Setting up a business and our visit to Chessington World of Adventures
Happy Mothers Day to all the fellow mummy’s out there. I hope all had a wonderful yesterday and were spoilt by your little ones. I can’t believe Easter is around the corner as is the opening of our new coffee Shop/Deli and Post Office ‘Lord Roberts on The Green’. Since my last blog post, I have been pretty full on with my project manager hat on and it’s been great. Who wears white jeans on a building site?!
From the age of 18 I’ve always been self employed and I’ve renovated a fair few properties, but I’ve never actually set up a business before and there is so much to sort out and consider. I have a new found respect for all business owners. Seeing the ideas I had on paper come to life is really rewarding and if you live in Surrey and ever fancy a Cream Tea (we even offer Vegan Cream Teas), you must come and visit.
Aside of our new business venture since my last post I’ve attended a few lovely events. These include the Emerald and Ivy Ball (to help raise money for Ronan Keating’s charity the ‘Marie Keating Foundation’), The 2017 Qube Learning Awards and the launch of the new Gruffalo ride at Chessington World of Adventures.
The Emerald and Ivy Ball was an extremely special evening. Hosted at Evolution Battersea, Ronan and Storm his wife decided on a circus theme with a reception of bearded ladies, mine artists, coconut shys and swings. It was absolutely incredible and Alex and I enjoyed a night out together helping raise money for the charity and watching performances from Heather Small, Simple Minds and Ronan Keating himself. Here is a photo of Alex and I together on the red carpet. I wore a fitted navy blue dress from Michelle Keegan’s Lipsy Collection.
The other event I attended was the Qube Learning Awards at The Waldorf Hotel in London which I hosted with Grainne McCoy from The Apprentice. All can say is what an awesome lady. She has such a similar work ethic and drive to me, loves a bit of DIY and is an all round beautiful lady. Together we celebrated individuals and companies who have supported apprenticeships. Any of you who follow me might know that at 18 I deferred my university placement to work as a Runner in TV. I believe my internship has been so beneficial on helping me get to where I am today. Being an apprentice is great place to start on any career path and I respect anyone who decides to pursue this route instead of go to University.
Here’s a few photos of myself and Grianne on stage. I wore a beautiful floor length, black dress from Pia Michi.
No matter how busy I am with work I always try to plan fun things with the children even if it means I only get 5 hours sleep a night! So when we were invited to the launch of the new Gruffalo ride at Chessington World of Adventures I thought it would be a great day out for the family. The ride was magical and I loved it as much as the children. I really can’t recommend it highly enough.
So before I sign off I thought I’d share another photo. This one is of myself and Tahlia at Lord Roberts on The Green. You can see the original sign from the shop behind us. It’s over 100 years old so we wanted to display it a piece of art and I think it looks pretty cool.
Keep an eye out in Hello Magazine because in a few weeks time you will be able to see lots more photos from the project and hear more about it.
This week I’ve taken my project managing hat off and I’ve put my presenting hat on because I am filming in Miami. I’m only in the USA for a few days but I’m going to enjoy the sunshine and find some places to recommend for Hamilton’s Hotspots.
Have a great week and don’t forget you can follow my Miami adventures on Instagram @laurahamiltontv.
Bye for now!