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This months’ topic is BLOGS. We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our four WiRE bloggers Anne, Linda, Sarah & Karen who are doing a fantastic job! They will be with us until January so there’s still plenty of time to share the high side, low side and funny side of running a rural business at www.wireuk.org/categories.aspx .

We are now on the search for the next generation of WiRE bloggers! If you’ve got what it takes contact Fiona@wireuk.org - you know you want to!!

In two weeks time you will be receiving an email on a ‘Guide to Good Blogging’ and useful tips. We can’t guarantee your blogs will be published or made into a TV drama but it will be fun!


It’s CONFERENCE time again! Be one of the enthused rural businesswomen to attend. Listen to great inspirational WiRE member speakers. Browse around our ‘live version’ of the Rural Marketplace. Take this opportunity to be part of the whole WiRE experience! BOOK NOW as there are limited places www.wireuk.org/conf07.aspx?conf=confEastEngland

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Member Events and News

Brand New Website
WiRE member Caroline Price has launched a new website www.perusejewellery.co.uk. Peruse was set up in the spring of 2006 to try and bring together a collection of ethically sourced and fairly traded jewellery and accessories at affordable prices. For further details check out the website or contact Caroline Price on 07772637112

WiRE Member crowned regional winner in 2007 Edge awards
It was announced today that Ashbourne firm, Pachacuti, is the regional winner of the Edge Awards 2007, winning a prize of £5,000 for further investment into training and development of young people. The fair-trade clothing firm battled it out to win the small business category and will now go through to the national finals to be held in November.

Edge is an independent foundation dedicated to raising the desirability and status of vocational and practical learning among 14 - 25 year olds of all levels of ability. Pachacuti will be attending the awards ceremony held at London's Camden Roundhouse on November 22 to discover whether it has become a national winner. More information is available at: www.edgeawards.co.uk

Exhibitors wanted for Hereford Christmas Market
Wyevale’s Garden Centre in Hereford is holding its Christmas Market on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November and is looking for exhibitors from the gift, food and drink sectors. Wyevale’s is normally heaving at Christmas and this would be a marvellous opportunity for exhibitors to sell their products/gifts.
If you are interested in being an exhibitor please log on to www.countryfudge.com. and fill out the application form or contact Gail Calthrop on 01981 570644.

Get out of your rut! Workshop
A 3 hour fun and rewarding positive life coaching workshop with Louise Presley-Turner will kick start you into working out what makes you tick and set you on your own journey of self-discovery!

The workshop includes:
Reconnecting with your values and discover your life purpose, uncovering your limiting beliefs, meeting your inner coach and inner pessimist, discovering the universal Law of Attraction and learning how to use the power of visualisation to create you perfect life. Course costs £27 per person on a strictly first come first served basis. The workshop is on Sunday 7th October, 10am – 1pm, at The Mount Hotel, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton. For further details or to book call Louise on 07970 967 164 or visit www.thegameoflife.co.uk.

Antenatal Course with Patricia Carswell
A unique one-day antenatal course is being run at the Hill Centre in Abergavenny on Saturday 20th October. It's a course to prepare for the emotional challenges of having a baby (something usually overlooked by traditional antenatal classes which deal only with the birth and a bit of practical stuff) and is designed to complement NCT / NHS classes.
For details log onto http://www.coachingformothers.com/courses.php. or contact Patricia at patricia@coachingformothers.com or by phone on 0845 838 6399.


Autumn Textile Workshops with Fiona Nisbet (Whitchurch, Shropshire)
Including Inkle Weaving, Felting, Spinning, Dyeing, Knitting and Crochet
For more details please contact Fiona on 01948 871618 or email fionanisbet@yahoo.co.uk

Evanji Pamper and Shopping Evening
Evanji are holding a pamper and shopping evening at The Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton, Shropshire on 15th November. The evening runs from 7-9pm and stalls are £6. For details please contact Denise Evans, Evanji Ltd on 07967 491845 or email denise@evanji.co.uk

A Candlelit Market is being held on 23rd November from 2-9pm at Market Drayton, Shropshire. This is a covered street market and stalls cost £25. For more details please contact Nicola Docksey on 01630 652332 and quote Evanji.

