Our next Chester event

Thursday 11th June

On line Meeting- On line


Time - 10.15am online login for a 10.30am start

Presenter - Simon O'Rrourke of Simon O'Rourke Tree Carving

Topic - How to grow a Creative Business

Simon O'Rourke is an award winning Chainsaw sculptor who began his career as an illustrator.

Tired of never finding stability through illustration, Simon turned to training to be a tree surgeon to pay the bills.

Over time he began to see the beauty of working with wood - and Simon O'Rourke was born.

As Simon says 

"After gaining my degree with honours in Illustration; specialising in children?s books, I became a tree surgeon for Acorn ArborCare. There?s no connection really, but I needed a full time job, and wanted to slowly build up my illustration career outside of work!
I managed to get a children?s book commission from a tree work customer which was published in America through Trafford Publishing. In the time that followed, I did not pursue my illustration career, but I realised I could actually be creative with the chainsaw and tried my hand at wood carving!
I carved for two years under the banner of Acorn Furniture and set up my own business in 2005. I now reside in North Wales, with my lovely wife Liz, and have worked in a wide variety of public places and private gardens.
My chainsaw carving exploits have taken me all around the world. I have now competed in chainsaw carving competitions in the USA, Japan, Canada, Holland, Germany, Denmark and the UK, placing highly in many of them."

Seminar content

Through this seminar Simon will inspire and demonstrate how being a creative person need not mean you cannot also create a thriving Business.

He will share his tips and advice on how to blend creative vision with Business acumen to build a robust and yet balanced Business.

One not to be missed! Even if you are an accountant!!!


Members - £15.00 - Book Here

Non Members - £20.00 - Book Here

Watch our video of our event and member testimonials here

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Thursday 11th June

On line Meeting

What members and guests say

"Tracy, I really enjoyed the event and thought you were the perfect hostess. Quality People, Qaulity venue. We will look forward to joining you after Summer season!"

Kerry Bland
Jack Russell Debt Collectors UK

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Laura Irving
Claire House Childrens Hospice