Well, after a year of preparations, my wife launched her greetings card business at the International Spring Fair - which finished yesterday at the NEC. I took the week as 'holiday' to help.
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Almost a year ago now, my wife and I went to the International Spring Fair in Birmingham. This is (according to Wikipedia) the longest established trade show, and was the first to be held at the NEC.
The show takes up the entire NEC, and is for retail buyers.
I often find myself, during holiday times, fixing up all the 'home' IT. I am not, by any means, an early adopter - much more of a make do and mend person. Hence, whilst I possess (at the last count) three desktop computers and one laptop they all actually run windows vista.
I am getting in early with my new year's resolutions - hopefully by writing them down they are more likely to happen:
After what has felt like quite a long month, the 'tache is coming off today. In a strange way I am getting a bit used to it - but the three generations of women in my family are not keen so it is definitely going.
That's the first week of 'Movember' done - and I have got used to the slightly scruffy look that greets me in the mirror each morning. Felt a bit self conscious when I went to the village remembrance service this morning - but it's all in a good cause.
In a blog at the start of the year, I spoke about a new business my wife is launching - designing greetings cards for selling into the retail sector. We have booked a stand at the Spring Fair in 2015.
A year ago to the day, I was in Ottawa, attending the head office of my then employer. So tragic to watch the scenes of the last couple of days in the news. Made more poignant by the fact that I recognised all the scenery.
It is, truly, a small world.
We are attempting to change bankers at the moment. It seems one of our prospective banks is living up to the adage that a banker will only lend you an umbrella when it is sunny.
We have been working with Economic Order Quantity and automatic Purchase Order generation for a couple of months now. I thought I would review how things are going.
I have approximately 1000 stores lines - mostly pipes / fittings / switches etc. Total value of stores is about £100k.