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  • On my heart and in my head…..

    One of our most exciting obsessions at the moment, well for several years now, is sustainable house builds. More importantly, a community engaging together in this way of life and forming a type of cohousing model for the long-term. I…

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    Unnecessary Details….

    This week we have been talking a lot about play… Natural play and how to create a fantastic space which permissions children to play in the most natural freeing way. We are working on a project which is so exciting…

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    Family Days out…..

    We moved to Lincolnshire in November last year. It was certainly a great move on many levels …. the people are very friendly, our house is rural and has space, the calmness and pace around is wonderful.   BUT…. I…

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  • Feeling Inspired….

    Last week Sam and I went to visit Hockerton Housing project… and were truly inspired.    Five houses, 20 years in, pretty much off grid, comfortable, bedded in. The place felt calm, purposeful, simple, life felt like a luxury there.…

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    Team Work…

    So often we see teams that are full of very talented individuals, but I believe that these will fall apart or experience difficulties unless they know how to work together. We spend a lot of our initial time with any…

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    Farm Business Innovation Show

    Next week is the Farm Business Innovation Show at Olympia – London. This is such a good chance to hear and see what is going on across the country.

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  • My Tiny Obsession …

    Last night we watched George Clarke’s amazing spaces, have you seen it? We don’t normally watch it as we find him a bit annoying! But, we had heard that our shacks were on there, and yes, right there in a…

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On my heart and in my head…..

One of our most exciting obsessions at the moment, well for several years now, is sustainable house builds. More importantly, a community engaging together in this way of life and forming a type of cohousing model for the long-term. I just LOVE this. ...

Unnecessary Details….

This week we have been talking a lot about play... Natural play and how to create a fantastic space which permissions children to play in the most natural freeing way. We are working on a project which is so exciting and refreshing.... Designing a sp ...

Family Days out…..

We moved to Lincolnshire in November last year. It was certainly a great move on many levels .... the people are very friendly, our house is rural and has space, the calmness and pace around is wonderful.   BUT.... I have a struggle ....... Family ...

Feeling Inspired….

Last week Sam and I went to visit Hockerton Housing project... and were truly inspired.    Five houses, 20 years in, pretty much off grid, comfortable, bedded in. The place felt calm, purposeful, simple, life felt like a luxury there. Each group  ...

Team Work…

So often we see teams that are full of very talented individuals, but I believe that these will fall apart or experience difficulties unless they know how to work together. We spend a lot of our initial time with any team, training and making space f ...

Farm Business Innovation Show

Next week is the Farm Business Innovation Show at Olympia – London. This is such a good chance to hear and see what is going on across the country. There will be a host of people there who are offering a wide variety of services and those looking f ...

My Tiny Obsession …

Last night we watched George Clarke’s amazing spaces, have you seen it? We don’t normally watch it as we find him a bit annoying! But, we had heard that our shacks were on there, and yes, right there in a montage of wonderful places, there stood  ...

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T+afa

  • Social Enterprise equipping those that support individuals affected by trauma.
  • Kick-start and support of the project, including initial fundraising.
  • Ongoing provision of director and business development service.
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  • Social Enterprise equipping those that support individuals affected by trauma.
  • Kick-start and support of the project, including initial fundraising.
  • Ongoing provision of director and business development service.
T+afa
T+afa
  • Residential Impact Incubator and Enabling Community.
  • Pioneering model of creating, doing, living and working led by Mantes and friends.
  • Low-cost sustainable housing project.
  • Incubator of projects that will make a significant societal impact.
Twigloo
Twigloo
  • Innovative Children's day-visitor attraction; flagship offering for the UK. 
  • Supporting the founding family with all aspects of the project from incubation through to delivery and launch. 
  • Farm Diversification with approximate budget of £5M.
Children’s Visitor Attraction
Children’s Visitor Attraction
  • Champion and marketer of special and unique Glamping experiences. 
  • Mantes have partnered with C&S for the provision of complete consultancy service to landowners pursuing Glamping projects.
Canopy & Stars
Canopy & Stars
  • Social Housing Association and Subsidiary Social Enterprise.
  • Initial and ongoing business acceleration projects by Mantes.
  • Lead role in £1.6M regeneration project including ERDF funding bid of £815K.
Unity Homes & Enterprise
Unity Homes & Enterprise
  • Attractive and sustainable timber buildings.
  • Designed and built by Mantes and partners on time and within budget.
  • Entirely off grid and seven times more thermally efficient than a modern house.
  • Multiple awards in design and sustainability categories.
  • Bivouac Shacks
Bivouac Shacks
  • Sustainable holiday site in a breathtaking Yorkshire location.
  • Incubated, designed, built and launched by Mantes & partners.
  • Project capital cost of £800K raised via EU grant, equity and quasi equity.
  • Multiple prestigious awards.
Bivouac at Druid’s Temple
Bivouac at Druid’s Temple

About Us

CREATE ADVENTURE 

We are a creative bunch of people.  We love to invent, design, refine and deliver.  Led by Sam and Beth Hardwick, we enjoy getting alongside ideas and people that have a desire to imagine something special into being.  We love to explore untested ideas, form strategies for delivery and drive a vision into reality. 

We have particular ability in complex project environments; often able to align the desires of varied stakeholders to create projects that deliver far-reaching value.  Within the core team and across our network of preferred advisors we cover all aspects of project start-up, acceleration and refinement.  We are just as comfortable reviewing and refreshing mature projects as we are incubating and launching new ones.

Mantes

REIMAGINE THE FUTURE

Mantes is an innovation agency. We incubate, create and accelerate businesses, social enterprises and charities to deliver beautiful projects capable of effecting significant change.

We offer a powerful combination of strategic management consultancy, product design and project delivery.  We can start with the smallest market opportunity, seedling idea or idealistic vision and develop these into exciting projects that inspire, engage and disrupt.  We are passionate about sustainability; economically, socially and environmentally.