Have you been to Repertoire lately?

For those of you that are regular browsers of Salisbury Life Magazine, will know that they are keen to bring you the best of Salisbury’s shopping boutiques and “Repertoire” certainly falls in to that category.

This is a shop with style teamed with the quirkiness of the old beams in the current 13th Century listed building, located in Fish Row, in Salisbury’s City centre.

“Since opening its first stores over 18 years ago, Repertoire has established itself as a leading independent retailer of major designer labels, based in the South of England. Today, with five stores, stocking a variety of collections from over 50 key designer brands, we cover all styles, from casual jeans by a whole host of designers to formal dressing, suiting for men and occasion wear for women”

 Repertoire, Salisbury

Brands stocked in this beautiful boutique are high end which are already established as having great reputations within the world of fashion and include Barbour, Ted Baker, Holland Esquire, Ralphe Lauren, Armani and Jeffery West to name but a few.

Staff are not only warm friendly and helpful, focusing on their great customer service, but also have a wide knowledge of their brands too.

If you are looking for a new jacket, coat, jumper or even a new pair of gorgeous designer jeans, as well as other items of fashion wear for the autumn/winter season, then please go and take a look inside the doors of Repertoire Salisbury.

Ride the plain with Stonehenge ATV

Stonehenge ATV

When was the last time you experienced an exciting fun packed adrenalin fueled day out in the open?

2015-05-09 18.48.34Well, it’s been a few weeks now since we were invited to go and take part in a taster day at a new local business “Stonehenge ATV” but wow what fun. So much so that it’s still very fresh in my mind which to me, means it’s made a great impression!

So Stonehenge ATV - What’s it all about? Where is it? And what’s so great about it……. If you love excitement and power, and being in control of an engine this really is a must for you.

Located in the quiet village of Wyle not too far from the huge expanse of Salisbury Plain, is where our day began. Greeted enthusiastically by co-business partners and founders of Stonehenge ATV Tony Quinn and Robin Gow, we were treated to piping hot coffee and of course biscuits too.

With safety firmly in the forefront of these guys’ minds, we were asked to complete the obligatory paperwork associated with motor sports. Next was a safety briefing and finally we were all fitted with the appropriate safety helmets and protective clothing.  It was great to see that this business is serious about their clients and of course all safety elements.

150508-StonehengeATV-32Next came the important bit – FOOD! Well sort of, our breakfast order was taken but then it was time for us to be given instruction on the vehicle controls, etc., with a short drive to familiarise us with the handling of the vehicles.

The vehicles themselves, Quadzilla Z8's, reminded us of something from a Star Wars movie and we couldn’t wait to get started. If you are more interested in the techi bits of the vehicles, you’ll find more details about them on the 'Our Vehicles' page of their website.

Leaving the ‘depot’ about an hour after our arrival, we made our way along the main roads to where breakfast was awaiting us. A very tasty bacon butty, cup of coffee, and a few photos later, we were ready to set off again. Fortunately the weather had been kind over the previous few days. It was wet enough to keep the dust down but not too wet as to make it too muddy.

So on with our adventure, we crossed the A303 to pass Stonehenge, stopping for a quick photocall, before making our way onto Salisbury plain.

We would love to tell you exactly where we went, but to be honest, we have no idea. We travelled along roads and tracks, with low flying helicopter and army vehicles around us, before stopping off for another break. Coffee, this time being served from the back of one of the vehicles.

150508-StonehengeATV-27Our drive continued along tracks made by all manner of vehicles from landrovers and tractors, to tanks, before joining the main road again and making our way back to the 'depot' at around 2.30pm. Once back we got out of our safety wear and chatted about the day’s events and our overall experience.

As already mentioned, we were very lucky with the weather but should you visit during less favorable conditions don’t panic. Thankfully there is a shower available to ensure you don't have to drive home cold and wet.

The experience we were treated to costs £140 per person for a full day's fun (c. 7 hours). This price includes shared use of the buggy, VAT, all insurances, equipment, training, breakfast or lunch. Group bookings start at £110.

This is not only a unique opportunity to travel Salisbury Plain and see areas that are not usually available to the public, but it is also great fun! A birthday treat, hen or stag party, or just a special treat for yourself, this is definitely something that we strongly suggest you check out.

We would like to finish by offering a huge thank you to Tony and Robin, firstly for the invitation to experience their new and exciting venture, but also for their great hospitality on the day. A very good day was had by all.

If you would like more information check out the Stonehenge ATV website and like their Facebook page 150508-StonehengeATV-30-2 150508-StonehengeATV-38-2

GUEST BLOG OF THE MONTH!

  150329-TalkEatLaugh-0166Pop up restaurants are quickly becoming an alternative to traditional dining out. As the name suggests, pop up restaurants are literally eateries that pop up from nowhere, often at an unusual venue, or perhaps in the setting of a private home.

Talk, Eat Laugh is the brainchild of Rachel Muse, a chef from Salisbury who has cooked for a host of showbiz stars.

Rachel became a patisserie chef before taking up positions at busy hotels in Reading and Knightsbridge and a private household in London.

