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Business Awards and the arrival of the Tea Dance

by Jane Malyon from The English Cream Tea Company

01st April 2014

Post Type: Other

The Scone Gnomes at The English Cream Tea Company were smiling this week because we've just won a second business award in a few months.  However, there's an irony.  In November we won the regional Small Business of the Year Award.  Now, we've just been named the regional Micro Business of the Year.  Isn't Micro smaller than Small - does that mean we're going backwards?! 

Well, we know we're not going backwards and we're delighted to be sending out more hampers and gifts around the great British traditions of Afternoon Tea and English Picnics.  We're even suppling the picnics for Audley End Summer Concerts on 2nd/3rd August.  Of course, you can take your own picnics but for those who want to treat themselves to our indulgent and delicious picnics awaiting your collection on site, we're awaiting your order!

Also, we're reviving another great British tradition on Bank Holiday Monday, 5th May: the TEA DANCE.  Enjoyed back in Call the Midwife and even Downtown Abbey days, we're offering you a chance to get your dancing shoes on too.  Fantastic afternoon tea, an entertaining talk by top etiquette man William Hanson and dancing too (complete with music from Denyse Donnell and dancing inspiration from Vicky Wright of Shake and Shuffle).  The Champagne will be flowing and there's even going to be an old-fashioned Gateaux Trolley.   Do come along and bring Auntie/Mother too - they'll love it as well!  Tickets from

Democracy in action

by Jeremy Rose from Creative Solutions

01st April 2014

Post Type: Newspaper Article
Democracy in action


Have you ever wished that you could hear local democracy in action, but haven’t been able to make it to a council meeting?  Now you can!  Uttlesford District Council is trialling the recording and posting of its public meetings online.

The recordings are made using the existing microphones and public address system in the Council Chamber at our Saffron Walden offices, so the quality is crystal clear, and just like being in the room.

You can listen to the discussions being streamed live, and re-listen to an archive of previous meetings at your leisure whenever and wherever you please.  When published on the website, the recordings will be indexed so that you can go straight to the agenda item that interests you most.

So far, the Planning Meeting of 12 March and Cabinet Meeting of 26 March are available on the site which will be streamed and published shortly after, so if you want to know what’s being said about local flooding or improvements to the Castle site, or monitor the progress of local planning applications you can do so from the comfort of your own armchair.

Archived recordings and the live stream, when available, can be found at

Businesses display on the streets

by Jeremy Rose from Creative Solutions

27th March 2014

Post Type: Newspaper Article
Businesses display on the streets

Guidelines for the placement of 'A' Boards on publicly maintained highways, pavements and grassed areas in the District of Uttlesford.

The District Council through the Town Teams and Newport Business Association is actively working with local businesses to help develop and maximise business opportunities, and to some 'A' Boards are considered useful to promote sales for their particular line of business. 

However, they can present a potential hazard, particularly to the disabled with mobility impairment, wheelchair users, people using pushchairs or mobility scooters and particularly to those with impaired sight.

Regrettably there have been a few incidents and rather than take the drastic step of banning 'A' Boards altogether, the District Council's preferred option is to seek cooperation from retailers to comply with Essex County Council’s (ECC) Policy published in February 2013 (attached) for the placement of 'A' Boards and advertising material on publicly maintained highways, pavements and grassed areas.

The ECC Policy is common sense and, if followed, should minimise the potential hazard for pedestrians who are, after all, either existing or potentially new customers.
It is important to note that the responsibility for any injury caused to a third party by a business’ 'A' Board or other advertising material lies entirely with that business and not Essex County Highways or Uttlesford District Council. Businesses who wish to display an 'A' Board to promote their business are strongly advised therefore to have sufficient Public Liability Insurance for this purpose.

Uttlesford District Council reserves the right to revise these guidelines without prior notice should it become necessary.

For further information, please email or telephone Simon Jackson, Economic Development Officer, on 01799 510521 or 07977 246237 -

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Latest Trends in Wedding Venue Styling

by Shelley from Sourcerer Events

26th March 2014

Post Type: New Member Article
Latest Trends in Wedding Venue Styling

Wedding venue styling takes a great deal of organisation and consideration. How you style your wedding venue will depend on many factors such as the type and theme of your wedding.

