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Simply Be Catwalk Contender Leeds

Simply Be Catwalk Contender Leeds

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to be a local blogger judge at the Simply Be Catwalk Contender Leeds. Simply Be have partnered up with Milk Model Management to find their next Curve Model and they’ve been inviting lovely ladies of the public to put themselves forward… or in some cases, have been dragged along by their friends! ;)

It was lovely to spend the day with Anna, the MD of Milk Model Management and the Simply Be crew. It was crazy hot in the White Rose Centre, where the competition was being held so we indulged in some lovely fresh fruit smoothies and pretending we were in an exotic country on holiday.

Simply Be are searching the UK for someone to be their next model, The casting at White Rose shopping centre in Leeds Yorkshire UK. Pictured Joanne Gillard has her picture taken at the castingImage c/o Simply Be

As a judge it was my job to pick out ladies walking by who I thought would make great models. We had a height restriction and entrants had to be a size 12+, but apart from that I was looking for wonderful women who were happy and confident with their bodies and those who were just gorgeous and had great style. I really enjoyed spending a day telling lovely ladies how beautiful they were, you just don’t get that opportunity enough!

Simply Be are searching the UK for someone to be their next model, The casting at White Rose shopping centre in Leeds Yorkshire UK. Pictured Angel Africa has her picture taken at the castingImage c/o Simply Be

Simply Be are searching the UK for someone to be their next model, The casting at White Rose shopping centre in Leeds Yorkshire UK. Pictured Ashleigh has her picture taken at the castingImage c/o Simply Be

At the end of our casting session, myself and the panel sat down and chatted about who our favourites were and then I compiled my top three entries from the day to put forward into the next round of the competition. How exciting! I chose Joanne, Angel and Ashleigh, pictured above. Joanne and Angel definitely had a flair for modelling and were really natural in front of the camera, while Ashleigh needed a bit more convincing to enter the competition. I’m so glad she did though because she immediately became one of the favourites to win! All three ladies have fantastic smiles which is my favourite thing about them! I wish them the best of luck in the competition!!

Loves x xx

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Indie Biz: Small Business Tips from The Start Up Academy

Small Business TipsImage c/o Hiscox

A couple of weeks ago I was invited over to Manchester for a small business workshop run by The Start Up Academy and Hiscox. It was great to get out and spend the day with some of my favourite bloggers, Daisy, Kay and Fran learning some great small business tips.

What is an entrepreneur?
Somebody that sees an opportunity where no one else does.

I don’t think you can really set out and decide to be an entrepreneur, I believe it’s just the way a person thinks and sees, like a way of life. You can be the most talented person in your field, but the business side of things can be really hard to grasp. I’m hoping I can share my top tips from this small business workshop to give you a little bit of a push into entrepreneurship!

// Your brand is the most important part – Helen Nugent, Northern Soul Magazine
This is one of my personal essential tips, so I was pleased to hear it from Helen too. Having a strong brand is what will set you apart from everyone else that appears to be doing the same thing as you. Your brand is the reason why someone should buy from you and not somebody else. Don’t skimp out on producing a logo and an instantly recognisable style.

// Know your reader. Know your customer – Helen Nugent, Northern Soul Magazine
What are Google Analytics telling you? Which pieces of content are working best? Who’s your target audience? What can you offer them? It’s important to know why you’re doing something to help you figure out how best to achieve it.

// Get legal – The Start Up Academy
Professional Indemnity Insurance protects you from breaching copyright or any claims against you as a person.
Public Liability Insurance protects you from any damage your products cause or accidents that happen on your property (e.g. your shop/craft stall). Make sure you’re covered because if you’re a sole trader and a home owner, they can take your house if you can’t pay out a claim made against you.

// Sales is not an art, it’s a science – The Start Up Academy
I found this point very interesting as I always thought I wasn’t a sales person, which isn’t helpful when the main part of what pays your bills is selling products! Work out how many leads you need or how much money to invest to return a sale.

// Save money where you can, but decide what you can’t compromise on – The Start Up Academy
I find way too many businesses are afraid to spend any money, but you’ve got to spend money to make money! For example if you’re selling a product online you really can’t compromise on product photography and web design. Make sure your laptop works!

I hope some of these tips will help you get started or even take a fresh look at where you’re going with your business! Thanks to Hiscox for inviting me to the small business workshop and for the delicious pastries and coffee at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester!

Loves x xx

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