Over the years she has travelled around the world, preparing dishes for Formula 1 drivers, musicians, sportsmen and actors on private islands in the Caribbean and yachts in the Mediterranean.

Now 20 years after first training to become a chef, she has returned home to Salisbury and is involved with creating a fine dining experience either in an individual’s home or at St Thomas’s House in the city centre.

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0149Rachel's new venture is to give the people of Salisbury the chance to be able find out what a Pop Up Restaurant is all about by visiting the Salisbury Festival Playhouse Pop Up Restaurant. Rachel said, 'We are celebrating the Festival by Popping Up in fine style from Monday 25th May right through to Saturday 6th June. Everyday from lunch straight through until after dinner, we will be delighting you with tasty food."

"The theme of the International Arts Festival this year is the Middle East, so we are matching this with a Middle Eastern menu. The menu is designed to tempt tastebuds and satisfy all types of hungers, from a bowl of olives or a delicious plate of baklava, to a full three course meal. We have thought of the little ones too and we have a nice range of things for little mouths. Plus if you are coming along with a friend who prefers plain food, there are a selection of dishes where we can dial down the middle eastern spices to zero. That way the taste of the chicken or the prawns shines through."

"I was a vegetarian for about ten years, which means I have total respect for people who choose not to eat meat. For me vegetarians (and vegans) aren't an afterthought. When I cook non meat eaters are served dishes that are really delicious well thought through. I think is rare for non meat eaters to be treated in this way, except in vegetarian and vegan restaurants."

Menu highlights include

Starters and Light Bites

Mezze platter to share (serves two as a starter) (v) falafel, humus, olives garlic/cucumber and yoghurt dip, pitta and crudités.

Soup of the day with pitta.

Stuffed Vine leaves (v) with crunchy salad.150329-TalkEatLaugh-0163

Prawn skewers with spicy Harissa, cherry tomatoes and salad.

Main courses

Lamb Shish kebabs with jewelled rice, yoghurt and pitta.

Tagine of the day served with cous cous.

Falafel (v) served with toasted pine nut green salad and pitta.

Vegetarian dish of the day.

Puddings

Baklava, two different types.

Ripe peaches with Yoghurt and pistachio brittle.

Parties of six and over will need to book in advance to ensure a table. The booking line for that is 07442 250888 (ate, ate, ate, see what we did there?).

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0159"At one of the standard Talk Eat Laugh Pop Up Restaurant which I host every three weeks in either Southampton or Salisbury the winning format is this.....You are greeted by a welcome drink and a selection of canapés. After five or so minutes and a few sips of your drink, the crowd falls into groups of people chatting and making new friends. The standard Pop Up is a nicely manageable number of guests, usually around 20. Once all the canapés have been polished off, the main event kicks off. We all sit together at one long table. The guests and staff are all mixed in together to add to the shared 'dinner party' feeling. As the chef I sit with the guests, but I do run around, between courses,  like a mad woman. I run around so all the food is hot, tasty and pretty when in arrives in front of you."

The Salisbury Festival Playhouse Pop Up will follow this successful shared table format. You will be encouraged to join other guests and chat about the performances you have seen, or are about to see.

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0162At a standard Pop Up no two evenings are the same, it is the people who make the night. It's the magic mix of personalities and the random conversations that make people come back again and again. The Festival Playhouse Pop Up will be the place not to 'see and be seen' but rather to 'meet and be met'. The Restaurant is a crossroads for people to sit and wait for friends, to chat or to relax. It is a very informal feel, you order at the bar and then find somewhere to sit. Whoever you sit next to at the Festival Playhouse Pop Up is bound to have something interesting to say.

"I hope to cook for you between Monday 25th May and Saturday 6th June. Do please come and say hello, any friend of John's is a friend of mine."

Talk Eat Laugh: 07442 250 888

Business email: TalkEatLaugh@hotmail.com

Twitter: @ChefSalisbury

Facebook: Talk, Eat, Laugh

Salisbury Journal

The Business of Giving - Wiltshire Community Foundation

 

The Business of Giving

Rosemary Macdonald, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Community FoundationWiltshire Community Foundation launches new networking group for professional people who care about Wiltshire

On Thursday 6th March, at Trethowans London Road offices, Wiltshire Community Foundation launched The Business of Giving,  an educational networking group for Wiltshire’s young professionals.

30 representatives from the City’s top firms including Trethowans, Wilsons, Smith & Williamson and various other businesses attended to hear Rosemary Macdonald, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Community Foundation, introduce the course of talks and speak about The Voluntary Sector in Wiltshire and its relevance for professional advisors.

Attendees were asked to name the first charity which came into their heads. The overwhelming majority named a national charity. Rosemary Macdonald said “There are 7,800 registered charities in Wiltshire, only 109 of which receive any council funding. Only 5% of professional advisors speak to their clients about leaving gifts to charities in their will. We want people to think local when it comes to supporting causes they care about. ”

Francer Gillett, Rosemary Macdonald, Elizabeth Webbe Through this new course of evening talks (which count as CPD accredited sessions) and visits to local community projects, members will gain an understanding of the voluntary sector and how it is relevant to their clients. They will find out about local charities and meet the Wiltshire philanthropists who are supporting them.

