time into creating a resource that could help people like ourselves to challenge the way things are done. A resource that takes all of the inspiring information that already exists and channels it towards inspiring businesses to challenge the way things are done and create businesses that are a force for good.
It’s called The Challenger’s Almanac and we need your help to bring it to life. Over the last six months we have compiled contributors and brought together an international team of young creators who are all prepared to donate their time to make the Almanac happen. To date the project has been entirely self financed by Sideways but now we need your support to raise the funds to produce the first edition.
This short video will explain the project better than we can in words…If you would like to support the project please visit our Kickstarter page and pledge to receive one of the great rewards available.
For those of you who like your surfing ‘old school’… the World Bellyboard Championships is for you… we absolutely love it – it is taking place this Sunday – so get there if you can!
For more info visit their website…
This eccentric festival starts today, so if your not one of the lucky few to nab yourself a ticket, grab your wellies and sunglasses, pull up a deckchair and watch our short film from last year…
A short film about our favourite Cornish event; The World Bellyboard Championships
A short film we produced for Visit Cornwall about beaches in Cornwall in the winter.
It’s shocking to see how long ago it is since we last updated the blog; over 4 months now!
However we have been busy with heads down working on a series of 11 films for Visit Cornwall (due for release in January) and a series of 6 films for Cornwall Marine Network, all telling different stories about life in Cornwall. The first to share with you is Sea Kayaking Cornwall. We hope it reminds you of sunnier times.
Everyone in the office is very excited that we will once again be attending our favourite Cornish music festival, Leopallooza next weekend. Heres a little round up of what to expect …