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Portmanteau Ceramics

Brenda Wholey – Portmanteau Ceramics - Worcestershire


Portmanteau ceramic handbags, 1950s dress-style vases and French Bustiers, are all individually designed and hand-crafted. Made as "Limited editions", they are named. signed and dated accordingly. Made from white stoneware they are glazed unconventionally in colours to suit any domestic or business environment. They are decorated distinctively using a wide variety of re-cycled materials from beads to Victorian corsages. They can be used in many practical ways, most popular being a flower vase, also as desk tidies, napkin or utensil holders or simply fun, quirky "Objet's d'art", in fact whatever a discerning and imaginative owner chooses. Personal and corporate commissions have been undertaken and are warmly welcomed. As Christmas presents I also make small Handbag style brooches which make excellent stocking fillers. For more details contact Brenda on 01684 563121 or visit the website www.portmanteauceramics.co.uk

Honey PR

Louise Leadbetter – Honey PR - Shropshire


Honey is a long established virtual PR, communications and marketing agency with its HQ in Shropshire. With London roots, Honey comprises an extensive and highly organised network of experienced, highly talented, independent PR and marcomms specialists from all over the UK. Offering total flexibility for companies of all sizes, this new agency model shapes and moulds teams to suit each clients differing needs, not the agency¹s. Honey is about talented individuals working collaboratively to deliver outstanding results. Hands on, practical, creative solutions from a full service agency, without the downsides or the expense of the e-traditional agency world. For more details contact Louise on 020 7100 2330 or visit the website www.honey-pr.com.

Janet Stevens

Janet Stevens – JS Design – North Yorkshire


Janet Stevens Design (JSDesign) provides a bespoke property staging & resale consultancy service to Property Developers, House Builders and Estate Agents in the North and Midlands. Their aim is to give clients the competitive edge to make properties more desirable and ‘sellable’ than others on the market. Their service can make the difference between a property selling, and the undesirable scenario of it sitting on the market – tying up valuable capital and costing money in interest payments and missed-opportunity sales. Owner Janet Stevens uses her knowledge, skills & experience as a trained architect, professional interior designer and commercial photography stylist to ensure that her clients' properties are as attractive as possible to buyers. Janet and her team have the flexibility and flare to work on show house projects ranging from ‘off-the-peg’ styling solutions for developments with a limited budget, to the creation of bespoke designs for exclusive properties. For more details contact Janet on 01677 424076 or visit the website www.janetstevensdesign.co.uk.

Beltaine Designs

Karen Horne – Beltaine Designs – Gloucestershire


I run an interior design business from a lovely showroom in Cheltenham. My company specialises in the most beautiful hand made curtains, blinds, soft furnishings, bespoke furniture, mirrors, paints, lamps, and so on. Much of our product is of UK origin and we use local makers with fantastic, traditional skills. We provide a truly excellent service to all our clients - much love and attention is given to all aspects of our work and the showroom is an inviting and social place to be. I look forward to welcoming fellow Wire members. For more details contact Karen by email sales@beltainedesigns.co.uk or visit the website www.beltainedesigns.co.uk.


Alison O’Neill – Shacklabank Farm - Cumbria


Shacklabank free range walking offers a unique opportunity to experience life on a working farm in Cumbria and be part of this amazing landscape and not just an interested observer. Shacklabank offers a mix of invigorating walks and peaceful relaxation with guide host and farmer Alison O'Neill. All food is Organic and if not bred or grown at Shacklabank is locally sourced and seasonal, we prepare all meals in the farmhouse kitchen and our speciality is "Homemade cakes to die for". We offer a range of walks to suit all interests and abilities and have special "wildlife weeks" "Ladies Only weeks" and are happy to arrange corporate days out in the hills So come to Cumbria and get that connection back with the land, see it, touch and taste it. Walk a greener path come to Cumbria and Range free with me! For more details contact Alison on 01539 620134 or visit the website www.shacklabank.co.uk.

Rachel Montgomery

Rachael Montgomery – Art Glass 4 Architecture - Shropshire


Rachael is offering a contemporary alternative to stained glass windows. The beauty of her unique treatment of architectural glass over stained glass windows is that the glass is much more responsive to the changes in daylight. The glass panels work 24/7 and in the evening the linear illustration on the front panel has its own power. The wooden frame allows the a variety of options of displaying the piece either by suspension, bracketed over aperture or even hinged and used as shutters. This new glass would be fantastic for places of worship, hospitals and public spaces, but can be sized down and made into cubes to offer as gifts to place on a sunny window sill or as a light box illuminating a dim corner. It is well documented that coloured light can have an uplifted effect on your well being. For more details log onto www.artglass4architecture.co.uk.

