April 2009

The dynamic UK networking and business club for rural women in business - WiRE, Women in Rural Enterprise

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WiRE News and Opportunities

WiRE are pleased to announce the following events:

BOOK NOW- Thrive and Grow Annual WiRE Conference– 23rd April 2009
Thrive and Grow 2009 - Book now at www.wireuk.org. The WiRE Conference this year is all about Growing - Growing businesses, Growing the rural economy, Growing rural leaders and Growing great ideas! There is no room for doom and gloom on the 23rd April at Harper Adams University College, Shropshire. The day is set to be very enjoyable and a learning experience, providing opportunities to meet other rural business women, be motivated by inspirational speakers including Kavita Oberoi - who appeared on The Secret Millionaire - get ready to grow with a thought provoking seminar, speak to business experts, choose from 6 informative workshops, book a one to one business clinic with an advisor and make vital connections to help you and your business develop. The cost is only £50 for members including all the seminars, workshops, lunch and an entry in the "Who's who" Conference guide. Places are strictly limited this year (due to building works at our usual venue not the economic climate). To avoid disappointment please book early as we do expect to sell out! The easiest way to book is online at www.wireuk.org but if you prefer you can phone us on 01952 815338 - In either case you need to know which workshops you want to attend. Visit our blog for more information www.wireconference2009.blogspot.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

Show Time - A fantastic opportunity to exhibit under the WiRE umbrella.
Stafford Show - 27th/28th May 2009 - 2 days - £115 + £20 for electricity if required.
Newport Show - 18th July 2009 - 1 day - £65 +£20 for electricity if required.
Burwarton Show - 6th August 2009 - 1 day - £95 + £20 for electricity if required.
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so contact us quickly as we are expecting a high demand. For further information email emma@wireuk.org

WiRE’s own Membership Manager has completed the Paris Marathon 2009!
Heather Hogan and three mad friends took part in the Paris Marathon on the 5th April 2009 to raise money for the fantastic charity Get Kids Going! In a temperature of 22 degrees they all completed the scenic 26.2 mile course taking in the famous landmarks of Paris! Unfortunately they do not yet know their official times as there were problems on the day with the main clock! Heather thinks her time was approx 4 hours 12 minutes which is brilliant!
You can still support them by visiting
www.justgiving.com/heathergrahamjobea or email heather@wireuk.org for more information.


WiRE's Facebook Page
Over 220 of you have already joined the WiRE Facebook page to gain access to up to date information, photos, reviews, event information, discussion boards and much more. Want to join WiRE on Facebook and become a keen online networker? Join WiRE at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8561171654. and let your friends know!

Opening Doors Workshops – Free to New Businesses in the West Midlands
Opening doors (part of WiRE) are holding a range of workshops available to any new businesses or any women looking to set up in business in the West Midlands. The schedule of workshops available at the moment are:

  • Display Techniques -Tuesday 21st April -: Evans Easy Space, Rural Enterprise Centre, Stafford Drive, Battlefield Enterprise Park, Shrewsbury, SY1 3FE 10-2.30pm
  • Opening Doors Business Start Up training Course : Tuesday 21st & 28th April & Tuesday 5th & 12th May at Hampton Lovatt Parish Rooms, The Forest, Hampton Lovatt, Droitwich, WR9 0LU from 9.30 am-2.30 pm
  • Understanding websites & New Business Technology - Wednesday 22nd April -: Owestry Library, Arthers Street, Oswestry, SY11 1JN 10-2.30pm
  • Display Techniques - Wednesday 29th April - :YFC Centre, Western rd, Stafford County Show Ground, ST18 0BD 10-2.30pm
  • Understanding websites & New Business Technology -Thursday 7th May -: YFC Centre, Western Rd, Stafford County Show Ground, ST18 0BD 10-2.30pm
  • Understanding websites & New Business Technology Thursday 14th May : Evans Easy Space, Vincent Cary Rd, Rotherwas Industrial Estate, Hererford, HR2 6FE 10-2.30pm

One-to-one business mentoring is always available across the west midlands. Business Advisors are available to talk to you regarding starting your business or to advise you on running it in the initial stages. To book onto any of these workshops or to book a mentoring slot then just call Emma on 01952 815451.

