Hockley Gentler business: nice energy and the products are very different

Friday afternoon, say around four thirty, the light’s going down, just a quick walk up from Sneinton market, I want to say hello to a few businesses. Half an hour in Hockley.

Classical CD, Montana,  Dilk, they opened eight years ago,  November 1st 2008. Lee Holmes from Lee Holmes, Tracy Neale, Paramount Pictures, Jam Cafe where I met Fran Hess, Actor, Jet Desai at  Instaprint, Cafe Hockley, Aga (who has a great cleaning business) and Giovanni , Connie from  Kelly Student Lettings, Steve Edwards and Paul Harrison photographers film makers, Gee Dee Models, Recovery.

Pictured ‘Locked in Your Prison’ by Dilk of Montana from his retrospective at the Lace Market Gallery, Climbing Wall at H3Performance, and a world within a world on a piece of chewing gum by Ben Wilson.


People in their fifties listen to writer Alan Bennett  who talks about starting to jot things that meant something to him from 1965 onwards..Here’s Dilk in front of his diaries


and you can see Dilk and Feros here: 



3 thoughts on “Hockley Gentler business: nice energy and the products are very different

  1. Blu2 Creative this is a great company, looking to brand interesting companies, work with them on doing something different. Mark from Blu2 is interested in talking to creative people who want to think about how to reach more people, more of the time.


  2. In 1997 I started a leafletting (flyer) campaigns ‘Support your Local Independent Pubs’
    ‘Keep Independent Businesses Alive’ and Drift Down to Hockley Loyalty’ and ‘Local Businesses Support Job Seekers’ after having designed, i.e. realised, through coming back to West Bridgford as a single parent after divorce, that the area had really changed (36,000 more people, roughly) and, by practical research, as I knew all the distinct areas of West Bridgford, Wilford Hill, Central West Bridgford, Compton Acres, Lady Bay, (and Gamston and Edwalton are really part of the community), by realising how different all these areas were and identifying a trade, profession and a person for each of these areas I wrote the stories, got the sponsors and distributors (friends and family) and sold the first edition of the Wot’s Wot with Sandra Barnes who had been an ad manager at the Trader, took it over and developed it.

    After the Wot’s Wot I realised that all the arterial roads into Nottingham should be properly marketed and supported but with interesting, hand drawn leaflets. Recruiting an artist we created flyers for groups of independents and I delivered them with my daughter across Nottingham, including the old Radford flats (before they were done up) which was a real eye opener.


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