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Job Available For A Young Potter At Habulous

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Job Available For A Young Potter At Habulous

The last few years have seen my pottery business Habulous grow substantially and many of you will have seen the expansion I have made to my studio too. Well, I’m now delighted that I have secured funding from the Government’s new Kickstart initiative to bring a new person into the business to work with me. The scheme, launched in 2020, provides £2 billion funding for six-month work placements for young people – paying them the national minimum wage for 25 hours per week. It allows youngsters ordinarily reliant on Universal Credit to gain valuable work experience in the hope of...

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Handmade Spring

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Handmade Spring

As the owner of an independent gift and homeware shop and also a maker, I’m very much between the two worlds when it comes to the topic of pricing handmade goods and the profit margin needed by a retailer. I know from the daily conversations with my handmade partners that it can often come as a shock how ‘little’ they are being paid for the thing that they have lovingly created and the profit that a retailer puts on top when it’s out on the shop floor.  It’s then equally frustrating when a customer is overheard saying “How much!?’ Or...

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Insideout and the Road to Recovery (with just a little help from our friends)

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Insideout and the Road to Recovery (with just a little help from our friends)

The long awaited day is almost upon us when ‘non essential’ (I still really dislike that phrase) retailers are able to re-open their doors. Not only are we very excited to be able to see our customers in person from Monday - but we are also longing for you to come and see the little things that have changed and the new stock we have in store. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone - but of course it isn’t without some trepidation. We still have restrictions in place; masks, hands being sanitised, screens, and limited numbers in the...

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5 Ways to Spring into Action at Insideout

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5 Ways to Spring into Action at Insideout

After a wet, locked-in winter the warm weather is a welcome addition as we approach re-opening our shops and our front doors - and the possibility of meeting friends and family once again. Easter is also almost upon us - and despite being a family that hasn’t ever really marked this particular event, I can’t help but feel that this year it’s just a little bit more special. The symbolism of Easter around new-life, pastel colours, fresh new greens, the planting of seeds - what could be more perfect as the horrors of this pandemic retreat?  This is the season...

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The Pitter Patter Of Little Green Feet

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The Pitter Patter Of Little Green Feet

At Insideout we sell eco-friendly products. We try to be an eco-conscious store where we can, but sometimes it’s really hard to be and that simple fact makes me feel guilty. But it’s not through lack of wanting it and so I feel the need to explore the topic with you and to tell you why I believe it’s important for us all to take little steps. More and more, shoppers are seeking brands and items that champion the values they believe are important; fair trade, locally produced, non-plastic, recycled, up-cycled… They look for the socially conscious mission statements and...

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