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Selling homemade goodies
Sat 5-Jun-10
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Toffeeapple
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Oh you little devil!Devil  Did it work though?

I'll try that again!

Tue 8-Jun-10
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Can you see the smile on my face?? No, well Im surprised as I have a huge smile at the mo.  Why; cos today I received a phonecall, from a lady who wanted to let me know how delicious she thought my jam was and to ask where she could get some more.

For months now I have added the name of the company (yet to be regularised) and my mobile number on all the jams that I sell.  This lady bought jam from me at the weekend and used the number to call me!   A marketing success I think!!

 

Ps I told her she would have to wait until the company was set up; but I kept her number on my phone to let her know when; she was happy to wait!LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughBig_LaughBig_LaughBig_LaughBig_LaughBig_LaughBig_Laugh

Tue 8-Jun-10
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REALLY COOLCool Shelley your first regular WellDoneyou are on your way this is where your empire starts ,from tiny acorns huge market stalls will grow, return business is the best sort ,and recommendationis the best form of advertising keep spreading the word and your reputation will grow in leaps and bounds i am sooooo envious i would love to have a craft to sell and take pride in Wave

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

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shelley said:

the rules clearly stated no food, but I was not the only one and no one told me off!!!


 

To be honest, that is our approach too. I appreciate the benefits of basic H&S regulations but, if you and your family eat the food that you also sell on a very small scale, then the risks are minimal. But it is not legal. That applies to 99% of homemade food producers. Having said that, H&S could close you down at a moments notice.

We are considering the possibility of installing a compliant kitchen in our adjoining lean-to "barn". Maybe in an enclosed shell, such as part of a 40-foot container or something similar. Possibly an opportunity for Mutters and MOS to put on their thinking caps and find a cheap and practical solution?

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Tue 8-Jun-10
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Hi danny, lose stainless steel units vinyle safety floor and plastic lined walls ,avoid tiles they dont like containers ,they dont like the expansion of the steel ,only problem with containers is you need some heavy duty cutting gear to do the openings and vents they are usualy 6mm steel so a gas axe at least or preferably a plasma cutter, angle grinders dont do good circles and most things vent through circles if you vent through the roof you will need to weld upstands to the holes to make a good watertight fitting again expansion is the problem things dont like sticking to steel when there is heat about .old portacabins are more user friendly and usualy cheeper too .MOSDevil

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shelley said:

Can you see the smile on my face?? No, well Im surprised as I have a huge smile at the mo.  Why; cos today I received a phonecall, from a lady who wanted to let me know how delicious she thought my jam was and to ask where she could get some more.

 


Well now, how fantastic is that?  I can feel your smile beaming at me from here, do you need any investors? Wink
Danny & MOS, my eyes glazed over after two lines…Big_Hug

I'll try that again!

Tue 8-Jun-10
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that will be the sloe gin then TAToffeeapple

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Hell no, that went in December I think - all that snow, me stuck at home, no access to wine - etc...

I'll try that again!

Tue 8-Jun-10
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I am so pleased for you Shelley.  It gives you lots of encouragement for the future of the business.   Big_Hug

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That's a good tip Shelley and one we will have to remember when our berry harvest starts. Whistle

We have also thought of setting up a separate kitchen and the idea of using a portacabin is one to think about. All we need to do is sell our house in Sheffield and we can get cracking.Cheers

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I missed your "beaming" post, Shelley Doh CONGRATULATIONS  BrightSparklyStuff What a lovely uplifting occurrence that was. I very much like your tip for putting your phone number on the label. We must do that too.

We once had a lady, grown up daughter of a neighbour, come knocking on the door one morning to ask for a jar of one of Fiona's marmalade ranges. That left a warm glow too.

MOS - thanks for the info re portacabins and the impracticality of a container. It is just a dream at the moment but I am investigating the costs. New stainless steel catering stuff is very expensive, I believe. But with restaurants in general being a risky business, there must be dealers in second hand equipment. First stop Google and eBay I guess.

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Wed 9-Jun-10
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here in france I dont need stainless steel for H+S as a small scale producer; I just need an aesily cleanable kitchen, free of animals, with hot and cold running water and somewhere to wash my hands; Oh the joys of France!!

 

however if the business takes off, then I may adapt part of our cellar into a prefessional kitchen

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Hi Danny try eBay, there's usually gluts of stuff go through when that happens prices bottom out. its a case of waiting and bideing your time ,do what they call a favourite search it can last upto 6 months and emails you when things come up to match your needs.i have lost count of the things i have got for pennies that were hundreds of pounds elswhere,(and i mean pennies)

 

Shelley i think the french are much more sensible about catering stuff we just take things to the extreme ,good luck and keep plugging away MOS.

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Thanks, MOS. I used Favourite Search years ago but I had forgotten about it and that it emails you.

I will set that up and report back on here once I have identified the appropriate search terms to use. I would guess that "catering equipment" may be too broad

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MOS said:

Hi Danny try eBay, there's usually gluts of stuff go through when that happens prices bottom out. its a case of waiting and bideing your time ,do what they call a favourite search it can last upto 6 months and emails you when things come up to match your needs.i have lost count of the things i have got for pennies that were hundreds of pounds elswhere,(and i mean pennies)


 

Wish that was the case here in Latvia. Requistioned stuff generally goes abroad Steam and for some reason second hand stuff here is rather expensive Doh

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