Sunday, 26 February 2012

So why do I want funding?

Some (most) of you will have seen me pestering you over the last few days and this is why.

Since I started my business back in 2009 everything has been done on a shoe string, I would sell something I no longer need on Ebay in order to buy a new tool for the business!

I have applied for numerous funding methods but for various reasons including location, 'proper' job and owning a home it was just all stacked against me. So for the past 3 years I have been plodding along really, but it is very difficult as I know it is what I want to do.

Something I would really love to do would be to run jewellery making workshops and this is why I have applied for funding of £450, there are no boxes that need ticking in terms of my or my businesses circumstances. I did however need to prove what it would be used for.
So how do I get hold of this money?
Well I am relying heavily on you lovely folk. All it takes is a quick registration which takes your name and email, a couple of tick boxes and your done!
You will get a couple of emails as soon as you do that but you will NOT be spammed.
The whole process takes about 1 minute.

Each vote that I get counts as £1 so I need 450 votes and unless I get the full amount I will not get anything.

I recently attended a jewellery course in London, the course started at 10am yet I had to be up at 3am. I didn't get home til gone 9pm. It was such a long day and that is partly why I would like to run some classes.

Ideally I would love to secure some kind of premises in Leamington/Warwick where I can permanently house all my equipment.
When I am not running my own class other crafts people or small groups could use the space and I could even allow individuals to use the space and tools as they can be an expensive investment.
Please please take a minute out of your day to help me, if you leave a comment on the page you will also receive a discount code for use on my website.

Please vote here HERE!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Warwick - Portas Pilots

Hello everyone,

As a lot you you will know Mary Portas has been involved in bringing some life back into our high streets and it all kicked off for Warwick when the lovely chaps of Hatton and Harding made it through to the finals of The Telegraphs Best Small Shops in Britain headed down to the big smoke and were schmoozing with Mary herself,  and came SECOND! Woohoo well done lads!

Now Warwick is to put in a bid to get Mary's help. There is a blog set up here where they welcome any suggestions on what is needed to improve the town. So are you a business that would love to be part of the Warwick buzz but there is something holding you back or are you a Warwick resident that would like to see a change to make to visit more often?

So if Warwick were to win how would they benefit?
Well 12 towns and cities will get the chance to implement some of the recommendations from Mary. They will receive a share of £1million between them as well as the support of the Minister, Whitehall and Mary.

Don't you think that this could be an amazing opportunity for Warwick?