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John J Castle BA MA

What’s your business name?
Steel Leaves Ltd.

What do you do?
Educator, Mentor and Entrepreneur.
Pre-startup sustainable business, looking to disrupt the food monoculture via hyper locality. I want to also embed social and educational aspects into the business.

How did it start?
I always had a passion for sustainability and by visiting and reading about different projects in different countries I decided that there was an opportunity for this in Sheffield as well.

What are you working on at the moment?
Pre-startup research and team creation.

What are you looking to get out of Union St?
Inspiration and collaboration with other members.

steelleaves.org.uk (under construction)
johnj_castle@yahoo.co.uk
@johnj_castle

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Mat Booth

What’s your business name?
Red Hat UK Ltd

What do you do?
Our mission is “to be the catalyst in communities of customers, contributors, and partners creating better technology the open source way.” Red Hat is a connective hub in a global network of customers, partners, research and academic organizations, and open source communities. Bringing these innovative groups together fosters collaboration. And with a wide range of computing requirements, distinct approaches, and differing skills, the result is technology that meets the needs of today’s computing environments more effectively than any one group could have created alone.

How did it start?
Founded in 1993 with a vision for developing better software through collaboration, Red Hat is now at the forefront of open source software development for enterprise IT.

What are you working on at the moment?
I work in the Platform Engineering group on development tools, improving the developer experience for people writing software on Linux or writing software that targets Linux as a platform.

What are you looking to get out of Union St?
As a remotee working with an international team, I am mostly looking for social interaction with people in my own timezone. 🙂

www.redhat.com
mat.booth@redhat.com
@_mbooth

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Riccardo Fumagalli

What’s your business name?
Travel Like a Local

What do you do?
I help people planning their holidays, providing all the necessary information and going beyond the standard Lonely Planet tips, thanks to my local connections. I’m working on an extensive network of independent local enterprises to rely on, to help the visitor know the most exciting realities and to avoid large associations and retail chains.
Aimed to those who don’t have time to plan and don’t have local connections but want to live a unique experience.

How did it start?
It started out of passion for the smaller independent ventures and out of frustration for a lack of accessibility to them if you are a foreign visitor.

What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I’m working on the content and layout of the mini-site promoting this service, while working on a network of reliable partners and doing too many other things.

What are you looking to get out of Union St?
I’m here to escape the distractions and the isolation of my home studio, to find inspiration and interact with other people.

travellikealocal.org
rick@travellikealocal.org

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Julie Bart

What’s your business name?
I have two projects going at the moment: Craft Lab & Julie Bart soletrader

What do you do?
I recently moved to Sheffield from France. I am currently working part-time as a self-employed architect, looking to collaborate with local architects. And I am creating a social enterprise that will up-skill people and connect communities in Sheffield.

How did it start?
Craft Lab started because I believe craft skills can change your life and that craft should be accessible to everyone.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on making Craft Lab a viable social enterprise and on putting the word out before it even begins. In June, I will hopefully run my first pop-up workshops in the winter garden.

What are you looking to get out of Union St?
Union St is the perfect environment to start a business especially if you are an outsider like me.

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John J Castle BA MA
Mat Booth
Riccardo Fumagalli
Julie Bart