Rocking the business school

February 28th, 2014

Thanks to everyone who attend my talk last night at the Surrey University Business School. It was an honour to have been asked to present ‘running a successful business’ to the MBA students. There were clearly a huge amount of talented people in the room. I was especially inspired by my mentee Rabi who has come over from Nigeria, leaving her husband and children to gain her qualification. That to me is dedication and someone who knows where they are going in life. Don’t look down.

Surrey Business School Talk

February 27th, 2014

I’m looking forward tonight to talking to the MBA students at the University of Surrey on the pleasure, pain, pitfalls and personal satisfaction involved in running your own business. I’m acting as a mentor to one student for the remainder of the year. Having spoken briefly to her on the phone she has already inspired me!

I’ve been running Farrow Creative for over eight years, and it has been good to step back and think about what it really means to ‘run your own business’.

See you there.

No hanging about

February 7th, 2014

For some reason…Sam’s agreed to a daunting physical challenge. In April, she’ll be one of a small team of plucky volunteer fundraisers abseiling from the top of Guildford Cathedral, whose bell tower rears 160 feet above the city.

Sam will be splitting the monies she raises between the Cathedral’s roof restoration fund, and our ‘house’ charity here at Farrow Creative, Disability Challengers. If you’d like to support her in this noble (not to say foolhardy) endeavour, you can make your pledge online at or pop into the studio to laugh at her!

For one night only

November 20th, 2013

Following my talk on Women in Business at the Surrey Business School in March this year I’ve been invited back to talk about personal branding in social media tonight. I’ll let you know how I get on.

Gabrielle Aplin’s secret gig in the forest

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!

Love this hand made sign

Innovative tent dining



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!

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!

Farrow Creative awarded Breakfast Club membership

Farrow Creative are presented with a certificate for joining the Challengers Champions Business Club by Derek Arden.

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.

Expert Speakers
• 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

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.

Surrey Mumpreneurs

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.