the creative incubator

The Creative Incubator is the new service for small business owners by Sophie from Ink & Bear. Spend 1:1 time with an operations and planning expert to work through your business' opportunities, strategy and challenges. You'll walk away with a clearer direction and plan on your next steps.

I am passionate about multiple income streams and using data to drive creative decisions to receive the best outcome for you - all whilst keeping creativity at the heart of your business!

Are you a small business owner who has lots of creative ideas but no idea where to start?


Do you want to diversify your income streams to lower risk and increase income?

Do you need time to refocus your strategy?


Do you wish you had colleagues to confidentially bounce ideas off?

Do you have one issue (e.g. staffing, annual planning, etc.) that you'd like to have a clearer plan on?

Are you just starting out and want a sounding board to help structure your thoughts?

If any of this sounds familiar, you're in the right place! Spend time (in person in Leeds or on Zoom) in a 1:1 session tailored to your business. You'll work with Sophie for 2.5 hours to assess where you are currently, where you want to get to and how you'll get there. The session is process driven to help develop a practical plan around your creative ideas.

Ready to book? Head here to book your session!

Interested but want to see if we're a good fit? Get in touch via email ( to book a free 10 minute exploratory call.

Open to all small businesses that want to work through creative ideas - you could be a gym, a cafe, a jewellery maker, a florist, a HR specialist - if you've got some ideas you want to talk through I'd love to hear from you!

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"The creative Incubator time spent with Sophie was some of the most insightful & valuable time spent on my business in the past year. Sophie really took the time to understand the business and its values, income streams and potential challenges. We brainstormed so many ideas and then put into place actionable and yet achievable plans for the next few years and beyond.


Sophie has a very knowledgeable approach to business and this strategy session would be great for anyone wanting more clarity in their business vision and guidance with how to progress forwards. Thank you Sophie - you are brilliant"

susan yeates,
owner of susan yeates Artist & The Fired Frog Pottery Cafe, Woking

Sophie's Background

Sophie has a strong background in operations and planning and can support your small business to put structure around your creative ideas. See more about Sophie's experience below:

Small Business Experience

  • Founder of a small creative business (Ink & Bear) selling products and organising events/workshops - started in 2017 and I have recently taken this business full time in 2022

  • Currently operating as a consultant for various small companies

  • Founder of Super Seconds Festival, a large bi-annual online event developed from scratch during the pandemic

  • Lead recruitment and planning around growth for an SME with a £1m turnover

Operations and Planning

  • 6 years experience as Head of Operations in the senior management team at Ahead Partnership (an events and CSR specialist company with 28 staff)

  • 13 years experience working for SMES and social enterprises

  • 8 years experience as a Manager and coach of a team of 15 people

  • Strong experience of financial planning, diversifying income streams, annual operations planning, culture reviews and impact management

Education & Training

  • BA in Management (University of Leeds Business School)

  • MA in Culture, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (University of Leeds)

  • Trained in Human Centred Design and Building Innovative Ideas (by Overlap Associates)

  • Trained in Creative Problem Solving (by Now Go Create)

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This was a fabulous exercise for me and I would highly recommend working with Sophie. I felt a lot more focused and now have a plan of where my business is heading after our meeting

Carly Field,
Owner of Green & Field Florist, leeds

I found the session to be extremely helpful and productive. we came up with a blindingly good idea!


Thanks Sophie, we will certainly be working with you again

cAT hyde,