2022 Winners & bursaries

Chamiah Dewey Fashion

Chamiah Dewey Fashion is the UK’s first clothing brand for people with dwarfism, offering stylish, timeless pieces, made in eco- conscious fabrics, produced in the UK. Starting with a measurement audit sent out to women with Dwarfism, Chamiah also developed the World’s first tailor’s dummy in the form of a woman with Achondroplasia.
“It’s unique. She’s going to be the first in many things and being the first is an absolute outstanding position to be in. Can you imagine setting the trends, setting standards, setting goals, being the first. That’s uniqueness.” – Jackie Davidson MBE, Founder, JD Management
Founder: Chamiah Dewey
DBACE funding awarded: £15,000
Website: https://chamiahdeweyfashion.com/
Instagram: @chamiahdeweyfashion
Twitter: @chamiahdewey
Facebook: @chamiahdeweyfashion


Convenience Gallery

Convenience Gallery is a non-profit arts organisation. Working with contemporary artists and local people to build together fun, exciting, innovative and challenging art projects. Placing them into public spaces with the outcome of bringing people together. Based in Birkenhead, Convenience Gallery operates in a pop-up format at community locations. Their work creates a platform for the local community across the Northwest, UK and has a global reach.
“Convenience Gallery are bringing together social, cultural and economical impact into one effective project.” – John Newbigin OBE, Co-Founder and Chair of Creative England.
Co-directors: Andrew Shaw & Ryan Guage
DBACE funding awarded: £10,000
Website: https://www.conveniencegallery.org
Twitter: @conveniencegall
Instagram: @conveniencegallery
Facebook: @conveniencegallery


Journo Resources

Journo Resources provide tools and resources that are free for everyone to use, run and attend events both online and IRL, and provide detailed and long-form advice for anyone that needs it.
“There are far too few people and organisations working to make the media industry a better place and Journo Resources does that from the ground up.” – Bola Awoniyi, Co-Founder & COO, Black Ballad
Founder: Jem Collins
DBACE funding awarded: £10,000
Website: https://www.journoresources.org.uk
Instagram: @journoresources
Twitter: @journoresources



Pivot is a social enterprise that empowers people experiencing homelessness to make incremental positive changes to their lives. Through their uniquely designed 12-week long programmes, Pivot have proven to be pioneers in providing flexible and meaningful employment opportunities in hostels, facilitated by people with lived experiences.
“Pivot is a brilliantly simple and effective business model.” – John Newbigin OBE, Co-Founder and Chair of Creative England.
Co-Founders: Sabella Ibáñez, Alice Moxley & Jason Thompson
DBACE funding awarded: £15,000
Website: www.makepivot.org
Instagram: @makepivot
Facebook: @makepivot
Twitter: @makepivot


TAG Agency

TAG Agency is a youth culture & marketing agency that transforms young lives through the power of culture, community and stories. They offer brands the opportunity to meaningfully connect with culture, and at the same time, create space and opportunity for young people to work on brand strategy, research, campaigns and creative projects.
“Not only are they focused on providing a credible voice to youth culture and to young people, they also want to make sure the young people are treated correctly when doing that. So, it was creating the voice on one side and then the opportunity and the ability to be treated correctly, on the other. That is the difference they provide.” – Lareena Hilton, Global Head of Brand & CSR, Deutsche Bank
Co-Founders: Alvin Owusu & Tumisha Balogun
DBACE funding awarded: £10,000
Website: www.tagagency.co.uk
Instagram: @tagagencyuk

Twitter: @tagagencyuk
LinkedIn: TAGAgency


2022 Bursaries


As part of DBACE, an extra five bursary memberships with MeWe360 are provided to suitable shortlisted entrants who don’t make the final five. The 12-month membership provides tailored business support to develop the entrepreneur and help them achieve their enterprise’s next milestones.



For people who want to dress with joy, support makers and protect the planet, Birdsong skillfully creates not-so-everyday staples and made-for-you pieces in the most ethical, socially impactful way possible. Birdsong makes clothes that are ethical, sustainable and made by talented women paid a fair wage.
Co-founder: Susanna Wen  
Website: birdsong.london 
Instagram: @birdsonglondon
Facebook: @birdsonglondon
Twitter: @birdsonglondon

Northern Fortress Films

Northern Fortress Films is an award-winning Bradford-based production company. With the aim of shining a spotlight on Northern talent and giving Northern voices the chance to tell their stories, diversity and representation is at the core of the films they make.
Founder: Louisa Rose Mackleston
Website: www.northernfortressfilms.com
Instagram: @northernfortressfilms





Re_considered creates one-of-a-kind pieces from unwanted clothing. They also work with items from your existing wardrobe and transform them into something you will love and wear again, aiming to break the unsustainable make-buy-discard model used in the fashion industry.


Founder: Tabby Bunyan
Website: www.reconsidered.co.uk
Instagram: @re_considered

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