Getting a balanced life is difficult for everyone. Whether you work full time, part time or at home with your children.
This year, I plan to say no to some projects, and not feel guilty about it. I can’t be everywhere and my life isn’t to please people, but to help as much as I physically can. As a Mum first, it’s the one most important job you can do, and it’s very hard to get it right all of the time especially when you run your own business. Take time out for yourself and not to feel guilty is the way forward for you, so do it, and feel better for it.
To be able to celebrate 6 years in business this week, has been truly wonderful. I hope it gives encouragement to other local independent businesses that you will get there, the first 18 months in any new business is really challenging. But we’re seeing lots of new business owners trying something completely new, in an industry that they’ve not necessarily had experience in before, but have an idea, they want to do, to challenge themselves. Sometimes it can work. A great idea can end up being a really successful business. The first year, certainly is a learning curve, making sure you’re doing everything to your plan and knowing what to do when it goes off plan. I have also seen so many women, locally starting up on their own venture over the last few years and it’s great to see, read and hear. Having the confidence as a woman to do something independently can take a lot of courage, as there are still so many barriers to cross.
Over the past 6 years, these are the words that have been said about me and my company;
What do you know, you’re a woman?
Don’t go with her, she doesn’t know what she’s doing
No-one wants to find local online!
You don’t need, The Main Deal
She’s a one-man (laughable) band, she won’t succeed with that crazy idea
She doesn’t own a shop so how can she help traders?
She’s not from round here, so why would she help, there must be a hidden agenda!
Yep, all been said, all remembered and all, over time, been ignored, and I’ve pushed on, as the wonderful things that have been said over the years about me and my company have been so overwhelming and lovely; these are the ones i've need to listen to
In a new business venture, you don’t always have to have a very structured 5-year plan, but certainty a plan of where you’re going with your business and where you want to be. I have a 10-year plan, as I was never naive to think what I wanted to do with the place I called home, would be completed, trusted and changed in a couple of years. Great changes come in time, and the time you put in, should give you the goal you want to achieve. 10 years to get people on board, change perceptions, plant seeds, drop ideas, become a trusted company, 10 years is probably about right. In 6 years, we have certainly become the company that is known to support local, be local and tell you all what’s going on, and we’re growing year on year, I still have years to change people’s perceptions.
No, we don’t own a shop on Main Street
Yes, this is a full-time job
No, we don’t earn a fortune
There is no hidden agenda
Why would I want to do this? Because one person can make good changes and influence others
We move on;
Have you seen the new posters up in business windows? On a mission over the next week to get as many up as possible. So if you haven't got the App yet, just follow the instructions on the posters and then you too will be the knowledgeable one. Once you have the App on your phone, tag us in a selfie #garforthsownapp
Great News for Quirky Ales
Quirky Ales are nominated for a 2020 Oliver Award.
"We are delighted to have been nominated as one of 6 in the Best Brewery category in the Yorkshire Evening Post's Oliver Awards.
We are in esteemed company alongside Northern Monk, Saltaire and North, plus Anthology and Bridge House Breweries.
Full details can be found here and the winners will be announced on Monday March 9th.
To be selected from a field of over 200 within Yorkshire is something about which we are very proud.
There'll be no resting on our laurels though; open as usual this evening from 5pm with a fine selection of ales"
Great News for Pride and Produce too
"We are super excited to share that we've been shortlisted for a Yorkshire Evening Post Oliver Award 2020 in the category of Best Brunch. Massive thanks to whoever nominated us! Following your nomination(s), we were visited by three judges (incognito!) who decided to shortlist us. We're in there with great company, so are truly honoured.Huge thanks to our wonderful team (past and present) who always go above and beyond. And big love to our amazing customers and community who have supported our Sunday Brunches since we started them just 5 months ago!Good luck to all those shortlisted for 2020's awards.
READ MORE https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/lifestyle/eating-out/these-are-all-restaurants-nominated-yep-2020-oliver-award-1371195?fbclid=IwAR1USSANpkKrmASGaTagPzTJZglMCdzEjC0mobsYsNYHemFIw7CK6vdlXkM
Great to see the new bar next to Wetherspoons nearly complete, it looks lovely inside - still don't know what's it going to be called yet, so i'm looking forward to the signage when it goes up
Press release yesterday
Boost for town centres as city-wide improvements begin
Garforth gets a mention. Parking excitement
We're nearly at the end of January - hold on, Dry January is nearly over
Until next week .....
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?