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21
Aug
2017

You've been blogging for HOW long?

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 21st Aug 2017 01:14

I’ve pretty much been blogging since the very beginning of Breckland Orchard – back  on 26th May 2009 I wrote my first blogpost about how and why I started Breckland Orchard and roll on 8+ years and I am still tapping away on little updates and milestones for Breckland Orchard Posh Pop. There hasn’t been a […]

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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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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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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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31
Mar
2015

Mad March

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 31st Mar 2015 03:52

I can hardly believe the end of March is here already………its raced by at a rate of knots.  Its been the craziest of months and I have  been working at full speed plus some!  My normal pace is a 100 miles an hour and to be honest I’ve learned how to juggle multiple tasks at […]

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02
Mar
2015

The secret to keeping your feet on the ground.....

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 02nd Mar 2015 03:16

I’m due to speak at the Country Living Fair in a few weeks time……and when I was in WHSmiths with my son last week I had him look at the latest Country Living Magazine. Yeap – there in print he ‘stumbled’ upon  his mother’s name… [OK….so my name was mis-spelt……it often is….having a Scandanavian surname […]

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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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11
Nov
2014

Breckland Orchard in Numbers

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 11th Nov 2014 03:31

  There are currently 10 delicious flavours of Posh Pop in the range.  My mind is always a-whirl with ideas of new flavour combinations, so I’m always experimenting away….but love the current range, and from the feedback so does everyone else – Thank you! We not only sell throughout the UK, but I also export […]

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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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11
Mar
2014

A 5 Year Milestone......

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 11th Mar 2014 16:02

This week its a full 5 years since I began Breckland Orchard…….which seems somewhat surreal, yet also an amazing landmark to have reached!  It’s said that starting a business is much like having a child, and nursing it from the very start of life as it grows and develops, and much like with small children […]

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15
Nov
2013

A Bracing Birthday at Houghton Hall

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 15th Nov 2013 17:00

Yesterday I had a days holiday from Breckland Orchard – on the occasion of it being my Birthday!  Last year I changed the policy at Breckland Orchard so that the actual day of your birthday is a holiday.  No massive committees to go through to get this agree, it sounded like a great idea, it […]

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12
Oct
2013

Summer 2013.....What a summer!

by Claire Martinsen on Sat 12th Oct 2013 15:20

I’m back!  The blog has been a little scant over recent months – but back with a vengeance, now that Autumn days are here.  First to update you all about Summer 2013 and what I was up to! I started the business when I had my two children [aka the Mini-Martinsens] and wanted to be […]

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28
May
2013

Hands up.....I'm a Plant.....

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 28th May 2013 04:33

Its just come back to me this past week – an analysis that I had done years ago about my ‘role’ in a Team.  According to Belbin I’m a ‘Plant’.  Plants are described as follows ….. ‘The role was so-called because one such individual was “planted” in each team. They tended to be highly creative […]

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17
May
2013

Happy 17th of May.....Norwegian National Day

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 17th May 2013 02:14

OK…I accept in the UK the 17th of May isn’t the most famous of days, but in Norway its HUGE [and I mean really really huge] – it marks the day in 1814 when Norway signed a constitution to mark its independence.  Back in Norway its the chance for everyone to go completely nationalistic, wave […]

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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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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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13
Nov
2012

Tuesday: Global Entrepreneurship Week... the Breckland Orchard story

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 13th Nov 2012 15:10

I was asked a few weeks back if I could record a short interview as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week – and ta-dah here it is to take a peek at! I’m especially passionate about inspiring other women to have a go and start up a business……….I had a one and a three year old […]

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15
Oct
2012

The September Whirlwind.............

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 15th Oct 2012 04:40

September has flown by in a complete whirl.  Its been a really busy busy couple of weeks at Breckland Orchard and I have been working so hard my feet have barely touched the ground [hence very little time to blog – apologies]. And on top of a gigantic workload, my little girl has started school! […]

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11
Sep
2012

A common misconception about moi!

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 11th Sep 2012 01:30

The most common misconception about me is that I’m measured, detailed and organised in the way that I work! Oh my gosh…..my nearest and dearest know that I am anything but – and a glance at my desk would tell you that too. I work at a million miles an hour, cause mess along the […]

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14
Aug
2012

School summer holidays ahoy x

by admin on Tue 14th Aug 2012 02:58

Six weeks of school summer holidays – blessing or problem?  Its the ongoing conundrum that all mothers have!  It’s blissful having the little ones around all day long, stepping off the conveyor belt of school runs etc……..but it takes some proper planning to juggle the summer holidays around work. That’s one of the key reasons […]

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