Great HSBC Offer for all members
As a WiRE member HSBC is pleased to offer you preferential rates for your electronic card processing. Debit and credit card processing could be right for you if you accept debit and credit card payments from customers and if you want competitive, fair pricing. Benefits include no set up fee (normally £150) and terminal rental from £18 + VAT for each static terminal per month (special rates for mobile and portable terminals, available on request) and a minimum monthly service charge of £15 per month. For more details call the HSBC team on 0800 731 8921 stating you are a WiRE member or visit the website www.hsbc.co.uk/business



WiRE Keeping you up to date

Government Helps Businesses Go Green

A new Government body is being created to help businesses become more energy efficient and green. Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which helps businesses and local authorities reduce waste and recycle more, will now take responsibility for a number of existing government organisations. The single unit will be used to make it easier for companies to find out information on how to go green. The new Government body coincides with the launch of a new scheme from the UK Trade and Investment Department for the UK to promote low carbon emissions abroad.  For more information visit the website http://www.wrap.org.uk.

Business link

21 ways to Stay Positive in your Business
Bytestart.co.uk, the online small business portal have this week published an article on 21 ways to stay positive in your business. It is well worth a read to help keep you motivated and on the path to success. The article can be viewed at http://www.bytestart.co.uk/content/24/24_6/21-positive-thoughts.shtml


WiRE Member News and Events

Kinder Pocock Wins The Best Of Hereford’s Local Business Award ‘Best Business Provider’
Kinder Pocock Chartered Certified Accountants, owned by WiRE Member Sharon Pocock FCCA has won the latest of the local business awards organised by ‘The Best of Hereford’. Kinder Pocock, which offers a comprehensive accountancy service in the Herefordshire area, won the ‘Best Business Provider’ title, as voted for by its clients and local people. Sharon established Kinder Pocock in 2005 to provide logical, pro-active and professional accountancy solutions for the small local business, individually tailoring services to meet the needs and budget of the client. Champions of the best local businesses in town, The Best of Hereford launched the awards scheme in November 2008. The awards are a great opportunity for local businesses to increase their company profile and exposure in and around the area.
For more information please visit www.kinderpocock.co.uk or call Sharon Pocock on 01432 273400.

WiRE Members Maire-Claire Carlyle and Jules Wyman need your votes!
WiRE Members, Marie-Claire Carlyle of The Miracle Coach and Jules Wyman of Positive Belief are in the 58 remaining contestants in Britain’s Next Top Coach. This is an exciting online competition that is decided entirely by a public vote and the site itself is full of FREE useful coaching tips! Votes need to be placed by 9th April to qualify for the semi-final!
Vote for Marie-Claire http://www.britainsnexttopcoach.tv/contestants/Marie-Claire-Carlyle  Vote for Jules http://www.britainsnexttopcoach.tv/contestants/jules-wyman/my-coaching-tip

Heather Gorringe encourages WiRE Members to enter The UK Dell Competition
The UK Dell competition which WiRE member Heather Gorringe of Wiggly Wigglers won last year is open for entrants. Wiggly Wigglers won £25k worth of computer equipment, one trip to Berlin, one trip to NYC and have ended up being invited to Washington, Miami and 
Korea !! They met Michael Dell, had 10 yrs free membership to their local Chamber and have lifetime membership to the ICSB. The business was featured in the FT, the Mirror, the Hereford Times and on BusinessZone.co.uk to name but a few. It is an award WELL worth winning. Other Wire members could win, but they need to enter within the next  couple of weeks. Enter online now at http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx//bizportal/sbaward/en/uk/index_new?c=uk&cs=ukbsdt1&l=en&s=bsd&redirect=1


