Having already chosen our 2014/15 Business of the Year winner (to be announced at the Ball on November 22nd), Nicholas is our first entry for the 2015/16 business award. Nicholas Wylde is a leading independent jeweller and goldsmith in Bath and Bristol. Nicholas has been a keen supporter of the charity for many years and currently is a Gold Sponsor member of Business against Poverty.
We are extremely excited as Nicholas has designed an exclusive collection which supports the charity called “Expressions Collection”. You can read more about it here and place your orders ready in time for Christmas.
We asked Nicholas:
What motivates you?
I have always had a passion for design and making things. My mind never stops churning away creating images of jewellery and now Wylde Art. My inspiration comes from everything that is around me whether it is architecture, flowers, paintings even photos. I’m fortunate as I like to think three dimensionally. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and sketch an idea out that has come to me whilst sleeping. I wish I could develop all my ideas but I tend to choose the ones which I feel would work best otherwise the windows would be overflowing.
What is your Business Philosophy?
To bring unique creative jewellery to the high street, to stand out from other jewellers and to make the experience when purchasing something special a truly happy occasion.
Who do you admire the most?
Well it has to be Richard Branson. I am dyslexic and I also channel my enthusiasm into driving the business forward.
What I’ve learnt from him is to never stand still. If you do you may go backwards, trust your instinct if you have a good idea then have a go.
I don’t have an airline to launch but I have my own Wylde Flower Diamond® which I hope one day will be the “must have” diamond. To be the new “Tiffany” of the world.
What would be your advice to anyone wondering if their business could benefit from joining Business against Poverty?
I have supported Business against Poverty for many years. It’s about being able to give back something that means a lot to you.
There are lots of children in the UK and around the world who are in very vulnerable situations; so any small help from a business goes a long way to take these kids off the streets into safe hands and a chance for the future.
As a new supporter of the charity the benefits are large. Meeting like minded business people and knowing your donation is going to a charity based locally with a global reach which means you can see where the money is going.