We are on the Shortlist for mumandworking awards 2015

The shortlisted candidates for the prestigious mumandworking 2015 Awards as supported by babyworld.co.uk have just been announced – and Little Pickles Markets are on the list, yay! Jessamine our owner has been shortlisted in ‘The Most Inspiring Business Parent 2015’ category sponsored by Amanda’s Action Club

mumandworking.co.uk is one of the UK’s leading flexible working websites offering a wealth of employment opportunities, advice and information.

This exciting awards programme celebrates the champions of flexible working – showcasing those businesses, associations and individuals (mums and dads!) demonstrating how a fulfilling career can be balanced with modern-day family life – enjoying parenting and working together.

The awards will be held at RBS, 280 Bishopsgate on September 22 2015 and are judged both by public vote and by an impressive panel of judges – leading business women and mums who understand all too well the challenges and the rewards of juggling work and being there for your family. VIP speakers and judges also include Annabel Karmel MBE, Jacqueline Gold and Caprice Bourret.

Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Founder and Owner, Little Pickles Markets commented

‘It’s lovely to have been named in the shortlist and gain recognition for building a business whilst raising a young family and dealing with some serious ups and downs in my personal life along the way.’

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Nick Howe, Regional Enterprise Manager, NatWest Business Banking commented

‘At NatWest we are committed to supporting the UK’s female entrepreneurs. Across the RBS group, we have a team of 200 Women in Business specialists throughout the UK, who understand the market in your area. Whether you run a business today, or are planning a new business, they understand the challenges and can help you find solutions.

NatWest are delighted to be supporting the 2015 mumandworking awards and look forward to hosting the VIP awards ceremony and meeting all the finalists and winners!’ 

Award’s Event Director, Suzanne Borrell added

‘All those through to the shortlist should be very proud, the entries this year were of exceptionally high standard and I don’t envy our fabulous judging panel in their task ahead. The importance and benefits to all of flexible, family-friendly working opportunities are now being recognised at the highest levels and we are really excited to be live in the business heart of the City on September 22 to announce our winners. Thank you to NatWest for all their support’

Finalists will be announced online at www.mumandworking.co.uk by August 20th and these exceptional candidates will then be invited to attend the live awards as hosted by NatWest followed by a sparkling celebratory reception with The Mumpreneurs Networking Club.

 

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My First MAD Blog Awards

I was lucky enough to win a last minute ticket to the MAD Blog Awards Dinner last Friday, so I jumped at the chance of going to meet and celebrate the success of some of the countries best Mummy and Daddy bloggers.

Even though it was all a bit of a rush to collect the pickles from school, drop them with Grandma and shoot along the M4 into London, I knew it would be worth it.

Once I arrived and managed to park the pickles bus in the worlds tightest car park, I heading into the drinks reception feeling pretty nervous being a newbie, but the buzz was infectious as soon as I entered the room, I got chatting and felt at ease even though I didn’t really know anyone.

After drinks and chatter, we headed to our seats for a very scrummy dinner, then it was onto the important stuff The Awards.

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This year for the second year running the awards was hosted by the very beautiful and charming Dr Ranj from Cbeebies and This Morning. He certainly did not disappoint with his witty humour and genuine excitement for the finalists.

There was lots of giggles and plenty of wine consumed (not by me unfortunately as I was driving, maybe next year!). As well as laughter there was many tears too, as some very inspirational bloggers that won awards shared their personal stories of ups and downs.

The evening was fantastic and definitely worth the travel, over the last few days I have been checking out lots of the great blogs that were finalists and now have plenty of bedtime reading.

So I would like to congratulate all of the winners especially The Future’s Rosie who won MAD Blog of the Year, well done everyone xx

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

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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

Facebook www.facebook.com/littlepicklesmarkets1

Twitter www.twitter.com/mrsmummypickle

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Instagram @mrsmummypickle

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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

Facebook www.facebook.com/littlepicklesmarkets1

Twitter www.twitter.com/mrsmummypickle and www.twitter.com/littlepicklesmk

Instagram @mrsmummypickle

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A Beautiful Keepsake

Back in the Summer when I celebrated my 30th birthday, my family were looking for a long lasting keepsake present to mark the milestone, so Fingerprint Jewelery it was!
Karen from Tiny Toes Mementoes came on my actual birthday to take imprints of my 5 little pickles fingers in silver.
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Tiny Toes Mementoes provided a personal service and source the exact bracelet I had in mind (yes I am always a difficult customer!) Once the imprints had been taken, it was finished and polished ready to be delivered in a lovely presentation box, a few weeks later. I love my gorgeous bracelet and it means I get to keep my most precious ones close to my heart whenever I’m not with them.
You can find Tiny Toes Mementoes at some of our forthcoming Wiltshire Markets
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This is Karen’s Story
 
Hi I’m Karen mum of 3 little ones, 2 four legged ones & one hubby!  I started Tiny Toes Mementoes whilst on maternity leave with Archie (my youngest) I’ve been making jewellery for years as a hobby selling my wares to friends & at work as well as making a few commissions now & again. 
 
I love working with silver & seeing my youngest grow up the quickest I wanted to capture toughs tiny toes & fingers so I could remember that yes they were once that small!!  Everything I make is bespoke for the person I’m making it for, so items & designs can be mixed & matched to suit you, everything is handmade by me so bangles, bracelets & necklaces can be as bespoke as your charms, making everything as unique as the print upon it. 
 
Having studied graphic design & producing all our wedding stationary I’ve started introducing a range of Other Mementos to capture loved ones prints, from Birth Announcements to Finger Print Trees; I can use prints you already have & remember you’re never too old to have your print turned into a memento.  Pop on over & like my facebook page x
Blog written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton
Owner, Little Pickles Markets
Twitter: @mrsmummypickle

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