Host a Party with Betsy’s Boutique – West Midlands
Betsy's Boutique is owned by WiRE member Michaela Kempson and the shop has been trading online for approximately 10 months now. The boutique offers Fast Free Delivery right to your door on all Handbags, fashion and jewellery all to compliment your look . The website is www.betsysboutique.co.uk . Michaela has recently stated running Betsy’s Boutique parties in customers homes, which offer the Host Fantastic incentives and provide the guests the opportunities to see the latest party lines. All travel Distances within the West Midlands will be considered so if you fancy a girls night in and you want a treat without spending a fortune give Michaela a call on 07929 925 736 or e-mail info@betsyboutique.co.uk

‘Coup’ for ZooBooKoo
Karen is delighted that Fact Wrap Ltd has chosen ZooBooKoo based in Suffolk to distribute the new Maths Wrap products.  ‘It’s a great product!  Teachers and parents alike agree that it helps children improve their times tables.’  The product complements the fun educational books, toys, gifts and games manufactured and distributed by www.zoobookoo.com as the company continues to go from strength to strength.

Assington Mill Short Courses- Suffolk
Assington Mill has a range of short courses for WiRE Members to enjoy in April. The short courses available in Suffolk for April are:  Open Your Heart & Sing (for those who have always wanted to but have not found the opportunity), Garden Structures in Willow (learn how to make your own decorations, path edgings etc.) and a fabulous and unusual course on Coracle Making.  A coracle is a very ancient form of boat, portable and great fun and you can go away with your own at the end of this three-day course. For more information on the courses or to book your place please call Anne Holden now on 01787 229955, email info@assingtonmill.com.

Car Boot and Collectors Fair for Charity – 19th April - Shropshire
Jane Bebbington of Dearnfood Lake is holding a car boot sale and collectors fair in support of Breast Cancer Research on Sunday 19th April at Dearnfood Lake, Whitchurch. The postcode of the location is SY13 3JQ (alongside A41/A49/A525). So come along to cash in your collectables, spring clean your attics, recycle unwanted items and hunt down a bargain! Stallholders can set up between 7.30-8.30 am and the gates open to the public at 9am. To hold a car boot the costs are £8 per car, £10 per van/trailers and large vans/trailers are £12. Public admission  and parking is free and there are refreshments on site. No dogs please. For more information call Jane on 01948 or email jane@dearnford.com.

High Style May Fair in Malvern -The Abbey Hotel, Friday 1st May
Attend the May fair at The Abbey Hotel, Malvern to see a range of summery clothes at bargain prices.  Catch cast members of Malvern Theatre star production featuring Lisa Riley, Abi Titmuss, and Colwall Choir. The day will be supporting Great Western Air Ambulance and Mercia Inshore search and rescue. These vital services work in Avon, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, North Somerset, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.   The event opens at 10am and entrance is £5 including coffee.   Book in advance and save. Buy three or more tickets for  £4 each from 'Charlotte Carver Charity Fairs', Mayday Box Office, Bidders Croft, Welland, WR13 6LN. Donations greatly welcomed.  For more information on the event please contact Charlotte on 01684 592179 or charlotte@bidderscroft.com

Moor threads exhibition of art- 2nd April to 3rd May - Shropshire
More Threads present 'Moor Tales' an inspiring exhibition of 2D and 3D textile art work, of stories stitched through fabric and thread. Opening times Tues & Wed 10.00 ~ 9.00 Thurs to Mon 10.00 ~ 5.30. The exhibition will run from Thursday 2nd April until Sunday 3rd May 2009. It will be held at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, School Road, Craven Arms, Shropshire. SY7 9RS. For further details please contact Bobby Britnell 01547 510664/ bobby@bobbybritnell.co.uk or Sue Daborn 01568 780220/ sue.daborn@btinternet.com.

Creative Women showcase comes to the Artrix Theatre Bromsgrove  - 7th May 2009    
Donnah Morgan & Sue Thompson both WiRE members have been friends for many years and now together use their diverse talents in personal and individual development along with promotional and inspirational achievements to bring you ‘The Creative Women’ showcase promoting amazing women achieving their ambitions and giving the public an insight into the many fantastic businesses, displaying wonderful products and services from Worcestershire and surrounding areas whilst supporting a local charity. The event will be held on Thursday 7th May from 7pm. Tickets £5, cons £4 available from the box office 01527 577330.  Limited spaces available so don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your business book your place now for details contact Donnah Morgan : ‘abfablife’ please email donnah@globalnet.co.uk or visit the website www.abfablife.co.uk .

