November 20th, 2013
August 6th, 2013
We were lucky enough to get Artist passes to Camp Bestival this weekend and were invited to a secret forest gig by Gabrielle Aplin.There were only about forty people in the audience and my gosh, the girl can sing. We were inspired by her lightening bolt face paint and kooky girl next door freshness. Camp Bestival is graphic heaven, from the flags to the neon and hand made signs.
Young British Foodies was our fave place to eat and if some of the most innovative food in the UK and a funky creative vibe doesn’t grab you…nothing will!
July 26th, 2013
May this year saw the re-opening of 9 galleries at Tate Britian, after extensive refurbishment to rebuild the galleries to modern standards, meaning that a greater range of art can now be displayed due to floor reinforcement and modern temperature and humidity controls.
The re-hanging of the collection means you can experience a walk through of British art, from the 1500’s to the present day. Two rooms are devoted to Henry Moore’s sculptural works and there are also dedicated displays of works by William Blake and JMW Turner.
The next phase of the refurbishment is set to open in November and includes the Rotunda and Millbank entrance designed by architect Caruso St John. The gallery has released artists impressions of what we can expect to see at the re-opening – and we think this is definitely on our list to visit in November!
June 25th, 2013
It was great to hear Chris Ingram talking about his business experience. I asked him, if he knew when he started, what he now knows, what would he change. He answered that he wouldn’t assume so much. It was a great answer and I’ve added it to my mental note of self improvements. Farrow Creative were presented with a certificate for joining the Challengers Champions Business Club by Derek Arden. It was a lovely morning and I was clearly pleased as you can see!
June 13th, 2013
Please do come along to hear me speak at a content rich breakfast event offering business development support for SMEs. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) in association with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) are offering expert advice to SMEs that are looking to develop their businesses. Expert speaker sessions will cover employment issues, access to funding, cash flow management, business planning and branding advice from a successful entrepreneur. Find out how to initiate, monitor and control growth in your business, and avoid pitfalls along the way.
Join us on June 26 and hear expert presentations and first-hand experience of what it takes to successfully
develop your business. Learn more about the ICAEW Business Advice Service (BAS) including how to access a
free consultation with an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.
• Nicola Morris, Employment Law Consultant, Abbey Legal – Employment law
• Maurice Frost, Director, Richard Place Dobson, Chartered Accountants – Business planning
• Kevin Walker, Regional Director, Metro Bank – Access to finance and cash flow
• Samantha Farrow, Director, Farrow Creative Limited – Entrepreneurship and branding
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Time: 07:45 for 08:00 start, finish 09:30 prompt
Free of charge
Venue: Holiday Inn Gatwick Airport, Povey Cross Road, Horley, Surrey
May 20th, 2013
Striving to achieve ultimate client satisfaction is at the very heart of any decent organisation. We think the John Lewis Partnership and their Waitrose stores have got this right in spades.
Their concierge concept is part of a multi-million pound strategy to improve the in-store customer experience. These desks will offer customers a range of personalised services including flower and gift wrapping, Waitrose and John Lewis ordering via tablets and a dry-cleaning service.
Waitrose are also trialing drive-through collection points, customers can collect shopping from temperature controlled lockers.
Proof if proof were needed that if you get your on-line offering right then growth in the ecommerce market pushes sales back into the high street.
May 10th, 2013
Continuing my run of public speaking, I had the pleasure of talking at this Surrey Women Entrepreneurs event in Cobham. The audience was made up of many inspiring local businesswomen from a wide range of sectors from the owner of a local family magazine, a business advisor to personal stylist.
It’s motivational to be surrounded women, who are also driven in developing their businesses.
No one should be afraid of maximising opportunities in business and carrying this through into their personal life. I think the two go hand in hand and if a woman has a career and children it helps tip the balance in her favor.
Accentuate the positive.
May 3rd, 2013
April 2nd, 2013
We popped up to London last week to take a look round the 2013 Designs of the year exhibition at the Design Museum – or the “Oscars of the design world” as it is commonly known. The exhibition brings together the best designs from all over the world encompassing all facets of design. Of course we expected to see Renzo Piano’s Shard nominated and the Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick Studio’s, however there were a few innovative designs focused on improving peoples lives that really caught our eye. For example – “Child Vision Glasses” by Josh Silver for children in the developing world. The kit includes a basic sight test and the glasses use liquid lense technology which can be adjusted by an adult to fit the prescription. Other innovative products included the folding wheelchair wheel by vitamins design and “Magic Arms” by du Pont hospital for children. The winner will be announced on the 17th April and it will be interesting to see who picks up this design accolade.
March 20th, 2013
After listening to two keynote speakers, the 200 delegates had a choice of four seminars. To my consternation, no fewer than 75 of them picked mine: ‘Your Personal Brand and Successful Networking’.
I only had an hour, so I walked them through basics of building a personal brand, and gave them some insights into successful networking drawn from my own experience. The one they liked most was the story of how I met Karren Brady, told her flatly I wanted to come and see her about redesigning her website – and ended up doing both.
It was a fantastic evening, and got me thinking about a lot of things. It’s clear to me that, even today, many women still want – and need – help and advice on how to present themselves in business. We’ve come a long way, but the old fears, insecurities and inequalities, both real and perceived, are obviously still out there. At the same time, I was really encouraged to see so many women determined to take charge of their lives and careers in this way. It was both humbling and inspiring. I hope some of them went away having learned something about themselves, and feeling ready to take on the world. I know I did.