Inspired – Collection of York artists and designers
A show with an eclectic mix of paintings, jewellery ceramics and textiles - within the majestic setting of York Cemetery, which is celebrating 20 years of being run by the York Cemetery Trust. They will be having a Christmas selling exhibition of affordable art works. The show being held at York Cemetery Chapel, off Fulford Road, previews on Friday 23rd November from 6-9 pm and the exhibition runs on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November at 10-4pm. For further details please contact Catherine on 01904 701841

STUDIO61 celebrates two years of promoting Made in Derbyshire.
It is a working studio gallery for owner Karina Goodman, a Derbyshire artist who specialises in Colourful and Quirky Watercolours. Karina's latest works form part of The Home Sweet Home and Seaside Collections and have a unique quirky style. STUDIO61 is open Wednesday from 12-3pm and Thursday to Sunday 12-4.30pm with ample parking and a Tea Room on site. For more details please contact Katrina on 01629 534532, email karinagoodman@btinternet.com or visit the website at www.karinagoodman.com.

Moresi - New range of bespoke jewellery
Moresi is a new range of bespoke jewellery and accessories created with glass beads, unique buttons and different kinds of shell, all handmade in a little workshop in Cornwall. Each piece is distinctively designed and inspired by nature and the sea. Each style has its own original name, taken from a coastal part of Cornwall. A variety of different styled necklaces, bracelets and earrings, all available in a selection of colours. Moresi makes an ideal present, or why not just treat yourself! Each piece is specially gift boxed and can be sent directly to a recipient. Accessories start at £3.50, ranging towards gift sets at £26.50. Moresi jewellery is available through mail order, at www.moresi.co.uk. If you have any enquiries please contact Sarah on 07895 589539 or email sarah@moresi.co.uk

Other Events

Project Dynamo
As part of the Entrepreneurship Action Plan for Wales, the Dynamo Project enables people to meet with a local entrepreneur, understand typical characteristics; and confronts their perceptions of entrepreneurship and self-employment. The Dynamo Project is there to help change attitudes towards entrepreneurship in Wales by presenting people with accessible role models with whom they can readily identify. For more information on getting involved in the ‘Dynamo’ project, or on becoming a role model please contact: Val Ashall, Dynamo Development Officer on 01352 750456 ext 140 or e-mail val.ashall@cwne.org

Leadership and Management Development Training
Funding of up to £2000 is available for leadership development for SME's in Yorkshire and Humberside and is not restricted to Objective 2 areas. It is part of a programme to 'develop more and better leaders and more productive entrepreneurs, by providing new opportunities for leadership development for existing leaders and those with leadership potential in business'. For further details log onto www.firstposition.web.com/leadership%20training%20grants.htm. or contact Rita Neligan Medcalf of First Position Performance Development Ltd on 07946 443930.

Sponsors Wanted
Harper Adams Netball Team are currently looking for businesses to sponsor them for the BUSA 2007/2008 season. For further details please contact Janet Flintoft on 07711995789 or email janflintoft@hotmail.com.

New autumn programme
An exciting programme of performance, workshops, classes, courses for adults and children, special events and exhibitions will be available at the Old Court House, Thirsk. Come and join us to improve your French or Spanish conversation, try yoga, jewellery making, drawing, film-making or creative writing.
Visit our website www.ruralarts.org for the latest news or call in at The Old Court House, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS.Tel: 01845 526536 or email info@ruralarts.org.

Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference
If you are looking to develop your business, The Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & conference at the NEC Birmingham on 5&6 October, provides the perfect opportunity to learn from the experts, develop your skills and gain the information you need. A wide variety of exhibitors and Women in Rural Enterprise have secured FREE entry to the event.
To register for FREE entry visit www.sme-events.com quoting: GWIRE1.



