Iâ€™ve well and truly learnt my lesson about spouting my mouth off, counting chickens and all that palava after the many disasters that have befallen mostly me to be fair.
The Canary Wharf Garden Show. (Rubbish, sold bugger all and half-wrecked the hire van.)
Free photo shoot in Gardenersâ€™ World. (They took the photos but never told us that the planters werenâ€™t going to be in, but we still told all and sundry to buy a copy. (All and sundry then laughed at us.))
Planters on the telly.(Rushed around like loons for a paltry link from the Channel 4 website.)
Those three things are the ones that stick in the mind, but thereâ€™s one or two other things that also crashed and burned.
And the one thing they had in common?
I bleated mercilessly about every single one. Iâ€™ve become so convinced that any prior mention on this blog renders a project useless that Iâ€™ve decided to stop doing it so I donâ€™t put a hex on anything. (I must be more superstitious than I let on.)
So, itâ€™s with a certain amount of relief that I can report weâ€™ve finally been approved for a NeedIT grant to invest in computer stuff and e-commerce.
This means that weâ€™ll have a far better computer setup and weâ€™ll finally be able to trade properly online and show our full product range as opposed to leaving it to your imagination.
Weâ€™ve spent enough time now with a computer thatâ€™s more tempremental than your average menopausal fishwife; it also has to be said that weâ€™ve been awfully slack with things like brochures and other offline marketing efforts aswell – or at least thatâ€™s the conclusion me and John came to in the pub after six pints of Kronenburg. (You really donâ€™t want to know of any conclusions drawn after that.)
It also just so happens that Robo-bender Matt and Deadly Derek have finally sorted out the press tool to make up square planters without the need to get them lasered. I think we might just have the production side screwed down. (More on that another day.)
It obviously wouldâ€™ve been bloody marvellous if weâ€™d sorted out the grant and the tooling before the spring/summer as opposed to afterwards, but the point is itâ€™s sorted.
Iâ€™d also recommend using your local Business Link, who were extremely helpful and efficient in doing our micro business review and sending us down the right path.