Upcoming workshops with Imperial’s I-HUB!

Join us for two upcoming workshops with Imperial’s I-Hub on Wood Lane 31st May

 

Marketing and Social Media for Business  9:30 – 11:00

In today’s day and age, whether you like it or not, social media plays a huge role in business marketing. Used properly, it can help build awareness, boost sales and even help to get your business found online. But it has to be used in the correct way and on the correct platform.

This Part 1 workshop, hosted by the Imperial White City Incubator I-HUB, will help you to get the most out of it. You’ll learn:

–   To identify and understand your customers

–   To create messages that will attract your customers

–   To select the right media to bring your message to your customers

–   The role of social media in marketing and how to use it effectively

 

Face-to-Face Selling in a Digital World 11:15 – 13:00 

In today’s digital age, there is one thing that just cannot be replaced – personal communication.

Though virtual marketing has changed the game dramatically with the rise of social media, it can’t fully replace the value of face-to-face selling. But if you’re going to do it, you want to do it right.

In this Part 2 workshop, hosted by the Imperial White City I-HUB, find out how to stand out with your face-to-face marketing. You’ll learn about:

– Planning your sales targets and objectives

– Understanding your target audience and identifying customer behaviour

– Getting to meet the customers and overcoming objections

– Closing the deal and what to do next

 

Who are these workshops for?

Anyone wishing to improve their basic social media business marketing skills.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

This workshop will be held at the IMPERIAL WHITE CITY INCUBATOR I-HUB.

The closest Underground stations are White City and Wood Lane.

Trainer:

The presenter has been advising companies of all shapes and sizes for almost 25 years. In his earlier career, he was a successful business owner himself and gained extensive knowledge during 8 years in sales and sales management. He shares this expertise regularly with clients and has run multiple marketing and sales training workshops (both for groups of businesses and company sales teams), making these key insights available to business owners through practical advice.

Interested?

Book on Eventbrite or e-mail hub@petitmiracles.org.uk for more information.

Are you up for a #challenge?…

Are you ready for a challenge? A #challenge?

Calling all makers, hobbyists, crafters, creators, designers, recyclers and upcyclers, here at Petit Miracles, an award-winning interior design charity based in Shepherd’s Bush, we are inviting you to join our new Instagram hashtag challenge #MyUpcycledLife starting on Thursday 3rd May 2018!

With the challenge, we hope to unite people passionate about turning the old into the new!!

Why take part?

Petit Miracles diverts furniture from landfill and provides employability skills for local vulnerable, unemployed adults through work experience in painting, restoration, interior design and basic DIY. We also run a business incubator in our Hub project, where we support brilliant small businesses.

With the hashtag challenge, we want to promote our good work and share our passion for upcycling.

How do I get involved?

1. Follow @petitmiracles on Instagram
2. Share your photo guided by our prompts (see photo)
3. Use the hashtag #MyUpcycledLife
4. Tag @petitmiracles in the photo

At the end of the month, we will select the most creative #MyUpcycledLife Instagrammer & offer 2 FREE places on our popular furniture upcycling workshops, which take place on the first two Saturday’s of every month.

Save the date, 3rd May, Spread the Word & let’s get upcycling!

#MyUpcycledLife

A Vegan Delight – Maxine Cooks

Petit Miracle Hub Entrepreneur Interview

Meet Maxine from Maxine Cooks

What is your background?
I have always been a vegetarian cook. I started off working as a KP in Portobello Road Market and I just worked my way up. I have also worked for Planet Organic and helped to open up their kitchens. After that, I went on maternity leave and I have now started my own business!

Tell us about your business?
I started my business about two years ago in November 2015. I run a vegetarian catering business called Maxine Cooks. I try to do most of my food that is free from. That’s basically free from eggs, nuts, dairy, sugar. It is good for everyone and anyone. I value the fact that my food is nutritious, delicious and healthy. I care a lot about leading a healthy lifestyle and I try to put this message across to my customers because it is really important to have a healthy lifestyle now while you’re young so that you won’t feel those aches and pains when your older.

