Rosie's Roundup - it’s my RH&Co Birthday!
I don’t know about you but March seems to have flown by - or blown by thanks to Storm Gareth, which seemed to last for most of it. It feels like we are galloping towards our year end (and HMRC’s - poor Liz), which means it will be 12 months since I started at Rin Hamburgh & Co.
And what a year it has been for us - our team of three has become six, Rin’s almost a regular at the House of Lords, we’ve been finalists in the Great British Entrepreneur Team of the Year awards and Rin has been on two Top 100 lists!
Just an aside but if you haven’t yet voted for my amazing boss in the #WestWomen Top 100 Inspirational Women in the West Awards then please pop on over here and tick the box next to her name. Since this blog is shared beyond just our company channels you might not know Rin but I encourage you to go and cast your vote for a business owner who runs her company based on ethics not cash, who puts the wellbeing and happiness of her employees as a target beyond turnover, and who allows the team to work flexibly around their family and life commitments.
Oh, and did I mention that we have almost doubled our turnover over the past 12 months? Proof indeed that being a purpose led leader and championing flexible work delivers all round!
Watching and listening
In keeping with the warm and fuzzy feeling, the Rin Hamburgh & Co management team are loving the return of the new series of Queer Eye on Netflix. For those who like to mix it up with something a little more gritty then Line of Duty returns to the BBC on 31st March. I’ll be watching from the edge of my seat and probably from behind a cushion if power tools are involved again!
I’ve also totally got into podcasts recently. I’ve been working a lot in Bristol city centre so taking the train means I can listen to something interesting while I’m crammed into an overcrowded metal box - it takes your mind off being in someone else’s armpit. My favourites have been real life psychological thriller Dirty John by the LA Times (also now a series on Netflix) and Dolly Alderton’s Love Stories, where journalist Dolly digs into well known people’s passions. One that makes me laugh out loud on the train is The Midult’s I’m absolutely fine, especially the bit where they rummage through people’s handbags… I know, I’m so nosy!
Podcasts are definitely a thing at the moment and a great #ContentMarketing format. If you’re already writing a blog, there are super easy ways of repurposing the same content and turning it into a podcast. Perfect if you’re looking for ways to maximise the ROI on your blog (more ideas on that here).
A new era for us
Before I wrap up, we should talk about what’s new on Instagram: the new in-app checkout where you can buy without leaving the app. Although you currently have to be a big hitter to use it, it’s still an interesting development for small businesses - expect a roll out at some point in the future. On a personal note it’s also seriously bad news for my credit cards and I know I’m not alone! Social Chain recently shared a stat from Adobe that 73% of consumers say they’re able to complete all retail activities on mobile!
So we’re closing out our business year in a great place and full of excitement for April 1st when we kick off a brand new era. Excitingly Rin Hamburgh & Co has been accepted onto the Natwest Accelerator programme so I’m going to be based in Temple Quay every Wednesday from the end of April onwards. Feel free to drop me a line about meeting for a coffee - I hear the cake in the canteen is very good (Gideon Luke, you must stop by!). Before that I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off over Easter to maximise my chocolate consumption. I’m pondering if April’s round up could be on Easter eggs??
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