Tag Archives: exeter

What are employers really asking?

15 May

We’ve all had those moments in interviews where we are asked a question but we just can’t figure out what it means. Often interviewers will ask questions in a cryptic way, when what they’re really asking is something much simpler.

We’ve put together a quiz to see if you can work out what is meant by some of the most common interview questions!

Take our quiz below- 

Did you make it on to the leader board?  Keep an eye out for our tips and advice on answering these questions coming soon!

Common Goals

6 May

Last week was Steve’s birthday.  He is a typical man, and impossible to buy for (especially since I cannot bring myself to pay money for anything to do with golf or football, and beer or chocolate is too boring).  The ideal present for Steve is a t-shirt, but I don’t generally trust myself to choose one!  Luckily I recently came across Common Goals, who sell t-shirts to raise money for charity.  Perfect!

Common Goals is a not-for-profit project which launched in June 2012, working with bands to raise money and awareness for a whole range of charities.  Common Goals ask punk rock bands to design an exclusive t-shirt for them, which they then sell via their website.  All the profits are donated to a charity of the band’s choice.


Some of the bands that have already taken part in the project:

The Cut Ups, from Exeter, are supporting PAPYRUS UK, a charity which helps to prevent young suicide.

The Arteries, from Swansea, are supporting Mumbles Lifeboat Station.

Great Cynics are supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

You can buy one of these t-shirts for £15.00, from www.common-goals.co.uk.

Jack Hyde plays in several bands, and makes music videos using his own brand of stop-motion animation.  See www.jackhydeanimations.co.uk for more info.

Nathan Blaker co-owns No Guts No Glory, an Exeter based shop with a DIY and eco-friendly ethos.  See www.ngngdesign.com for more info.

Is the High Street making a comeback?

29 Apr

I was walking through my home town of Teignmouth the other day and was struck by how many new shops and cafés seem to be popping up.  Not so long ago, every time I went into town it seemed like another business had closed down.  At one point, I think there were more empty shops on our main street than there were open!  It’s really good to see the town coming back to life, a new Morrison’s recently opened, and I think a lot of people were worried that it would be the end of the town centre, but thankfully it seems to have had the opposite effect.

Similarly, in local Exeter, when Princesshay opened, a lot of the High Street shops started closing down.  But now, most of the shops on the High Street are open, and there are lots of new shops in the area.  Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, and we will start to see less empty shops on our High Streets.

With the growth of Internet shopping, there is less of a need to go into town centres to get what we need.  Shopping from home can be quicker, you don’t need to worry about parking or getting your items home, and you can shop around before making a decision.  But you lose the experience of shopping (which, if you ask me, is an experience that should be maximised and enjoyed as much as possible!), you can’t try clothes on, you won’t pick up things that you wouldn’t normally, you can’t choose your own fruit and veg, and you can’t chat with the shopkeepers.

As a business it makes sense to have an online presence as well as a shop.  You can use this to stay in touch with customers, let them know about special offers or new products/services, and just generally remind them that you’re there!  Hopefully you will be able to offer some kind of shop, even if it just sells gift vouchers (for example if you have a café, or are a hairdresser) so that you can gain some additional sales.  The easiest way to get started online is through social media – simply setting up a facebook page or twitter feed.  Get in touch if you need any support getting started – call us on 0800 043 2440.

Interview with a Tattoo Artist

20 Aug

Leah has worked as a Tattoo Artist for ten years.  She currently works at Cover’d in Exeter, which is about to open a new shop at 62 South Street.  Here she tells us more about her job.

How did you get started?  What training/skills/experience did you need?

There are no official tattooing courses.  I studied art at school and have always had a keen interest in tattoos and tattooing.  I was lucky that my parents are both tattoo artists and this enabled me to start my tattoo career from an early age.

What was the first tattoo you did?

I coloured in an existing tattoo on my stepmother, a large tribal leopard on her thigh.

Do you have a favourite tattoo that you’ve done?

I enjoy doing freehand work and drawing custom one off designs for my clients.  Generally big bold stuff with lots of bright colours.

Have you ever tattooed anyone famous?

Grace Gillan, Ian Gillan of Deep Purple’s daughter, that’s my best claim to fame so far.

What is the best thing about being self employed?

Having the freedom to tattoo when I want to tattoo and not having to answer to anyone.

Are there any downsides?

Sorting out my tax!

What advice would you give anyone who wanted to become a tattoo artist?

Draw, draw and keep drawing some more!