I’ll start off by saying if you were ever to read one of the blogs I’ve written over the last year, this is the one I’d want you to read. Especially seeing it’s the start of the new decade and many are taking a moment to give their life a once over.
The exact moment I realised I needed to change my life happened in 2014 when I was sitting on a bale in the hayloft trying not to cry at work. It was in that moment I was at my “rock bottom”. I’d felt totally useless and incompetent for so long and that day had been the breaking point.
Since January 2019, our scholarship winner Lucy Cushley has kept inundated with all her saddlery career. In her final blog of 2019, Lucy discusses her recent encounter with her local primary school and why it’s so important to love what we do.
This month Lucy reminds us how many great FREE business programs there are through local councils.
This month I’ve been doing lots of practice, practice, practice in the workshop! Its no-good learning something if you don’t work to perfect it a little bit every day. However, when it comes to doing things like
This month has been a big step forward for me. Thanks to my QEST funding I went on my first two courses; a week harness making with Frances Roche (including a day in the Royal Mews for some fitting) and a week with John McDonald who showed me how to make my first ever collar. It always shocks me how even spending a single day
This month Lucy writes about self-development, motivations speeches and the benefits of being part of a community both online and offline.
It’s been another crazy month for me! I’m a great believer in continual professional development, or good old CPD as it’s known. Every day you should be working to improve
Master Saddler Suzie Fletcher on BBC's The Repair Shop.
I wonder have you ever seen an episode of BBCs “The Repair Shop”. If you haven’t, I highly suggest you do. A team of experts (and yes there’s a master saddler!), restore and refurbish treasured items.
Last month our 2019 scholarship winner shared some food for thought and argues why bespoke is best.
Would It amuse you to know that my best friend is a trainee saddle fitter? Doing as friends do, we speak on the phone (a lot) and being the workaholics we are, we tend to talk about saddlery/saddle fitting almost daily. The
This month’s blog is coming to you from 25,000ft somewhere over the Irish sea! I’m on my way back from a long weekend at The Hertfordshire County Show. For the first time, the show had a Saddlery tent, full of displays and demonstrators and ran a Saddlery competition of four classes, (A dog lead, a Headcollar, a leather box or container
This month Lucy had a trip to see our friends and fellow Sedgwick investors, Crawford Hide Company in Northern Ireland. She was given the ultimate behind the scenes tour which gave her a great insight to just how much work goes into producing hides which later end up at Sedgwick HQ to be finished off...
This month I’ve