Sophie Hewitt

Sophie Hewitt – Sophie Hewitt PR - Warwickshire


Sophie Hewitt is a Warwickshire based freelance PR and communications consultant with over 14 years senior level experience working with clients ranging from new start-ups to well known, national brands. Skilled in combining market understanding, creating thinking and strategic targeting to deliver results that make a real difference, Sophie can create and implement PR campaigns to suit any size and type of business and budget. Services include: PR campaign creation and implementation, Consumer and business to business media relations, Press show and event management, Brochure, customer magazine, website and newsletter copywriting, Photoshoot management, internal communications and Crisis and issues management. For more details contact Sophie Hewitt on 07712 557849/01789 293810 or email info@sophiehewittpr.com for advice about how PR can help your business.

Country side Connection

Heléne Leichter-Saxby - Countryside Connection - Hampshire


Our unique website is based upon my 26 years of experience working closely with other businesses in the British and American Countryside. We proudly cater exclusively to countryside businesses possessing the desire to grow and prosper. Extensive personal knowledge and experience in cooperative networking benefits all members. Monthly members' newsletter provides networking ideas and opportunities for you to promote your business with other members. Local, regional, national and international networking opportunities! In addition to your listings on our site, you are encouraged to submit Recipes and other information that will increase your business profile with visitors to our site as well as other members. Join our growing membership today ~ Special Introductory Price for new members. For more details contact Heléne Leichter-Saxby by emailing: enquiries@countrysideconnection.com or visit the website.

Alexandra Interiors

Sandra O’Meara Page – Alexandra Interiors – Hull


Do you need a helping hand to guide you with interior design ideas? Let us provide the inspiration and the solutions. We offer a comprehensive and unique service tailored to your individual requirements and focusing on creativity quality and attentiveness. We have a wide selection of fabrics and wallpaper from all the top design companies. Great care is taken not only at the design stage but throughout the making and installation. So if your looking for something contemporary or classical Alexandra interiors have the perfect solution. For more details contact Sandra on 01482 654316 or visit the website www.alexandra-interiors.co.uk.

Nevada Design

Fiona Nevada – Nevada Design - Herefordshire


My name is Fiona Nevada and my company is Nevadadesign.co.uk. It’s a branding and creative communication (basically a graphic design) company that I run from my home office in Ledbury, Herefordshire. I aim to help businesses that are unhappy with their current company image or company literature. They may be concerned that their current image isn't really expressing what and who they are (or would like to be seen as) or they can't be differentiated from others in their field. Perhaps their company literature is out of date and isn't telling their customer about all the products and services they now offer or they are launching a new product or service and need new literature to reflect this. I can help from the initial concept of a design through to the delivery of printed materials, exhibition graphics, signs or livery. Read some testimonials of satisfied customers at my website www.nevadadesign.co.uk.


Diane Rothwell – Yesx Lingerie – East Yorkshire


Yesx Lingerie was launched in October 2007 to provide a collection of beautiful lingerie covering a ranges of cup sizes from A-K. The website is themed to appeal to a cross section of lingerie occasions with little rooms you can enter. So whatever the lingerie occasion, be it everyday wear, pretty pants, something a little more romantic, seductive or even for a special wedding, we hope that you will find something that is both unusual and beautiful. We are continually updating the ranges and even have a gift room with some unique products. For a mail order catalogue please telephone: 0845 094 6601 or visit our website www.yesxlingerie.co.uk

Lifestyle Assistants

Lifestyle Assistants - Louise Barnett - Staffordshire


Christmas is coming along fast and can you honestly say that you're in complete control of preparations? Gifts, events, food, drinks, children's parties, personal Christmas cards. The list is endless. Have you remembered to send out Christmas cards to all your current and future clients and contacts? It's not too late to get some help! At Lifestyle Assistants we take the hard work out of your life, so that you can sit back, relax and feel totally in control. Whether it's booking your opticians appointment, putting together powerpoint presentations or sending out Christmas cards to your clients, no task is too large, small, challenging or unusual for us! You don't even have to be a member or commit to large amounts of hours - just simply pay as you go! For more information about the many ways in which we can help you get your life back, take a look at our website at www.lifestyleassistants.co.uk.