Where did the idea for your business come from?
Well, I have always wanted to do something like this. After I finished my maternity leave, I had a little think about what I could do next. I didn’t really want to go back to my old job so I thought well, it was time for me to start my own business so here I am!

What is the most challenging thing about running your own company?
Being organised and having a clear head is key if you work in a kitchen by yourself. But I would say the most challenging thing, for me, is the marketing side of things. Being a start up business and having limited experience with marketing. Because you are new, people are basically going to take a chance on you compared with the other competitors that are out there already. That is the thing that is quite frightening. To get out there and do that and prove that to others.

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
The advice I would give to other entrepreneurs is that before you go in their and start your own business. Research, research, research, whatever it is that you want to do, go out there and check out your competitors and check out if it is something that is needed and is what people want and see how others are doing it and how you can do it better. Why would people want to come to you over someone else? That is the question you need to ask yourself.

How has working with Elisicia and Petit Miracle hub helped you?
They are very friendly and warm. The team have lots of great ideas and really want to help you out with your business. They send out emails and suggest links for you to check out. This is extremely useful as they sometimes think of things that you would not have thought about otherwise. The one day seminars they offer are also really good to go on!

In 5 years time…
I want to be set with my own cafes dotted around the place – everywhere across London. And a couple in Nottingham because that’s where I am from!

To find out more information about Maxine Cooks, please visit www.maxinecooks.com or go visit the Old Laundry Yard @ Shepherd’s Bush Market where you can Maxine Cooks every day Mon-Sat 9-6!

A Good Soap Opera – Interview with Entrepreneur Morokot Daniels

Petit Miracle Hub Entrepreneur Interview

Meet Morokot Daniels

What is your background?

I used to own a company called via front which supplied and designed promotional products for other companies. I was working together with my sister in this business but I left last year. Since, I have started my own and very different business – Assisted by Nature.

Tell us about your business?

Assisted by Nature supplies natural soaps and candles made from exotic fruits and flowers from Thailand – my homeland.  The designs are unique and different. What’s more, they smell delicious – you almost want to eat them!

Where did the idea for your business come from?

I was actually on holiday in Thailand visiting my family. I knew that parts of my family were  involved in the manufacturing and distribution of soaps and candles of this kind but as I already had enough on my plate, it never crossed my mind to join them. This all changed when I decided to walk away from my other business. This is when I started Assisted by Nature.

What is the most challenging thing about running your own company?

The most challenging thing so far has been to grow my customer network and to make sure they keep coming back for more! I also want to increase my brand awareness but I need to improve my social media skills for this!

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?

Be unique and do something different! Most importantly enjoy what you do and  I believe that this is when the customers will follow.

How has working with Elisicia and Petit Miracle hub helped you?

It has been really fantastic! They have been a big help and I have learnt a lot. Petit Miracles has the expertise to help me become successful. They advise me on brand awareness, pricing, sales forecasting, targeting. I love the community in the Hub. There is always such a buzz and all the entrepreneurs here teach and learn from one another.

In 5 years time…

In five years time I want to be on the moon! Just kidding, I just want to carry on what I am doing and succeed. I want to expand my range of products and be more adventurous!

 

Incredible Edible Growing workshop

You are invited to the Incredible, Edible, Growing, small space gardening workshop.

Experienced gardener Sharon Rennie will be demonstrating how to grow edible herb plants such as rosemary in small spaces, making and using upcycled containers (which are also self-watering). You will get a chance to make your own container and take away a herb plant from the session too.

The training will be held at Petit Miracle Hub, on the 1st floor of the W12 Centre

Date: TBC

Please register your interest here:

 

Humans of Petit – Elise

What made you want to volunteer?

Elise I volunteered because after my University degree in Furniture and Product Design I found it very hard to get any replies from furniture design jobs due to the fact all the designing is now done via CAD. I was traditionally trained which is why I chose the course in the first place, I drew by hand and made by hand. This lead me to volunteer and Petit Miracles I needed some form of furniture creation to keep me using my hands.

