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30
Aug
2012

Trade Shows this Autumn............

by admin on Thu 30th Aug 2012 01:39

We are going to be busy-busy-busy  at Breckland Orchard this September!  We are going to be at two trade shows with our lovely Posh Pop: SPECIALITY FINE FOOD  2nd – 4th September – Olympia We’ll be chatting away on stand 931.  Mike and I will be there Sunday and Monday, and then it’ll be Pip […]

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23
Aug
2012

Missing my IT helpdesk.................

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 02:15

There are so many sheer joys of running your own business……….but these past few weeks I’ve missed the ‘support’ systems that you have when you are part of big corporate machine! When I worked at Mars we had an IT Helpdesk that operated 24/7……….you could ring them at midnight and they would help you, take […]

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21
Aug
2012

Running a small business in a recession

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 21st Aug 2012 03:45

I was asked to talk at the  2012 Norfolk IoD Economic Conference a few weeks back.  I was there to give the viewpoint of a new business – what impact has the current economic climate had on Breckland Orchard? I set up Breckland Orchard in Spring 2009 – right in the midst of the economic […]

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16
Aug
2012

Taking Holidays when you own your own business...............

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 16th Aug 2012 02:03

It’s completely different running your own business to being a salaried employee – one of the big differences is that you have no paid holidays [or bank holidays!].  There’s no HR department asking you to book your holidays, no boss ensuring that you have a break in your diary………..and that could lead to a temptation […]

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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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14
Aug
2012

Strawberry and Rhubarb Posh Pop gets Gold!

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 14th Aug 2012 01:57

Very very proud that Breckland Orchard Strawberry and Rhubarb got a Gold [one star] at the 2012 Great Tastes Awards! It’s a flavour that fascinates people and has some really enthusiastic fans!  One of the joys of attending food  festivals and county shows is seeing the reaction on people’s faces when they taste Strawberry & […]

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09
Aug
2012

Everyone needs a Dashboard..........

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 09th Aug 2012 02:31

I’m the product of a corporate background………that makes me run my business in a certain way…….I’m semi-conditioned……I know no other way. Having worked in sales/marketing for both Coats Viyella and Mars, setting an annual plan and then tracking and monitoring against them was a discipline that was just second nature.  So when I started Breckland […]

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08
Aug
2012

So true.........if you believe it, take action............

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 08th Aug 2012 07:05

Saw this via Facebook – and absolutely love it. I’m passionate about independent retail………it’s why I decided right at the outset of Breckland Orchard not to supply the big so-called ‘Top 4’ supermarkets [Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons] OR Waitrose. I love working with folk who are equally as passionate about great tasting food and drink […]

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05
Aug
2012

Wayland Show 2012

by Claire Martinsen on Sun 05th Aug 2012 03:06

Today was meant to be Wayland Show, held in Watton…….but last night it had to be cancelled at the very last moment.  A major sewer leakage, which meant that the show had to be called off.  We were planning to be there in the Food Tent with our Breckland Orchard Posh Pop and got the […]

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03
Aug
2012

We've launched a new flavour...Plum and Cherry

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 03rd Aug 2012 02:17

We”ve just launched a brand new flavour in our range of 275ml Posh Pop……..Plum and Cherry! I love plums, I love cherries, and mixed together they really are quite divine!  Its already a big favourite at Breckland Orchard HQ.  In fact we think it’s completely gorgeous x Early feedback from customers seems to agree – […]

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01
Aug
2012

IOD Norfolk: 2012 Economic Conference

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 01st Aug 2012 02:26

I was totally honoured to be asked to be a speaker at the IoD Norfolk 2012 Economic Conference – held at City College.  The speaker line up was a mixture of established and new businesses across a variety of sectors to explore how the recession had impacted on business and how businesses had reacted to […]

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