Members will meet a wide range of contacts, learn about corporate social responsibility and take part in a Dragons Den style event where charities pitch for funding and the members decide there and then who receives the grants.  (This event is subsidised by the Community Foundation.)

The next event takes place on 14th April.  For more information or to register call Kate Robinson on 01380 729284 or email kate.robinson@wiltshirecf.org.uk

About the Foundation

Wiltshire Community Foundation supports voluntary groups and charitable organisations across Wiltshire and Swindon, raising funds locally from individuals, companies and trusts. Wiltshire Community Foundation gave out £800,000 in grants in 2013/2014 to 550 voluntary groups and individuals. All applications are assessed and monitored to ensure the grants are effective and benefit their community. Wiltshire Community Foundation has an endowment fund of £17m and also manages funds on behalf of the Big Lottery.

Community Foundations are experts in revitalising local communities through effective charitable giving. Over the last 16 years well over 12,000 private sector donors have used the services of a community foundation to make sure that their giving has been invested to make the lasting difference that they want to see. Community Foundations now manage over £200m of committed endowed giving and it is estimated that most people in the UK will live or work within 20 miles of a charitable project that a community foundation has supported.

 

Magna Carta: Spirit of Justice, Power of Words

  Magna Carta: Spirit of Justice, Power of Words – an interactive exhibition for a Great Charter opens at Salisbury Cathedral

Magna CartaSalisbury Cathedral - home to the finest preserved of the four original copies of Magna Carta - celebrates the 800th anniversary of the historic charter as it launches a new exhibition telling the story of its creation and enduring legacy. The new exhibit takes visitors on a journey of liberty and justice woven throughout the Cathedral, medieval cloisters and stunning 13th-century Chapter House.

The interactive and immersive design brings to life the history and the contemporary relevance of this extraordinary document, which is often seen as representing the foundation of modern human rights and of the justice system we recognise today.

The varied elements of the exhibition are intended to encourage a response, from the digital display of spinning globes that exposes statistics on human rights, to the medieval sword that visitors can try out. The exhibition has been designed to appeal to families and younger audiences as well as the Cathedral’s many international visitors, using media installations, simple interactives, objects and stylish graphics.

Stretched Skin ParchmentSalisbury Cathedral’s copy of Magna Carta is re-housed in a dramatic new enclosure, befitting its international significance, and other manuscript treasures from the Cathedral’s archive are displayed. There is also new interpretation of the ornate medieval frieze which visitors can follow round the Chapter House. More is revealed about the historical characters linked to Salisbury who shaped the creation and early years of Magna Carta, whilst contemporary reflections on the meaning of Magna Carta are provided through an thought-provoking documentary made in partnership with local students and Bournemouth University.

Supported through a grant of £415,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Salisbury Cathedral aims to use the 800th anniversary year to find new ways to engage visitors with the Magna Carta and its themes.

150227-MagnaCarta-8423The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, said:

“So many of the liberties that we hold dear today – and perhaps sometimes take for granted – can be traced back to Magna Carta. Despite its age the document has clearly gained in relevance for a modern audience, and there is a tangible sense of anticipation as we open this new exhibition and launch the 800th anniversary celebrations in Salisbury. I know that the many visitors who will come to Salisbury Cathedral to experience this exhibition will be excited and engaged by what they find and hope they will go away inspired by Magna Carta’s enduring values of fairness, universal rights and justice.”

The Very Revd June Osborne and Simon Timms, Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund South West Committee

Simon Timms, Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund South West Committee, said:

“In today’s world an understanding of justice and human freedoms is of paramount importance, so the Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to support Salisbury Cathedral’s ambitious plans to celebrate Magna Carta in its 800th year.

"It will be a thrilling experience for visitors to come face to face with Salisbury's copy of Magna Carta in the new exhibition. And we are very impressed with the wide-ranging programme of events that the Cathedral is arranging during 2015 to give everyone this opportunity".

Exhibition designers Haley Sharpe Design (hsd), creators of ‘Magna Carta: Spirit of Justice, Power of Words’ embraced the challenge of interpreting the Charter as widely as possible. Oriel Wilson, project consultant, hsd, said:

“Our creative design work had to incorporate a range of site-specific media solutions. We have worked carefully within the stunning and sensitive interiors of the Cathedral to develop an exhibition that we believe will appeal to a wide visitor profile with tactile hands-on activities to give visitors the feel of medieval life and touchscreen displays that allow people to explore the continued fight for justice and human rights in the 21st century.”

Spirit of Justice, Power of Words, the exhibition, will be formally opened by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum on 6 March after which he will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Making the Magna Carta We Want: The Unintended Meanings of an Icon’. Following a successful build and testing period, the exhibition will be open to the public from, Saturday 28 February, a week earlier than expected.

Kelly Hatt - Surface Designer and Illustrator

 

Kelly Hatt is a UK based Surface Designer and Illustrator.