How would you describe Petit Miracle Interiors?

Petit Miracles is a really nice place to be, the shop and workshop are bright and clean, everyone who works there is really friendly and helpful. The environment is relaxed which means cracking on with some upcycling is very therapeutic and enjoyable.

Have you developed new skills whilst volunteering?

I have learnt how to look at old furniture in a different way before I would chop it up and use the wood to make something new, but it has taught me to appreciate the original design, even when it is not my taste.

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Have you dreamt about having your own shop? Want to start your own business?

A new partnership project called Start Your Own Enterprise has been formed between Petit Miracle Hub, Tree Shepherd, Wormholt and White City Big Local, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council (LBHF) and Hammersmith United Charities.

The project is offering local residents an 8-week course in Enterprise Training at the Wood Lane Community Centre, delivered by Tree Shepherd plus Free supported trading at the Petit Miracle Hub, business workshops, networking opportunities, mentoring and financial assistance.

This FREE programme for residents aged 18+ living in the Hammersmith and Fulham Borough, residents from the Big Local community are strongly encouraged to apply (Batman Close, White City Close, Cleverly Estate, White City Estate, Wormholt Estate).  Read more

Training for local entrepreneurs

As part of the new Start Your Own Enterprise Programme we are offering half day interactive workshops to budding local entrepreneurs. Residents can have free tickets thanks to our funders, Londoners from other boroughs have to pay a small fee. Our trainers are all experts in their own field and entrepreneurs themselves. More training dates to come in September and October too.

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Mayor joins celebration in Hammersmith as 19 budding entrepreneurs start up for the first time

Entrepreneurs, business people, local residents and the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham came together on Tuesday the 13th June 2016 to celebrate the graduation of 19 participants from Tree Shepherd’s Start Your Own Enterprise training course.

The 8-week course which supports trainees to develop their own business plan was funded by Hammersmith & Fulham council alongside Hammersmith United Charities, White City Big Local and with support from Land Securities and the project is delivered as part of a larger programme in partnership with the Petit Miracle Hub. This course is just the beginning of an exciting entrepreneurial journey for local residents.

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New Job : Community Enterprise Manager

We’re recruiting!

Job Title: Community Enterprise Manager (CEM)

Download Job Spec: Community Enterprise Manager (Word doc)

Part time role: Three days a week equivalent (flexible working accommodated)

Salary: £1250 – £1350 dependant on experience

The overall aim of the CEM position is to expand and promote the small, micro and social enterprise sector within Hammersmith and Fulham with a focus on areas of high deprivation including:

  • Promoting and supporting local entrepreneurial activity through establishing a network of local entrepreneurs
  • Improve the wealth and well-being of unemployed and otherwise disadvantaged residents
  • Linking local residents with the wider local business community
  • Overseeing the operational and development of the Start Your Own Enterprise Programme
  • Responsibility for safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Building links with community services, both statutory and voluntary which will be of value to service users
  • Rich localised knowledge

