March 26, 2014
It's only been a few days since we were part of the fantastic Pop Up Market at the Country Living Spring Fair but if feels like weeks ago already! As we won our stand we got all day Wednesday to exhibit our wares at the Business Design Centre in Islington. It was an amazing day of meeting customers (and the lovely CL team) and we also got to attend some inspirational talks about starting and running small businesses which are well worth a listen if they put them online. We also got to have a chat with John Lewis buyer Anna Rigby who gave us valuable feedback on our products and packaging - I'm not going to lie, it was a bit scary :)
Would I recommend people applying for the pop up market next year? Yes absolutely. We've learned so much and would love to participate in something like this again. It's great for very new businesses like us (6 weeks old) and also people who might be interested in testing the water to see if they can turn their hobby into a career. The main thing we learned from the business talks was that if they can do it then we can too!
It was long day and hard work but completely worth it - our day started at 5.30am and ended when we returned to mum's house in West London at 9:30pm with steak and chips waiting for us - what a star! My hat comes off to the many stall holders who worked the full five days of the show - they all deserve a few days off! Maybe see you next year?
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