Sweet #netwalking in New Mills with@dalesandpeak

Today Dales and Peak Network went on an #entrepreneurs walk in New Mills, in the High Peak. We started at Swizzels Matlow , where Nici Matlow , HR manager of the family owned business SwizzelsMatlow gave us a talk on the history of the companies , and lots of sweet tasters . Despite being a family member, Nici had to spend 18 months on the shop floor , plus a Uni degree before she joined Swizzels HR.  The company started in Hackney London in the 30’s, relocated to New Mills in the war, and never left.In the 40’s they moved into an old textile mill. They helped the war effort by making water purification tablets. In the 50’s Parma Violets were invented.Originally they were breath fresheners . In 1954 Love Hearts came about.

They have a top secret machine to do messages on the Love hearts.Love Hearts are global, imagine 100 tonnes a week ! Then the double sherbet lolly..another first. Swizzels are famous for their firsts.
In 1975 a new factory extension arrived. The Swizzels sherbet sugar & Matlows jelly & chews merged. They built a new products & innovations team. In 2001 the online shop arrived, plus #squashies . They continually innovate , using natural colours & healthy mixes where possible.
What does Success look like ?
A lesson to all employers … Swizzels say
1 Success is all about their people , empowering & developing them. Staff are fully involved in creating an inspiring vision & future direction. All staff get the opportunity for regular training plus self guided learning in the Refresher room. When I arrived at the gatehouse I was greeted & welcomed by staff, signposted to the walk start, and everyone that arrived at the desk while I was there received the same genuine helpful friendly service. How does your business appear to new visitors & the outside world ?
2 Provide continuous development including Coaching for your staff.
3 Communicate your Vision, make it a shared vision & encourage participation.
4 Encourage staff to be involved in continuous improvement of business process & direction.
5 Involve staff in the selection & implementation of new technology so they can see how it will benefit them, by removing boring processes, keeping their jobs more interesting & not threatening their jobs.Its a pleasure to be consulted when you are not worried about your job!
6 Work with the local community ,schools, groups to promote jobs, support community sustainability & pride.

After the talk we walked along Torrs Gorge & on the Millennium walkway along to the canal and back into New Mills . We swapped business ideas & discussed all the tips from Swizzels, plus of course eating the odd sweet ! Join our next @dalesandpeak  walk on 26th April starting from venue TBC in Hathersage.

Email me for details coachmekp@gmail.com Best wishes Karen Perkins . Follow me on Twitter or Instagram @fabcoach Book a free coaching taster to see how I can help you re balance your work life ! www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk

 

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Animal Crackers Cakes at RSPCA Sheffield

Many thanks to Tony & staff at Sheffield RSPCA Animal centre off Woodburn Road Sheffield . We held our Sheffield Clandestine cake club in the center with  5 bakers & Pepper the dog. Tony told us how they rescue, treat & rehome animals. They do a foster then adopt service to help new owners decide if they can cope with their new pet & offer advice & tips while they settle in. People can view dogs by video & photo now as they found it doesn’t unsettle the dogs as much.

Here are our cakes
Annes Chilli Chocolate Orange Tiger cake

Choc Orange Chilli Tiger cake

Carolyns Chocolate Orange tiger striped cake

Choc Orange Tiger cake 2

Is this a hedgehog cake !! from Karen P

Mutant hedgehog choc cake

This is a proper hedgehog cake by Karen W !

Hedgehog Choc cake

Look at the inside of the cakes as we sampled then ! #yummy

Thanks to RSPCA Sheffield …we will be back .Tony always needs donations of money, charity shop goods, raffle prizes , & support for their events ! Donate & sponsor via http://rspcasheffield.homeip.net/cgi-bin/browsearea.py?areaid=2

Our next bake is Prohibition Cakes Nov 19th 3-5  https://clandestinecakeclub.co.uk/ccc-events/prohibition-nohibition-cakes-vintage-twist/

Contact Karen Perkins for info about future events ! http://www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk/contact-sheffield-coach.phphttp://www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk/contact-sheffield-coach.php

Tips for planning your transition to full retirement

Although the idea of not having to work anymore can be exciting (and something you might have been looking forward to for many years!), for some it can be a mixed blessing. The change from being in work to being retired presents many different feelings, ranging from panic and boredom to sheer joy at having time available to do what you want. As with all big life changes, retirement can take a lot of adjusting to and it’s quite common to feel unsure about this new chapter in your life. I wrote some tips for  Sheffield financial planners.

http://www.campbellharrison.co.uk/blog/life-coaching-tips-for-a-successful-retirement

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Make an appointment for a free Lifecoaching Retirement planning session over coffee now  Contact me on 07971 881251 or book with a friend

www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk

10 Top Tips for a ‪#‎stressfree‬ Christmas !

10 Top Tips for a ‪#‎stressfree‬ Christmas !

by Karen Perkins
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1 Xmas has not happened yet so you still have a CHOICE about how you are going to enjoy it ! What would you really like to change this year to improve it ?

2 Pick your most annoying relative of friend. Choose to be nice to them this year ! See what happens !

3 Buy yourself a secret santa present ,that you really love . Place it under the tree as your treat on Xmas day !

4 Go and help someone else instead eg the Archer project. ( google for ideas near you !!)

5 Book yourself a de-cluttering session and take it to a charity shop..help others

6 Or teach yourself to sell things on e-bay, and start a way boost your income in the new year !!

7 Go and hide in a deep ,warm bubbly bath !

8 Play hide and seek and have a snooze whilst waiting …kids love this !!

9 When it all gets too much walk round the block , twice if you have too ,it really relaxes you !

10 Invite the neighbours kids round on Christmas eve ,and keep your pets or kids entertained !

Now book yourself a little New Year New You Lifecoaching FREE taster on 07971 881251 and find out how you can make those changes in 2015 that you have been putting off !! www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk

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Take control after Valentines Day ….. come walk with us .. Speeddatewalking

Join our free speed date walk on Sat 28th Feb 2015 at 11.30 … this time its 40 plus (ish ) … you must be free to date & bring a completed registration form . Like the Facebook page & request a form  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Speeddatewalking/297895420274004?ref=hl

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A mixed bunch of walkers … we do at least 3 miles , bring boots, water, raingear,  etc … and we stop for coffee en route . Top tip… don’t keep your sunglasses on all the time as the eyes are the window to the soul .

Up coming events under 40’s , midweek 55+ , … follow us and register for alerts !

???????????????????Walks are facilitated by Karen Perkins www.karenperkinslifecoach.co.uk Its up to you to check if you are fit enough … check with your GP if in any doubt.

Book a free coaching taster via the website Best Wishes Karen !!

Happiness is a long walk with a hairy walker !