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Ensure service provision is properly managed to deliver high quality and effective services that meet contractual requirements and the needs of service users.
  2. Develop, implement and review service provision to ensure it meets the quality levels and targets set by partners/funders and reporting progress through the appropriate channels.
  3. Ensure that performance targets are met, and effective systems are in place to monitor and review performance to allow corrective action.
  4. Design and implement new reporting methods and report on their progress and development to partners/funders.
  5. Ensure appropriate monitoring and quality assurance procedures are in place to maintain high quality service delivery and to meet targets (e.g. referrals, recruitment, retention and outcomes).
  6. Work with the Programme Manager to develop and maintain best practice systems, structures and procedures and ensure they are implemented within the service.
  7. Ensure the development of the borough wide consortium and the effective development of the consortium and professional relationships are developed and maintained with referral agencies and key local stakeholders. Ensure that where collaborative working is required or where staff are based with an agency partner that the highest standards of professional behaviour are adhered to and protocols, policies, confidentiality of information and security of the partner are maintained.
  8. Ensure the project deals with complaints both from service users and external individuals/agencies promptly and in line with the complaints procedure.
  9. Represent, publicise and promote the work of the Enterprise programme for the area, building a positive profile that will encourage the participation of service users, partners and funders.
  10. Create and maintain relationships with funders, partners and external bodies to enhance the quality of the service, develop business and ensure that performance objectives are aligned to the appropriate bodies
  11. Contribute to tenders for new and existing work, providing input to bids to enable their success and sharing knowledge and best practice.
  12. Ensure financial control of projects by monitoring performance and taking appropriate action where necessary to address any problems.
  13. Where appropriate, ensure property facilities are adequately managed to ensure a safe and clean environment, are maintained and assessed for fire and health and safety risks and are compliant with all other relevant legislation, reporting and escalating issues as necessary.
  14. Ensure that management information (e.g. performance against targets or budgets) is collected, analysed and reported to enable the projects in the service/cluster to monitor their success and progress. This will also include writing reports as and when required.
  15. Work as part of the management team. This will involve attending management meetings, meeting with partners and strategic bodies, training and working groups as required.
  16. Engage fully in regular supervision with the Programme Manager
  17. Adhere to Health and Safety policies and procedures at all times and comply with legislation and statutory duties.
  18. Adhere to Data Control and Information Sharing Protocol at all times.
  19. Act in line with, promote and carry out all responsibilities with full regard to Equality and Diversity Policy.
  20. Ensure individual expertise and subject area knowledge is up to date through Continuous Personal Development, including sharing good practice, engaging with training and acquiring / maintaining any individual qualifications required of the role.
  21. As necessary, and in addition to the above, undertake other activities commensurate with the nature of the post.

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This job description may be reviewed and amended periodically in line with the requirements of the organisation.

Specific objectives and accountabilities to be discussed and agreed with the Programme Manager, and recorded in performance planning and review documentation.

Other information on the post, along with terms and conditions and details of where the role sits within Petit Miracles, will be provided separately.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential Experience:
• Proven track record of managing service delivery.
• Personal drive to excel in a business development role.
• Experience of effective partnership working with a range of stakeholders at a local level.
• Evidence of previous experience in a business development role and/or creating consortiums.
• Can work independently.
• Experience of team working.
• Experience of delivering high performing services.
• Experience preparing, managing and reporting financial and performance information.

Knowledge:
• Knowledge of some or all of the following:
• Knowledge of the work of the service and how it integrates with partners, funders and external organisations.
• Knowledge of the support needs of multi disadvantaged groups.

Main Skills and Abilities:
• Excellent skills as a communicator, both verbally and in writing, adapting style to differing situations.
• Organisational and planning skills, able to deal with conflicting priorities.
• Able to work in a busy, fast-moving environment.
• Ability to work flexibly.
• Ability to work proactively.
• Personal commitment to equality and inclusion.

Desirable:
• Management qualification.
• Health and Safety at Work qualification.
• Knowledge of Health and Safety at Work and the legislative requirements relating to premises, equipment and activities.
• Experience managing contracts with external agencies / partners.

JOB TITLE: Community Enterprise Manager

REPORTS TO: Programme Manager

LOCATION: West12 Shopping Ctr, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 8PP

About Petit: Petit Miracle’s, a registered charity, occupies empty property to create social value in local community. We run two projects: Petit Miracle Interiors provides furniture restoration training, DIY & upcycling workshops to people who have been long-term unemployed. We divert items from landfill, occupy vacant property all whilst creating social value.

Petit Miracle Hub, is a business incubation project which gives access to the retail market to local small businesses, providing training, mentorship and community.

How to apply:

Send your CV and a cover note explaining why you think that you would be a good fit for the role to Elisicia.

Email: elisicia@petitmiracles.org.uk

 

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