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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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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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09
Mar
2016

Brexit Debate at the Shard Part 2

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 09th Mar 2016 01:21

The Sage team had gathered a lively panel for the ‘Brexit’ debate on Monday at the Shard [so sorry…I hate that term too, but its hard to think of what else to call it!]. You can read the first part of my blog here in case you missed it yesterday The panel consisted of: Ian […]

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08
Mar
2016

In or Out debate at the Shard...Part 1

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 08th Mar 2016 07:53

I was down in London yesterday at the Shard……..I’d been invited by Sage to hear a debate about Europe.  Specifically how the in/out decision effects small business. The setting for the debate was the rather magnificent Shard Building.  My children have a scant knowledge of London, but even they knew the Shard and were super-excited […]

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13
Jul
2015

Business Lessons from Liz Earle

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 13th Jul 2015 08:54

Another speaker at Country Living Show 2015 was Liz Earle – the Queen of Beauty products who started her own brand.  She was a really engaging speaker who talked very honestly about how she had started…..talking about the downs as well as the ups, before its eventual sale to Avon. Her nuggets of learnings were […]

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27
May
2015

Star Struck at Country Living Show

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 27th May 2015 03:48

As I shared in a previous blog post I was recently invited to be a speaker at the 2015 Country Living Show in Islington.  The line up in the Business Zone was a who’s who of fabulous females so I was more than a little honoured to be asked to contribute. It was as fabulous […]

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13
Dec
2014

Christmas Lunch at Queens College

by Claire Martinsen on Sat 13th Dec 2014 04:01

I was invited back to the Christmas event of the Cambridge Business and Professional Club on Wednesday this week.   I was a guest speaker back in the Spring, so it was lovely to get an invite for the club’s Christmas extravaganza! Queens College is just the most beautiful setting for a Christmas meal. I […]

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18
Sep
2014

Speaking at the Menta 'Get Ready for Growth' Workshop

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 18th Sep 2014 17:24

On Tuesday I heard the fantastic Bryan Steel speak, and today it was my turn to do the speaking.  Menta – the enterprise agency based in Suffolk asked if I could speak at their Growth workshop.  I hadn’t realised I’d be the keynote speaker – gulp! Menta had a HUGE hand in getting Breckland Orchard […]

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17
Jul
2014

NPD Food Conference 2014.....Advice from a Buyer

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 17th Jul 2014 03:26

Nicola Berry, Supply Chain Manager from the Lincolnshire Co-op spoke at the conference last week.  She was warm, open and gave out liberal doses of advice and guidance to the audience  about how to get their products stocked in a regional supermarket.  She was really clear about the whole buying process and explained it in […]

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15
Jul
2014

NPD Food Conference 2014.......How do you go about innovating?

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 15th Jul 2014 03:18

The first session at the NPD conference last week was led by Robert Kedzlie of NPD Direct who spoke all about the actual innovation process.  Robert gave a great overview to innovation, some insight into how top brands and top retailers innovate and some pointers about how to innovate on a lower budget. Here’s some […]

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14
Jul
2014

The NPD Food Conference 2014.....A great line up of information

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 14th Jul 2014 03:21

I was honoured to be asked to speak at last week’s NPD Food Conference in Peterborough.  It was a half day conference organised by Roythornes Solicitors and had a packed agenda covering everything from innovation to design to buying. The speakers were: Robert Kedzlie, NPD Direct Michael Bennet, Pelican PR Graham Childs, Childs Design Peter […]

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12
May
2014

Get Growing = Get Selling more like......

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 12th May 2014 18:19

Today had to be one of the more surreal moments in my business life to date……I was a delegate at ‘The Great British Business Roadshow’ which is  a 10 date event the length and breadth of the UK over the coming months.  Today it came to Cambridge and promised to ‘a range of useful information […]

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15
Feb
2014

What can Olympic Rowers teach Small Business Owners?

by Claire Martinsen on Sat 15th Feb 2014 03:30

The final session of CBL Live  on Wednesday was led by Adrian Cassidy from High Performance Coaching. Adrian is an ex-rower, turned rowing coach, turned team/executive coach. He was a rowing coach at London 2012, before moving those same skills to coaching businesses and teams. Adrian’s session was brilliant, and he drew on the behaviours and […]

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31
Jan
2014

Posh Pop and Tea......

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 31st Jan 2014 03:19

I love running my own business……there’s a pace and an unexpectedness about it that I adore.  No two days are the same, there’s too much to do for boredom to set in…… On Tuesday I spent most of the morning in the office, spent the afternoon at my printers in Norfolk getting some labels ready […]

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19
Oct
2013

Top Food at the Farm and Retail Conference

by Claire Martinsen on Sat 19th Oct 2013 15:53

I work in the Food and Drink sector, though I’m ashamed to say that the food and drink offering at most of the events/conferences isn’t as well thought through  as it ought to be.  I remember going to an event in Ipswich a year ago which as all about local tourism and being served up […]

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18
Oct
2013

East of England Farm and Retail Conference 2013

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 18th Oct 2013 09:35

Spent a HUGELY enjoyable, and completely whirlwind couple of days at the East of England Farm and Retail Conference on Monday and Tuesday of this week – organised by Tastes of Anglia with the help of Judy Randon.  Two days crammed full of learning and have come back with my head spinning with ideas…..what an […]

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03
Apr
2013

Lending a helping hand at Wayland Academy

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 03rd Apr 2013 12:15

Pip and spent last Tuesday at Wayland Academy helping out with some business advice and business coaching!  The entire Year 9 group spent the day doing a business event organised by the fab team at Inspired Youth. The students worked on a project related to the tourism industry in East Anglia. It was a hectic […]

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04
Dec
2012

Develop a Rhinoskin

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 04th Dec 2012 01:28

I resigned my corporate job in October 2008, and my first Breckland Orchard bottles came off the production line in February 2009, so I had a four month period when I was a ‘pre-start up’.  I was doing ‘stuff’ behind the scenes, but for most of that time I didn’t have a business name, let […]

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21
Nov
2012

Barclays, Innocent and Paddy & Scott's.......

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 21st Nov 2012 10:26

I was at Norfolk Showground last night for a Barclays Business Seminar.  The ‘shed’ that has been used for the Food Hall at the Norfolk Show for many years has undergone a makeover, and is now an all-singing-all-dancing venue [and pretty swanky it has to be said].  Last night it was tranformed in a fabulous […]

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12
Nov
2012

Monday: Launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 12th Nov 2012 19:59

I was in London today for the official launch of Global Entrepreneurship week in the UK.  There was a really eclectic mix of people at the launch  – from entrepreneurs, advisers, academics and business organisations, a Government Minister of State and even Prince Charles via video. Global Entrepreneurship Week is taking place from the 12th to the 18th […]

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