So for example if you intend to have a country barn wedding, your wedding venue might be styled with plenty of flowers and vintage accessories like birdcages and lanterns. In this post we’re going to take a look at the latest trends in wedding venue styling, and possible ideas for inspiration.

Hollywood Glamour

Revived by the Great Gatsby film, this trend is all about sophistication of a bygone era of the 1920s.

Think crystal candlesticks, chandelier lighting, feather centrepieces and big band dancing. This trend oozes elegance. 

Romantic Florals

One aspect of this trend is the flowers themselves.  Wedding venue decoration incorporates garlands for such things as the bar and doorways. Jessica Ennis’s 2013 followed a floral style, not only in her fabulous dress, but with plenty of garlands and flower arches.

The second aspect of this trend is within the decoration: blossom flower trees, made with either extremely realistic silk flowers or fresh flowers, have become very popular in wedding venue styling. They can be used as centrepieces, ceremony aisles or as stunning features.

Aisle Runners

A new trend in wedding venue dressing that has made its way from The States is personalising your aisle runner. Think about matching the colour to your wedding chair covers or overall theme. You could decorate with flower petals or even personalise with your initials.


Wedding venue lighting has a huge impact on the feel and atmosphere of your big day. Candles always give a romantic impression, but they can be interpreted in different ways. You might want to opt for pretty tea light holders as a nod to a vintage theme. Or you may wish to think about something more elaborate, such as a candelabra chandelier or candle globe centrepiece.


Crystal gives a decadent, luxurious feel to any wedding. Used with the right wedding venue lighting, crystal can elude a fabulous sparkling glimmer. Crystal trees have become popular in creating statement centrepieces and when combined with LED lighting, offer wonderfully striking appeal.

Likewise, crystal table chandeliers can look amazing on dining tables and can be lit to any colour. Crystal candelabra combines the beauty of romantic lighting with a striking centrepiece.  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are known for their opulence, especially as Kanye rented out an entire baseball stadium to propose to Kim! Their wedding is due in May 2014 and this flamboyant couple are probably the most likely to follow this wedding venue styling trend.

Whichever trend most appeals to you, it’s important to plan and take time to achieve the look in a way that will most befit you and your partner.

At Sourcerer Events, we are right here on hand to offer insightful advice and inspiration in wedding venue styling. Give us a call to find out how we can help bring to life that dream look that you’ve got your heart set on.


Shelley Morris, Sourcerer Wedding Planning & Event Management

01371 811108

Becoming a Travel Agent

by Norma Fenwick from Your Perfect Travel

20th March 2014

Post Type: Other
Becoming a Travel Agent

In 2012 I made a rather radical decision to leave my life in the UK behind and go travelling. Having no plan in mind, other than heading first to Thailand, I got on a plane and set off in June 2012. What a fantastic experience it was. I visited 12 countries in 12 months and had the time of my life, meeting so many wonderful kind, caring people along the way and they will be part of my memories for a lifetime. I was always going to return in June 2013 due to committments at home, but I did decide that travel was in my blood and to be able to carry on travelling to some extent was a must.

So, setting up a travel company was the perfect progression for me. Having started in September 2013 following a training programme to get me up and running, I  haven't looked back. In just short 5 months £200,000 worth of holiday bookings have been made and I've managed trips to Benidorm, Puerto Banus, Morocco, Tunisa and Bulgaria, plus a few UK breaks as well. It just goes to prove that you can have a successful business and still travel.

This week sees the launch of our new Partners in Travel product, which gives people the opportunity to earn a residual income without doing very much at all. 

Start your very own travel business with no training and no selling required. Simply sign-up today and we will give you:

- Live Bookable Website Worth £10,000′s
- Marketing Tips and Tools
- High Commissions
- Cost Price Holidays
- Sell Flights, Cruises, Hotels, Holidays
- 100% Financial Protection

30 day money back guarantee!

For more information take a look at our short video presentation at

Or, give me a call. I'm always happy to chat about holidays and the opportunities available for people who want to enter the travel business at any level. 

Norma Fenwick

Your Perfect Travel

Tel: 0845 463 0882