Garden Divas

Garden Divas Ltd – Gilly Brown – Hertfordshire


I launched my website www.gardendivas.co.uk in the summer of this year selling tools, accessories and aromatherapy products all based around a garden theme, with the emphasis on colour and fun! If you are looking for something rustic or shabby chic then perhaps this site is not for you, but if, like me, you are attracted by colour and style then please take a look. I hope it will appeal to women gardeners everywhere whether they have a window box or a large plot – gardening is a great pastime, exercise and therapy all rolled into one! (And don’t forget there are lovely aromatherapy products to clean up with and sooth away those aches and pains after a day in the garden!) For more details email Gilly at gardendivas@aol.com or visit the website www.gardendivas.co.uk.

St Cuthberts

St Cuthberts House – Rachel Denton - Lincolnshire


St Cuthbert’s House is the name given to a small calligraphy workshop and hermitage set on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. St Cuthbert’s House offers a unique stationery service - designing & producing fine hand-finished greeting cards from beautiful & original hand-scribed texts - combining the skills of beautiful writing with modern printing techniques to produce exclusive, luxury stationery and greeting cards. It’s not too late to order Christmas cards! Original hand scribed calligraphic designs individually printed & hand finished on luxury quality board & envelopes. For more details log onto www.stcuthbertshouse.co.uk.

Black and White

Black & White Conference and Events – Cheryl Davies - Shropshire


Black & White Conference and Events offer a completely complimentary venue finding service and using specifically designed software we can search our growing database of over 20,000 venues at the click of a button to provide you with a detailed shortlist to match your requirements. Once a venue has been selected we will then confirm the venue on your behalf and co-ordinate the booking as required, again completely free of charge. We currently work with a number of corporate clients who find this service saves them considerable time and resources and who benefit greatly from the discounted rates that we are often able to negotiate using the combined buying power of our existing client base. This service is offered free of charge as we receive a small commission for events and bookings placed at the venues listed in our database. For further information on our venue finding or event management service or to discuss an event you need to place, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01746 787390 or visit the website www.bwce.co.uk/venue_finding.

Eckington Manor

Eckington Manor Cookery School – Jane Harbour – Worcestershire


Located on a working farm just outside the market town of Pershore, we offer half day cookery demonstration days, 1 and 2 day practical courses as well as 1 – 4 day Aga courses. The wide variety of themed courses offer fun and variety from Easy Entertaining and Exclusively Men to Bread & Baking and Great British Classics, providing a hands on opportunity for guest students to learn new skills and recipes and also create delicious dishes whilst picking up some expert tips. Courses are held in the state of the art spacious open plan classroom which has 10 individual mini kitchens including modern range cookers and Agas, the small groups ensure maximum attention is always available. The luxury accommodation for the school is located in an historic farmhouse just across the courtyard which has recently been carefully restored and beautifully decorated with 5 bedrooms with en-suite Fired Earth bathrooms. Rooms can be booked on a bed and breakfast basis for non cookery school guests. For more details contact Lucy Biltcliffe on 01386 751600 or email mail@eckingtonmanor.co.uk.


Three60 Marketing – Tracey Baty – East Yorkshire


three60 marketing is based at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds and applies clear and complete 360ÿ thinking to all of your marketing and PR challenges.
We help rural businesses of all sizes to grow by providing imaginative, flexible and cost effective marketing and PR solutions at a time and a price to suit you. Many of three60’s clients are WiRE members and our creative approach to PR consistently generates above average return on clients’ investment and has resulted in much TV, radio, newspaper and magazine coverage. Our press and radio exposure for the WiRE East Yorkshire network group meet! ensures a stream of new members every month. Whether you’re a new business and need to develop a corporate identity or attract media attention, or an existing business in need of strategic or practical marketing advice to get 2008 off to a great start, three60 marketing will guide you every step of the way. Please visit our new website (thanks to fellow WiRE member Katrina Thompson from katproductions ltd.) www.three60marketing.co.uk.