Breakthrough one day conference in Hull
Breakthrough Research Project would like to invite you to join them at their official one-day conference at the Guildhall in Hull on Thursday 22nd November. They will be talking about the opportunities and constraints women experience in the Yorkshire and Humber Region in relation to education and employment. It is free and lunch is provided. To book your place on the conference you need to contact Andrea on 01482 440577 by Friday 12th October or email andrea.breakthrough@hullwomensnetwork.org.uk.

The National Everywoman Conference 2007
This year’s conference offers inspiration from some of the country’s top women in business as well as fresh skills, strategies and ideas to help you grow your business. Now in its 7th year, the conference continues to evolve to meet the needs of women in business throughout the UK and is once again a ‘must-attend’ event. The keynote speaker this year will be Martha Lane Fox, Co-founder of lastminute.com and Co-founder of Lucky Voice Private Karaoke. Following the keynote speech, the day will consist of panel discussions, workshops and networking breaks, allowing you to make the most of your time away from work. The conference is on Wednesday 14th November held at the Central Hall in London. Price for members is £95 + VAT and to receive a discount enter the code EW7 at the end of the online booking form.
For further information, and to register, visit www.everywoman.co.uk/Conferences/National/?id=640

Female Entrepreneurs Conference
The University of Aberystwyth are currently organising a conference on Wednesday 14th November as part of an Interreg funded project running to assist female entrepreneurs. The conference is free of charge and aims to increase awareness of Female Entrepreneurship highlight the issues faced and celebrate success. For further details or to book please contact Victoria Rose-Piper at the School of Management and Business, University of Aberystwyth on 01970 622209

Business Support Network in Cornwall
Chaired by Carol Wells, National Vice Chair of Federation of Small Businesses with a full line-up of inspirational speakers, including Carleen Keleman, Director, Objective One Partnership, Cornwall, Ericka Watson, Chief Executive, Prowess, Steve Noyes from the Met Office and Gaynor Coley, MD, The Eden Project plus, successful women business owners. There is opportunity to attend a wide range of workshops with exhibitors and networking opportunities. The conference is on 30th October at St Mellion International, Saltash, Cornwall and runs from 9.00am to 4.30pm; cost for WiRE members is £45.00. For more information log on to www.businesssupportnetwork.com.

Offers   And Finally

10% discount on all products
‘Luvit – the fashion jewellery specialist’ is offering WiRE members a 10% discount on all products.
With the winter party season and Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to seek out some fantastic fashion jewellery, either for yourself or for seasonal gifts. Visit us at www.LuvitJewellery.co.uk to see the gorgeous new winter range. ‘Special Offer’ - to receive an exclusive 10% discount on ALL products, simply enter the Discount Code: WIRE0907 on the checkout page.

Shrewsbury Venue
Enterprise HQ is a new commercial meeting and selling space for rural entrepreneurs - organise your meetings, networking or 'top-up' work space in our professional, wireless connected environment. Recently opened in Shrewsbury, Shropshire it is the answer to these recurring home-based business dilemmas - discover a commercial home away from home, establish the 'right' corporate image for your business and meet, work or sell all in one stylish venue. Monthly membership is just £10 which works out at 33p a day and it is tax deductable. The offer below comes with one free month per year for WIRE members – to subscribe, please respond by email to info@enterprise-hq.co.uk quoting 'WIRE OFFER'. For further details ring 01743 246988.

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

Julies’ Choice:

The Straw Bale Cabin – a unique holiday experience (www.homegrownhome.co.uk)

Carol Atkinson - Found on the WiRE Rural Marketplace http://www.wireuk.org/directory.aspx?member=744

As the self appointed eco warrior of the WiRE Team this holiday cabin made from straw bales caught my eye. It stands in the corner of a wildflower meadow, over looking a delightful pond.

The website includes a video of the cabin being built and a blog illustrating the journey through to receiving paying guests.

Straw Bale Cabin

Have a look at the links page - which includes WiRE. As an added bonus this site was also designed by a WiRE member!

Julie Edwards
WiRE Network Manager


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