Category Archives: Our First Year

Our First Birthday

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us!  We were a year old last week and we are so chuffed to have made it to our first birthday and still be doing well. The statistics show that a significant number … Continue reading

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Young Enterpreneurs – Are You One?

I have some exciting news today. We have been asked to revisit our old school and do some work with the students embarking on the ‘Students Enterprise Awards’ programme. I was stunned when we were asked, after all, we haven’t … Continue reading

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Successful and Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs

We’re fairly young still. We’re only 25. Yet, when I see the entrepreneurship in some teenagers, I am simply blown away. When Matthew and I were sixteen and we couldn’t find a summer job because of the recession that summer, … Continue reading

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Our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

We have been thinking about our CSR ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ lately.  After all, we are lucky to be doing what we love, to be reasonably well treated in our country in return for our taxes. We work hard at being … Continue reading

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Business Planning for the Future

It’s been such a busy week since I got back from holidays that I’ve scarcely had a chance to do anything beyond think about our goals and objectives for our plans to set up a franchise. What I have done … Continue reading

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Biting the Bullet: Setting up a Franchise

I had a lovely holiday and have come back refreshed and recharged with lots of ideas. Matthew met me with lots of newspaper cuttings and articles for me to read. The place hadn’t fallen down while I was away even … Continue reading

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Plan To Succeed In Business

“Never call in a consultant to put together your business plan for you. This is a mistake I see new companies make all the time. My advice? Do it yourself…… there is a popular misconception that a plan written by … Continue reading

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Building on our Time Management Skills

Did you sense that I was feeling frazzled when I wrote last week’s post – due to feeling busy, overwhelmed, guilt and generally a lack of effective time management.  Can you remember back to your first year in business – … Continue reading

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Not Enough Hours!

I have to admit I am so so tired this week. We’re understaffed at the moment due to some staff taking their summer holidays and a manager going home to Italy for her mother’s funeral and she’ll be there for … Continue reading

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Marketing Your Product: The Importance of Packaging

Following on from last week’s post on Qualitative Data when we looked at the importance of packaging and how poor packaging might be affecting the performance of sales in two of our cheeses, both of which taste wonderful but are … Continue reading

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