Moorland Mobility

Moorland Mobility – Terry Connop - Staffordshire


I am opening a larger showroom/workshop so that my customers can try before they buy. On display will be a good variety of Scooters New and Second-hand but added to the look will be Rise & Recline chairs and a Profile Bed that also aids comfort whether watching television, reading a good book or settling down for a good nights sleep. Also on display will be lightweight wheelchairs, walking sticks, Stairlift. So we will be in ready for any Christmas shopping either as a present or to aid with the Christmas rush by scooter or to help relax with our Rise & Recline chair. If any body has a problem with getting to see us, within a 15mile radius we will pick you up. Please ring 01538 722377 or email enquiries@moorlandmobility.co.uk for further information.

Research and Typing

Research and Typing – Dr Joy Rooney - Worcestershire


Dr Joy M Rooney is a researcher undertaking Internet research, desk based research and telephone research to provide you with market research, competitor analysis and customer searches. She also does editorial work, business administration and secretarial services – in fact any business function to save you the time of doing it yourself. Based in the West Midlands she is willing to travel and can also be contact on 01299 877275. Recommendations are present on the website www.researchandtyping.co.uk.

Relax Kids

Sue Mottershead – Relax Kids - Shropshire


RELAX KIDS is a revolutionary way of teaching relaxation to children using a range of books, CD's and self esteem cards as well as amazing relaxation classes. Teaching your child to relax will help him/her to develop concentration, confidence as well as creativity. It’s great for helping children to let go of fears and anxieties and can help improve emotional and behavioural problems. Relax Kids can help develop your child’s self-esteem promote positive thinking, as well as improve sleeping problems. For more in-depth information please go to www.relaxkids.com


W3 Webdesigns – Leeann Smith – Carmarthenshire


The main reason people choose to work with W3 Webdesigns is twofold. One we are affordable, whether you are a start up business or an established larger company everybody needs to get the most from their budget. Two, our excellent customer service means we can communicate with you at your level and look after you, before during and after working on your website. As well as the technical expertise, we have the communication skills to help you get the most out of a website for your business. For example, a 5 page website for only £199, we also have e-commerce solutions and other services available. For more details contact Leeann on 01994 241454 or visit the website www.w3designs.co.uk.

Ann Skidmore

Ann Skidmore Associates – Ann Skidmore – West Midlands


Ann Skidmore is a Style and Image Consultant based in Lichfield and can give her clients a full make over and make them look and feel terrific without the need of any surgery or botox! By wearing the right colours and style of outfit you can look and feel 10 years (or more) younger. Contact Ann on 01543-416242 or 07764-842131 and treat yourself to a new you or treat a friend for a new them! Or you can purchase gift vouchers for birthday, anniversary, Mother's Day or Christmas gifts for the loved ones in your life.

Words Mean Business

Words Mean Business - Helen Minter - Lincolnshire


Accounts are no business’s favourite activity. and accounting programs are often cumbersome and complicated. We have discovered Cashplus, and our number crunching for the tax man has suddenly become painless. Initially designed for agricultural businesses it works wonders for others too– any with little stock and lots of cash dealings: we use it for our marketing company, and have found that it has halved our accounting costs, as all our figures are proved to balance before we submit our accounts. Easy-to-use, clear and logical, it needs no specialist training. It is based on straightforward cash books, with full bank reconciliation and automatic VAT reports. It shows exactly what you are spending where, and how all the different parts of your business are performing. Summaries, forecasts and reports, designed for A4 pages, can be produced as you require them. CashPlus is a fundamental tool for small developing rural businesses. CashPlus runs on any PC with Windows Vista, XP or 2000 and a business can transfer at any time. CashPlus costs from as little as £295 for the smaller business, £495 for larger ones. Or you can choose to rent it for a year, with no initial outlay. Software maintenance, including telephone support and updates, is £95 a year. For information, please contact Knight Tustian on 01892 823866 or e-mail office@knight-tustian.co.uk

La Vielle Distillerie

La Vieille Distillerie Bed & Breakfast – Veronica Van Kimmenade - France


Escape the stressful cooking, shopping, crowds and traffic jams. Come and spend Christmas or New Year in our lovely nineteenth century Maison de Maitre near Cognac in the South Charente, France. Spacious en suite bedrooms, centrally heated. We offer a relaxing break with log fires, good food – just you and us and few choice bottles of wine. Call for prices 0033 545 78 59 73 or visit web site www.lavieilledistillerie.com

