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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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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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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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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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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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30
Aug
2017

When people make it hard to pay.....

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 30th Aug 2017 01:44

There’s so much in the press about payment for small businesses and how hard it is to get paid.  And yes, I could probably write a huge blog on that…..but sometimes it works in reverse!  By that I mean some companies actually make it hard to pay them! At Breckland Orchard we’re just very fair […]

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23
Aug
2017

Toilets that get people talking.............

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 23rd Aug 2017 01:41

John Stanley, the Farmshop and Garden centre guru always talks about having memorable washroom facilities!  It’s a great way to get people talking… I was in Birmingham a few weeks ago and saw these really cute signs…. What a fantastic way of customising boring ladies and gents signs for a coffee shop. Not all innovation […]

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16
Aug
2017

Why I need 5 Guys as a supplier.......

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 16th Aug 2017 02:00

My son [aka Master Breckland] adores 5 Guys …………he loves their burgers almost in equal measure to his hatred of getting his hair cut.  So after a recent trip to the barbers, a trip across the road to 5 Guys was the order of the day. 5 Guys specialise in being able to offer a […]

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10
Aug
2017

Why we're proud to not supply supermarkets

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 10th Aug 2017 01:17

Ever since I started Breckland Orchard we’ve had a stated aim of not supplying supermarkets [not now, not ever].  It’s on our leaflets, its written on all our boxes of drinks, and its displayed loud and proud at our trade shows [see picture above!]. I know lots of start up brands are chasing the supermarket […]

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12
Jul
2017

You might make me buy but......

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 12th Jul 2017 01:33

We get a lot [and some days it feels an AWFUL lot] of cold calls and emails from potential suppliers…..and if you want an idea of what that feels like then have a read of a day in my life some time back. I try and be really polite….and if there’s something or a service that […]

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16
Jun
2017

Phone nightmares...

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 16th Jun 2017 01:28

I am having a phone nightmare this week….both the landline and my mobile are below par….Grrrr!  The Breckland Orchard landline has got a gremlin on it, meaning its veering between not working at all, and having a very high ‘crackle’ noise on it.  The mobile signal at the office is just non existent.  So in […]

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21
Apr
2017

A little bit of calm after Easter...

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 21st Apr 2017 08:25

This week is a *brief* oasis of normalness……Easter is always crazy busy with regard to soft drinks, and then there’s actual Easter itself…..plus Easter school holidays. So it’s a glorious juggling act which somehow always seems to work out one way or another [phew].  I am lucky to have a fantastic team here at Breckland […]

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29
Mar
2017

Proud to be who we are....

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 29th Mar 2017 01:44

I’ve just had a sales call…..from someone who wanted me to advertise in some publication or other.  We get lots of cold calls here to the office – especially now we’re in ‘Trade Show’ season and our details are published on so many trade show directories…..that just seems to put us as fair game for […]

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