10th December 2012

Last week I was invited along to participate in two Christmas fairs.  Selling my wares at a fair is a first for me, and given the time of year I thought it was the perfect time to give them both a go.

The first was in the beautiful Hertforshire countryside, at Grenville Hall.

Grenville Hall - Home of the Jones Family

Grenville Hall – Home of the Jones Family

We were outside, and the pond opposite us stayed frozen all day. We tried to make our stable look as Christmassy as we could. I only wish my brain would have unfrozen enough to remember to take a picture of me and my happy helper Dan, all wrapped up and looking festive.

The hot chocolate on tap, and the music was the best part. I remember singing along to brass band renditions of Dr John, and Prince , in-between traditional Christmas classics. It was great fun.

Stand at the Grenville Hall Christmas Fair

My stand at the Grenville Hall Christmas Fair

The following day, I had to drag two incredibly heavy suitcases with me up to Farringdon in London for the Princes Trust Christmas fair. Invitation only, it is a nice thought to know that many of the trusts supporters are now sitting comfortably on one of my cushions!

I received a loan from the trust to start up my business in June 2011, which now seems like a lifetime away. I would never have found the confidence to start my business without their help, and definitely could not have done it without them.

My journey into business began long ago, just at the start of the recession (2008), when I decided to leave a very good job and pursue my dream  of becoming an independent designer. (Great timing!)

My intention was to start my design business straight away, but my plans were soon crushed as all creative funding was cut. I started to work on a range of different creative projects, designing freelance, deciding it was best to put my business plans on hold. I looked into getting back into full time work, but with every design team suffering redundancies this was not so simple. By the time I contacted the trust in 2010, I felt a little lost. So, I was very relieved when they told me that they thought they could help.

I think that its very sad that not much has changed in four years, and that many people are still being threatened with redundancy, or are just finding it difficult to get back into work.

I feel very lucky that with the help of the trust I found the strength to finally start my business. If you think you have something to offer, I would highly recommend it!

Running a business does take over your life, but it feels so good now to be able to look back and say its all been worth it!

Here are the pictures of my stand at the Princes Trust Xmas Fair. The photos are courtesy of Lesley (best described as sort-of-mother-in-law / friend / dedicated I.Heath Design supporter) – we had a giggle!

Imogen Heath at the Princes Trust Christmas Fair

My Stand at the Princes Trust Christmas Fair

Imogen Heaths stand at the Princes Trust Christmas Fair

Proudly showing my designs at the Princes Trust Christmas Fair (Ellies Cupcakery next door)

Imos Suitcase

Trying to do up my case at the end of the night, hahahahahaha!! took ages, I was the last to leave!

Pictures of the entire PT Christmas Fair can be found on the Rise Networking Facebook page.

Happy Christmas!

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