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Customer of the month: Kitchen Table Projects

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Business: London’s first retail incubator and school for artisan food producers

Website: www.kitchentableprojects.com

Kitchen Table ProjectsTheir story: It all started one day, when founder, Tara, working as a pastry chef, realised she couldn’t remember what day it was. They all looked the same. She loved ‘cheffing’, but knew that she didn’t want to become an old granny chef without ever having done anything exciting. So she quit her job, set up a little market stall at her university and put her baking skills to work. It was a roaring success. And she wasn’t getting yelled at by a scary chef anymore! One thing led to another and wanting to pass her skills on to other food artisans, she has just established herself in Old Street Station, London and set up ‘Kitchen Table Projects’. Her mission: to help emerging artisan food producers make their visions come to life. Not only will they be able to sell their products through her shop, but they can also join the School of Food where they will learn everything they need to run a business around their artisan foods. A select lucky 15 food producers will be invited to join a 12 week programme to kick-start their business this summer. They will be provided with retail sales space in Tara’s foodie shop, support from industry experts ( including Off to see my Lawyer) & networking opportunities with fellow food producers who want to take their business to the next level. If you are a budding food producer or know of someone who is, make sure you apply by 15th May 2015 by visiting their website: www.kitchentableprojects.com

Legal problem: Kitchen Table Projects needed help at many levels including securing the brand name as a trademark, making sure the website was legal, advice on the lease of the premises and taking on staff as well as terms with all of her suppliers.

How Off to see my lawyer helped:  Thanks to our team of specialist lawyers, were able to help with all of those areas and so that Tara could keep to a budget, we gave her the option of using both the ‘oven ready templates’ for her to tailor herself as well as bespoke terms to cover things such as the courses and relationships with suppliers.

In the words of the customer: “Kitchen Table Projects has benefited hugely from Jo’s fabulous approach to working with small businesses. Knowing that Jo is just an email away gives us the confidence to take our business to where we want it to be and we have always been thoroughly impressed with the service we have received. We would recommend her firm wholeheartedly to anyone looking for legal advice, help and support.”

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Customer of the month-From studio to beautiful home…

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

 Business: Amory Brown, a creative design studio based in the heart of Central London amory-brown-logo

Website: www.amorybrown.co.uk

English Home magazine cover

 

Their story: founded by Lucy Heathcoat Amory and Hannah Brown and now proudly featured in leading glossy interior design magazines! Brilliant!

Legal problem: Having run the business for 5 years , Hannah always had a nagging concern about not having a water-tight contract document which she could use with her clients.  The interior design projects involve a lot of different elements, rely on close attention to detail and bring in many different contractors and suppliers, so there is a lot of room for mistakes and problems to arise.  Initially she had drawn up her own simple contract letter and then moved onto using an industry standard contract. However this seemed totally non-user-friendly, overly lengthy and was not completely up to date.  She needed something which made her feel protected from all the problems she had learned could arise whilst undertaking work for her clients.

How Off to see my lawyer helped: We put together legal terms that were user friendly both in terms of aligning with what happended in practice and having terms that were understandable to Amory Brown’s non business clients. We also reduced the business’ exposure to subcontractors who had no legal contract at all by making sure that they too were subject to proper legal terms.

Some of their beautiful designs

Some of their beautiful designs

In the words of the customer: ” Off To See My Lawyer asked me to provide as much detail as I could about the way I work and the problems that have arisen in the past on projects and then provided and tailored a package of easy to read documents which covered all the required areas; letter of appointment, fee schedule, services schedule and our terms of business.  There was no need for a face to face meeting although there was an email dialogue that ensued until all the documents covered everything that I wanted them to cover and were accurate to my business.  They also suggested that I needed a contract with my suppliers as well as my clients which is something I had not considered before.   

The service provided and the documentation supplied was easy to comprehend and did not seem to be filled with jargon that I didn’t understand.  If I did have anything that wasn’t clear to me, Off To See My Lawyer cleared it up quickly by email or over the phone.  Because there was no need for face to face meetings, this cut down on the hourly rate fee and in fact we agreed to a fixed fee which allowed me to feel comfortable with the investment and not worry that the hours would mount up beyond my budget.

 I now feel much more professional and protected because I know thought and time has been put into creating two contracts which are tailored to my business and my needs.”

Customer of the month- growing in leaps and bounds!

Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Copyright 2015 Bobby Rabbit. Bobby Ravbbit is the registered trademark of Nicky King

Bobby Rabbit is the registered trade mark of Nicky King

Bobby Rabbit

Business: Beautiful Children’s Interiors

Website: www.bobbyrabbit.co.uk

 

Their story in the founder’s own words: “Hello, I’m Nicky.  And this is the story of a well-loved toy rabbit. Bobby arrived on my very first birthday, with lots of love from my nana. And from that day onwards – and for many years afterwards – he accompanied me everywhere. Today, over thirty years later (and with 2 wonderful children of my own), I am incredibly excited to be realising a lifelong ambition and launching a

Meet Bobby Rabbit!

