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31
Oct
2012

WIRED2012: Pearls of Wisdom Mash-up for Start Up Businesses

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 31st Oct 2012 02:20

I was lucky enough to be sent along by Sage to the WIRED2012 event last week held in East London.  Some of the best and brightest business folk were there, dispensing tiny snippets of advice along the way. Here’s my mash-up of some of those pearls of wisdom When in doubt do one thing with […]

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30
Oct
2012

WIRED 2012: Which way to innovate..........

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 30th Oct 2012 02:21

Tim Harford, aka the Undercover Economist was one of the speakers at WIRED2012 last week.  He spoke passionately about innovation and what that means.  He spoke of two varying models – of continual marginal improvements, and of radical innovation. CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT Tim spoke about Matt Parker, British Olympic Cycling’s Head of Marginal Gains.  Matt seeks […]

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29
Oct
2012

WIRED Conference 2012

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 29th Oct 2012 06:15

I’ve recently been nominated as a Sage Business Expert………and as part of that Sage sent me a much sought after ticket to the 2012 Wired Conference, held at The Brewery in East London.  So I headed down to London aka the big smoke last Thursday for a day away from the day to day of […]

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25
Oct
2012

You can't learn to swim by standing at the edge of the pool

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 25th Oct 2012 01:46

The Mini-Martinsens are learning to swim….so every Friday we troop off to the swimming pool where they have their half hour lesson.  It’s a great skill to have, and I am really happy that they are improving and learning to swim the various strokes properly. And to that end I think being an entrepreneur is […]

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23
Oct
2012

Ode to the wonderful Leanne Castle

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 00:03

Everyone setting up or running a small business needs help along the way.  I’ve been incredibly lucky and fortunate with the amount of helping hands I’ve had since starting Breckland Orchard. One of those was Leanne Castle of Menta, based in Suffolk.  Menta are a not-for-profit enterprise agency offering a mix of courses and one-to-one […]

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17
Oct
2012

Musings on Bank Lending.........

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 17th Oct 2012 02:58

I got a letter through from the bank on Friday asking if I’d like to borrow some money for the business……and assuring me that loans up to £25,000 could be approved over the phone without being referred upwards. I figured they must be desperate to lend! There’s so much debate  in the media about bank […]

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17
Oct
2012

I'm a Sage Business Expert!

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 17th Oct 2012 01:55

I’ve recently been asked to be ‘Sage Business Expert’ which is a new programme that Sage are running.  I was delighted to be invited, as I am a HUGE fan of Sage, and wouldn’t be without it for the world………it’s my backbone at Breckland Orchard, but I’ll share that with you again in another blog. […]

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16
Oct
2012

Filming at Wayra London

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 16th Oct 2012 06:45

I was at Wayra in London yesterday to record a piece for Global Entrepreneurship Week  [GEW] GEW takes place during November and is a week of events to really highlight entrepreneurship and encourage would-be-entrepreneurs. It’s a fantastic week and well checking out the website to see what events are taking place locally. I was asked […]

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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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09
Oct
2012

A Taste of Autumn at Raveningham Gardens

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 09th Oct 2012 16:01

Spent a glorious Sunday at Raveningham Gardens – home to Sir Nicholas and Lady Bacon.  They were hosting their first ever food event ‘A taste of Autumn’, falling right at the end of the end of the Norfolk Food Festival. I had never been to Raveningham before, but it was just completely stunning.  The gardens […]

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01
Oct
2012

You don't need to go BIG at the start.......

by admin on Mon 01st Oct 2012 02:06

I’m a hoarder of information – I love reading ‘stuff’, reading websites, reading books – you name it if I can read it and I’m interested in it, I love it! I love reading about marketing, brands, new stuff of any kind! I’m always amazed when I read how small start ups have worked with […]

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