Here’s an insight to just one of the many things I get up to when I tell my customers & friends that I’m meeting the WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) ladies! The above photo was taken a few weeks ago when we met up and walked to Dovedale Stepping Stones. We were replicating (or attempting to anyway) the painting which features on the photo below. The painting was created in June at Beechenhill Farm, Ilam which is where one of our lovely members and inspiring Artist Sue Prince lives. Sue taught us how to use egg tempera paints, in a Swedish Folk Art tradition of Bonad painting. We painted the ladies in their pretty dresses and Sue painted in the wonderful background. We belong to the Dove network of WiRE so the canvas artwork shows the River Dove and the Stepping Stones at Ilam. It was great fun doing both parts to the project and it was great as always spending time with a fab bunch of like minded ladies. As we are all business owners it’s great having a network that you can share ideas with!! The canvas will be on display at Betty’s Sewing Box, Cokayne Ave, Ashbourne very soon. It’s worth mentioning that they also have a lovely, child friendly Tea Room, there’s a shop and a sewing workshop with a wide range of classes!
Better late than never……thought you might be just a teeny bit interested to hear about our trip to the ICC, Birmingham to collect our #SBS (Small business Sunday) award from Theo Paphitis! For those unsure of what it’s all about it’s via Twitter, and it was an idea that Theo came up with. Theo was sat at the kitchen table one Sunday evening chatting to his wife whilst she was cooking dinner. Basically you tweet Theo on a Sunday evening between 5-7.30pm with a brief description of your business, then on a Monday evening he selects his favourite 6 and re-tweets your tweet! One Small Step was selected back in August 2015 and my other half Mark from Peakcraft was chosen in January so it was a double whammy for us. At the event he explained the reasons why he started the #SBS and I could relate to them all. He said that when you have your own business it can be pretty lonely and pretty hard at times and he felt that if he could find a way to help to promote and lift you and your business by using his profile then that’s what he wanted to do. Boy did he do that! When I found out that my business had won I actually cried with happiness!! I can’t explain how proud I felt about what I’d achieved. Actually receiving recognition for my business from a man whom I think is such a business Guru ~ unbelievable!
The actual event was amazing and really inspiring, there were Q & A sessions with Theo, Mike Pickles owner of Really Useful Boxes and Holly Tucker Co Founder of Not On The High Street. It was great to hear these entrepreneurs talk about their journey and also to hear ideas and hints/tips about helping us with our businesses. I was able to set a business account up with Rymans and receive a £50 credit for being a winner and also chat to DHL regarding worldwide shipping for our shop. We all received a FREE goody bag at the end of the event with all-sorts in there including pens, cupcake cases, notepads & loads more. I was in stationery heaven! I came home feeling truly inspired and believing as I always do to that nothing is impossible.🙂
So tomorrow evening is going to be our very first ever Facebook Flash Sale that we will be hosting. If it’s a success it will be the first of many more. We’re really hoping that our lovely customers will be able to bag a bargain ~ it’s a great feeling when you feel like you’ve paid a fraction of the price for something isn’t it. Being conscious of ensuring that the shoes that we have in our sale fit correctly, we’ll happily fit the shoes for you. We really do care that our shoes are fitted by our qualified staff. Amongst the bargains there will also be Slippers, Rain-coats and much more! Hope to see you there!
It’s our 4th Birthday Party Thursday July 16th 4pm-9pm. Wow I can’t believe it’s 4 years since the day we opened, we’ve had highs and we’ve had lows but overall it’s been an amazing journey. The most important and the nicest part for me has been all the lovely families that I’ve met and how supportive people have been. I don’t suppose I realised when I opened just how important the relationship with the children and families would be. Doctors, dentists and health check ups are always promoted and everyone knows the importance of them, whereas foot care can maybe sometimes take a back seat. It’s so lovely to be able to offer a service where people trust me and have the confidence with fitting their child with properly fitted and quality footwear. I hope you will be able to join us to celebrate, look out for the email/facebook invite. It will also be the start of our huge sale so be prepared to bag a bargain!! We will have a raffle on the night too with all proceeds being donated to Buxton Mountain Rescue.