Flexible Family Working

Please let me introduce myself (if you don’t know already), I am Jessamine, owner and founder of Little Pickles Markets plus mummy to my fantastic but ever challenging 5 children (The Pickles) Tegan, Lexia, Jolie, Faryl and Aliza.  I live in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and work from home around the pickles, which provides me with the flexibility to spend time with them.

A little bit about the business

Little Pickles Markets was born in Winchester in September 2010, when I wanted a new challenge that fitted in around 3 children. Now after relocating to Wiltshire and two more pickles later the business is booming. Little Pickles Markets has grown and is expanding at a rapid rate, with a fantastic team, I am very proud of.

Named after the pet name my late Grandad (a resourceful recycler) had given me and my siblings as children. This is very apt as even though we are helping parents save money, our markets also help perfectly good items find new homes and not ending up in landfill, so having a positive effect on our children’s environment and future.

Our markets are all held at weekends in indoor pushchair accessible venues. Tables are available for parents to hire to sell their good quality nearly new baby and children’s items, from Maternity to 8 years. We charge buyers a minimal £1 entry fee and all little pickles are free.

What the role involves?

You will be a self employed Market Organiser where you will be responsible for the following:

  • Liaising and booking the market venue.

  • Distribution of leaflets promoting your market.

  • Displaying a banner to promote the market.

  • Using social media to promote your markets.

  • Getting to the market 1 hour before opening to ensure the stall holders are all set up and ready to go.

  • Collection of money from people attending the market.

  • Ensuring the venue is tidy at the end.

  • Completing your market summary.

We advise each market will take approx 8 – 15 hours. This will involve 3 to 6 hours distributing marketing material, 2 -5 hours of computer work event listings, emails and social media and then 3 to 4 hours running the market on the day. These hours will be spread over the weeks running up to the market.

Existing organisers run anything from 1-4 markets a month but we would like you to hold a minimum of 9 markets within a 12 month period.

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What can you earn?

This is uncapped and will be reflective of your effort and productivity. The more markets you run and the more buyers you welcome the more you will earn.

Why join Little Pickles Markets?

Little Pickles Markets is an award winning name in nearly new sales and we have a huge demand for our established sales, so there is scope to cover a much larger area and eventually the whole of the UK.

With our experience within the industry, our team offer a wealth of knowledge in organising these events, so will be able to give you step by step guidance and support you to have the same success in organising your own events.

We have a huge web presence, with a well rated google website, increasingly viewed blog and impressive social media following.

What we can offer you?

  • A step by step 6/8 week plan to help you successfully organise your first couple of markets.
  • A comprehensive handbook
  • An organiser’s support network
  • All the kit for you to run successful markets
  • Use of our website to list your events
  • Access to Facebook Pages
  • @littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk email address
  • Ongoing support
  • A chance to earn an uncapped amount of money whilst working your own choice of hours.

If you think the role of Market Organiser will suit you and you would like to join the Little Pickles Team.  Please leave a comment below and we can arrange to have a chat about getting you started.

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

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Top Ten Tips When Travelling Abroad With Tots….

Now that Easter is over, most of us are looking ahead to our summer holiday’s so if you are thinking of going abroad with your ‘Little Pickles’ this year or next, then here’s some top tips from Emma.

  1. The Destination -Opt for a country that will involve the shortest flying time as well as a short transfer to your accommodation.
  1. The Resort -Outside of the hotel itself, it is worth investigating if there are safe pathways to your local amenities. I would advise avoiding a hilly resort, the last thing you would want to do is climb hills with a buggy in the heat. Choose a sandy beach that is suitable for children, with a gentle slope into the sea.
  1. The Airport – Consider flying from smaller regional airports. i.e. Southampton, Bournemouth, Bristol. With smaller terminals and fewer flights arriving and departing, you will certainly start off your holiday in a relaxed way. Miss out the hustle and bustle of larger international airports for ie. Gatwick or Heathrow.
  1. Check in – Most airlines allow you to check in online from 7 days prior to departure with the ability to select your seating. It is never guaranteed that a family with young children will be allocated seating together, so always worth paying the small supplement for pre-booking your seats. Also, fast track boarding is becoming popular nowadays. Again at a supplement but well worth the extra rather than being queued up behind 200 fellow passengers trying to get seated on the plane.
  1. The Hotel -Think deeply into your accommodation requirements. Is a basic hotel room sufficient for your young tot? Maybe you’ll need a fridge to store milk and bottled water. Again is a hotel room suitable for getting young ones to sleep at night. Maybe you will need to consider an apartment or interconnecting hotel rooms so you can relax without tip toeing around the a sleeping child.
  1. Board basis – All Inclusive properties are well worth comparing to self-catering prices. Having a young family myself and having tried self-catering vs all inclusive, the latter works perfectly if you don’t want the hassle of waiting in restaurants for your meals, have fussy children, special dietary requirements, allergies etc. Also most of all inclusive properties offer entertainment for adults & children day and night with the opportunity for your tots to have fun in the kids clubs. Generally, kids clubs start from the age of 4 years, however, there are many properties that offer day crèches and an evening babysitting service so you can have a few hours tot free.
  1. Baby Essentials – Many airlines allow buggies, travel cots and car seats in the hold free of charge. So despite the ever increasing hold luggage supplements, it would be worth choosing an airline that will allow free items for your tots. You can however hire these things at a lot of family friendly hotels.
  1. Kids Clothes – If you’re heading for the heat, choose clothes made from natural fibres – sweat irritates delicate skins and can lead to prickly heat or sweat rash. Expect to change your baby’s clothes up to three times a day particularly if they’re not used to the heat and will sweat a lot. Children will need two sets of clothes per day, and sunhats with wide brims and neck flaps are worth-while when playing outdoors. Equally don’t overlook the fact that children’s eyes are more vulnerable to glare of the sun than yours get them sunglasses or goggles with elasticated straps, which stay on better.
  1. The Extras- Over the years I have spent a fortune on inflatable lilo’s, boats etc for the pools/beach from local shops. Head to Poundland and grab yourself a selection of inflatables before you go and for £1 you don’t mind leaving them there for other children to use.When to book – Book early to take advantage of free child places, big discounts and low deposits.
  1. Book next year’s holiday and pay off throughout the year, so it won’t seem like such a large expense and you can budget for this monthly.

