FIRST QUARTER OF 2019 ROUNDUP
It's hard to believe we're 3 (and a half) months through the year already! Time has flown by, but not surprisingly really as so much has been happening in the shop...
Franchise - After putting things on the back burner for a little while last year due to some horrific building work at home that went wrong, I'm very pleased to have now re-started the ball rolling. There are lots of interested people so hopefully there'll be another 'The Handmade Craft Company' opening at some point this year!
Winner - In March I was absolutely delighted to be picked by Theo Paphitis as one of his Small Business Sunday winners!! He and his team read some tweets that I'd posted in order to enter the competition, reviewed my social media and website, found out about my business and picked me to win!! My Twitter account went mad for a week and I've gained lots of new followers across social media and have lots of new crafters wanting to join the shop. Most of all it gave me a huge confidence boost that whatever it is I'm doing...I'm doing it right!
Staff - We said farewell to my Mum who is now enjoying her retirement properly. We still see her regularily as we still sell her beautiful watercolour art work, cards, mugs and coasters so she's often popping in.
We welcomed Karen to the team and she has settled in extrememly well with both customers and our sellers.
Andrea is still with us and along with Karen has very kindly picked up some of my admin work behind the scenes -having over 50 sellers in the shop takes a lot of organising.
Sellers - We said goodbye to 6 of our sellers. They leave for various reasons, some move away from the area, may start full time work and not have much time to craft or they may just fancy and change. Though it's always sad to see them go it does open up space for new sellers to join us and we've had 14 join us!!
We have welcomed
It's definitely worthwhile coming to see it all as well of course as the fabulous creations from our sellers that are still with us.
Take a look at our Facebook page for lots of up to date pictures...
Written by Emma 20/04/19