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Top ten tips to make a difference – World Kindness Day 2017

Top ten tips to make a difference – World Kindness Day 2017

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Blog

    I wrote a list “Ten ways to make a difference without really trying” a couple of years ago, which I feel compelled to share with you again especially for World Kindness Day 2017. I’m pleased to say that almost everything I wrote back then still stands, the only change being that Diabetes UK no longer collect plastic bottle tops, so I’ve updated that point. “As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.” Paul Shane Spear I used to believe that one person couldn’t change anything and that to make a difference I’d need to join an army of like-minded people to transform the negatives of the world in to positives. That was until the kindness of others changed things for me. I was feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed by life. Lots of stuff had landed on my plate and I found that my plate simply wasn’t big enough to carry it all. But after having a little help, being offered a friendly ear, a cup of tea when things got too much, some help at home and good advice, I no longer felt that I was alone in the world. I began to think “I can do this”. And I did. Those people who reached out to be there for me helped me get my life back. To pass it on, I now try to help others whenever I can, which is why I use my graphic design and marketing skills with charities, why I give my time to the Crafty Business community and it’s also why I’m often stood at the school gates long after the kids have gone in, chatting to stressed Mums. I love to see the ripples that kindness can make as it’s passed from person to person to person making them happier. It’s a beautiful and thrilling thing. You see, you don’t need to be rich or famous to make a difference. If we all make a small effort then things will change. Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of small things that can start the ripples. In no particular...

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Gonna party like it’s my birthday!

Gonna party like it’s my birthday!

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Blog

  Hooray, hooray! Black Bee Creative is 3 years old today! So much has happened since I registered Black Bee Creative as a company and I started my quest to make the world a better place by helping positive businesses and organisations to make their voices heard and have more impact. This has changed from a job doing graphic design and illustration, to a way of life and I’m quite proud of what I’ve achieved so far. Thanks to all my friends, clients and comrades for their support along the way. I feel very lucky to be in the position that many of you who started as clients have become friends, and many friends have become clients. Long may the ripples of positivity...

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World Intellectual Property Day

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Blog

As it’s World Intellectual Property day today I thought I’d revisit a piece that I wrote that briefly sums up a workshop all about IP by the brilliant Liz Paton of Tarnished Studios at Crafty Business last October. In the workshop she clarified what IP is and gave us a series of scenarios to look at to help us get a better understanding of how it can be used and what we should look out for so we don’t fall into any IP traps! Sound good? Have a read of Do you know your IP from your elbow?...

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Active Consulting

Active Consulting

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Blog

I’m working on quite a few branding jobs at the moment, one of which is for a training company called Active Consulting. Director Nathan Akers asked me to help create a more professional, identifiable and consistent image across all of their branded material. This image is of their existing logo which I don’t think represents who they are and what they do. I have started working on their new logo, which will communicate more about the business. Once this is finalised we will move on to looking at designing business cards, letterhead, workbook cover, certificates and so much more. What this space for their updated brand!...

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Yorkshire Choice Awards

Yorkshire Choice Awards

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Blog

Last year I got a lovely call out of the blue from a lady at the Yorkshire Choice Awards to tell me that I had been nominated for a Business Woman of the Year Award. The awards recognise local businesses and individuals who are inspirational in their field. So, as you can imagine I was absolutely thrilled! On Saturday I went along to the posh spangly awards ceremony at Leeds Utd Football Club, taking my good friend Julie along for moral support, and, of course, for a lovely night out! The Business Woman of the Year category was the largest of the event, and with so many great nominees I knew it would be a miracle if I won, but that wasn’t really the point. For me it was about being in a room with so many inspiring people and hearing their stories. Kate Hardcastle from Insight With Passion deservedly won my category. In the 5 years she has been in business she has supported over 2,000 start up businesses while also helping the community and charities. Go Kate! Making Barnsley proud were Crafty Business friend Eve Lodge of Barmy Bunting who was finalist for Young Achiever of The Year award, and Leah Washington and Joe Pugh who were finalists in the Inspirational Individual category. I was lucky enough to share a table with Eve, Leah and Joe, amongst others. Eve was only 14 years old when she started Barmy through a school initiative ‘I Know I Can’. Now 18, Eve has a string of awards and business experience under her belt, and Barmy is going strong. Leah and Joe who were brought in to the public eye when they were hurt in the crash of The Smiler ride at Alton Towers last Summer. The couple have been through so much over the last year, but set their hearts on raising money for the fire and ambulance services that helped them during the accident. They told me about the incredibly successful event that they held and kindly gave me some helpful tips for my future fundraising plans (more to be revealed soon!). It was a really great night, which...

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