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Ellie Ragdale working on a set used for the Aristocats screening.
Ellie Ragdale working on a set used for the Aristocats screening.
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A young Sheffield businesswoman is ready to see her name in lights after creating movie magic with a community project.

Ellie Ragdale, aged 24, has won a place on the Lloyds Bank social entrepreneurs ‘ programme, which will give her the support to help her project grow.

The former Tapton School pupil launched her Handmade Cinema last November, with an interactive screening of the Aristocats at the Old School in Sharrow, featuring live jazz, French cuisine and face painting.

Follow-up projects have included a showing of The Goonies and a summer programme featuring a variety of family favourites.

Ellie’s venture operates as a social enterprise – a business with a social or environmental mission, whose profits are legally bound to be reinvested in the company.

She said: “Handmade Cinema is proud to be a social enterprise.

“We are run entirely by young people and work with local artists to offer unique and fun film experiences to local families.

“Being a part of the Lloyds programme has been helpful for me to learn how to grow the business.”

Ellie’s next production is The Jungle Book Jamboree in The Montgomery Studio in the city centre during October half term.

There will be two family activity sessions during the week, and the classic Disney film will be shown on Saturday, November 1.

The studio will be transformed into a handmade jungle, featuring designs made during the week’s workshops, which are set to feature live music, crafts, face painting and people dressed as their favourite animal.