Wednesday Club Fashion Show – 13th May 2009 - Worcestershire
On 13th May Wednesday Club are teaming up with 2nd Skin Lingerie and are holding a Lingerie and Swimwear Fashion Show at the Worcestershire County Cricket Club in New Road. “Batting” starts at 5pm with welcome drinks and networking followed by a buffet supper and fashion show at 6.15pm.  2nd Skin Lingerie have recently started a new campaign to get women helping other women. Karen Tomalin from 2nd Skin Lingerie said “we are asking women who attend the networking event in May to bring along their old bra's, so we can donate them to local women's charities, to help those a little less fortunate. In return 2nd Skin Lingerie will give £5 off their next purchase”. So don’t burn your bra – recycle it! If you are interested in attending this not to be missed networking event please log onto the Wednesday Club website www.wednesdayclub.org.uk for details and a booking form.

Wednesday Club

What HR Consultants can do for your business - 14th May 2009 – Richmond
Come along to The Station in Richmond on the 14th May to learn what HR consultants can do for your business and how document storage can relieve the hassles around storing certain documents for years. Kirsten Riddell from HR Wizard Ltd will be speaking about what HR consultants do and how they can benefit your business. Hazel Oliver will also be speaking about their document storage facility and how it can help you. The event runs from 9am- 1pm with lunch. All WiRE members are welcome to the event, whether they have attended a meeting before or not, new members are always welcome. See the WiRE North Yorkshire page on the website for more details and booking or contact Katy Wilson or Ros Turner on info@wirenorthyorkshire.co.uk

Ladies Evening for Little Ness – 19th May - Shropshire
Little Ness Village Hall is holding a Ladies Evening on May 19th to raise funds for the Village Hall. I wondered it any ladies would like to have a stall.  We are looking for a wide range of goods and services so there is some thing to interest every one, and encourage more ladies to attend. Stalls are free but we would appreciate a small prize for the raffle. The admission for the ladies is £5.00 to include a glass of wine. Contact Jan on 01939261046 or email janetwakefield@btinternet.com for further details.

Search Engine Optimisation for Beginners – 20th  May 2009- Shropshire
In one day on this Search Engine Optimisation course, beginners will learn to find the right keywords to target, optimise the copy on your website, develop effective internal linking strategies, grow the number of external links pointing to your website, measure the results of your work and develop your strategy further. The course will be held at the Telford Campus of the University of Wolverhampton. For full details and to book go to http://www.ascendancyinternetmarketing.co.uk/seocourse.asp or call 01952 288314

Exhibitors Wanted for Bolton Abbey Craft Fair – 7th June 2009 – North Yorkshire
In the prestigious Bolton Abbey Village Hall, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire on Sunday June 7th 2009 (subject to confirmation) from 10am - 4.30pm. This wonderfully refurbished venue is in the heart of the bustling Bolton Abbey village frequented by tourists and day-trippers. We will provide standard (modern) trestle tables at £18.00 each. Limited places available. For further details please contact Annette della-Porta: 07933 317752 or email:   am.robinson@tiscali.co.uk

"On an Island" The Studio 61 Summer Open Event – 3rd July to 30th August 2009
“On an Island’, an exhibition of contemporary art with be held at Studio 61, Nr Matlock Derbyshire. The exhibition will be by painters and artists in all mediums whose work is inspired by places, people, flora or fauna of the British Isles. The event will run from
3 July to 30 August 2009.  STUDIO61 GALLERY BOUTIQUE   Main Road, Lea Nr Matlock DE4 5GJ    Open Thur-Sun 12-4.30. For more information please call 01629 534532, email  karinagoodman@btinternet.com or visit the website www.karinagoodman.com  for more details.  

