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.’

Shortlisted mumandworking awards 2015

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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A Weekend to Remember

As some of you might have seen, Little Pickles Markets were Finalist’s in the Mumpreneur UK’s Green Business Award, which we are very proud of.

This weekend just gone saw the Mumpreneur UK 2013 Conference and Awards take place in the Holiday Inn in Birmingham, I was looking forward to going for a childfree day with Grandma Pickles. But my soppy side took over and I couldn’t bear to leave Baby Pickle with her Daddy for the whole day, yes I know she’s 5 months and nearly fully formula fed but she does need me, right?!?!?

So having had a last minute dash to the shops on Friday to find an outfit to wear, as organised as ever oops! Me, Grandma Pickle and Baby Pickle were ready for a ultra early start to travel from Wiltshire to Birmingham. The roads were pretty empty and we got to the venue with time to spare.

The day started with collection of our Goody Bag’s with some fantastic samples, including Halo’s n Horn’s, Post It, Kattoo, No. 3 London Dry Gin (by far Grandma Pickle’s favour) and much much more! Then a bit of informal networking and the good old ice-breaker, then onto the speakers and some serious tweeting. We met some lovely businesses including Jamm (look out for our product review coming very soon), The Pickle Shed plus Coconut and Chocolate.

Speakers included the very Funny and thought provoking Hazel Cushion, followed by Ben Blackman – the token man! Be sure the follow Ben on twitter for his witty tweets. Then the completely amazing Anna Kennedy, who shared her very wise words with us all ‘Give up Give in or Give it all you’ve got!’. Anna last year got awarded an OBE for her services to Special Needs Education and Autism, a true inspiration.

Then a scrummy lunch followed by speaker Miriam Staley, followed by the much anticipated Vanessa Gold and she sure wasn’t a disappointment. She treated the delegates to a little insight into the world of Ann Summers (I won’t share too much and this was a talk for the Mummy afterall!)

The day was topped off with the awards ceremony, what fantastic selection of winners. We didn’t win the Green Business Award, but would like to congratulate the very worthy winner Lorraine Smith from GTB Natural

Plus the big winner of the day was Claireabella who won the Most Inspirational Award 2013, Pickle No. 1 is loving her bags and has one firmly on top of her Christmas list.

After the awards it was time to chill and then celebrate the day with a few glasses of wine with some of the fabulous attendees.

After a pretty late night, we were looking forward to a much needed cooked breakfast in the hotel, yes we decided to stay so we could truly enjoy the wine. Picking up the Independent on Sunday, I was amazed and very proud to be greeted by my photo and a write up on page 24.


So all in all a weekend to truly remember, thanks to everyone involved it was lovely to meet you all xx

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Owner Little Pickles Markets



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Local “Mumpreneur” Reaches Finals of National Business Awards

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Local “Mumpreneur” Reaches Finals of National Business Awards

Local mum, and entrepreneur, Jessamine Hislop-Newton, has earned herself a place in the final line-up of

The Mumpreneur Awards, an annual ceremony aimed at celebrating parents throughout the

UK who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family life. The mother of 5 from

Melksham, runs Little Pickles Markets, a business organising and running baby and children’s nearly new sales, where parents can buy and sell good quality clothes and equipment.

Jessamine has been shortlisted for the Best Green Business Award, which is open to businesses that are ethical and is making a difference in the world with it’s eco-friendly products and services, or the business with the most unique way of keeping it green.

Having launched Little Pickles Markets in September 2010, the business has grown and now covers over 30 venues. 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 much need 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. Jessamine hopes to she has what it takes to walk away with the prize.

As well as being shortlisted for this category, Jessamine is also in with a chance of winning the title of The Inspirational Business Mum 2013, sponsored by The Formations Company, which will be awarded to the mum who is an inspiration to all women in business, and could walk away with a fantastic prize.

Having reached the finals of The Mumpreneur Awards, Jessamine said “I am delighted to have been recognised for my achievements in organising and running Little Pickles Markets, and I’m really excited to find out if I’ve won the award!”

Judging Jessamine’s entry will be a panel of top entrepreneurs including former Dragon and Mumpreneur Hilary Devey, but she’ll have to wait until 28th September, when the winners will be announced at The Mumpreneur Conference and Awards, being held at the Holiday Inn in Birmingham.

To find out more about Little Pickles Markets local events, please visit Jessamine’s website



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Notes to Editors

1. For more information on Little Pickles Markets, email Jessamine Hislop-Newton on owner@littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk or 07450363596

2. For more information on The Mumpreneur Conference & Awards 2013, contact Laura

Rigney on 0121 788 4126 or email laura@mumpreneuruk.com

3. Photographs available on request

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Why I work from home

I love working from home, it offers me great flexibility to be able to be with my children and do most of the school runs. Whilst supporting the children financially on my own without having to have massive childcare bills. Don’t get me wrong it is sometimes a challenge juggling, if one of the pickles are poorly or something else unexpected crops up (this happens quite often with a large family)

With more and more people starting their own businesses, they are making the choice to run businesses from home. I hear of lots of varied places within peoples home that they call office. Some have a separate room to call an actual office (I wish) within the house, some work from a converted garage or outhouse. Then home workers have purpose built offices in their garden, such as log cabin. Some just work from the sofa on a laptop or grab a spare corner of one of the rooms whether it be a the lounge, bedroom, kitchen or dining room.


My home office/ Little Pickles HQ is infact a corner in the dining room, like lots of fellow work from home mums there is no other space available. My office was is my little zone that my eldest pickles 12 years old and 7 years old created one raining Sunday afternoon as a surprise, so I am happy to live with it for now. But sometimes when I am busy my work spreads to the dining room table and leaves me dreaming of a sophisticated dining room with a complete work free beautiful dining room table. A little office with plenty of shelving and storage plus a proper desk oh and don’t forget a swivel chair (yes I am a big kid at heart)

Also a massive plus point for me working from home means I can take my breaks and load the washing machine or hang the washing out as this is a never ending task in the Pickles household.

What do you love about working from home? Please share your reason for running your own business.


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