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13
Mar
2017

A little appearance at BBC Cambridgeshire

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 13th Mar 2017 01:12

It was International Womens day on Wednesday 8th, and I was invited onto BBC Radio Cambridgeshire as a guest on their Breakfast Show.  Chris Mann was the host of the show, and I had a really lovely couple of hours between 7am and 9am talking about International Womens day as well as many other things […]

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08
Mar
2017

International Womens Day #BeBoldforChange

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 08th Mar 2017 13:00

Today is the 8th of March and its International Womens Day…..its a day to reflect on the role of women in society. For this Womens Day I wanted to write down some thoughts for my gorgeous 9 year old daughter – aka Little Miss Breckland. She’s a sparky character – funny, brave, kind, thoughtful and […]

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18
Aug
2016

The Annual Summer Juggle.....

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 18th Aug 2016 01:20

Summer is always crazy at Breckland Orchard……the joy of juggling family with our busiest time of the year.  I’m blessed to have lots of family who help, additional help at Breckland Orchard HQ, lovely children and a patient husband. I think all businesses have a natural flow to them during the year, and summer is […]

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10
Aug
2016

Breckland Orchard....growing along with the Mini Martinsens

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 10th Aug 2016 03:16

I stumbled across this photo the other day….I love it this as it brings back so many memories.  It was taken back in February 2009, when I was about 2 weeks from launching my as then *brand new* Breckland Orchard drinks at Feast East, which was a small trade show organised by Tastes of Anglia. […]

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02
Dec
2015

Being under the weather isn't fun.......

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 02nd Dec 2015 03:48

When you are running your own micro business like Breckland Orchard its impossible to be ill…..and since starting the business I haven’t had a single day off sick….until the week before last. I’m prone to chest infections……my lung capacity ends up getting much reduced if I get an infection and that can make breathing hard […]

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27
Feb
2015

Recovering from Half Term.......

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 27th Feb 2015 03:59

Juggling a small business and small children is always interesting[!] Last week was half term, so my multi-tasking skills were super-tested. It’s a really busy time here at Breckland Orchard as we working on some exciting new things that we’ll be able to share in a few weeks time……..so there was some added complexity going […]

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13
Nov
2014

Lessons from Michelle [and Silicon Valley]

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 13th Nov 2014 03:49

I read a blog post by Michelle Wright in the Huffington Post.  Michelle’s a friend as well as being a formidable business entrepreneur……talking about her week in Silicon Valley.  Take a read as its a real thought provoking piece, which probes the UK attitude to entrepreneurship. I thought her point on hard work was completely appropriate.  I […]

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19
Aug
2014

September almost upon us......my busiest time of year....

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 19th Aug 2014 03:26

We’re midway through the school summer holidays, and September seems to beckon already.  It’s always my busiest time of the year here at Breckland Orchard……a crazy juggling of food trade shows, food festivals and generally lots going on! The line up for September so far is: Speciality Fine Food Fair ……7th-9th  September, Olympia Usk Show…..13th […]

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13
Jun
2014

In the middle of Show season...............aka Juggling season

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 13th Jun 2014 03:18

We’ve started ‘show season’ here at Breckland Orchard, which is a heady mix of trade and consumer shows.  I love doing them, but its a fine balancing act getting all set up  and prepared for the shows, and also having a plan for what’s happing at home with the mini-Martinsens!  It’s busy right through to […]

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04
Feb
2014

You know you're a mum when..........

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 04th Feb 2014 06:40

When you’re asked for a business card and you [nearly] hand over instead of handing over Whoops!  Grabbed a card from the wrong pocket of my handbag…….good job I noticed…..

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30
Jan
2014

Jam-tastic........Thank you x

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 30th Jan 2014 07:58

The food world is a small one, and since starting Breckland Orchard I’ve got to know lots of other fantastic food producers.  Vickie Humber of Humbers Homemade is one such – I can’t actually remember when we first ‘met’, maybe it was over Twitter, maybe it was at a WIRE event [she’s a fellow member […]

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08
Jan
2014

Mini Entrepreneur in training........

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 08th Jan 2014 10:01

Things don’t always go to plan……Monday this week was a prime example of the realities of being a ‘mumpreneur’! We’re doing  a label redesign at the moment. The labels should have been printed last week, but the paper was delayed in arriving due to Christmas shutdowns….which meant that my printers had to put the print […]

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31
Dec
2013

New Years Eve......looking back and looking forward

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 31st Dec 2013 09:07

I sit here scribing this on the very last day of 2013….the last 24 hours before the start of 2014 – the prospect of the beginning of a new year is always SO exciting! The end of one year, and the excitement of a whole new year going forward.  31st December is also the end […]

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15
May
2013

Ma Breckland's view of evolution........

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 15th May 2013 03:51

I do most things VERY fast…………….and that can be a good or a bad thing in business I know!  Often its a plus….even now I am touch typing at speed, which means I can type things very fast, I think fast, I am a bit of a whirlwind to be around.  As the lovely Pip […]

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10
May
2013

Hats off to Facebook's new VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa....

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 10th May 2013 05:12

I’ve often reflected and shared in this blog just how difficult balancing a corporate career and a family is.  Four years ago I worked for a large corporate, but having my two mini-Martinsens was a key driver to starting Breckland Orchard……balancing a career for a large company with children is very tough. Marissa Mayer of […]

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13
Apr
2013

Why Trade Shows also require a good HOME Plan!

by Claire Martinsen on Sat 13th Apr 2013 14:58

I am off to the NEC this weekend for the Farm and Deli Show – it runs Sunday to Tuesday.  I’m looking forward to meeting new and existing customers of course, and to showcasing Breckland Orchard and the fabulous range of boutique soft drinks that we have here……but it also means being away from home […]

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08
Mar
2013

Women, manufacturing and fork-lift truck driving

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 08th Mar 2013 18:26

Today is International Woman’s Day – a global event around the world….aiming to raise the role of women. It’s even a national holiday in 27 countries. Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike.  Women’s organisations […]

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19
Feb
2013

Half Term Lessons from the Mini-Martinsens......

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 19th Feb 2013 14:52

I’ve had the past 3 days as a ‘mini’ holiday, spending the second part of the half term break with the Mini-Martinsens.  Mr Breckland was away for a long weekend skiing in his native Norway, so it’s been just me and the mini’s for four whole days!  They’re at a magical age – SOOOO much […]

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14
Feb
2013

Half Term Juggling.................

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 14th Feb 2013 00:32

Yes, I’m the founder of Breckland Orchard……..but I am also Mum to the mini-Martinsens.  I’m always mega-busy, juggle lots of balls – but quite honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way. This week is half term, and for the past few days the mini’s have been in Wales visiting my mum [aka Ma Breckland]. […]

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04
Feb
2013

Being a Mum and a Small Business Owner...................

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 04th Feb 2013 14:22

Few hiccups in the Martinsen household this past week or so.  I’m a small business owner, a mum and this week have stepped up to my latest role – being Florence Nightingale. My seven-year-old had some day surgery last week at hospital under general anaesthetic…….he needed a day or so to get over it.  Luckily […]

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