Dream PA

Craft Event at Fillongley, Coventry –  9th August 2009 - West Midlands
WiRE members are invited to have a stand at the Fillongley Show in Coventry on 9th August 2009.  The cost is £20 per 6ft tressel table (including table) inside (if you have a craft to show/demonstrate to people), or £39 for any other type of business. If interested please contact Cheryl Brookes, the show secretary on 02476 460287/  07779558257. Cheryl plans to group WiRE ladies together, each with their own table. If there are more than 20 WiRE members, then WiRE members will have their own marquee. Places at the show are in high demand, so please contact Cheryl quickly. The website for the show is  http://www.fillongley-show.org.uk


Other News and Events

Chance to appear on the new series of BBC Dragons Den
Entrepreneurs from across the country once again have a chance to make their business dreams come true by appearing on Dragons’ Den. If you’re genuinely seeking investment for your business idea or invention, the BBC would like to hear from you. Last year Charlotte Evans and Carolyn Jarvis secured £80,000 investment from Deborah Meaden for their invention Buggyboot and fashion designer Victoria McGrane received £75,000 investment from Peter Jones for her fledgling fashion label. These are just two of the successful female entrepreneurs from Dragons' Den. Entrepreneurs wanting to apply can do so via email to dragonsden@bbc.co.uk,  by phoning 0871 200 3003 or by visiting the website www.bbc.co.uk/dragonsden.

Dragons Den

Save our small shops- Hereford
Jesse Norman a Conservative parliamentary candidate for Hereford and South Herefordshire. has recently launched a countywide campaign to Save Our Small Shops.  He would like to ask for a moment of your time to help support these vital local institutions. Like Post Offices and local schools, small shops are vital to our community.  But today they are an endangered species.  Instead of their traditional diversity, charm, local character and personal service, we have boarded-up shop fronts, graffiti, and less and less appeal for tourists. Jesse is asking local people to pick your own favourite small shop, and to say what makes it so special. The winning shops will be celebrated at a reception to which everyone involved will be invited, so that they can pass on their good wishes and support to the winners in person.  The overall deadline is April 30th, 2009. Please take a moment now to send Jesse your small shop nomination(s) to jesse4hereford@gmail.com. For more information Jesse’s campaign visit his website http://www.jesse4hereford.com/.

Cotswold Women in Business - A comprehensive programme of local support for enterprising women with ideas
Have an idea for your own business? Not sure if you have the right skills? How could it fit with your already busy life? Help is at hand! To help answer any of your business questions courses and workshops are being run throughout the year in Chipping Campden, Fairford and Tewksbury. “One-day Taster Sessions” held at local, friendly and accessible venues, Comprehensive Business Start Up Courses” to get you up and running, “Monday Monthly Workshops” with topics that include: Legal surgeries, Tax, Marketing, Presentation Skills and Confidence Building workshops and wonderful opportunities to meet other like-minded women who have taken the plunge. For more information T: 01386 701 868 E: sjm@sjmcoachingandtraining.co.uk

Managed Offices available at the Darwin Rooms, Malvern – Worcestershire
The Darwin Rooms is a suite of beautiful managed offices available in Great Malvern, Worcestershire. They offer a simple approach to office rental as all costs are covered in a single monthly charge. We have a range of offices ranging from 130sq feet through to 400sq  feet available for immediate occupancy. Prices start from £250 per month. They are perfect for start-ups or small businesses. For more information call 01684 578400 or email enquiries@thedarwinrooms.com

The Women in Business Network (WIBN) Franchise....
WIBN have a number of exclusive franchise opportunities available for rural regions of the UK. The Rural option is for 3 groups and is £5950 + VAT and is a 5 year contract. Are you up to launching, establishing and growing some seriously successful networking groups in your area? Could you motivate, mentor and inspire other women? Facilitate meetings so they’re fun as well as functional? Play a crucial role in your local business community? Can you happily share your business acumen with others? Interested?  Call 0845 004 9426 or email franchise@wibn.co.uk for more details.  Please make sure we have your daytime or mobile number so we can contact you. Website address: www.wibn.co.uk
Ed - WIBN have asked WiRE to promote their franchise groups. WiRE networks are included in your membership and run by volunteer WiRE members. If you are interested in starting up a FREE network in your area contact Julie@wireuk.org.

