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Big Leap Entrepreneurship Competition 2011

The Big Leap Competion for this year is over and after many fantastic entries we are pleased to annouce the winners from each region that participated.



The Winner of The Big Leap Awards 2011 for the London region is Ruth Ferguson.

Ruth is the Founder and Creative Director of Olga Olsson. After an eclectic education studying Fine Art and Politics and living in Cuba, Ghana, and Central America, Ruth went to Rio de Janeiro to paint murals on the walls of an orphanage in Duque de Caxias. She fell in love with Brazil, and started working for a fair trade project that supported cooperatives of women seamstresses in the favelas. The idea for Olga Olsson was born...She moved to London, studied at London College of Fashion, and honed her design and technical skills for five years with Alexander Mcqueen, Matthew Williamson, River Island, Principles, and Harrods, before starting Olga Olsson in 2010.

Ruth is inspired by the beach, the mountains and the city - from wild swimming in the Scandinavian lakes, to camping out on Mexican beaches, to all night parties in London and flea markets in Paris and LA. Beauty, craftmanship, quality and ethics are paramount in the creation of each piece.

Olga Olsson her fashion brand, a fantastic ethical swimwear line, with fans all over the fashion world from Elle Macpherson to Kate Moss. The label unites craftsmanship and contemporary style supporting seamstresses from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

Check out the collection here:




The Winners of the Big Leap Awards 2011 for the Liverpool region are Becky Christian and Camilla Halstead, collectively known as Craft Creative.

Craft Creative was co-founded by Becky and Camilla in February 2011 by combining their love of social events and enthusiasm for all things crafty to create an alternative social experience.The idea was to move away from the traditional craft workshop vibe, in which the focus is solely on making crafts and combine this with live music and a quirky venue, to create a relaxed, social experience and a platform to learn new skills with a modern twist.

With Camilla’s Event Management background and Becky’s extensive knowledge in Sales and Management the pair had the perfect partnership to start a craft workshop event-planning business. By keeping an eye on the latest fashion trends the pair make sure each event has a modern contemporary edge, creating unique on-trend items and must-have accessories.

For more information check out their website: