Buy Local Norfolk takes the ‘work’ out of networking

Apr 6, 2017 annegillion No comments exist

Buy Local Norfolk LogoWe’ve all heard the expression: “ A good friend is someone you might not see for a while, but when you do, you pick right up from where you left off.” Well, that pretty much sums up how I feel about Buy Local Norfolk.

This not-for-profit networking group meets once a month in various venues all over Norfolk. We live in a big county, so it’s only fair to give everyone the chance to attend a meeting close to home. I’m based in South Norfolk, almost on the border with Suffolk, with the county stretching out before me.

Not a fan of long drives on cold, dark nights, I tend to give winter Buy Local Norfolk meetings a wide berth.  So, last night’s April gathering at The Parson Woodforde, Weston Longville, was my first in six months. It was as if I’d never been away.

Another reason for my absence, aside from my tendency to hibernate, was because I’ve been making changes to my business. I really wanted these fully in place before seeing everyone again.

New business venture takes me back to working with words

So, what’s new? After three years of running my afternoon tea catering business, I started a new venture at the end of 2015 – The Norfolk Artisan Hamper Company. Norfolk has an abundance of independent food and drink producers, so I had plenty to choose from to put in my hampers.

The business was growing and online sales were doing well.  Plus, I really enjoyed meeting so many fabulous Norfolk producers, many of whom are members of Buy Local Norfolk. However, a reality check showed I was working hard for very little financial reward. In fact, I was subsidising the business with income from my work as a freelance journalist. Something wasn’t quite right.

The decision to change course was finally made for me in October 2016, when Mike Chappell owner of The Apiary, Harleston, got in touch. Mike initially offered to sell my hampers in his Harleston deli. However, after a long chat, we agreed he could take over the business completely. It was a big relief .

Keeping down costs to work with small business owners

This left me free to focus one one thing – bringing together all the skills I’ve acquired as a freelance journalist and small business owner. Over the past six years, I’ve built and designed four websites, written thousands of words of content and taught myself  inbound marketing. I’ve also acquired skills in SEO, social media, the power of blogging and taken a photography course.

Having spent more than two decades working as a sub-editor, I’m a forensic checker of facts, spelling and grammar. I’m a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and I’m also a whiz with Adobe InDesign.

Putting all this together, I came up with This Blogging Business. The services I offer include proofreading, copy-editing, content-writing and business blogging. I specifically want to work with small businesses as this is an area I identify with.

I know budgets can be tight when you work for yourself, but as a sole trader, I keep my own costs down. This is reflected in my charges. For more information visit my Blogging and Content-Writing page

Young Buy Local member is an inspiration to all

Well that’s me, and now back to Buy Local Norfolk and last night’s meeting. This time, Emma Roache – author, coach and inspirational speaker – held the floor to talk about her turbulent young life. Emma’s business has grown out of adversity – an unhappy childhood, homelessness and a near tragic accident. She also added “supporting Norwich City” to that list! However, Emma has turned life’s negatives into positives and this makes her a true inspiration.

Finally, I’ve been to many different networking groups, but Buy Local Norfolk is one of the best.  After six months of hibernating, it really did feel as if I had hardly been away.

Buy Local Norfolk meets on the first Wednesday of each month. For more details about joining, visit Buy Local Norfolk
Contact This Blogging Business via email, info@thisbloggingbusiness.co.uk or via the Get in Touch page. For more information about our services, go to Blogging and Content-Writing or Proofreading and Copy-Editing
Emma Roache can be contacted via email emma@emmaroache.com or visit her website emmaroache.com to find out more about her free taster sessions and workshops.

 

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