Aluminium etching by Kelly HattWorking initially with collage and pens, her paper based drawings inspire a collection of mixed media illustrations which combine dyed fabrics, hand embroidery, perspex and metal. The juxtaposition of these delicate and industrial materials create depth and tone while providing a narrative element.

These hand cut illustrations are available to commission and purchase as a print. While her bespoke aluminium pieces are available in a wide range of sizes to suit many interior applications.

Aluminium etched table by Kelly Hatt"As a designer maker, beautiful images are extremely important in communicating my surfaces to the audience, particularly online where they can not touch and experience the product in the same way. Since working with the mix of aluminium etching and hand embroidered fabrics, I have found them challenging to photograph so decided to enlist the help of Salisbury commercial and product photographer, John Rose Photography".

"Studio manager, Mandy was extremely helpful with quick communication via email throughout. I found this invaluable as I had a limited time to have my design photographed and apply for an exhibition before the deadline. While photographing my work, John supplied intial test shots for me to choose exactly what kind of lighting I prefered and to ensure the final images were exactly what I required. I found this very interesting and crucial to receiving images that I really loved as a result."

Aluminium etching by Kelly Hatt"I felt reasurred that my work was being looked after in the studio which meant a lot to me as I have spent many hours etching, painting, embroidering and generally staring at them in my studio! I would definitley recommend John Rose Photography to anyone who is looking for a great service and beautiful results."

"As a designer, I can now create postcards, business cards, update my website and apply for exhibitions knowing that my work is shown in the best possible way with these high quality images."

To connect with Kelly, please like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter

 

Commercially Savvy Salisbury

Commercial Portraits

Were you one of the commercially savvy businesses that got your year off to a fresh start by updating the images on your promotional material and website. Well there's still time!

The first couple of months of our new year here at John Rose Photography, Salisbury has been very  busy helping our commercial clients update their images. We find that many companies start the year looking at their marketing material and website. They find it to be the perfect time to refresh everything. The old cliche 'a picture paints a 1000 words' is never more true when it comes to commercial promotion in South Wiltshire and West Hampshire

Commercial art photographyWe all know people buy from people, and the more business savvy people know that making your business stand out from the crowd is even more important. Did you read Mandy's post 'What do the images on your website or promotional material say about you', the guest blog from Personnel Placements  'Profile pictures - what do they tell a potential employer about you?' or the guest blog from Robert Snook, MD of MG Cannon 'What a dose of your own medicine tastes like'. If not then pop over and have a look, they are well worth reading.

commercial singer/actor headshotsWe have recently relaunched our commercial studio portraits giving you 3 options to choose from, starting as before with the 20 minute shoot for £35. Full details can be found in our blog post 'Professional commercial studio portraits/headshots'. If you are a member of Salisbury or Wilton Chamber of commerce you can take advantage of a 10% discount on the displayed prices.

We are currently working on our 'New Year, New Image' promotion for SME's. This is similar to our commercial studio portrait shoots, but will allow you as a businesses to update your literature and website with professional, high quality images of your business premises and products too. We have options to suit everyone, and at very reasonable prices. COMING SOON!

Commercial product shotsWe are very lucky to have a hugely diverse client list, and in any one month we can be shooting art, commercial headshots, actors, singers, jewellery, electrical items, the list goes on. If you are thinking that perhaps it is time you freshened up your website and promotion material with new, bespoke images, give us a call on 01722 320500 or email commercial@johnrosephotography.com

 

6 Reasons Why Images are Important

If you have an online store, issue press releases or even just have a Facebook business “page”, then here are 6 reasons to publish images and photos as part of your business marketing tactics.

  1. Articles with images get 94% more total views
  2. Including a Photo and a video in a press release increases views by over 45%
  3. 60% of consumers are more likely to consider or contact a business when an image shows up in local search results
  4. In an ecommerce site, 67% of consumers say the quality of a product image is “very important” in selecting and purchasing a product
  5. In an online store, customers think that the quality of a products image is more important than product-specific information (63%), a long description (54%) and ratings and reviews (53%)
  6. Engagement rate on Facebook for photos averages 0.37% where text only is 0.27% (this translates to a 37% higher level of engagement for photos over text)

Read more at http://www.jeffbullas.com

Professional commercial studio portraits/headshots

Commercial studio portraits/headshots

Entrepreneurs, Actors, Singers, Speakers, Authors, Trainers

We are the professional's choice for commercial portraiture and headshots in Salisbury. Offering sessions to suit everyone, if you want to be seen as a serious professional on your social media profile and website come and speak to us. We offer discounts to members of both Wilton and Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry members.

Corporate headshots

90 minute session £195 • A selection of poses shot • 2 outfit changes • 2-3 backgrounds • Immediate viewing • 6 digital images fully edited suitable for printing

60 minute session £125 • A selection of poses shot • 1 outfit changes • 2 backgrounds • Immediate viewing • 4 digital images fully edited suitable for printing

20 minute session £35 • 4 poses shot • 1 background • Immediate viewing • 1 digital image fully edited suitable for printing

Additional images available at £17.50

Location shoots available from £225

Corporate Partner to Salisbury Playhouse

  In the week John Rose Photography was named a Corporate Partner to Salisbury Playhouse, we were pleased to be able to attend the VIP performance of Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan. This play has an extra special meaning for John Rose Photography, as the image on the poster and programme front cover, was shot locally by John.

