30
Jun
2018

Summer 2018......an no C02 panic here!

by Claire Martinsen on Sat 30th Jun 2018 14:27

Isn’t this sunshine amazing – everywhere is covered with a great big golden sun, the World cup is in full flow and there generally seems a cheer in the air!  Long may it continue! There’s been lots about the C02 shortage in the press – and I’ve been getting emails from customers asking what the […]

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05
Jun
2018

Running your own business isn't easy......

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 05th Jun 2018 02:55

I often write how I love what I do – and genuinely I adore every single day [how lucky am I!].  AND I know that its lots of folks dream to run their own business…….but there’s often a misconception that it’s easy.  And its really far from easy….especially in the early days. Even I look […]

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31
May
2018

Perfect pairings for Pear & Elderflower Posh Pop

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 31st May 2018 15:30

I love this time of the year – when the Elderflower blossoms are brightening up the hedgerows and their lovely floral scent hovers in the air.  My Pear and Elderflower Posh Pop is a lovely twist on a classic Elderflower Presse.  I get lots of lovely comments about it….and now is  a perfect time to […]

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29
May
2018

Running a small business is a 24/7 hour role........

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 29th May 2018 05:37

We’re just the other side of a Bank Holiday weekend – and I’ve spent three days of down time with the family…..just enjoying the garden, spending time together, watching films, pottering etc.  We all just needed that. Over the weekend a few emails to Breckland Orchard came in – and so I just replied to […]

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30
Apr
2018

Setting up at Farm and Deli Show 2018

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 30th Apr 2018 05:41

Last week we were at Farm Shop and Deli show at the NEC.  It’s an annual show, but this year was running along side Food and Drink Expo so was even larger than usual!  My husband [aka Mr Breckland] was kind enough to come over to the NEC and help me set up…..The contents of […]

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16
Mar
2018

Founded in 2009 and not a century sooner .....

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 16th Mar 2018 11:05

Last week was the 9th Anniversary of Breckland Orchard starting.  I started thinking about starting out in late 2008 and the official launch was in March 2009 at Feast East, which was the regional food show for Tastes of Anglia.  I started Breckland Orchard inspired by the drinks that my granny Jessie made me when […]

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05
Mar
2018

Breckland Orchard is 9!

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 05th Mar 2018 12:07

Oh my…. it seems hardly any time at all since I was just starting out in the world of craft soft drinks – starting my very own drink business in March 2009….and now fast forward 9 years and its 2018 and we are still going strong [whooo!] and celebrating our 9th anniversary. The statistics for […]

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26
Feb
2018

Everyday a school day.....

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 26th Feb 2018 07:46

Life running your own business is NEVER dull…..and everyday feels like a school day! And today is a classic case in point. I have a wonderful customer in North Scotland….they are in the most beautiful, unspoilt and breathtaking part of the UK.  That kind of brings its own challenges in terms of recycling and waste […]

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02
Feb
2018

East Anglia Family Business Day 2018

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 02nd Feb 2018 01:34

Wednesday was East Anglia Family Business Day 2018 – celebrating all that is great about family businesses in the area.  So lunchtime was spent networking at the English Whisky Company which is based in East Harling.  I’ve know Andrew Nelstrop who runs the business for many years…ever since I started Breckland Orchard. Our paths have […]

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01
Feb
2018

February here we come......

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 01st Feb 2018 09:11

I could hardly believe that it was February already!  I mean where the heck did January go?  It seems no time at all since it was the very start of the year…..new calendars, new financial year etc etc….and now we are a few weeks in and everything for 2018 is well underway! Our busy months […]

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24
Jan
2018

We're family owned not investor owned [and that's good!]

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 24th Jan 2018 02:52

We’re a family owned business……..and this blog from a while back explained why that’s a good place to be from my perspective.  It doesn’t mean we’re unambitious, it doesn’t mean we’re parochial and small….. but it does means that we take risks with our own money and borrowings, not other folks. But recently I’ve had someone  […]

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22
Jan
2018

Why we're huge fans of glass.....

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 22nd Jan 2018 17:29

Blue Planet on BBC certainly set off an out-pouring of debate around the use of plastics – and that can only be a good thing. It’s incredible how many restaurants are now planning to ban [or already have banned] the use of single use plastic straws.  Given that the alternatives are much more environmentally friendly, […]

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31
Dec
2017

Brink of the New Year!

by Claire Martinsen on Sun 31st Dec 2017 05:16

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!  I hope you all have something wonderful planned to see in 2018. I’m so looking forward to actually seeing in the 12 months ahead…it’s our financial year too so that makes things nice and neat.  We’ve been planning 2018 since about September…..that’s a throw back to my days in big […]

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19
Dec
2017

Why do people talk so fast......

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 19th Dec 2017 02:25

We do get a LOT of cold calls here at Breckland Orchard HQ……and I really do try to be really polite!  Just off the phone to someone wanting to exhibit at a consumer show next year. Why on earth do people talk so blooming fast when they do their introduction?  They say their name and […]

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12
Dec
2017

Christmas Shows 2017

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 12th Dec 2017 07:35

A massive thank you to everyone who came and saw us at the Christmas shows we were at this year……we only do a few Christmas events each year, and its really lovely to get to see everyone and soak up a little bit of Christmas atmosphere. Ely Cathedral Christmas Fayre always looks magical ….seeing the […]

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07
Nov
2017

My inbox can be a little kooky at times...

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 07th Nov 2017 05:11

I do get a lot of emails a day….and hands up I am not great at filing them away….BUT I am determined to try and do better and on a mission to reply quicker, and delete with more vigour! Today’s inbox has contained two truly strange and kooky emails… [1] Guest Blog Content If you […]

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30
Oct
2017

Where we'll be this Christmas...

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 30th Oct 2017 01:44

We usually do a few shows around Christmas time, so if you want to catch us out and about this November/December here’s where to find us! Ely Cathedral Christmas 17th and 18th November – the beautiful setting always takes our breath away… Bury Christmas Fair November 23rd – November 26th – four days of immersive […]

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25
Oct
2017

TLA's and all that jazz.......

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 25th Oct 2017 01:34

I was at an event last week and just ended up getting frustrated at the number of three letter abbreviations  [TLA’s] that the speakers were using……to the point of utter distraction I have to say.  In the end my mind was just trying to figure them out and the words were running over my head […]

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23
Oct
2017

Go Sober October.....

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 23rd Oct 2017 05:28

Go Sober for October is an initiative run by Macmillan – to encourage people to go alcohol free during the month of October and raise funds for a very worth cause! And although lots of folk are extolling the virtues of a clearer head, clearer skin and better sleep…..another by-product is discovering new and lovely […]

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14
Sep
2017

Speaking at AVEX 2017

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 14th Sep 2017 06:39

I was delighted when the organisers of AVEX asked me to be a speaker at their bi-annual exhibition at the NEC.   AVEX is organised and run by the Automatic Vending Association and is the oldest vending trade show in Europe, having started in 1969…..so it has been running for almost 5 decades which is […]

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