Meet Bobby Rabbit!

website dedicated to stylish children’s interiors, beautiful toys and inspirational party ideas. Having spent nine years in Paris and London, sourcing and creating design-led children’s interiors and toys, and more recently becoming a mum myself, I know how long it can take to find something really special that doesn’t cost the earth. And as a busy parent, time is precious. Bobby Rabbit, named after my very own childhood treasure, aims to unite the very best products for babies and children under the age of eight in one place, under one roof.”

Legal problem: Nicky faced all of the problems that most start ups encounter. Given her personal ties to the brand, it was vital to her to protect her business name and logo. She was  also worried that in giving advice in relation to childrens’ interiors and accessories should could expose herself to liability.

How Off to see my lawyer helped: we were able to advise on terms to limit her liability  and our Starter Pack was the most cost effective option to get her website going. Our expert trademark lawyer helped her to register Bobby Rabbit as a trademark so that is now safely protected.

A cosy den corner designed by Nicky King

A cosy den corner designed by Nicky King

In the words of the customer: ” Starting a new venture is never easy, but it becomes so much simpler when you find the right people to work with. Jo has been incredibly supportive and reassuring during the two years I have worked with her in establishing my business. She is professional, efficient and extremely approachable, always available on the end of the phone or email no matter how small or large the query. It is real pleasure to work with her and I would wholeheartedly recommend her services.”

Customer of the month: Madderson London

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Business: Designer women’s and maternity wear

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge officially names The Clore Art Room at Barlby Primary School Copyright 2014 Rex Features Ltd

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge officially names The Clore Art Room at Barlby Primary School
Copyright 2014 Rex Features Ltd

Website: www.maddersonlondon.com

Their story: The company originated in 2012 as a maternity brand. The founders, Sara Madderson and Helen Hughes, both worked for large corporations during their first pregnancies and saw the opportunity for a luxury maternity wear line that allowed strong, style conscious women to retain their sense of self and to indulge their love of fashion while pregnant. Who should come along to buy one of these lovely dresses, but the Duchess of Cambridge! Needless to say, sales are going through the roof..

Legal problem: the popularity of the dresses thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge wearing one of them, attracted a large women’s wear company to Madderson London. They wanted to buy their dresses too, but wanted to have exclusivity on them. They submitted a contract with very stringent terms and lots of legal jargon which Sara and Helen were nervous of signing.

How Off to see my lawyer helped: We reviewed the buyers terms and not only spotted terms that would have potentially stopped ML from supplying dresses to anyone else but were able to reduce the impact of the exclusivity clause and ensure that ML could still sell to other customers.

Sara Madderson

Sara Madderson

In the words of the customer: ” Jo has been an invaluable asset to us since we set up our company, and we have quickly come to realise that not involving her in our business is a false economy. She is friendly, accessible, extremely efficient, clear-thinking and excellent at communicating legal quandaries, and our legal options, in laymen’s terms. Her pricing structure and product offering are both reasonable and highly transparent. In short, it is a wonderful luxury to have Jo’s team’s expertise at the other end of the phone whenever we need it. We have come to think of Jo and her team as an extremely flexible and highly skilled extension of our own team.”

Time to Shine!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Time to Shine Conference

I am delighted to have been selected to speak at the TIME TO SHINE CONFERENCE 2013. It is hosted by Alexandra Watson, a highly successful and sought after business mentor. She’s been on The X Factor and is rated in the Top 20 Business Icon 2011 Exceptional People Magazine.

Join us for the real excitement, energy and opportunity to SHINE! With loads of on-the-spot, change your life (and business) strategies from hand-picked TOP Expert Speakers lead by Alexandra Watson.

It’s a transformational event for women business owners, it’s a networking and partnership building extravaganza (guaranteed), its heart-felt, results driven, must-know power packed two day Wow-fest!

Early bird tickets are now available for the TIME TO SHINE CONFERENCE 2013 at www.TimetoShine2013.com and we are delighted to offer you an extra 15% discount off any ticket…just enter this Special Discount Code when choosing your ticket: awclients

How to run a successful business

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

I wanted to share this guest blog from my good friend, Wendy Kerr of Corporate Crossovers:

Corporate Crossover logo

So you want to run a more successful business, but maybe you are not sure where to start?

When I completed my survey last year of 300 Corporate Crossovers who had all left their job to set up their own business, a key issue for them was learning all they needed to know about running a business. Whilst they were brilliant at their chosen field, whether it be consulting, hat making, retail or pet management, many of them were stumped when it came to the details of running the business.

