What I've Learnt: Anita Frost, Founder, Green Bean Studios
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Anita Frost chats with Rachael Hesno Journalist at Prolific North is an independent publishing and events company based in Manchester. Anita Frost is a multi award-winning author, entrepreneur and the founder of Salford-based Green Bean Studios.
Frost launched children's brand Green Bean Studios in 2020, with her extensive professional background in both child development and business industries.
Green Bean Studios aims to provide inspiring entertainment that empowers children to learn and develop through retail, music, TV, film and immersive events/attractions.
She shared all the lessons she has learnt...
Which single daily habit or practice could you not do without?
I have three daily habits I couldn't live without - morning walks, exercises and reflection.
What's been your luckiest break?
Luck is a funny word. Instead, I'd say a key blessing has been knowing what my purpose in life is – creating a business that supports children and creates precious moments for them and their families.
What's your best failure?
Trying to keep up with academic settings. This could later be explained when I found out I have severe dyslexia. Traditional educational establishments were just not a place I am designed to be in or do well in.
This kickstarted my passion for early years child development, wanting to ensure these formative years - that are essential for laying the foundations for positive physical, emotional and cognitive development - are harnessed to help children thrive throughout their lives, whatever their academic ability or learning preference.
What is the best investment you've ever made, either financial or time?
Volunteering and redirecting profits into sponsoring children in third-world countries. Through setting up Green Bean Studios, I have continued to volunteer in the city of Manchester for an incredible organisation called Audacious Church. There, I, along with other volunteers, run the Toddler’s department, which is aimed at children from walking to three years old.
During their two hour session, children can learn friendships, eat healthy snacks, play and listen and dance to music. All of the sensory and play time is done in a way that supports early years development, which has been especially important following the impact of the pandemic, which has resulted in some cases of speech delay and social anxiety issues. All of these aspects feed directly into the core of what I set Green Bean Studios up to do - address some of society’s most pressing issues through educating and inspiring children, developing their key skills and enabling their creativity to flourish.
As well as volunteering in my home city, I also know that societal issues aren’t just on our doorstep, and as a mixed race female who is now in a place to generate revenue and have a real impact on the lives of children, it was important to me to give back to children and families in poorer countries, and where my heritage began.
In Rwanda, Indonesia and Haiti, we sponsor and support a number of children and families where access to education, vaccinations and healthy meals is limited. This investment is priceless - it’s been incredible to be able to help these children on their journeys through education, and to empower their families to become self sufficient.
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