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  • Stepping Out From Behind The Laptop! 19 April 2017 | View comments

  • When you run your own business it's very easy to stay locked away in your home studio hiding behind the laptop, 'doing' running the business with copious cups of tea and occasionally talking to the cat! So, when the opportunity arose to step away from my laptop for a free day of business training I forced myself to do it! On a bleak February day, I arrived (eventually after being 'sat naved' and driving down lanes with grass growing up them) at the beautiful Deer Park Hotel in Honiton to attend the Fast Track To Growth open day. After a really great day listening to a whole load of business advisors I went home full of renewed energy for martha and hepsie not knowing that we had been shortlisted as one of the Top 15 businesses to receive an additional 4 days of free business advice (eek I had to leave my home studio again)!

    I can genuinely say that the four days of business advise has been brilliant for us to evaluate 'martha and hepsie', where we are as a business and what we want to achieve, it's made the flame in my belly for our business bigger.


    Building martha and hepsie


    I even weirdly enjoyed the 4-minute pitch we had to present at our final meeting and totally didn't expect to receive a commendation! Congratulations to Virginias Vintage Hire who won and fellow runners up Thermalogica

    martha and hepsie's future

    As well as receiving some great business advise from the experts it’s also been so refreshing to meet 14 other amazing businesses all based in Devon.


    So, if you work for yourself and hide behind a computer in the smallest room in your house, try to step away from the screen and out of the front door to find some fellow business owners in your local area to bounce ideas off and inspire you! Your business won’t keel over if you’re not on the laptop for a few hours (you can always check emails on your phone)!
    Hepsie x

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