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Women in Enterprise: Ashford Mumpreneurs – Chloe Allen-Gausden

This month we talked to Ashford Mumpreneur, Chloe Allen-Gausden, owner of Boo’s Bakes…watch out for her competition prize in week 10 of our Countdown to Christmas Competitions for a tasty treat in time for the big day! My name is Chloe and I am the owner and cake designer behind Boo’s Bakes. I create tasty bespoke cakes for all your celebrations. My story started with making my son’s 1st birthday cake. From then on I…

Women in Enterprise: Ashford Mumpreneurs – Sarah Swainsbury

This month we talked to Sarah Swainsbury, Ashford Mumpreneur who runs Celebrity Circuits: My name is Sarah Swainsbury and I created my fitness business, Celebrity Circuits, in 2014. Celebrity Circuits is a bespoke personal training service aimed at women of all ages and abilities. As well as 1:1 training we also offer small group training, and an extensive timetable of fitness classes based in and around Ashford, Kent, including BabyFit and Buggy Burn, our specialist…

Health & Wellbeing V – Don’t Stop Resistance!

With the weather still warm, and lots of us spending most of our time outside, Health, Wellbeing and Fitness expert Steve Denby gave us an interesting tip for anyone looking to keep fit and lose weight.   Don’t Stop Resistance Training IF You Want to Lose Weight! With all this nice weather, you may be tempted to forgo your resistance training and head outdoors for some aerobic exercise in the fresh air.  But beware:  if you…

Women in Enterprise: Ashford Mumpreneurs – Victoria Rowley

This month we talked to Victoria Rowley, Ashford Mumpreneur who runs Puddle Ducks East Kent, who provide Baby & Pre-school swimming classes (from birth, through to toddlers and pre-schoolers), Swim Academy classes for primary school children and Aquanatal classes for mums-to-be.   What made you start up as a Mumpreneur? I’ve always wanted to run my own Business, and after giving birth to my eldest, I knew I wanted a balance of a great career in…

Health & Wellbeing IV – 2 Steps to Fitness

With the summer holidays looming, we spoke to Health, Wellbeing and Fitness expert Steve Denby about the steps to take to achieve your fitness goals:   The keys to your success are two-fold: Steady the Target and Create Momentum. How to stop a moving target Imagine a target shooter trying to hit a small bull’s eye on a distant target,  He begins to aim, but then the target suddenly moves to the right, and before…

Top Ten Tips on How to Keep Cool in a Heatwave

Keep your blinds pulled down all day and consider only opening your windows when it gets cooler later in the day. Wash in cool but not cold water, and keep some handy around to splash yourself and your little ones with (always keeping an eye on them around water of course). Wet tea towels or freeze bottles of water to place in front of fans. Drink lots and lots – try to avoid caffeine and…

Women in Enterprise: Ashford Mumpreneurs – Juliete Harpur

This month we talked to Juliete Harpur, Ashford Mumpreneur extraordinaire, who runs Sing and Sign Ashford: Hi my name is Juliete Harpur, I am a franchisee and teacher with Sing and Sign, and these are my two wonderful children, Charlie & Anabelle. How did you get into Baby signing? I have a wee boy called Charlie who is now 4 years old and Anabelle who is 2. Charlie and Anabelle both joined Sing and sign…

Women in Enterprise: Ashford Mumpreneurs – Doreene Gilbert-Addo

This month we’ve talked to Doreene Gilbert-Addo – Ashford Mumpreneur who runs Dee’licious Cupcakes, a company based in Ashford specialising in tasty celebration cakes for any occasion, ranging from highly styled and decorated cakes and cupcakes to brownies and sweet breads.   What made you start up as a Mumpreneur? I started as a mumpreneur after I had my first child. I faced lots of challenges as a first-time mum and felt very low at times. Being…

Health & Wellbeing III – Spring Cleaning: Time to throw out the excuses

Other than New Year’s, there is probably no other time during the year that motivates us to make a fresh start like springtime does. Because it seems natural to clean out the old during this time of year, it’s a great time to come face to face with our excuses for not getting fit and healthy.  Excuses pile up just like the clutter that we accumulate in our houses, but it’s time to come clean….

Women in Enterprise: Ashford Mumpreneurs – Leila Jones

This month we’ve talked to Leila Jones – Ashford Mumpreneur who runs Ginger and Jones, a company based in Ashford specialising in personalised, handmade crafts.   Hi, my name is Leila and I run Ginger and Jones which is a crafting business. I make handmade patchwork and panelled baby blankets and quilts that are personalised to my customer’s preferences. I’ve been running for over two years as a very small business and I have made…

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