Business Link backs campaign to generate jobs – East Midlands
Business Link is giving its backing to the new Heart 106 campaign to help boost jobs in the East Midlands. Stephen Smith, Chief Executive of EMB Ltd, the organisation that delivers the regional Business Link service says, “Campaigns such as this that create a positive outlook in trying to stimulate local economic growth.  With organisations working together to boost the economy, it can only be good for the region. The radio station wants companies to post their job vacancies on the Heart 106 website www.heart106.co.uk. Stephen Smith continues, “We aim to help the regions’ businesses grow and develop so that they are well placed to survive and thrive in the long term.  Our Information Team has access to a range of information and can also help companies to identify training needs and possible funding initiatives eligible. Business Link can assist employers looking to develop their business by helping them to identify and access information, support and advice to enable them to grow and prosper.   To contact a Business Link Adviser, call the Regional Client Contact Centre on 0845 058 6644  email: info@businesslinkem.co.uk or for a wide range of online information and support, visit the award winning website www.businesslink.gov.uk/eastmidlands. If you need help within the West Midlands then please give a WiRE opening Doors business advisor a call on 01952 815338.

  Askham Bryan College – Bedale, North Yorks - 16th April, 14th May, 11th June & 9th July
“Learning through Business Leaders” is a programme aiming to enable peer-to-peer learning and development, with focus on strategic problem solving. If you are willing to be challenged, stretched and moved outside of your comfort zone to form a group of like-minded individuals working together on solving problems and issues within your business with total honesty, respect and understanding, then Learning through Business Leaders is for you. For more details go to www.yorksj.ac.uk/businessschool or email business.school@yorksj.ac.uk

Free Golf Coaching at Shrewsbury Golf Club – Sunday 19th April
Shropshire and Herefordshire County Golf partnerships, supported by English Golf are providing free golf coaching for beginners of all ages. The event will be held at Shrewsbury Golf Club on Sunday 19th April between 3-5pm. Book your free place now on 01743 874581 or email jrgolfschool@aol.com.  All coaching will be provided by PGA Professional Coaches. Fun activities will be available for all the family and everyone is welcome. Visit shropshireherforshiregoldpartnership.co.uk for more information.

Droitwich Spa Business Day – The Raven Hotel, Droitwich Spa- Thursday 23rd April
You are invited to join us at the 2009 Droitwich Spa Business Day, held at the Raven Hotel Droitwich Spa.  The event will raise awareness of what the canal restoration, currently underway will mean for Droitwich Spa and the local area, and will provide a positive focus on the new economic opportunities offered by this waterways development. There is a full programme of exhibitions, guided tours and presentations to celebrate this important project.  We are aiming to make this event highly informative for local residents and businesses, with a full range of business support agencies available to highlight what assistance there is for businesses to benefit from the development.  We are also inviting town centre, rural and tourism and leisure businesses, property developers, landowners and community representatives.  With your support, we hope to achieve a busy and vibrant Business Day for Droitwich Spa. Visit the exhibition and attend the buffet and evening presentation.  Please contact Jane Dobson on 01386 565278  or email jane.dobson@wychavon.gov.uk

The Women's Business Mastermind Conference and Awards Ceremony-  24th April 2009- Worcestershire
The Womens Business Mastermind Conference and Awards Ceremony is being held on 24th April 2009 at The St Johns Hotel, Birmingham. Do you want discover from those that walk their talk how to skyrocket your business and make 2009 your year of real growth? Then this is the conference for you! Learn from the UK's leading entrepreneurs about their Secrets & Best Strategies of Success - advice normally worth thousands. Discover from those that have grown international enterprises what it takes to really Create the Competitive Edge. Be inspired, energised, moved and connect with like-minded women entrepreneurs. Please book online www.womensbusinessconference.co.uk.

