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


Sponsor our 25 mile Peak District Trek for Framework Homeless Support

A strategic alliance of housing strategy officers across N E Derbyshire DC and Bolsover DC will be doing a gruelling 25 mile trek through the Derbyshire Peaks on Saturday 19th July 2014. The team known as the Rambling Roses which is made up of Di Parker, Rebecca Slack, Jo Hayes, Sarah Clow and Karen Perkins will have to complete the challenge in 12 hours.

Rebecca, Sarah & Di on Lose Hill
This will be a challenge to all of us as none of us have walked this sort of distance before and the walk will take in peaks such as Mam Tor, Jacobs Ladder, Winn Hill, Lose Hill, and Kinder Scout – so some sore legs, feet, and limbs the next day. Map reading has already started to prove challenging to us on some of the practice walks, another challenge for some of us to conquer!!

We work closely with Framework as they currently provide supported housing locally in both Bolsover and North East to vulnerable young people under the age of 25 in addition to other great projects helping vulnerable homeless people across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The project is currently facing huge cuts to its service so now is even more important than ever to raise as much money as possible and raise the profile of the important work Framework does. We’ve set ourselves a £500 target so all donations will be really really appreciated.

We will wear Company T Shirts if you sponsor us !
If you would like to support us by donating you can either give through our on line fundraising link  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ramblingroses 
Thanks in anticipation!

The Rambling Roses


Jill Turner says ‘Just touching base in my other guise as a music
lover and to let you know we’re putting on some music events
on a Sunday Afternoon in the hope that you’ll come along
with your children.   So often great live music goes on after bedtime
( depends how old your kids are I guess )  so they never get
the chance to have a dance about and engage with musicians.’
Hope you and yours can make it over to Cressbrook Club
more details below.

2:30 – TeaTime – The first in a series of live
music on a Sunday afternoon – aimed at kids
as well as the grown ups.

Sunday 10th June  – The  Hut People


Champions of the standing ovation and great fun
to hear live, The Hut People are Gary Hammond
( ex Beautiful South and Nina Simone ) on percussion
and Sam Pirt winner of young folk musician of the year
on Piano Accordian.

Playing everything from Brazilian Porro, Cumbia, Finnish
Tango, Traditional British Folk tunes and anything
in between.

Come and have a dance or just a listen, bar open

Tickets £5 in advance or £7 on the door.
Call or text  Jill Turner 07971 005291

Mobile :      07971 005291
Office :       0845 250 1271  or 0161 477 3310
Twitter:      @Jill_Turner_IFA