So what are you waiting for go on contact me know for more information on booking your holiday.

Written By Emma Westwood – Independent Travel Expert
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Weetabix Ultimate Sport’s Day Brunch with Tania Farah

So what is your family favourite breakfast? Here at Little Pickles HQ it is definitely Weetabix so versatile, so many ways to to eat it hot or cold, with milk or yoghurt, with fresh fruit or dried fruit, the list is endless so the kids never get bored.

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So when we were invite to the ‘Ultimate Sport’s Day Brunch’ hosted by Weetabix, we wanted to know more and jumped at the chance to join everyone in London.

So Lexia and I jumped on the 7.35am (very early for a Saturday morning) train to London for our mini adventure. Then when we reached Paddington hopped on the tube, Lexia was a bit nervous about this as it was her first time on the underground but was soon enjoying the experience.

When reached The Orange in Pimlico the fun began, where there was ‘Magic Ben’ the entertainer to keep the pickles busy with balloon modeling, colouring and general messing about. While us Mummy’s chatted, giggled and found out more about Weetabix.

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The lovely Tania Farah, wife of Mo joined us with her ‘Little Pickles’ Rhianna, Aisha and Aman.

The kids enjoyed Weetabix while us Mummies were treated to a very yummy brunch, I chose eggs benedict and pastries which was a real treat, very tasty, but not as healthy as Weetabix (heyho there goes my diet again, I must try harder!!)

Sian Porter also joined us to fill us in about the nutritional benefits of Weetabix

This is what I learn’t they are low fat, low sugar, high fibre, wholegrain food fortified with B vitamins (thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and folic acid), iron and 2 weetabix only contains 1/16th of your daily allowance of salt. So all in all a pretty good breakfast to help build the future champions.

Lexia enjoyed making new friends and having a trip to London, plus while we were so close we went to see Buckingham Palace, another first for her. Then we were off back to the station, leaving London to head home to the rest of the pickles in Wiltshire.

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More Information on Weetabix Ultimate Sports Day

London Olympics hero Mo Farah has been revealed as the face of Weetabix’s Ultimate Sports Day campaign, which offers youngsters the chance to create and take part in their dream school sports day.

Farah’s double-gold at London 2012, coupled with his now legendary “Mobot” celebration, installed the Londoner as a national treasure and cemented his position as one the best British track stars of all time. Farah has joined forces with the nation’s favourite breakfast cereal to back a campaign that aims to encourage UK kids to get excited about exercise.

Children are invited to design a unique and exciting obstacle they would like to see at their own sports day, with two winners then seeing their creations come to life at an exciting day of sport at the Olympic Park this summer. With the London Marathon on the horizon, Weetabix has launched the Ultimate Sports Day campaign with the hope of encouraging children and parents across the UK to fuel future champions with Weetabix, and to inspire kids to get active by reigniting the passion for sport the nation felt during the 2012 Olympics.

Olympic gold medallist and Weetabix fan Mo Farah, commented: “I’m really looking forward to being part of the Weetabix Ultimate Sports Day campaign. As an athlete and, more importantly as a dad, I know how vital it is to inspire kids get active and a big part of that is making sure they get a nutritious start to the day.

“Being a champion isn’t just about being the best; it’s about looking after yourself and having the attitude to maintain that. It would be amazing if we ended up fuelling future champions this summer – and hopefully I’ll get some extra fuel ahead of the Marathon!”

On top of the Ultimate Sports Day, hundreds of kids across the UK are in with the chance to win a range of prizes, including sports equipment for their school and individual prizes such as top-of-the-range trainers.

