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Nov
2012

A week of Supplier Tales...........

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 27th Nov 2012 01:43

I sell boutique soft drinks at Breckland Orcahrd, but to make my business run I also have to buy lots too……..so my week always seems to split into having a foot in both camps[as well as a milliion other jobs].  Sometimes sales/marketing at other times purchasing!  Last week seemed to be one of lots of […]

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Nov
2012

Suppliers.....sometimes I'm not good at following my own advice....

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 23rd Nov 2012 01:15

When you’re a small business you have to work with suppliers that you like.  If you are risking your own time and money into starting a new business then that money is important……..and you just don’t want to use it working with suppliers that you don’t like. Sam Walton was the founder of Wal*Mart and […]

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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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Nov
2012

Friday: Global Entrepreneurship Week.........My one BIG top tip

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 16th Nov 2012 16:27

‘Pass it on’ is the theme of this years Global Entrepreneurship Week – all about small business owners sharing tips and advice.  So I wanted to end the week by passing on my single biggest tip! Just get going! Yeap – that’s it….nothing more complicated than that.  On Wednesday I shared tips about what things […]

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15
Nov
2012

Thursday: Global Entrepreneurship Week....Top things to invest in as a startup

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 15th Nov 2012 09:30

  When you start up in business there are just SO many things to buy……..combined with lots of people wanting to sell to you.  From experience here’s my top 10 list of things to invest in when you are just starting out! Great Design/Logo When you start up, no one knows you from an adam. […]

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14
Nov
2012

Wednesday: Global Entrepeneurship Week....should you fly Solo or Tandem?

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 14th Nov 2012 02:29

When you start up a business you can set up on your own, or go into partnership with one or more others.  It’s a decision that I guess is very personal as well as being dependent on the circumstances that you find yourself in. I’ve flown solo since the start – albeit with an amazing […]

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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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13
Nov
2012

Ideas for using Breckland Orchard Posh Squash!

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 13th Nov 2012 01:27

Posh Squash is our Breckland Orchard range of super-concentrated, super-delicious cordials!  They need to be diluted with 8 parts of water, so a little goes a long-long-way! We make three gorgeous flavours: Plum and Cherry……..two of our favourite flavours, plenty of cherry notes on the palette with the flavour of plum coming through to balance it. Rhubarb […]

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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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08
Nov
2012

We are loving our Posh Squash!

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 08th Nov 2012 02:10

We launched our delicious range of Posh Squash a few months back……….Up to now its been the baby brother to our range of Posh Pop. But this September Pip and I decided that it should be more centre stage, so we took our range of 3 Posh Squash to lots of Food Festivals [Abergavenny, Aldeburgh, […]

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07
Nov
2012

Christmas Events 2013

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 07th Nov 2012 11:00

If you fancy stocking up on supplies of Posh Pop or Posh Squash this Christmas time then Pip and I will be at the following events: Mary Howard Fair Chippenham  Tuesday 13th – Friday 16th November Ely Cathedral Christmas Market  Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th […]

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06
Nov
2012

Always know your break-even point......

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 06th Nov 2012 02:10

I do quite a few food festivals through the year with Breckland Orchard , as well as the local county shows [Norfolk and Suffolk Shows]. There are LOTS of events, markets, shows, festivals etc out there and the trend seems to be growing.  My inbox is always scattered with emails from event companies selling ‘space’ […]

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04
Nov
2012

WIRED2012: The emerging Transformational Economy

by Claire Martinsen on Sun 04th Nov 2012 02:13

Jess Greenwood of R/GA gave a really engaging speech at WIRED2012 all about the need for companies to build Transformational Economies, rather than being in business to make a quick buck and get out fast. Jess saw Corporate and Social Responsiblity [CSR]as rather passe……..very last year.  CSR was thought to be a box ticking exercise to […]

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02
Nov
2012

WIRED2012: Ode to a name-badge

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 02nd Nov 2012 02:14

It must be rare to have a blog-post entirely dedicated to a name badge…..but here goes! As I said before WIRED2012 challenged thinking on many levels and just a tiny glimpse of that was the name badge we were issued with!  Lets face it, name badges are name badges and you get given one at […]

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01
Nov
2012

WIRED2012: Natty little start-ups

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 01st Nov 2012 01:32

There was some fab evening entertainment at the WIRED2012 event [Jason Manford compering a whole heap of  guests]. Between the end of the conference and the start of the evening festivities we had a drinks reception where there were some great new companies showcasing their products. These were my favourites 5!  Check out their websites […]

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