If you have not seen this play, then take our word for it, it is well worth a seeing.

A wonderful revival Southern Daily Echo

Performed flawlessly. . .  a masterclass in ensemble acting Western Daily Press

Salisbury Playhouse poster for Seperate Tables posterSuperb Public Reviews

I was hooked Salisbury Journal

Beautifully detailed The Stage

In the genteel surroundings of a respectable Bournemouth hotel tongues are wagging.

The lady residents have a nose for gossip and there is plenty to cause a raised eyebrow or a sideways glance today – not least the gentleman making notes at the table by the window and the elegant young woman, newly arrived from London.

Separate Tables is a wonderfully funny and moving portrait of the lives, loves and quirks of the guests of a seaside hotel in the Fifties, from the writer of The Winslow BoyLess Than Kind and The Deep Blue Sea.

Salisbury Songstress Lizz Badcock - aka Miss Lilli B

Funk Soul Sista - Girl BandAs you may have seen on our Facebook or Twitter pages yesterday and this morning, this very lucky Salisbury photographer had the lovely Miss Lilli B in the studio yesterday.

Lilli is a Salisbury singer/singing teacher. She is currently upgrading her website and needed to get some new photos done. Her current website is here.

You may recognise Lilli from a shoot we did some time ago with the amazing trio Funk Soul Sista. Lilli is on the left in the picture along with Emm (centre) and Becks (right).

As with all of our clients we offer a consultation to enable us to see the finished images through their eyes, and are using Pinterest more and more to enable our clients to receive the personal, bespoke service we are renowned for. Lilli found being able to show us her vision very helpful, not only to allow us to see what she was trying to visualise but to also focus her own thoughts.

So to the shoot.

We had a 2 hour session booked to allow for style changes, etc. We had our style agreed, and we had had a look at the layout for Lilli's new website. All that was left was to set the lighting for the first set and for Lilli to change into her first outfit.

Here are a selection from the shoot. If you would like to see, and hear, the amazing Miss Lilli B, and a few other amazing local talents, including Funk Soul Sista, Kev B, Duncan Heather, and BGT 2013 finalists Kieran and Sarah, she is performing at Stars in the Canyon on Friday 14th November at the Chapel Nightclub. Tickets are available at Eventbrite and are on sale now at a discounted rate for a limited time, so book now to get the best seats at the best prices!

 

Profile Pictures– what do they tell a Potential Employer about you?

Guest Blog Spot, Personnel Placements.

Profile Picture on White BackgroundProfile Pictures– what do they tell a Potential Employer about you?

Nowadays most of us have some sort of online presence in the form of one of the many Social Media sites. They are used, as the name suggests, to “socialise”, but also as a platform to sell products, services and if you are a job seeker, yourself! When was the last time you had a good look at your profile picture. Does it portray the image you want it to? Are you the same person at work as you are on Facebook? The current thinking within many HR departments seems to be that whatever people display on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter reflects the behaviour they display in the workplace. However new research shows that what’s in our profiles has little bearing on how well we do our jobs, even though a large number of recruiters operate under the assumption that it does. According to a survey by recruiting software company Jobvite, 93% of recruiters surveyed are likely to look at a candidate’s social media profile during the recruitment process and make assumptions on their capabilities. Over 40% of recruiters have reconsidered a candidate based on their social media profile.

Do the same rules apply across all Social Media sites?

Funk Soul Sista - Girl BandFacebook is a platform where most people say and do things that they wouldn't do at work and post photographs of situations that could make a potential employer think poorly of them. So if you are searching for work, make sure you at least set your privacy settings to ensure those photos of you after one to many cocktails aren't visible to everyone! Twitter has changed the way we communicate, opening up our daily thoughts and #selfies to, potentially, the world! Problems occur when people start tweeting photos that are unprofessional, threaten company privacy, or reflect badly on their own work ethics. Sites such as LinkedIn are different, and your profile is in effect a modern day CV, so your profile photograph needs to look professional; a good head and shoulders shot is ideal. Make sure it portrays you as professional and business like, as well as a positive, happy person; you can smile – it’s not a passport mugshot! Ideally get a professional photographer to take it. People look at photographs and think, “can I see myself working with this person?”, so make sure it is recent, there’s no point trying to hide anything as if you do get to meet a potential employer who has seen your LinkedIn profile, it’s going to be hard to build trust with someone who doesn’t recognise you in person!

Lynsey Docherty Professional Opera SingerShould I use a photo on my CV?

We do receive some applications from candidates who use photographs on their CVs but in the UK it’s more common not to. However if you do choose to add one to your CV or are asked to send a photo with your application, again it needs to be a recent, business like, professional looking head and shoulders shot.