CreAD Media

CreAD Media Ltd– Karon Roberts - Suffolk


The New Online Free Multimedia Magazine www.WDI-Fusion.co.uk. has a mission - To Promote New Creative Talent. To do this it has taken the unusual step of developing an online community that is promoting British video producers, writers, designers, small local producers and artists.
Karon Roberts the Creative Director said recently "Contributors to the multimedia magazine can use whatever medium they feel most comfortable working in, from video, sound recordings, animations to written text. Articles will range from cookery, gardening and flower arranging through to politics, business and travel with sport and the arts in between. The choice is yours." She went on to explain "This is a great way to develop a new career as a web video producer, writer, or journalist, or to broaden the horizons of those that are already up and running. It can also help raise your profile if you are an artist or designer"


Abreakaway – Jan Wright – Staffordshire


Abreakaway was established by Jan after very many years of booking highly successful holidays for family and friends direct with proprietors and small ABTA/ATOL bonded holiday companies. From years of experience travelling independently at peak times and with a growing list of contacts made, I am convinced I offer a superior choice of alternatives with a more personal approach to finding holiday solutions, than using the large impersonal travel agents and tour operators - for instance did you know TUI a world wide multinational, owns amongst others; Thomson Holidays, Thomson Travel Agents, Crystal Holidays, Jetsave, Portland Direct Holidays, Skytours and Pegusus. TUI also owns resort hotels including the Riu Chain, cruise ships, container ships, has timeshare interests and operates airlines. Jan has found that customers appreciate a personal and comprehensive research service from a dedicated consultant who will spend time ensuring every detail is attended to and achieve more for their budget. For more details contact Jan on 01785 780494 or visit the website www.abreakaway.biz.


Beeline Graphic Design Service– Jeannie Brown – Herefordshire


Beeline Graphic Design Service offers a graphic design service at a sensible down to earth cost. Includes corporate ID, advertising campaigns, leaflets, brochures, packaging, letterhead, business card and website design. People in businesses often need help with the promotion of their product or service but are not in the position of ‘shelling’ out huge sums of their budget on expensive design agencies. Beeline Graphic Design is specifically aimed at the smaller business and is able to offer a highly creative, professional service. For further information contact Jeannie Brown on: 01886 812521 or email: neasom_brown@btopenworld.com.

Connect Marketing

Connect Marketing UK - Lauren Shearer – York


When it comes to having the right message, in the right place, at the right time sometimes all you need is an extra pair of experienced hands; this has been the case for many of Connect Marketing UK’s clients. The flexible service that CMUK offers allows you to tailor their experience to your unique needs. From marketing consultancy, telesales, PR & e-marketing, to web design & re-branding CMUK can provide the assistance you need to make 2008 the year that your business really took off. Call 0870 895 8501 or email info@connectmarketinguk.com.

Software Matters

Software Matters - Philippa Turnbull - Dorset


Do you want to increase your profit and become more efficient, save money and decrease stress? We have been operating for 13 years and are based in Gillingham, Dorset. We are a small friendly team who specialise in creating tailor-made computer solutions for businesses.
The team is led by Philippa Turnbull, who started the business herself in 1994. Our team of developers will create a bespoke database system that can help you with your customers, prospects, mailings, manage enquiries, quotes, orders, projects, deadlines, cases, stock control, ISO compliance, personnel records, anything and everything else. Our systems will help ensure that everything you do is right first time, eliminating errors and waste. and at a price that is guaranteed to pay for itself. (Yes, that’s actually guaranteed.) For more information contact us at any time by: Phone - 01747 822616 or Email - plt@software-matters.co.uk

Allo tours

Safe, Indulging and exciting experience with Allo Travel


Allo Travel specialises in creating a wide range of holidays and short breaks to destinations across Central and Eastern Europe.

We have got the knowledge of areas, languages and culture, and we personally check the standards of hotels and services. Our approach is completely individualised and we are passionate about what we do and go that extra mile to ensure our clients have the holiday of a lifetime at the best price possible.

Whether it’s sun, sightseeing, skiing, wine tasting or pampering in luxurious spas, we have all the very best contacts.

But that’s not all. As a member of TTA, we can offer you tailor made packages all over the world as well as total financial protection to the consumer in all bookings.

So welcome to ALLO Travel and visit us on www.allotours.co.uk


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