Berkeley Composting Method

January 14, 2017

The Berkeley Composting Method, sometimes called rapid composting, is possibly one of the most efficient ways of composting material quickly, and without much loss in organic matter.  But what is it?  And what are some of the benefits and negatives I’ve seen in its use over the years. Background I first learnt about the Berkeley … Read More

What is Regenerative Garden Design?

January 6, 2017

What is Regenerative Garden Design? The term regenerative garden design is not something new or unique to the way of practicing and designing gardens.  In many ways it’s a term built from the multiple fields and disciplines that I’ve come in contact with over the years.  There are three major contributors: the sustainability movement in Architecture, the permaculture … Read More

Market Research Results

February 11, 2016

For those who haven’t had a chance to fill out my questionnaire or would like to see what the formatting is like, you can find it here (Google Forms). As of writing this analysis I’ve got around 57 responses which is enough to make some graphs and have an understanding for the results. I’ve included … Read More

Business Plan 6

February 10, 2016

The past week has seen me storm through the rest of my business plan, get some good feedback from the Prince’s Trust as well as order most of the tools and marketing material I need to start in April. As it is right now, I’m going to be submitting my application for Business Launch group … Read More

Business Plan 5

February 2, 2016

Right now I’m up in Scotland, working on a farm in the rain. While this means I have less time to work on my business plan it does mean I now have lots of time to contemplate and organize thoughts in my head which is really the best thing for this plan right now. As … Read More

Business Plan 4

January 30, 2016

Today I had my first meeting with my Business Plan Mentor at Prince’s Trust, he helped to answer some questions I had on the formatting and content as well as assure me that I’m on track with the business plan and that I should be able to get into Business Launch Group by March. This … Read More

Business Plan 3

January 28, 2016

Most of the last few days have been going over and over the market research I’d done as well as coming up with ideas for different marketing strategies to get in contact with my target markets. So far I’m going to be starting with a door to door flyer strategy so that I can keep … Read More

Business Plan 2

January 25, 2016

The last two days have been really insightful into the business world of horticulture as I have started undertaking the bulk of my desk market research. Exploring the ‘Do You Know What It’s Like Out There?” section of the booklet as well as a webinar from HMRC I looked at what sorts of information I … Read More

Business Plan 1

January 23, 2016

Today was the first day of developing my business plan. I’ve been working through the exercises in the Prince’s Trust book, exploring my business ideas on paper. Along with the business plan booklet I also started work on the Will It Work (WIW) Grant application which looks to providing £250 towards testing the business idea … Read More

Prince’s Trust Exploring Enterprise Day 4

January 22, 2016

The fourth and final day of the course was split in the morning with some more discussion and explanation on the layout of our business plans and then in the afternoon we gave short presentations on our ideas, experience and products. The booklets for the business plan are really well put together and really lead … Read More

Prince’s Trust Exploring Enterprise Day 3

January 21, 2016

Another great day of exercises and group discussion, further diving into the legal and financial complexities of starting and running a business. Specifically today was on HMRC and managing cash flow in and out of the business. The HMRC segment was done via Webinar and only focused on sole trader, this was very disappointing as … Read More

Prince’s Trust Exploring Enterprise Day 2

January 20, 2016

Day two of the course was very educational. We took a good look at marketing and sales, better defining our business ideas and looking at how to do market research and find a target demographic. Learning how to self analyse my services and demographic has really helped to narrow down on what I want to, … Read More

Prince’s Trust Exploring Enterprise Day 1

January 19, 2016

Today marked the start of the four day intensive Exploring Enterprise Course with Prince’s Trust. The agenda looked at examining personal finance while laying out the possible legal structures of a business and some ways of financing them. There was an inspirational talk at the end from entrepreneur with 40 years experience as well as … Read More

Prince’s Trust Introduction

January 18, 2016

In December 2015, I was looking for ways to start my own company and came across the Enterprise program with Prince’s Trust. The course was open to those under 30 and helped young entrepreneurs to get started in business by teaching legal, financial and marketing skills and helping mentor and seek financing for their ideas. … Read More

Entitlement or Employment

September 6, 2015

When asked what I do, my first response is usually that I am a full time traveller.  When I left school I took a long hard look at my life and decided that what I wanted to do most was travel, but unfortunately I’m not paid to do so.  So when an employer asks what … Read More

View from the bottom…

August 30, 2015

Most of my life has been a series of spirals both up and down, these have helped me to grow as a person by huge increments and every single moment has been critical to the person I am now. While the highs are always exciting and include so many new discoveries, it’s the lows that … Read More