Bio: Lynne Rose is the Business Manager at Personnel Placements and has been recruiting in Salisbury and the surrounding area for 13 years. PP as it is affectionately known within the local business community is a generalist Agency that has been supporting local companies for almost 30 years. They are also an active member of TEAM – The Employment Agents Movement – which enables them to source candidates from all over the UK. As part of their service they also provide HR Support and Advice.
Our website address is www.personnel-placements.co.uk

If you would like to update your profile picture why not give us a ring on 01722 320500 or email, commercial@johnrosephotography.com. Professional Headshots are available in our studio for £35 each. A 15 minute appointment, 3 poses shot, choose your favourite straight from the screen and we will email it directly to you. First image is included, additional images may be purchased for £17.50.

Salisbury Big Business Event at Salisbury Guildhall

Chris Hemingway MBE at Salisbury Big Business Event

Well the Salisbury Big Business Event is over for another year, but what an event it was.

Our attendance began on Wednesday evening when we photographed speaker Wayne Hemingway MBE for Salisbury Life. We were unable to stay for the talk due to a prior engagement, but those who did said it was very good.

We attended three very informative talks during the day on Thursday, and Mandy stayed and photographed the Levi Roots talk Thursday evening.I attended 3 more talks on Friday, 'Have you got your branding right' by An.X Agency and 'Would you like to use social media more effectively' by Andy Poulton, and 'How to stay ahead of the trend' by Chris Simpson, Wiltshire business Support Service.

From the BBE website http://www.salisburybigbusiness.co.uk/

Levi Roots at Salisbury Big Business Event

Last week over 700 business representatives took part in the third annual Salisbury Big Business Event at The Guildhall, Salisbury.

The event ran from 7 – 9 May and was sponsored by Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire Council, Trethowans Solicitors, Federation of Small Businesses, Salisbury Business Improvement District, Blue Frontier and Salisbury Chamber of Commerce.

Offering FREE advice to businesses of all sizes including start-ups, the event provides workshops, seminars and networking on a variety of subjects.

Managing Partner of Trethowans Simon Rhodes said, “We are delighted to support this event and offer advice and guidance to businesses, we have received some fantastic feedback from the business community on the knowledge and skills they have gained by attending.”

An.x talk at Salisbury Big Business Event

Over the three days speakers from across a number of sectors have shared their knowledge and the event also welcomed fashion entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway and food entrepreneur Levi Roots.

The Mayor of the City of Salisbury, Cllr Mrs Penny Brown said, “As the Mayor I was honoured to meet so many businesses from across Wiltshire and even further afield. Salisbury City Council enjoys working in partnership with our fellow sponsors and I have been amazed at the scope of the speakers and their wisdom. One of my highlights was to meet Levi Roots and welcome him to the Guildhall, the speakers including Wayne Hemingway and Andy Reid were inspirational.”

Fleur de Rhe Philipe, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for economic development said: “It is important we continue to support events which create opportunities to boost the local economy.

Andy Poulton at Salisbury Big Business Event

During these three days businesses with diverse backgrounds shared their knowledge and ideas which I know will have positive impact on future business growth and partnerships in our county.”

If you had a chance to visit the event I hope you had a great time and took away some useful FREE information: I know we did!

If you didn't get to visit the event this time I would respectfully suggest you get ready to put the dates of the 2015 event in your diary as soon as they become available. We will certainly be adding the dates to our diary, I mean where can you get FREE advice with no strings, apart from John Rose Photography of course.

If you would like to see more images captured by us during our visit you can do so in the Salisbury Life gallery on our website.

What a dose of your own medicine tastes like… MG Cannon MD, Robert Snook tell us

 “It’s not our customer’s job to remember to buy from us. It’s our job to remind them.”

MedicineThis is one of my favourite quotes, and an everyday mantra in our respective businesses, MG Cannon, Turkish Villa Holidays and Computers DotCom.

You see it reminds me every single day that as much as we love our customers, and they normally love us in return, they see so many brands every day that we need to remind them we are the answer to their problem…. Whatever that is today and however different it was to their last problem.

I experienced this in reverse recently when I commissioned John Rose Photography to undertake some commercial work for us. Why? Because over recent months, during which time I wasn’t actually in the buying zone,  they had constantly reminded me through their commercial product offer that they were the ‘go-to’ commercial solution for when I was ready to buy because they looked good, they looked like the experts.

Because of our mantra, I really got this and respected that they had stayed in touch and kept me aware of their innovations, without any hard selling to me.

140204-MGCannon-038“Silence is a message and usually not a good one”

Think about your partner at home for a second. When is goes quiet is that usually a good sign or a bad one? Exactly!

In our businesses we understand that if our customers are not hearing our messages, they are hearing nothing, or worse, only hearing our competitor’s version.

Looking back, I guess what John Rose Photography did was to ensure there was no long term silences and ensured that they were remaining logged in my mind all the time. This was done in an easy going way. I guess I never even noticed sometimes.

“Would you rather they were satisfied or loyal?”

You think they’re the same thing right? Wrong. So wrong.

Think about your partner at home again. If you had to choose, would you rather they were satisfied or loyal? Not the same now is it ? No, definitely not the same!

