Winner of Sole Trader 2016 - ME!

I knew I had been shortlisted but nevertheless it still comes as a shock to be announced as the winner.


Indeed I shared the honours with my friend Liz Hall from Liz Henson Photography, but that seemed to make a lot of sense. We do a lot of collaborative work as is evident on both our websites and social media.

As the sponsor was explaining how hard it is to be a sole trader having to take care of the day-to-day work, marketing, promotion and bookkeeping, I whispered to Liz, 'I think we should share this.'

Then would you believe it we did! Two matching trophies and certificates were handed out. Afterwards the judges told us they had checked both our digital presence and found that we both mentioned each other on our business pages so they couldn't separate us.

As ever I was also reporting on the awards and the presentation story was soon live on the Rossendale Free Press site and in the paper and the sole trader story made the Lancashire Telegraph business pages compiled by the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Another story was written for Fearns Community Sports College and that story also made the Lancashire Telegraph. Thank you Paul Swift Photography.



alt After recovering from the shock of winning an award, it has also been an incredibly hectic month.

The deal on the Sophie Lancaster Book resulted in 800 sales, a phenomenal success especially when added to earlier sales. It proved especially popular in Australia when the one day deal netted 350 sales. I am still working with Voiceover artist Karen-Eileen Gordon and the audio version is now nearing completion.

Since my last update as well as keeping the media spotlight on my three high schools, Fearns Community Sports College, Haslingden High School and Whitworth Community High School, I have also completed a number of ad hoc jobs, some for returning clients but most for new customers.

Regarding those schools - Haslingden High ws in the papers for getting students out of the classroom and keeping fit, a student's amazing skydive for Alzheimer's and a successful trampoline appeal and stories for Whitworth included a new reading room, the school's presentation and a girl footballer who plays in a boys team.

Those ad hoc jobs included regular client M3 Project where the project manager Alan is undertaking an amazing marathon in December, a total of 256 miles over the month. This story made the Free Press and also the latest M3 News that I produce.

The Citizens' Advice where clients now have access to a National Lottery-funded crisis project aimed not just at alleviating the crisis but at finding ways to prevent it happening again. Another returning client Tufties has launched a Christmas appeal for the homeless and I helped Colette Butler and Norman McClaren tell their stories in the Free Press question and answer profiles.

A new Food Group asked me to help publicise their relocation to the Positive Start building in Rawtenstall and new client Chant Productions asked me to promote the story of their young singers taking Anfield by storm at the Four Nations final. I also wrote a piece for Dansworks Dance Academy about the business's popular festival.

All the time I have been producing the latest JJO Journal and the November edition of Veterans In Communities newsletter. Several Remembrance photos of mine were in the Rossendale Free Press and a charming story on birthday boy D-Day veteran Lewis Banham was used by the Royal Signals Association.

To start December off I have two Paper in a Day projects - the first at Britannia Primary School and the second at new client Coal Clough Academy in Burnley. And finally another hyperthyroidism and me blog is soon to be written, I hope these blogs have raised awareness of what is a nasty and often misunderstood condition. To keep up with cuttings like my Facebook Business Page Catherine Smyth Media.

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