We Are Hiring: Community Enterprise Manager

Are you looking to join a passionate team, driven by helping others unlock their full potential?

We are looking for ambitious individuals to join our small team in London, to help us grow our network and our impact. The work will be varied, pace will be fast and fit with the team is critical. Could you be part of the Petit Team?

The opportunity

As Community Enterprise Manager, you will project coordinate the Petit Miracle Hub programme from start to finish, leading on the recruitment of entrepreneurs onto the enterprise programme and ensuring evaluation measures are completed. In addition, you will deliver one to one mentorship ensuring members feel supported and are engaged in the programme. You will also be instrumental in driving our brand forward by networking with local businesses and organisations across the borough and by managing our social media platforms.

We want to meet the right person for the organisation’s plans for the future and support you to grow and develop based on your strengths.

Key tasks

● To recruit entrepreneurs onto enterprise programmes

● To deliver business training and mentorship to learners

● To foster relationships and recruit trainers for monthly business workshops

● Locate and facilitate business opportunities for Petit Miracles as well as its members

● To lead on the promotion of Petit Miracle Hub to our members, funders and corporate partners

● To lead on project administration tasks

● To ensure the monitoring and evaluation of programmes through data management

● To manage Petit Miracle Hub social media platforms

● To write and manage content for our blog and campaigning work

● To be an Ambassador for Petit Miracles, speaking at events and to local groups

● To attend weekly meetings to ensure all staff are kept up to date

The T’c and C’s

  • Flexible working hours, part time (3-4 days a week)
  • Renumeration £15,000 – £20,000 per annum, pro rata (dependent on experience)
  • London (Shepherd’s Bush)

To apply

Please submit a CV along with a cover letter highlighting what you want to bring to the role.

Only complete applications will be reviewed and only qualified candidates will be shortlisted and contacted.

The final closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 16th September 2018.

Petit Miracles is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its recruitment practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Everyone who works in the Petit Miracles team must be fluent in English and have a valid work permit to work in the UK.

To discuss the role further please call our director, Elisicia Moore (see Job Spec attached below for details).

Community Enterprise Manager Job Specification

For your 100% Egyptian Cotton needs – Sabani Linens

Petit Miracle Hub Entrepreneur Interview

Meet Alena from Sabani Linens

What is your background?
I used to work as a GP in the UK for about ten years before I decided to retire from the profession because of my children. Once they were more grown up, I decided to start my own business with my son. He was keen to start our own business supplying bed linen.

Tell us about your business?
Our products are mainly Egyptian cotton bed linen and the other product is Egyptian Stonewashed Linen which has become a very fashionable item these days! We always introduce new colours. We have three ranges of Egyptian Cotton at the moment. Two of the 400 Thread Count Satin Finish which is very soft and silky and the other is the 180 Thread count Percale which has more of a crisp finish. They are all embroidered with double lines of different colours to suit every style!

Where did the idea for your business come from?
The reason why we decided to start a bed linen business is actually because my husband, who is Egyptian, has been in the Egyptian Cotton business for decades and his father before him so we felt it made sense to use his contacts.

What is the most challenging thing about running your own company?
For us, the most challenging is to get my supplier to agree with the relative small quantities we order from them. They are used to working with major retailers and it is only because of personal contacts that they agree to supply us with much smaller quantities.

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Certainly to not be easily discouraged because it is not easy to start from scratch! To have a very good knowledge of your chosen area of business is key. Another thing, is to have a good business plan in order for you to know where you want to be in a few years time. Don’t spend too much money initially. Don’t overspend.

How has working with Elisicia and Petit Miracle hub helped you?
The Hub has definitely helped to improve my credibility. Other than selling online on website and a little on amazon, I make most my sales through Portobello Market. Customers love that I have a shop now where they can go and see the products with their own eyes.

In 5 years time…
In five years time, as much as I enjoy doing Portobello Market, I would love to be able to stop doing that. It is one of my main revenue streams at the moment but it would be nice not to have to rely on the market. I want to be established in a shop or hope our website will become more successful than it is at the moment.

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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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