What this dose of my own medicine showed me was that leading up to, during and immediately after the commercial shoot, I was satisfied. John Rose had taken some great professional shots that would ensure our brand continued to stand out from our competitors in future.

But then something else happened. Their follow up and attention to detail in ensuring they had completely followed through with, and fully met, the brief changed me from being a satisfied customer to a loyal customer, and that is an important step to take.

“Relevance Drives Results”

140204-MGCannon-170Stop and think for me one more time. Think about Jessops, Borders, HMV, Blockbuster, Woolworths and all those high street brands not here anymore.

As diverse as they are, they all had one thing in common and it’s the same one thing all failed businesses, in all industries, in all of history have had in common…

They stopped being relevant to their customers. And because their customers decided they weren’t relevant anymore they found someone or something that was.

Borders customers found Kindle, Blockbuster customers found Netflix…. and so on.

What I liked about John Rose Photography’s offer was that they showed me they weren’t in it to sell me one commercial shoot, they were in it to be our long term media partners and had videography and other innovations in their skillset ready to ensure they would make that happen. This was much more refreshing and enjoyable than being sold to for a quick sale.

“So, how did your own medicine taste?”

Pretty good. It certainly helped me and I’ll keep it to hand ready for next time.

WineI’d probably describe it something like “had seen it on the shelf, noticed it looked good, so tasted it one day, found it easy to use, refreshing and enjoyable. Easy to swallow with a sweet, instead of bitter, after taste.

Sounds more like a good wine doesn’t it? Well I guess if it had of been wine instead of medicine, I would definitely go for a case next time….much more fun than medicine.

 

Unleash Your Inner SuperStar

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Since you're reading a photography blog, it seems fitting to talk about visibility. In particular, your visibility.

Call it what you will - your personal brand, your profile, your celebrity status – putting yourself ‘out there’ is often one of the scariest things you'll do as businessman or woman.

There’s no doubt you intellectually ‘get’ the benefits of standing out from the crowd. Those who succeed appear to magnetically attract business and career opportunities to them with ease.

But what if that’s not you?

What if you're uncomfortable with the different visibility vehicles – be that the stage, the page or the screen?

What if you're terrified of putting more of yourself out there, you're worried about what others might think of you, and you're scared of what you'll look like on film?

Here are 5 tips to safely raising your head above the parapet:

  1. Get a professional headshot. Use this on all your social media profiles, and on your CV. If you haven't got one, John Rose Photography has a fantastic £35 headshot service, so there’s no excuse!
  2. Practice makes perfect on video – expect being on camera to be more than a little scary at first. Take comfort in the fact that you will get better with practice. Whether you're promoting your business or looking for your next job offer, there is no better way than video for people to get a feel for the real you without meeting you in person.
  3. Learn basic copywriting techniques. Words are powerful. They get you noticed. Whether you're promoting your business or yourself, good copy sells. Web pages, press releases, CVs, job letters, adverts – words matter, so make yours count!
  4. Get over yourself. Identify what’s really holding you back from going for that promotion. From opening your dream business. From speaking up for something that matters to you. And surround yourself with like-minded, positive people who are on your side, who cheer you on, and inspire you to go for it despite your fears.
  5. Be you! Express yourself freely and fully to turn on your star power. Don't be a replica of someone else, or get bogged down comparing or contrasting yourself with others. You've got your own unique gift to give to the world and you're perfect just the way you are. Read the last sentence again – and believe it!

And if you're a woman who runs her own business, or wants to, grab a Guest Pass to Damsels in Success Salisbury on Monday 31st March (click here to register). Our theme for the month is ‘Magnetic Marketing: Let’s Get Visible’. We'll be exploring ways to try on our celebrity personas in a safe and relaxed environment.

Cheering you on! Love Lulu xx

Lulu Mungur | Chief Cheerleader & Director Damsels in Success Salisbury | 07711 640251

Lulu Mungur

Good luck embracing your inner superstar and promoting yourself with ease. I'd love to hear how you get on. Connect with me on social media and let me know how I can help.

lulu@damselsinsuccess.co.uk | damselsinsuccess.co.uk/salisbury

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About Lulu.  Lulu helps professional and entrepreneurial women to find their fortune and discover their own formula for success with ease – what she likes to call finding your F-Factor. Lulu believes we all have it within us to be successful and that every girl deserves a real live fairy godmother to give her a helping hand. Passionate about supporting women in designing their ideal working lives that fit around the needs of those that they love, Lulu’s clients benefit from her boundless energy and solid business know-how, with more than 20 years’ experience of sales and marketing, business strategy and systems, and leading and managing teams. Lulu helps her clients expand their businesses or enhance their careers, without struggle or sacrifice in the other key areas of their lives.

Parliament Week with First News

First News is the UK's only newspaper for young people and the widest-read children's publication in the country with a readership of 1,047,543 seven to 14 year olds every week.

Parliament Week is a UK-wide programme of events and activities that inspire, engage and connect people with parliamentary democracy.  Parliament Week 2013 will run from 15-21 November.

