Sunday, 20 July 2014

Simply a Franchise in Focus... Let us introduce Adele who runs our South Wales office


 Introduce yourself, name, age, which region/ venues you cover...
 Hi! I am Adele, aged 50 and I cover South Wales. I service all venues within the CF NP and LD postcodes which include some amazing venues like Celtic Manor, Dyffryn Gardens and St Pierre. 
 
 
 What is your background?
 The majority of my career has been in Creative Retail, beginning as Display Assistant for a high street department store where I learnt the basics of the industry. I moved to a large womensnwear brand as Visual Assistant and achieved several promotions to head the department as Creative Manager. I was responsible for all window elements, in-store visuals and managing a team of twenty five. I had the opportunity to travel extensively setting up franchise stores, trips to Paris and Germany for inspiration and work with suppliers to manufacture design ideas. Attention to detail, styling and being aware of trends has been key throughout my career.
 For the last 2 years I worked in Project Management for a Design Company managing and servicing clients with their design ideas from concept to realisation. I really enjoyed the challenge and worked with some great clients including Topman, Pierre Cardin and my previous brand Wallis. 
 Why did you take a franchise with Simply Bows and Chair Covers?
 I was researching the internet for designer chair covers and discovered Simply Bows and Chair Covers. I was really impressed with the product because it looked beautiful, it was unique and there was no other supplier providing this level of design for chair covers. I contacted Sarah to discuss the franchise opportunity, fell in love with the product, the ethos of the business and the rest as they say is history.
 
 Why do you love working for yourself? 
 I love the freedom of working for myself. I have always worked hard for other people and now I am working hard for myself. I know I will only be as successful as the effort I put into my business and I am loving the challenge.
 Why do you love being a Simply Bows and Chair Covers franchisee?
 The big part of being a franchisee is that you have the support of the Managing Director and all of the other Franchisee’s. Even though it’s my own business I am still part of a team driven to be successful sharing ideas and best practice. The support network is long established and the operating systems are in place. I love the quality and the design element of the business and the opportunity to utilize all of my acquired skills to develop my own business.
 Where do you see you, and your franchisee in 1 years time and also 3 years time?
 As I have only been operating for 3 months I am working hard to get my business on the map in South Wales. In a year’s time I will have delivered events and have the knowledge and experience to drive my business forward.
 In 3 years time I plan to be established operating a successful business being preferred supplier in several venues. I will make this happen. 
 
  Anything else to tell us/ share?Working for yourself is not for the faint hearted, you need to be determined, self- motivated, believe in the product and provide customer service second to none. 
 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Simply stunning wedding venue... Ewenny Priory




What is your venue name, industry rating and where is your venue located?
Ewenny Priory
Ewenny Priory, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, CF35 5BW



What facilities does your venue boast?
Ewenny Priory provides a beautiful and private outside venue within which to celebrate a wedding with a reception/party.
The couple can get married in the Priory Church so long as they can demonstrate a 'qualifying connection’ approved by the Church in Wales.
The venue provides a site for a large marquee within the fortified Norman Priory, serviced by water, electricity and car parking.


Does your hotel cater for weddings?  If so, what numbers can you accommodate and what packages do you offer?
Yes for numbers up to 200. Package is just the hire of the venue. Couple are free to choose what services you need.



What about events, both large and small, what numbers can you accommodate?
Yes for numbers up to 200.

Can guests stay over at your venue?  What accommodation is on offer?
No accommodation


Tell us about your food/ menus/ wines...
Customers are free to choose their own/favourite catering and drink suppliers

What sets your venue apart from others?
Originally built in the early 12th Century, Ewenny Priory was a Benedictine foundation connected to St. Peter's Abbey, Gloucester. After the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th Century the Carne/Turbervill family have lived there ever since. The church has been described as "The best-preserved example of a Norman priory church in South Wales" and “The most complete and impressive Norman building in Glamorgan”.


Hiring the venue gives the wedding party exclusive access to the gardens and towers within the Norman fortifications and there are plenty of locations which make a great backdrop to photographs including the Historic Deer Park.
Ewenny Priory is a blank canvass onto which they can ‘paint’ your perfect wedding day.

Anything special that we should know about the venue?
Plenty of car parking available hidden away from the main venue.



Any big plans for the coming months or 2015?
Preparing for our first weddings for 2014 and taking bookings for 2015.


Where can we get more information/ read more/ contact the venue?
Twitter: @ewennypriory
Phone: Jeremy Picton-Turbervill on 07778 205105