Wendy French, Senior Brand Manager at Weetabix said; “It is enormously exciting to unite two national treasures in British sporting hero Mo Farah and Weetabix, the nation’s favourite breakfast cereal. Through the Ultimate Sports Day campaign, we’re keen to remind mums and teachers that a bowl of Weetabix in the morning helps children with stamina, building muscle and bone strength.”

In order to enter the Ultimate Sports Day campaign, simply pick up a pack and visit www.ultimatesportsday.co.uk, letting Weetabix know what a dream sports day obstacle would be: whether it’s a giant sack race or a one-of-a-kind relay – the more creative the concept, the better.

Two winners and their schools will be selected and invited to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Monday 14th July 2014, to take part in 2014’s most exciting day of sport under the watchful eye of Olympic legend Mo Farah and fuelled by Weetabix.

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

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Family Basics on a Budget

Family Basics on a Budget

Being Mum to 5, I am often asked how I afford it, yes that is a personal question but happy to let people know where I can cut costs. Yes my shopping bills a pretty large but the things that really tot the bill up have got to be the nappies, wipes, washing powder and endless supply of fresh fruit (a pack of clementine’s, punnet of strawberries, a couple of bananas and a large bunch of grapes equates to pudding for the kids). I mostly shop in Aldi which must save me hundreds over the year.

With my first I was a Pampers Mum, I would never thought to buy shop own as 13 years ago I think not much research was done it anything other than people suggested Pampers was the best fit for girls and huggies for boys. Mind you 13 years ago you could still by Boy and Girl Nappies (yes that was a long time ago). Now I think it is much more acceptable to buy the shop own brand and doing a lot of my own research I have found Mamia the Aldi own brand to be fantastic, with no leaks during the night, well fitting and most of all cheap at only £4.49 Now I am toilet training the 3 year old Man of the House (but that is a whole another subject!!!), he has started using the pull ups which are equally great. The Mamia is very deserving of all of their awards

Tha Mamia range also includes Sensitive Baby Wipes for a steal at 65p about a third of the price of the average cost of the leading brand. Baby toiletries including lovely smelling Baby Shampoo, which helps tame Baby Pickles wild locks.

The range of jars (yes Baby Pickle did mostly have jars as it is very convenient for our busy household) is good, not massive but then in other supermarkets there is often too much choice and it takes me forever to choose.

I have been using the Almat (check name) concentrated non bio washing liquid for a while not and it has had no bad effect on my two pickles with sensitive skin. It is only £1.99 for 21 washes too, that is less than 10p a wash, bargain!

Then there comes a trolley full of fruit, I do buy seasonally and see what the weeks offers they do a weekly Super 6, but generally apples and clementine’s are two thirds of the price of other shops, if not less. As well as the fruit and veg super 6 they do a Meat Super 6 too. Buying these seasonal specials also means that we have a bit of variety in meals too.

The only thing I can’t get in Aldi is Baby Pickles brand of formula and our local one doesn’t have toddler double trolley’s but I usually only shop with one child so not a problem for me

So go on try it out you might save a bit, but remember your bags J

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

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My 7 Top Tips for Starting a Business

My 7 Top Tips for Starting a Business

Now I have been in business a little while 3 and a half years, people have started to ask me for hints and tips. I am happy to offer advice and people the belief that they can succeed. So here’s 7 of my tips, I have kept it short as if you are thinking of starting a business you already have lots on your mind.

1. Believe in yourself

If you think you can succeed and think big, you will have more chance to be get there and even exceed expectations.

2. Be flexible

Business plans are good but in your first year or two things might not go exactly to plan, so be prepared to rethink and refocus. You will make mistakes, afterall nobody is perfect, just make sure you learn from them but don’t dwell on mistakes.

3. Be Social Savvy

When you first start out Social Media can be a minefield for many but can also be a massive resource to get your word out free or very minimal cost. Facebook is probably the easiest to understand, well I think so anyway. With clear business pages with tabs for events, photos, sign up to newsletter, things your fans have liked/commented on shows up in their friends newsfeed giving your business exposure.

Twitter is fast moving and sometimes harder to keep up with, but great all the same.

4. Write it down

Every little ideas, brainwave, dream, worry you have write it down. Then you can decide whether to action it or not. A notepad by the bed is pretty essential if you are anything like me, some of my best ideas have popped into my head as I drop off to sleep.

5. Build Networks

Sometimes working for yourself or from home can be a little bit lonely (even though there isn’t much chance of that for me as one of my pickles is never far away). So look out for local networking groups, that fit with you whether it’s with mums juggling family and business or crafters that would understand each other and are used to late nights crafting away. If you can’t find one then why not look for some other local small businesses that compliment each and meet up for a chat.

6. Remember why you started.

When I first started building a business it was hard, lots of late nights and lack of sleep, either updating my website, working out and juggling dates or just not being able to sleep because my head was buzzing with new ideas. Then wondering when I might have a regular income.  But then I remind myself why, everyones reasons are different.  My main one was that I wanted to be there for my kids, doing the school runs, enjoy the school holidays, attend assemblies/open afternoons, which I am there for so the late nights are worth it.

7. Last of all, It won’t be easy but it will be worth it.

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

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