‘Fit for the Future’ Business Event – Burn Hall, Tollerton, York - 5th May
An important event for these uncertain times.  Expert, practical help for business leaders to focus on key challenges and opportunities, helping you to create a strategy and to move forward with confidence. For more details contact Rebecca Mackenzie 01484 346500 or email rebeccamackenzie@textile-training.com

The North West Social Enterprise Trade Fair 2009 – 16th June – Liverpool
Social Enterprise North West present the North West Social Enterprise Trade fair on the 16th June at Aintree Racecourse Equestrian Centre, Liverpool. The day titled ‘In Business For Good’ will celebrate and showcase North West Social Enterprise. This is your chance to find out more about the increasing opportunities for social enterprises and participate in the essential learning and trading experience. Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities available. For further information or to register your interest email info@senw.org.uk

SummerFest - 20th June 2009 10 - 5pm - Church Stretton Chamber of Trade
Free event to be held in the town with Stalls, events in the Square, Music and Children's activities in the Rectory Field during the day. An evening musical event with Band & BBQ (entrance £3 under 16-s free) Spaces left for Stallholders - £15 - bring your own 6ft tables/chairs or small gazebo. Contact Eileen on 01694720086 for more details.



Free Luxury Easter Egg with all Website Planning Pack Purchases at Gain Time IT
Indulge your taste buds and plan your website for success at the same time. Special Easter offer from Gain Time IT - purchase our Website Planning Pack online before 9th April and receive a free luxury Easter egg. Visit the website at http://www.gaintime.co.uk to place your order now. 

Campaign Away

25% off email marketing template design at KEW Creative
KEW Creative is offering a 25% discount off the cost of designing an HTML email template for email marketing. The template would be uploaded to CampaignAway email marketing software where you manage your email lists and easily create and send email campaigns. Watch the results in real time and track who opens and clicks on which links. Visit www.campaignaway.co.uk for more information or contact Katy Wilson at katy@kewcreative.co.uk.

Free ACT! Fundamentals Training CD available from Corazon IT
Would you like to generate more leads, make more sales, retain more customers? Corazon IT recommend ACT! by Sage; it’s a great way to organise your business contacts. Corazon IT are offering fellow WIRE members their ACT! Fundamentals training CD for free (worth , £24.95) when you buy the ACT! Sage Starter solution, £225 plus VAT. The Starter Solution includes the ACT! 2009 software, 1 year Sage Cover. Research shows that self-taught users of software only use 20% of the capabilities of the software programs- that’s why want to help you from the beginning. For more information visit the website or call Elene Marsden at info@corazonit.com.

Take the opportunity to improve the effectiveness of your advertising and marketing with Summ it up Marketing
One to one seminars designed to show you how to increase sales and enquiries practically and Effectively. Normally £75 only £65 for WIRE members! Includes follow report and advice specific for your business. The next seminar is in York 30th April 2009. To book your place ring WiRE member Ann Brown of Summ it up Marketing (Members of Chartered Institute of Marketing) on 07947 779542 or e mail ann@summitup.co.uk

10 Easy Steps to Make Your Website Successful - Website FREE Download
Want a new or updated website, but don't know where to start? In March 2009 Gain Time IT launched a unique new product aimed at providing DIY IT website planning advice for the small and home business. The website planning pack is based on the above "10 Step" process. Visit the website to download your free guide and find out more about how to plan a successful website yourself to support your business goals. The website link is http://www.gaintime.co.uk/10-Easy-Steps-to-Make-A-Website-Successful.html


and Finally

What Can I wear


What’s caught our eye on the WiRE Rural Marketplace this month …

Gill’s Choice –

Woho Sculpture and Garden Designwww.woho.co.uk
Julieann Worrall Hood – Found on the Rural Marketplace -

What a lovely website!! As soon as I saw the hares leaping and boxing in the background I was drawn to find out more about Julieann Worrall Hood and her unique art and design.

The website is simply designed, easily navigated and very inviting with lots of beautiful images of Julieann’s work.

I can only sit and admire this fabulous artwork and wish I was that talented!



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