On 21st November we were commissioned to travel up to London to shoot a special question time. 60 children from 12 schools were given the chance to have a personal tour of Portcullis House, Westminster. They were also privileged to be able to have a special question time that included the first and only woman speaker Baroness Betty Boothroyd as well as author Malorie Blackman. At the end of the day Malorie spent time signing her new book for the children.

Our brief was to record the event and capture the engagement of the children with the panel and vice verse; and the result? Hi John, Thanks so much for the photos – they're brilliant!! Jessica Howley, Marketing Assistant/Assistant to the Editor, First News.

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What do the images on your website and promotional material say about you?

The majority of clients searching for a specific business, product, or service provider will automatically search the internet, before they ever make contact with you.

What draws you to choosing a specific business or service provider when you do a web search - try it? (But remember to come straight back)

Ok so what did you search for?

How many websites did you look at before you were happy with what you saw?

Which site grabbed your attention?

So now ask yourself what it was about that particular website that grabbed your attention and drew you to it?

Like you, I need a website that gives me the answers to my questions easily, without having to fight my way around the site. I need images that grab my attention and show me exactly what I'm searching for. I don't want to have to read loads of text - boring. I want what I'm looking for to jump off the page at me.

So, what does your website and your promotional material say about you and your business?

Do you have images showing your business logo? Are there images of your products, offices, or treatment rooms on your website? If the answer is yes, are your images clear, in focus and personal to your business?

Have you ever had that feeling of de ja vu when looking at images on a website?

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While "stock" images have their place, you are far better investing in professional images of your own. I don't just mean images of your office, shop, or place of business - while these are all really very important, you also need to think about the people in your business. The people that your clients see, the faces of your business.

You need to show that you are friendly, approachable, and have nothing to hide. It also helps clients relax, and you will find them to be friendlier when they know who they are talking too within your business. There really are lots of things to think about including images of you and your staff.

You are your business. Your business is personal to you and so should the images that you use to promote your business. A picture is worth a thousand words, so let your pictures speak for themselves.

By Mandy Woolford

John Rose Photography

Opening of the Pembroke Arms at Wilton

The Pembroke Arms at Wilton opened its doors on 23 April 2013, following a comprehensive six month refurbishment. Situated in the small town of Wilton on the beautiful Pembroke Estate, it has been very carefully and beautifully furnished with, colonially-themed furniture from Rajasthan, supplemented with items from local suppliers and antique dealers.

This hotel is a part of the Hillbrooke Hotels collection, which offers luxurious bedrooms, a restaurant & bar that offer exceptional choice, plus elegant function rooms which are perfect for weddings or conferences.

"we have an unconventional style which won't fail to impress as you step through the door; a passionate and obliging style of service that exceeds customer expectations."

John Rose Photography were invited to attend and photograph the launch on behalf of Neylon Associates, and Salisbury Life Magazine. Capturing images of special guests Lord Pembroke and John Glenn MP along with many local business owners from in and around Wilton and Salisbury.

Guests were permitted to wander freely around the hotel, whilst being treated to a three course sampler of fantastic food, with ingredients sourced locally.

The hotel really is a welcome addition to the local area with great comments already being left including:

"We are delighted that Hillbrooke Hotels have taken over The Pembroke Arms and we wish them every success."

The Earl and Countess of Pembroke

 

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Salisbury City FC Civic Reception

Salisbury's new Mayor , Cllr Penny Brown invited players, management and staff of recently promoted Salisbury City Football Club to a civic reception at the Guildhall.

Along with a number of other Councillors, Darrell Clarke and his winning team were congratulated for their outstanding performance during the season and their promotion from the Blue Square Bet South League to the Blue Square Premier League.

Directors, players and staff spoke of the excitement and elation at winning the play off final in front of such a huge home crowd. Darrell thanked the Mayor for her kind words also congratulated his team and the board of directors for their support.

John Rose Photography as Official Photographers and Videographers to Salisbury City FC were on hand to capture images of the Mayor and her guests, during the Civic Reception.

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Darrell Clarke, Vicky Pope, Sarah Gomme and Mikey Harris

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Since this event took place Darrell has left the club after being offered the Assistant Manager's job at league 2's Bristol Rovers FC. We wish Darrell every success as he moves to league football and thank him wholeheartedly for being a great manager and good friend.

South Wilts Business of the Year Awards 2013

Well the entry period for the SWBOYA officially closed at 5pm today so if you have forgotten to enter you will need to ring the office and speak very nicely to Amanda to see if she will let you put in a late entry. If you have entered it is now time to get prepared for the upcoming visit of one of the judges. Salisbury's John Rose Photography are again the official photographers for the event so if we do not see you before we will certainly see you on the night of the awards, which if you don't know already is Thursday 27th June at the City Hall, Salisbury. We have also entered 3 categories in the awards, The Salisbury and District Value Cars Outstanding Customer Service Award, last year sponsored by Autocrash and in which we were a finalist, The AN.X Agency Marketing Excellence Award and The FSB Small Business Award (under £500k t/o).

Good Luck to everyone that has entered and remember, by failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.

The Sponsors 2013

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