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  1. m2m profile 2My name is Amy To and I own the mum2mum franchise covering South Warwickshire (Warwick, Leamington, Stratford-upon-Avon, Southam and surrounding villages).

    We provide a pop-up market where mums (and dads) can sell their good quality outgrown baby and kids items (up to 6 years of age) to other families in the community.

    Sellers have the opportunity to declutter anything – maternity and children related – including prams, cots, bouncers, highchairs, toys, books and clothes. 

    Buyers have the chance to grab a bargain, find out more about what kids’ activity providers offer in the area and take a break with a cuppa and delicious cake!
    Contact me via email: [email protected]

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/mum2mummarketwestmidlands

    Twitter: @mum2mumwarks

    Why sell with mum2mum market?

    • We work hard in marketing and advertising our events to bring plenty of buyers to you. Our sales in Warwick are very popular with a queue forming half an hour before each sale.  
    • A 6ft table is provided with space to one side for your large item/clothes rail.
    • We provide a sellers pack full of hints and tips of how to make your stall more attractive and advice of what items sell well.  Less is definitely more as the above stall shows. 
    • We give sellers an hour to set up – plenty of time to prepare – and they get a complimentary cup of tea or coffee before the doors open and the crowd burst in!
    • It is super easy to book a stall via www.mum2mummarket.co.uk/book-a-stall. Sellers are in control of the pricing and take home 100% of the profit made on the day.

    STALLWhy shop with mum2mum market

    • Rain or shine, our markets take place indoors; safe and sheltered from the elements.
    • Free entry for kids and there is a 2-4-1 voucher downloadable from the website.  Free entry is also available for all for the last half hour of sales.
    • The first 100 through the door get a free goody bag which contains lots of offers and vouchers from many baby/kids’ activity providers such as 15% discount on swimming.  There are also free samples; the last sale contained a WATER WIPE and a HAPPY MONKEY SMOOTHIE.  The bag also doubles-up as a shopping bag to hold your bargains!
    • CHOICE.  There are over 20 stalls for you to browse from and Warwick Chase Meadow can fit over 30 stalls spread across 2 halls for your comfort.
    • BARGAINS!  You can find good quality branded goods discounted up to 90% off the RRP.
    • Buyers can deal with the seller face to face.  Buyers can inspect the sale items, ask the seller any questions and to demonstrate its use – ensure it works before you buy the goods!

    There is a spacious refreshments area at Warwick Chase Meadow where you can take a break to enjoy a cuppa and delicious homemade cakes with all proceeds going to Charity.  We are currently supporting the Birth and Babies Appeal.

    OUR UPCOMING SALES

    Sunday 17 September 2017 (2.30 - 4.30pm) – Warwick Chase Meadow

    Sunday 15 October 2017 (2.30 - 4.30pm) – Southam the Grange Hall

    Sunday 19 November 2017 (2.30 - 4.30pm) – Warwick Chase Meadow

  2. floortwelve-246970A business event is a great way to promote your small business or network with other business owners, but it can quickly become overwhelming if you’re not experienced in event planning. The devil, as they say, is in the detail, and with some forethought you can make any event a memorable success.

    It Takes Longer and Costs More than You Think

    Underestimating time and cost are two of the major problems people planning small business events run into. Even very small events may take up to a couple of months to organise, with larger ones being up to a year in the planning.

    Putting together a team of people who will each take responsibility for organising one aspect of the event helps draw the various threads together faster. Make sure you have regular planning meetings to keep everyone on track and deal promptly with obstacles that crop up.

    Early on, decide on the end goals of the event. You may want to bring together local small business owners for networking or training, gain new customers, or reward old ones. There are many reasons why a business event would further your business aims. Deciding on the why helps you determine the how and where, what activities need planning, what category your guests will ideally fall into and how best to advertise and promote.

    Early planning regarding financing is also advisable. Could you secure sponsorship or bring in complementary businesses to work with? Have you considered crowdfunding as a possibility? Crowdfunding is a good way of figuring out how much interest your event will attract, and if interest is slim it can save money through wasted effort. You could then refocus the event, or plan something completely different that would be better received.

    Planning is a Skilled Activity

    Doing things in the wrong order can lead to confusion and disappointment. Here is where your first attention should go: 

    • Make a list of everything you’ll need to include. Everything matters during a business event, from how you configure the seating, to parking, lighting, catering and entertainment. It will all reflect on your brand and business, and a list will help you avoid overlooking things.
    • Choose dates with care. Check the calendar for other events that might clash, including national ones even if your event is local. Ideally your chosen date will fill a gap in your attendee’s calendar and encourage them to turn up.
    • Decide what staging you need. Outdoor events could benefit from a marquee, speakers will need a stage and seating for the audience, plus you’ll need a sound system. At the same time, think about the insurances you need.
    • Be flexible with venue and event size. Visions can change, and as the planning progress you may find a need to compromise in order to spend more elsewhere. Just keep in mind your original reason for the holding the event, and hold true to that. Everything else can be flexible.
    • Set your limitations. Don’t take on more than you can handle, and be aware of time and budget constraints. Calling on friends can bridge gaps, and a willingness to compromise creatively can help make corner-cutting invisible to attendees.

    Have a Marketing and Promotion Plan

    Tireless marketing is the key to successful promotion, which is never once and done. In marketing materials, whether printed, spoken through local radio or achieved through social media, consider:

    • Reasons why people should attend, or in other words ‘what’s in it for them’. Freebies, rewards, discounts and other gifts always go down well. If all your attendees are from the business community, consider inviting expert speakers and fresh educational materials.
    • Make sure promotions include information on what people will learn, who they will see and how else they’ll benefit. If you’re hiring speakers, provide them with promotional copy so they can easily draw in their own followers.
    • Don’t forget traditional press, but avoid making sales pitches. Give journalists basic information of what and where, and how they can contact you for expert information.
    • Maximise online promotions. Twitter hashtags help get things moving (make sure you choose something unique) so make sure it’s on all your promotional materials. Buy Facebook ads or create online hangouts and chats, or make a video to place on YouTube.

    A final bonus tip is to have contingency plans for everything. You never know what might happen, so try to have backup plans and you’ll be a lot less stressed as the date approaches.