CUSTARD AND CRUMBLE PROMOTE LOCAL!
As a small business set up at home in Hertfordshire we feel really passionate about other small local businesses and helping each other when it comes to marketing and promotion. So we have decided to dedicate a blog solely to promoting fantastic local businesses in the Hertfordshire area.
1) The Victorian Emporium
To start off we would like to introduce you to The Victorian Emporium.
Emma and Simon started The Victorian Emporium back in 2012:
"We are now on our 5th period house renovation and our latest project is a detached Victorian house in an acre garden built in 1886. We are renovating it in full (it had no central heating, or even cooker when we moved in). We are only the third owners of the property. Our inspiration for VE, as we like to call it, was because of the difficulty we have had over the last 16 years of house renovations in both getting hold of the products we want and feel the house needs, and when we do find them, managing to buy them at prices we feel are reasonable for the items. VE hopes to be the remedy for inappropriate house renovations due to limited budgets or lack of knowledge about what is appropriate for the house and period. The Victorian Emporium is a hand picked selection of products that will enhance any period house renovation, mostly at more than affordable prices."detached Victorian house in an acre garden built in 1886. We are renovating it in full (it had no central heating, or even cooker when we moved in). We are only the third owners of the property. Our inspiration for VE, as we like to call it, was because of the difficulty we have had over the last 16 years of house renovations in both getting hold of the products we want and feel the house needs, and when we do find them, managing to buy them at prices we feel are reasonable for the items. VE hopes to be the remedy for inappropriate house renovations due to limited budgets or lack of knowledge about what is appropriate for the house and period. The Victorian Emporium is a hand picked selection of products that will enhance any period house renovation, mostly at more than affordable prices."
2) Catherine Firmin Freelance
Catherine offers flexible and affordable marketing, business and lifestyle support for businesses and families. She can be found online at www.catherinefirmin.com. Here she tells us how she got started:-
"I started my freelance business when my second child was on his way as I wanted to get back into the world of work and put my skills and experience to good use to help other busy local mums and businesses. My background is in Marketing and I wanted to be able to offer local businesses ad hoc, affordable marketing support to help them find new customers and get their name out there. I also wanted to extend my services to provide ad hoc admin support too, as sometimes an extra pair of hands is needed! My lifestyle support comes in when busy mums need that extra pair of hands at home, whether it be researching holidays or best deals on insurance, to sourcing and purchasing gifts for loved ones. I provide flexible support as and when needed, without the overheads of employing someone or using an agency. If you need help with your marketing, business or life in general, get in touch, tick off the tasks on your TO DO list and start 2014 on a fresh page! "
Catherine can be found on twitter @Cathfirmin and facebook at Catherine Firmin Freelance.
3) Tint & Glow
Set up by Julie in 2013, Tint & Glow provides great mobile beauty trearments great for busy Mums who do not have time to think about themselves! Tint & Glow can be found on facebook.
" Hi, I am a mum of three children who thought it was time to do something for me when my youngest daughter started full time school. I decided to do some beauty training courses as I thought it would be something that would fit in around the childrens’ busy schedules!
I set up Tint & Glow in 2013. I offer mobile beauty treatments including spray tanning, eyebrow & lash treatments and waxing in and around Harpenden. I am really enjoying my new business venture as I get to meet new people and it’s great getting good feedback when I make a client feel good with a tan or eyebrow shape.
All busy mums never seem to make time for themselves so I offer convenient appointments in the comfort of your own home hassle free. I can also offer appointments in my dedicated treatment room in Wood End Road, Harpenden if that is more convenient.
We all need a bit of pampering from time to time – who needs an excuse – you deserve it. Julie x"
Tint & Glow – 07971 464440
4) The Occasion Room
Suzanne formerly owned The Daisy Chain Store in Harpenden, before deciding to sell children's occasionwear from her home.
"I now stock christening wear which was not seasonal and never went out of fashion, so never went into sale! I expanded on the First Holy Communion Wear, mainly dresses, shoes and accessories and this has grown substantially over the last three years. I also now stock flower girl and bridesmaid dresses, and have a range of bespoke dresses that are Made in England for both Children and Adults. I am open by appointment only and have an on-line presence too."
5) Family Silhouettes
Family Silhouettes is run by Charlie Horton, a Harpenden-based mum of 3 who creates beautiful, hand-made silhouettes from your own photographs. The business started by accident when a friend saw the silhouettes Charlie had created of her own children and asked her to make some as a Christmas present for her husband. Thanks to word of mouth and then social media, Family Silhouettes is now busier than ever and making silhouettes of children, adults and even animals!
Find them at www.familysilhouettes.com
6) Bailie and Belle Photography
Bailie and Belle photography are a family based business run by Carli.
"We are based in Wheathampstead near St. Albans in Hertfordshire and specialise in Maternity, Newborn, Baby and Family photography. We are a multi award winning company and have a comfortable, customised studio in Wheathampstead village. As a family run company we pride ourselves on exceptional customer care and heirloom quality products. We believe we have a professional yet very calm environment when doing your shoot in which everyone is able to relax and enjoy the whole experience. We love capturing the precious moments, be it the beauty of pregnancy and the glow it brings or having the privilege of taking your families first photos shortly after the little one has arrived. There is nothing better than seeing the pride and smiles on parents faces when they view the unique moments we have captured for them that they will get to treasure forever.
Book or enquire about your photo session now by contacting Carli at BAILIEANDBELLEPHOTOGRAPHY@GMAIL.COM, using the contact form or by giving us a call on 07962536933 - We are situated in the idyllic village of Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, in a cosy, private studio very easily accessible from St.Albans, Harpenden and just a 15 minute drive from the M1 junction 9. "
Find Bailie and Belle at www.bailieandbelle.com