Happy Friday everyone! We hope that you have had a great, productive week. Guess what? Your week is about to get even better as we have a lovely Friday Startup treat to serve you. This week, we have spoken to Graham from Bristol-based pizza company Bertha’s Pizzas. Get your snacks at the ready, creatives, you’re not going to want to read this on an empty stomach!
In summary tell us a bit about your business and the services you offer.
Wood-fired sourdough pizza from a bright yellow Land Rover defender – the Berthamobile. You’ll find as at markets in and around Bristol, holding pop-ups as well as private events. We’re currently looking to set up in bricks and mortar so watch this space.
What inspired you to start the business and how did you get started ?
We wanted to show case the amazing produce that’s on our doorstep. At the end of day the best pizza is just good ingredients on good bread. We started small with a wood-fired oven in our back garden, she’s the original Bertha and you can still see her outline on our logo. We love that truly world class pizza is affordable and available to the masses and strive to improve each day.
Please describe a typical day for you.
I’m sure everyone says this, but there’s no typical day. We juggle our time between making dough, prepping ingredients, managing enquires, hordes of admin that no one talks about and wading through the red tape that comes with trying to open a restaurant.
What would you say is the best thing about having your own business?
Doing something we believe in and are truly passionate about, and constantly meeting and collaborating with people who feel the same.
And what kind of challenges have you faced when setting up the business?
There’s a lot to take in within a short space of time, and the aspects of the business that we enjoy most are the areas we spend the least time on.
Where would you like to see yourself/your business in 3 years time?
Hopefully with a popular neighbourhood restaurant which is part of the local community.
Do you use social media platforms to promote and grow your business? Which ones and how?
Twitter is great for interacting with customers, meeting suppliers and other businesses. Facebook we find works well for families. Instagram’s our favourite of the three, it feels more collaborative and is great sharing advice and techniques.
What do you feel has been your biggest achievement so far within business?
Starting. That first step is always the hardest. It’s been great to become more established with the Bristol scene and was beyond belief when we appeared in the 100 Makers and Mavericks 2014
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to start their own creative business?
Get in touch with those who inspire you. Be humble. Start.
Who/what are your creative business inspirations and why?
We have a huge list. Paulie Gee, Calab Schiff of Pizzicetta and Chris Bianco from the pizza world who all started in their back gardens. Clare and David Hieatt for their vision and storytelling and several of our own friends closer to home who have taken drastic changes of direction too.
Thank you very much Graham for taking the time out of your schedule to talk to us! Bertha’s Pizza have recently returned from an American Pizza Road Trip, which you can read all about on their blog.
Website – www.berthas.co.uk
Twitter – www.twitter.com/berthaspizza
Instagram – www.instagram.com/berthaspizza
Facebook – www.facebook.com/berthaspizza