• Posts Tagged ‘Country Business of the Year’

    Country look: Blue Parsley

    by  • 07/03/2014 • Country style • 0 Comments

    This week I’m sharing the delightful new spring collection by Charlotte Macey Textiles – we love the Blue Parsley design, inspired by the beautiful countryside surrounding Charlotte’s Cotswolds studio.

    Charlotte Macey Textiles on the Country Days blog

    Blue Parsley oblong linen cushion, £34, Charlotte Macey Textiles.

    Designer Charlotte’s passion for sewing mixed with her love of the great British countryside has led to her wonderful collection of home textiles, chinaware, kitchen and fashion accessories.

    Charlotte Macey Textiles on the Country Days blog

    New Blue Parsley design; Linen cushion, £34; Mini notebooks, £8 set of four; Purse, £10; Placemats, £24 set of four, all Charlotte Macey Textiles.

    We interviewed Charlotte last year for our Earning a Living feature and she told us what she loves most about her job, ’Being able to work from home in the country and the views as I sit sewing’ – sounds idyllic.

    Do you dream of having your own successful country business? Turn it into a reality with our Country Homes & Interiors My Country Business Awards.

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    Country Business of the Year winners

    by  • 29/07/2013 • Country business, Country craft, Country food, Country moment, Country style • 0 Comments

    We spent an exciting morning recently, looking through and reading the entries from the Country Homes & Interiors Country Business of the Year competition.

    In March this year, we launched the competition for the fourth year running. Aimed at promoting and empowering young startups at the beginning of the business journey, this year attracted a fantastic array of well thoughtout and inspiring entries all hoping to win professional advice from School for Creative Startups. The judges spent an enjoyable few hours discussing and deciding who impressed us most. It was tough, but here is a quick preview of the four amazing winners…you can read all about them in our October issue (on sale 29 August).

    Ellena Llewellyn, Chillies Farm Dairy, East Sussex for her amazing artisan cheese.

    Brenda Fraser, La Coquine, County Down for her stunning handmade chocolates.

    Chloe Lamb, Counting Lambs, Norfolk, with her luxurious eiderdowns.

    Chloe and Adam Pollard, The Willoughby Book Club, Leicestershire for their unique ‘book a month’ gift service.

    Read the stories of all the winners in our October issue.

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    Country business: Bowl Overs

    by  • 08/04/2013 • Country business, Country moment, Country style, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    To celebrate the launch of our Country Business of the Year 2013 competition for the fourth year running, we are touching base with some of the winners and runners-up from previous years…

    Harriet Campbell was a runner up in 2010. She loathed wasteful cling film so came up with the ingenious idea of  Bowl Overs – 100% cotton covers for bowls of leftovers that could then be put away in the fridge or larder. They can be washed and re-used over and over again.

    Harriet Campbell with her Bowl Overs

    What did being shortlisted for the competition mean to you? Being one of the runner-ups and having the wonderful advice from the BusinessSmiths gave me the confidence to take a tiny idea and actually get it off the ground so much so that I am now selling it not only in the UK but in Europe, the States and just starting in Australia.

    How have you developed the brand? Now I have four different designs plus an extra one in the States (especially for Thanksgiving). As I can’t patent the product, it’s a question of making as much hay while the sunshines as possible – it’s already been copied by someone well known! So I know the answer is for my Bowl Overs to be the Heinz and not the economy brand!  We have had a lot of publicity for them in the UK and they were featured in Martha Stewart Living in the States which I feel is a bit of a triumph! I have been getting help from the UKTI and really want to be exporting worldwide – our distributor in the States is doing really well with them and I am selling them to several lovely shops in Europe.

    What’s your long term goal? Long term goals are: a) to take the product worldwide; b) to be able to offer a bespoke service for restaurants etc; c) to find a factory in the UK that will make them in smaller quantities so I can offer a really good bespoke service; d) for a pack of Bowl Overs to be in everybody’s kitchen drawer.

    Bowl Overs

    If you have an ingenious idea, enter our Country Business of the Year competition by 30th April and win the advice you need to go it alone.

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    Country Business of the Year winner

    by  • 14/05/2012 • Country business, Country food, Country style • 0 Comments

    I spent an exciting afternoon last Thursday, shortlisting and then deciding on the winner of our Country Business of the Year competition. The judging panel was a highly-regarded and experienced mix of experts: business advisor and owner of Business Talent Linda Eziquiel; owner of online gift store The Handpicked Collection Jo McGivern; Founder of Neom Luxury Organics Nicola Elliott; publisher of Country Homes & Interiors Belinda Cooper and myself.

    And the winner was…Juliette Brown Forden of Hayloft Foods. You’ll be able to read more about Juliette and the runners-up of the competition in our October issue (on sale 2 August). Juliette wins £6000 worth of business advice from Business Talent to help her take the business to the next stage.

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