Hello, I'm Bethan.
I live in the extremely beautiful, if not slightly cold, Northern city of York.
I work in tech and also run a few side projects/businesses such as Bright Ethics. I'm extremely passionate about all my work and sharing all the things I get up to in my business dealings and career.
Like most people I love to travel, explore new places and try new things. I'm the kind of person who says yes to everything without sometimes thinking through the finer details (generally this works out OK...)
My main love in life is unashamedly food - discovering great places to eat, experimenting with unusual ingredients and attempting new recipes.
I'm also very interested in politics and am an active member of the Labour Party.
I actually started my first blog when I was twenty, way back in the dark murky days of 2010, in order to document my time spent studying abroad in the Netherlands.
Built on Blogger in the old days of Google Friend Connect, this blog slowly morphed into a food blog, Audacity of Food, when I came back to the UK.
After graduating from University in 2013 I boldly decided that I wanted to eschew the usual graduate career path and start my first business, Vincent's Coffee.
Blogging took a bit of a back foot during this period, as I was knee deep in learning the basics of business, though I occasionally remebered to post when inspiration struck me!
Despite expanding my projects and ventures, I continued to write about my life, determined to offer a real and honest insight into what it is really like to be an entrepreneur.
If I were forced to categorise my blog, I suppose I would have to use the umbrella term "lifestyle". However, I think it's much more accurate to say that this blog is really an online scrapbook inspired by all aspects of my life.
I use it as a space to write about random things I enjoy, things I have learnt, document places I have been and rave about the people who inspire me.
My business ventures so far...
I acquired Bright Ethics in 2014 with the aim of taking a concept stage business and developing it into a fully realised venture. Since then, Bright Ethics has undergone a significant period of research and development.
Our unique certification for small businesses is designed to help SME's implement, and most importantly evidence, their ethical policies and practices. In order to display our heart mark, a business or sole trader has to demonstrate that they have met our robust ethical standards in four key areas of operation.
This certification is designed as an assurance scheme, allowing customers to clearly identify ethically verified organisations and their products/services.
York on a Fork
As of January 2017, I have stepped down from my role with YOAF due to time constraints as my other projects expand. However I wish the team great success in the future - something which I'm sure they will achieve!
York on a Fork was started by Ben Thorpe as a food blog, with the aim of recording his culinary experiences across the city of York, UK. Around this time, 2013 onwards, I was also running a York based food blog, Audacity of Food.
With an eatery opening almost every week, we realised there was a serious market for food news in the city. We decided to team up alongside our creative director Grace Neal to create a culinary digital hub for York.
Since then we have taken a simple food blog and turned into into a digital/printed magazine and fully responsive website, reaching thousands of food fans across the city.
After graduating university in 2013, I decided to jump straight into the world of business and start my own company, Vincent's Coffee.
I wanted to create a coffee company which was not only dedicated to sourcing and blending the most exceptional coffees, but also placed ethics at it's heart (you will see there is a theme running though everything I do!)
As this was my first business, I had to overcome a particularly steep learning curve and made many mistakes along the way.
Despite many setbacks and difficulties, I count Vincent's as a personal success, as it enabled to me to acquire many of the skills and habits which have propelled me forward into new ventures.