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Sock Business School

by Claire Martinsen on Fri 17th Jul 2020 07:28

All this coverage of Leicester in the news at the moment is bringing memories flooding back of my first job out of University – which was in Leicester and where I spent four lovely years. All those outlying areas of Leicester that they are mentioning on the news like Groby, Glenfield and Blaby I know […]

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Beyond 2010 Training

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 15th Dec 2011 03:35

Another of my misconceptions before I started my own business was that I’d be ‘on my own’ and learning on the hoof.  I thought somehow that training was the domain of big companies not small micro-enterprises! I was lucky to spend 13 years at Mars, who have an unrivalled reputation for great training.  Training and […]

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Ode to the rather wonderful Mike Skipper

by Claire Martinsen on Wed 15th Sep 2010 15:07

Its been great setting up my own business, but there are times when one just won’t do….and that’s at Trade Shows!  The shows can get really busy with visitors and you need enough hands to pour drinks, take details and give out literature about the range and where to get hold of it – phew! […]

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2010 UK Soft Drink Conference

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 13th May 2010 15:30

I was in London today attending the 2010 Zenith International Soft Drink Conference…..basically a gathering of the great, the good and the glittering of the Soft Drink industry.  It was a packed agenda of great speakers, discussing the issues and emerging trends within the industry. There were keynote speeches from the two giants within Soft […]

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Mars - 'The University of Management'

by Claire Martinsen on Mon 18th Jan 2010 19:42

Saw a great article in one of the Sunday Financial sections a few weeks back about ‘the Men from Mars’, leading with Allan Leighton who has described his former company Mars as ‘The University of Management’.  Full article below: ====================================================== OUT OF THIS WORLD – THE MEN FROM MARS The alumni of food giant Mars […]

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When Mars is just too far away.........

by Claire Martinsen on Tue 26th May 2009 08:29

Welcome to my blog!  My name is Claire Martinsen and I have recently set up a soft drinks company called Breckland Orchard.  Its a world away from my previous job with Mars, the chocolate company.  I was an Account Director looking after a portfolio of some of our top supermarket customers and also some of […]

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