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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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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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18
Jan
2017

The stark realisation about my cheque book.....

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 18th Jan 2017 10:05

I had a ‘yeak’ kind of moment yesterday when I needed to write a cheque.  When I looked in the cheque book stub I realised that the last time I wrote one for Breckland Orchard was in May 2014…that’s very nearly 3 years ago. I haven’t written one [a] because of the charges levied for […]

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07
Nov
2016

SME Virtual Currency

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 07th Nov 2016 02:18

I’ve written before about the magic of SME’s and the way that there are always people you can go to for help and to point you in the right direction.  There is a sort of ‘virtual currency of help’ in the world of small business…..you take out at the start where others help you, and […]

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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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14
Jun
2016

Why I love being a family owned business

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 14th Jun 2016 03:35

I love both the freedom and the accountability that being a family owned business brings.  My first job was with a Plc, and I then moved to work for Mars, which is still family owned [by the Mars family of course!].  Its a fantastic business with strong values at its heart. And now I have […]

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06
Aug
2015

Allergens in Breckland Orchard

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 06th Aug 2015 02:50

The law changed in December 2014 so that all allergens present in food stuffs had to be clearly marked on packaging.  The 14 allergens that were affected by the change in the law were: Cereals containing gluten: declaration of wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan), rye, barley, oats Crustaceans Eggs Fish Peanuts Soybeans Milk Nuts: […]

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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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20
Jan
2014

Realities of running your own business.......

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 20th Jan 2014 18:55

Its been a long day at the Breckland Orchard office today…..doing my [not so] favourite job of proofing ‘stuff’ for most of the day.  I caught up with a friend last week and they were rather amazed that my life would consist of lots [and lots and lots] of proofing!  I can assure you that […]

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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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13
Nov
2013

Why I love a good plan.............

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 13th Nov 2013 07:28

The end of the year is still a few weeks away [though by the amount of Christmas adverts on the TV at the moment you wouldn’t know….], I always like to have my plans for the new year, done and dusted by the middle of the month.  So today I’m  taking a good look back […]

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11
Nov
2013

Coffee and Calm at Catesby's

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 11th Nov 2013 11:38

Last week I spent a fantastic day on the North Norfolk coast at Catesby’s in Wells.  In a previous life, Neil [who co-owns Catesbys] and I had vaguely crossed paths and then when he and Jonathan opened Catesby’s  a few years ago our paths crossed again when they were looking for a boutique soft drink […]

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20
Aug
2013

This could sum up what being an entrepreneur is like.....

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 20th Aug 2013 09:45

I was sent this via Facebook, by my best friend….and I LOVE it!  Its the work of Matt Cheuvront who writes an entrepreneurial blog called Life without Pants [pants in the US sense, rather than the British….guess the name doesn’t translate that well!].  Its a great site, and well worth checking out for some fab […]

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24
Apr
2013

Why it's fabulous to be a [very] small business........

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 24th Apr 2013 03:12

I heard Andy Hill speak recently….extolling the virtues of being a small business owner and how it varies SOOOO much from working in a big corporate.  And he was right – it’s very different, and different in a really good way.  I worked in the world of big business before starting Breckland Orchard and the […]

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25
Mar
2013

Navigating your way as a Micro-Business

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 25th Mar 2013 01:03

Setting up a new business is a bit like heading off into the unknown. Much like going on a travel trip you can do lots of planning and set a course and destination…but until you actually get started you really have no idea what it will actually be like when you are on the way! […]

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14
Mar
2013

Entrepreneurs,Alan Sugar and me............

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 14th Mar 2013 05:29

I was with a big group of small business owners yesterday and we got asked if we were ‘entrepreneurs’ – of course not came back the unanimous reply, we’re just small business owners. Entrepreneurs are ‘famous’ folk like Anita Roddick or Alan Sugar. I can categorically state that I would NEVER introduce myself, as ‘an […]

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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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06
Dec
2012

I love December..........Elves, Santa and Business Planning

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 06th Dec 2012 03:24

I love December and all that build up to Christmas.  My children have just turned 5 and 7, and are VERY excited about the whole thing.  The tree is up, decorations all through the house, letters to Father Christmas written……..this year we also have an ‘elf’ who has moved in with us [aka Elf on […]

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