Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Product Great Britain!

My greetings cards have been certified as a Great British product and will be featured on the GB Product trail at Top Drawer Autumn (September 12-14th) Olympia, London.
My products were approved for the GB product trail by independent adjudicator David Nicholls, Design Editor from The Telegraph Magazine.

'Top Drawer once again demonstrates its support for the ever-popular Product GB trail - an initiative which champions the national economy and locally-made products. With the effects of the downturn still prevalent in some areas of trade in the UK, buying British ensures our local economy is given the best possible chance to flourish'.

'Product GB gives exhibitors a chance to showcase their products that are made using materials sourced from the UK, and are designed and produced locally.
Visitors to the show who follow the Product GB trail will offset carbon emissions incurred from goods transportation from overseas. Support for this initiative also encourages fair-trade practices, as the Product GB sticker denotes a traceable source of manufacture'.

'Demonstrate your support for the national economy and buy British at Top Drawer this September. Keep an eye out for the Product GB logo as you make your way around the show'.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Putting my glad rags on.

Whilst away in Cornwall for a few days, having a break from the day to day routine, I received a call from The Prince's Trust to say that I have been selected as one of three finalists out of the 30 entered for The Business Enterprise Award. This means that in November I will be attending the Celebrate Success evening where the winners are announced. It's all very exciting, especially as it will be an opportunity to put my glad rags on, which as a greeting card designer is a very rare occurrence.

I have also been asked if I would like to become a Young Ambassador for The Prince's Trust which of course I accepted. It will give me the opportunity to talk to other people going through the same experience and I hope to be able to offer some guidance about starting up in business. I do talk about The Prince's Trust when I can especially if I see that others are in need of business support. I will also receive more training for public speaking which has never been my forte. It will help enormously when I have to talk to large groups at conferences and meetings. I will keep you posted about my induction which takes place at the end of September!

Sunday, 1 August 2010


It has all been a little hush hush, but a few weeks ago I was told that 'Fay's Studio' is being nominated for The Prince's Trust Business Enterprise Award. I was speechless and really pleased to have been chosen for this award category.
'Celebrate Success is The Prince’s Trust recognition awards, celebrating young people who have changed their lives and those who have played a part in supporting the work of The Trust.
A series of awards recognise young people’s success in the areas of education, skills development, employment, enterprise and community.'
Just to be nominated for an award is reward enough for recognising how much life has changed for me over the past year. I started out with the idea of turning my talent into a career but The Prince's Trust gave me the business knowledge and confidence to get started up as a small greeting card publisher. I look back to this time last year, and realise that I couldn't have got to where I am today without their support and the expertise of my business mentor. 
Visit The Prince's Trust website to find out more about the charity and how they help to change the lives of so many people.