How can working parents achieve work life balance?

How can working parents achieve work life balance?

There’s lots in the news today about the high numbers of mums and dads who are unhappy with their work life balance in Scotland.  We suspect the numbers in England probably aren’t that different. Research from Family Friendly Working Scotland, reported on the BBC and elsewhere, shows parents really struggling with inflexible employers. They say theirContinue Reading

Daysie Chain Designs – keepsakes for all the family

Daysie Chain Designs – keepsakes for all the family

Grandparents Day is a celebration of family and for one of our keepsake businesses, the generations are pulling together to make it a success. Trisha, mother of four, has gone into business with her two daughters Gerry and Nadine, as Daysie Chain Designs. She is a grandma to Gerry’s son Casey. Artistic skills run inContinue Reading

Two Green Lane hits the headlines

Two Green Lane hits the headlines

One of our new keepsake businesses Two Green Lane has started in style with some fantastic local press coverage in their area. When you start your own business it can be really daunting but you’ll find lots of people are willing to help and support you. Here at the Keepsake Association we’ll help with branding,Continue Reading

Wishes Can Come True – Introducing The Wishing Jar

Wishes Can Come True – Introducing The Wishing Jar

Lois Hedley joined the Keepsake Association a few months ago. Like all of our keepsake artists, she has her own company name and beautiful branding – The Wishing Jar She’s worked really hard to get her business up and running, despite a set back when a local play barn went into liquidation and she lost her display materials thatContinue Reading

Yes, you can run your own business AND enjoy the summer holidays!

Yes, you can run your own business AND enjoy the summer holidays!

So, the kids are back to school (unless they are still doing half days, every other day, most of a day, or any of the other options schools come up with to ’settle them in’!), and we’ve had chance to reflect on just how good the summer holidays are when you run your own business.Continue Reading

Friday fanfare

Friday fanfare

Each week we have a Friday Fanfare in our Facebook group. There’s always a range of achievements and successes to celebrate but this was a particularly special set of comments, highlighting just how fabulous it is to run your own business from home and how well it can fit in with school holidays. “An amazingContinue Reading

Husband and wife business team…introducing Tiny Toerags

Husband and wife business team…introducing Tiny Toerags

Tiny Toerags is our first husband and wife run keepsake business. Set up in Bolton by Stacy and Paul, they run the company together, fitting their business commitments around shift work. Here Stacy explains more about them and their new business: “We decided to opt for a keepsake business as I just love personalised gifts, inContinue Reading

Are childcare costs too high?

Are childcare costs too high?

The news today that childcare costs are denying families a good standard of living is depressing but not surprising.   The Guardian reported that “Benefit cuts and rising costs are reducing minimum income needed by low paid to live well, says Joseph Rowntree Foundation“.   The costs make many women wonder if it is worthContinue Reading

Over on MyKeepsakeBusiness.com: Over On TheKeepsakeCo.co.uk: Thank You

Just to let you know we have just published a new post titled “Over On TheKeepsakeCo.co.uk: Thank You” Over on MyKeepsakeBusiness.com. Here is a little Excerpt: You can read more over at: http://www.mykeepsakebusiness.com/blog/over-on-thekeepsakeco-co-uk-thank-you/ Thanks for reading 🙂

Thank You

Thanks for requesting your free keepsake gift – it should be winging it to your inbox as you read this… but before you dash off we have another little surprise for you. We know just how hard it is being a parent, and how much these little darlings can cost us so we want toContinue Reading