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Fashion and Fun

21 May

More dates for your diary from Volunteering in Health:

On Thursday 22nd May there will be a Fashion Show and Pampering Evening at the Carlton Theatre, this has been organised with Teignmouth Hospital League of Friends.  Doors open at 6pm.

Volunteering in Health are holding their annual Family Fun Day on Saturday 24th May from 10am – 3pm on Teignmouth Den.  There will be lots to do, whatever your age – donkeys, bouncy castle, face painting for the kids, raffles and stalls for the grown ups, demonstrations by the local emergency services, judo, singing.  So come along and have fun whilst raising money for a local good cause.

If you would like more information about either event, call 01626 774484 or email vicki@volunteeringinhealth.co.uk

 

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OPSW Enterprise

2 Apr

“When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.” – Josh James, Omniture CEO

Did You Know?

  • The South West ranks 2nd for the highest amount of self-employed workers.
  • 57,000 people in Devon are self-employed.
  • Nearly two-thirds of small business owners have no business or management experience.

Registering as a sole trader

Many of our customers ask how to register as a sole trader once they have decided to take the plunge and start their business.  This is done online here.  HMRC have a range of useful “webinars” available to teach you about a range of topics to do with tax, national insurance and Self Assessment.  You can even watch them live and ask questions.

Business Insurance

When you start trading, you will usually need some sort of business insurance, and if you are working from home or using your car, your house and car insurance may be affected too.  Simply Business is a good place to start, to find out exactly what insurance you will need and how much it will cost you. Call them on 0845 071 0270.

Start Your Own Business

We now run a range of Accredited Start Your Own Business courses at Level 1 and 2.  Visit www.opportunityplus.org.uk or call 0800 043 2440 for more information.

Case Study

Carole started a cupcake business, which she ran for four years on a mobile basis.  Following the success of the mobile business, she decided to open a cake shop in her home town of Teignmouth, allowing customers to see and sample her cakes.  She still caters for weddings and other events too.  Find out more at www.carolescupcakes.moonfruit.com

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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.

Some businesses to check out if you’re planning an event

8 Apr

On Saturday I was lucky enough to marry Steve – the wonderful man who makes it possible for me to have two kids, a part time job, and my own business, and still have time for the occasional shopping trip and night out.  I won’t bore you with all the details of our wedding, but I thought I would use this opportunity to share with you some of the wonderful small businesses that helped make our wedding so special.  If you are planning any kind of event, please do check out some of these great businesses.  We tried to use local businesses, run by people we already knew, to make our day really personal.

The Very Vintage Hire Company – we hired all sorts including a Post Box, Deck Chairs, Crazy Golf Course (made just for us after I suggested it to them!).  Make sure you get hold of their gorgeous e-catalogue!  Find out more about the young entrepreneur that started the company in our interview, here, and check out her new shop, the Attic, based on Exeter Quay.

Virginia’s Vintage Hire – we hired our tables and chairs from this lovely company.

Angel Face – I bought my dress from this shop in Buckfastleigh, the staff were so friendly and helpful.

Perspectives Photography – amazing, beautiful photographer, definitely worth checking out.  Steal the Stage Photography also provided us with a second photographer and different point of view.

Il Vulcano – a pizza van with a real wood burning oven inside!

Red Rock Brewery – the local brewery provided the bar on the day.

Our friends created a band just for us, including members from These Reigning Days and Baskerville.

A Paper Rose – a friend did our fresh flowers but I bought my bouquet from here, as well as windmills for the kids, and decorations for our cake, which was made by Cakes Delicious.

Party Lights – masses of pretty lighting made our day look truly magical.

East Teign Nursery – our children’s nursery provided friendly staff to help entertain the hordes of children we invited!

Cliffden Hotel – Cliffden Hotel in Teignmouth is run by Action for Blind People and has beautiful grounds.

Liza Kane – Liza runs L.A Barbers and took on the mammoth task of calming my unruly hair!

Newton Print – Newton Print printed the invitations that Steve designed for us – everyone commented on the great quality of the printing (and of course the design!)

Love My Dress – this blog inspired me in my wedding planning.  They have just released their first book, which immediately went to Number One on the Amazon chart for weddings.

The Natural Wedding Company is another wedding blog, which featured an amazing wedding that I was lucky enough to attend.

Kate Garey – I bought lovely little hand mirrors as thank you gifts for my bridesmaids.

Linds from Shaldon Bakery (and the band Bad Mojo) is a friend and made us a fabulous picnic.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – one of my favourite bands rewrote one of their classic songs, which Steve used to propose.

The Wedding Reporter – although we didn’t use this in the end, I just think it’s the most fantastic idea so I wanted to share it with you.  As an alternative/addition to photography and videography, The Wedding Reporter takes notes on the day which they write up into a beautiful and unique book to remember your day.

A massive thank you to all of the businesses mentioned above, and everyone else who was involved in the day.  Sorry if we have missed anyone out!

Shake Shake Shake!

4 Mar

If ever anyone needed evidence of just how powerful Facebook can be, this is it.  How else could you ever hope to get hundreds of strangers together in fancy dress on a freezing cold day?!

On 22nd February 2013, a Facebook event was created by two people wanting to do their own seaside version of the Harlem Shake videos that are so popular on Youtube.  They were hoping to get around 50 people to get together ten days later on the Den in Teignmouth to create their video.  Within a few days, more than 2000 people had been invited, and over 500 had put themselves as “Attending” on the Facebook event page.

Sunday 3rd March came round, as bitterly cold as the week leading up to it, but by 4.00pm hundreds of people had gathered on the den ready to shake!  Not that there had ever been any doubts that the weather would put anyone off, this is a town where hundreds of people voluntarily run into the sea every year on Boxing Day!

Boxing day walk into the sea 2012

It was brilliantly organised, and came together really smoothly.  OPSW’s Chloe and Amie are in the group of boring/normal people sat on the grass at the beginning – fame!

Practising!

If you would like support using Facebook to market your business, call us on 0800 043 2440.