Work from home in your business

As you know, the world has been put in self-quarantine, we won’t discuss more and let’s focus on things we can do while all this happens, it’s a great time to focus on things we have been postponed because of lack of time. 

One of the subjects we will discuss today is about social media, this powerful tool that allows us to connect immediately to our customers, develop relationships and build close ties with them.  It comes very handy at this moment when customers can leave their house and probably are bored and go throw the internet. 

But social media is not about posting content every day, it is about creating a strategy, setting goals, developing a concept, creating accurate content for your audience, tracking your data and outcomes and adjusting for the next strategy.  

 

Identifying your goals will allow you to direct the specific message you want to deliver, think about; What’s the purpose of this campaign? A new product, an event, a new location opening, building relationships, increased sales, brand awareness,  etc. 

Then you’ll think about the channel you want to use, is it Facebook or maybe Twitter, what about YouTube but remember each platform is different and engage in different ways, use each tool in the best way to deliver the adequate message.

 

Create a content calendar, use this tool to organize and schedule your content, what copy will use for this image, what days and times you have more traffic on your platforms, those are the days you’ll more likely post something. Study your market so you know: it is more women? How old are they? What ethnicity? What are their interests? And create content specifically for them.

 

Monitor and respond, during the campaign look at the post who has more likes or comments, reply to the comments, engage with your audience, and last for not least, measure the results, what was the general response, what you can improve, what were the difficulties, take over your analytics and use this knowledge to adjust to your next campaign.  

 

Not every social media campaign will follow these steps but it is a template of how you can start working with social media while this last, you have extra time to plan, create and execute so don’t lose time and start working on it. Be creative.  

 

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

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

 

Contact us

Humans of Petit: Junior

My name is Junior, I live in Victoria and I have been volunteering at Petit Miracles for almost 2 years. I initially came to Petit on a work experience placement. I enjoyed it a lot; I met new friends, learned new skills and really enjoyed the work I was doing and skills learned. After the placement finished, I decided to stay on as a volunteer to continue my learning and develop myself and the skills I had gained. I have learned many different aspects of the workshop, from the correct use of hand tools and the traditional methods used, to learning how to use rotary saws such as the mitre saw and electric sanding machines.

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Humans of Petit: Federico

My name is Federico and I am from a town just outside of Rome. I recently completed a degree in Furniture Design. The qualification involved all the stages from initial concept of a piece, right through to creation. I was offered to come to England on a 6 month internship through my college and was placed at Petit Miracles.

Here, I have learned more about commercialisation in the furniture industry but also have had the chance to learn and use different materials I had never used before; different types of paint, finishes, oils and stains. On top of all of this, I am also slowly improving my English!

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Humans of Petit: Kate Moore

Kate Moore – General Manager

I have always been interested in furniture and loved being creative but never really had the confidence to pursue it as a career. I saw an advert for an apprentice position at Petit Miracles and the rest is history! I am now general manager, my role includes Upholstery for the shop and bespoke orders, helping customers with their queries, making sure the shop looks beautiful and whenever I can I will be in the workshop!

Petit Miracles has given me confidence in myself and abilities and helped me grow as a person. I love working here because it’s a really creative environment, we have a great group of staff and volunteers and every day is different! My favourite piece of furniture so far has to be ‘Hattie’, a multi-media chest of drawers, one of the first pieces I worked on.

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