Related to this is the fact that 68% of them are making less in their new venture than in their last job. But even if they were paid more money, they still wouldn’t return to work, yet they want to be more successful in their businesses.

In answer to this, and to help business owners do what they love and earn the money they are worth, I have created a free tele-summit to help you improve your business.

A tele-summit is simply a conference held on the phone! You select which speakers you want to listen to, and then dial in. The best thing is, if you can’t make the call live, when you register, you will receive the call recordings after the event.

I have handpicked the experts, as I know they will be best suited to really help you! Pithy, actionable advice and tips that you can put into action straight away to improve your business. I know all of them, and I am delighted they are joining up with me!

There is a great range of topics from “Is Your Website Legal”, “Pricing for Profit”, “Twitter for Business Success” and even something on your relationship with money! I will be speaking about How to Stop Having An Expensive Hobby and Start Running A Business.

I would love you to join me and my friends so you can really improve your business success today!

All details are here….. ‘see’ you on the call!

Women Outside the Box Festival

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Women Outside the BoxWe are thrilled to be exhibiting at this event in Bristol on 7th October 2013 all day which promises lots of interesting speakers, a great variety of exhibitors and fabulous food and pampering. Do come along and say hello if you are local to the area. You can find out more details here

Calling all Irish female entrepreneurs!

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Irish flagGreat news for all of you female entrepreneurs based in Ireland: The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD, has just announced the establishment by Enterprise Ireland of a €250K Competitive Feasibility Fund aimed at stimulating high potential business start-ups by female entrepreneurs. The fund will be open for applications from Tuesday 17th of July 2012 until 4th of September 2012. This initiative is part of a drive by Enterprise Ireland to boost the number of innovative, export-oriented business being led and set up by female entrepreneurs.

The Female Entrepreneurship Competitive Feasibility Fund is designed to assist female entrepreneurs to investigate the viability of a new growth orientated business that can succeed in global markets. The focus is on developing new businesses that can move beyond the domestic market and demonstrate real potential for internationalisation.

The closing date for applications is 4th September 2012,and successful applicants will be notified by the end of September.

Full details of the Fund including the Application Form are available on the Enterprise Ireland web site:www.enterprise-ireland.com/femaleentrepreneurship

Female Entrepreneur Focus: Emma Wimhurst

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Working at Revlon in the late 1990s when the Spice Girls were at the height of their success, Emma Wimhurst saw a gap in the market for coloured cosmetics and decided to found her own business, Diva Cosmetics.

What makes Diva Cosmetics interesting is that each cosmetics range is supplied to one retail company on an exclusive basis, so that the brand identity becomes more closely associated with that particular retailer than Diva Cosmetics.  In this way Ms Wimhurst has successfully developed and supplied cosmetics to high street chains such as New Look, Monsoon Accessorize, River Island, George@Asda and Claire’s Accessories.

After selling her business in 2003 Ms Wimhurst decided to become a business mentor for other up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and now is a frequent motivational speaker as well as the author of her business advice book, “BOOM!”  She maintains that when running a business, every entrepreneur needs to focus on seven specific categories:

1. Business Strategy

2. Business Planning

3. Marketing Management

4. Practical Finance

5. Team Building

6. Customer Commitment

7. Personal Development

Her website states, “Her goal is to put the passion and the idealism back into business, to inspire people from all walks of life to follow their dreams but to ground their dreams with tried and tested strategies that will support them in tough times and propel them forward during times of growth.”

Female Entrepreneur Focus: Julie Deane

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

As with many entrepreneurs, Julie Deane exploited a gap in the market by making and selling products which weren’t readily available at the time – in this case, colourful leather school satchels.  Two things, however, which immediately set Ms Deane apart from most, are the fact that (a) she has never paid for advertising; and (b) she has never borrowed any money in order to fund the business, launching it using a mere £600.  Instead of advertising in the traditional sense, Ms Deane networked her way to success, using fashion bloggers, celebrity gifting, and word of mouth to raise awareness of her brand.

So successful was her marketing campaign that The Cambridge Satchel Company has featured in six international editions of Vogue and have subsequently been approached by the buyers of Harrods, Selfridges, and Bloomingdales in New York.

“I remember in the early days my husband said we should aim to sell 10 bags a day, which seemed a lot at the time,” Ms Deane says. “Now we make 3,000 bags a week.”

The Cambridge Satchel Company forecasts a turnover of over £10m for 2012.

Especially impressive is her commitment to the welfare of her local community and her fellow British people.  Ms Deane offers youth apprenticeships in order to encourage old fashioned artisan skills and craftsmanship; and she ensures that all her satchels are manufactured within Britain.  She also co-founded the annual Natwest Startups Business of the Year competition; sponsors the Cambridge Awards; and donates to various charities.