Swindon in business: Catherine Jay – Artisan Jewellery
Saturday 11th October
Generally speaking this post is by way of a shameless plug. What’s the point after all, of having a blog, if you can’t give a shameless plug here and there? But it’s also by way of making a general comment about doing a good turn for others and about the supportive business community I’m slowly getting to know in Swindon. Catherine, like myself and Little Miss Cakemaker, is also a ‘graduate’ from Outset Swindon.
I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog that a good friend of mine is Little Miss Cakemaker, aka Samantha. As it happens I knew Samantha before she gave up her day-job and set about taking over the world with a well-lobbed Victoria sandwich cake. But since I graduated from university and set about trying to make a self-employed living for myself with AA Editorial Services, my proofreading and copywriting business, Samantha and her partner have been so fantastically supportive. Sam has created logos and what-not for me while her partner has been brilliant on the website front. And they both haul me off to various business networking events which, as a non-driver, I’d have difficulty accessing. Which is fantastic and I can’t thank them enough.
And there’s been other kind people too. As a result of a telephone ‘appearance’ on BBC Wiltshire, I met Elaine Godley who wears a couple of hats with involvement in Healthwatchers UK and The HEALS UK Foundation. From that encounter I was invited to attend an I am Woman business networking evening to which Catherine, the subject of this post, kindly gave me a lift. So it is that, by way of ‘passing-it-on’, I’m writing this post to plug a launch event for another lovely person that I’ve met via business networking. This is my small gesture of support, in the best way I can, for her.
On Friday the 7th November at Stanton House, Catherine Attewell is hosting a red carpet event to launch: ‘Catherine Jay – Artisan Jewellery for Special Events’ – Here’s where to go to buy a ticket: http://www.catherinejay.co.uk/product/catherine-jay-launch-event-ticket/ And here’s the Facebook page for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1511606225750408/
Catherine is a mum of two young children and has a passion for beads, working with quality materials to design and make beautiful, bespoke jewellery. As a young mum she is building this business around the needs of her young family and her own need for expressing her creativity. Okay – so far this is a relatively unexceptional story. But I think the bit that impressed me is that, to really ‘go for it’ properly, Catherine signed up for Ellen Watt’s (of Cosmic Ordering fame) ‘Get it Sorted 8 week Challenge: One outrageous goal’ – and it’s that which spurred Catherine to host this special event with Champagne and canapés – and cupcakes by Little Miss Cakemaker – to launch her new brand. This event is the climax of her eight-week challenge. She is aiming to get 100 guests, and along with launching her brand, raise some money for her chosen charity Heals UK Foundation. I just think this is an incredibly brave thing to aim for and I’m full of admiration.
Tickets for this lovely event are £25 and for that you get some Champers, canapés, scrummy cupcakes and a £25 voucher to spend on Catherine Jay’s products.
There will be a raffle for The HEALS UK Foundation at the event – the prizes for which are looking pretty damn impressive. They have all been donated by local business women who are rallying round and supporting Catherine with this venture.
Catherine Jay can be found on Facebook so if you want to buy a ticket for this wonderful event and support a lovely lady and a great charity – you can find her there. Here’s where to go to buy a ticket.
Swindon businesses that are supporting Catherine Jay and the HEALS UK Foundation by donating some truly fantastic raffle prize to this event are:
Elaine Godley of Healthwatchers UK – offering an artery health check.
Karen Gwynne-Lyons with her natural cosmetics KBK
Debi Richens of Fitelle – a custom made bra.
Ellen Watts of Ellen Unlimited – offering 1 place on her next ‘Get it sorted for once, for all, for good’ programme starting 30th Nov for 8 weeks.
Lis McDermott Photography – prize to be specified
Suzanne Burnell-Gray of Lode Star Coaching – giving a session of hypnotherapy.