Here we are then, another blog for your browsing.

Things are going well at Bodmin College Radio at the moment.Since the last blog entry its been like X-Factor where to use an analogy, the wannabes that couldn’t cut it we had have been cut down to a focused and very dedicated team headed by myself and my sidekick and magician to boot Alex Jesson.

A week or two before half term I had the honour of interviewing our local MP Dan Rogerson which was very interesting and I have got involved with several others in a project to create and run a community TV service for Cornwall and Devon now ITV plc have packed their bags- I think an unnecessary loss when you consider there is garbage such as Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend on ITV2 (don’t even get me started on that one all I will say was i always thought friends were made by getting to know people not through effectively a “talent contest”) In addition- if there any investors or companies reading this (in optimism) then do please get hold of us we are investor hunting at the moment.

Right at this moment im very happy, ive just recieved word that The Lightning Seeds are releasing their new album;their for a decade and along with the sequel to Manic Street Preachers album the Holy Bible titled “Journals For Plague Lovers” due out in April/May not forgetting the re-release of Is It Safe? by Jim Diamond and his PhD cronies this is for me a fantastic year in music terms!

Obviously there will be entries in the meantime but ill use this webspace to announce; This year is my last with Bodmin College Radio. I sign off there for the last time in July as I am leaving the college but I am jobhunting and my skills are varied so if anyone out there wants to give this poor young soul a loving home then for £X a month youll get a hard working radio person and a free welcome pack when you join.

Well Happy New Year to all avid readers!!! Well, it’s certainly been a busy few months to say the least. I was concerned that things would be pretty quiet over Christmas, what with the current financial crisis. Turns out I couldn’t be further from the truth…

The new website finally went live in October, with the upgraded ecommerce and new gift packages going down really well with customers. We’ve seen a 50% increase in internet sales over the last 3 months year-on-year since the shopping system was improved. Great news for the company!!

I managed to pull in a few new corporate clients too, which gave me a huge boost. There were big concerns that our business customers would cut out their luxuries completely, however, most of them have returned, albeit with slightly tighter budgets. I managed to win a contract over a large, UK department store too, which has given us a huge boost in credibility.

Other than our busiest trading period to date, there’s not much new to report. Managed to sneak off to Belfast for a few days at New Year to rest and recuperate – although by the time we got there, our Irish friends had made sure there wasn’t going to be much rest!!!

Just a short entry for now as I don’t have too many exciting developments, however, I’d like to wish all the followers of this blog a very successful 2009.

Claire Smith

Caledonian Gifts

01382 532 272

www.caledoniangifts.co.uk

2008 Graduate of Sir Tom Hunter’s Leadership Programme

Passionate Youth Motivator and founder of Talented Young People LTD Adam Sibley shares his weekly message of motivation with the world. Adam was born special. He was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari malformation from birth which left him with a permanent hand tremor and he has been shaking up the youth of today ever since. From birth he has learnt how to turn negatives in to positives and enjoys teaching this skill to young people. Adam always knew he was born to standout and its his ability to standout which separates him from the pack.

http://www.talentedyoungpeople.com

Passionate Youth Motivator and founder of Talented Young People LTD Adam Sibley shares his weekly message of motivation with the world. Adam was born special. He was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari malformation from birth which left him with a permanent hand tremor and he has been shaking up the youth of today ever since. From birth he has learnt how to turn negatives in to positives and enjoys teaching this skill to young people. Adam always knew he was born to standout and its his ability to standout which separates him from the pack.

http://www.talentedyoungpeople.com

I’m going to make a conscious effort not to moan about the world banking crisis/weather/people’s attitudes* this month.

*delete as appropriate

Things are actually quite cheery at Caledonian Gifts just now. The new website has been live for just over a month and it’s making a difference to the online orders. The site looks a lot more sophisticated and reflects the brand well, so I am really happy with the results. We’ve had some good client feedback also, so I’m glad the customers are happy…

The Christmas pandemonium has officially begun! I’ve just taken delivery of over 300 jars of chutney, and that’s only one item that goes into a hamper (therefore you can imagine what things are going to be like by the end of the week!) Sad as it sounds, I get a real sense of satisfaction in seeing huge volumes of stock being delivered. It makes all the hard times worthwhile, when I see a big order leaving here.

We’ve started to work with a few new suppliers, including James Chocolates based on the Isle of Arran. They produce wonderful hand made luxury chocolates which are simply divine – of course, I’ve been forced to taste test them. Hey, it’s a tough life, but someone’s gotta do it!

On another note, I’m back doing business advising with a local secondary school, with their Young Enterprise team. I’m having a ball as it reminds me of where I started from and how you really do get lessons for life as part of a Young Enterprise company. We’re currently getting ready for the Young Enterprise Trade Fair next weekend, so it’s all systems go. The group are making pampering gift packs using lovely handmade bath bombs and soaps, as well as some great Christmas stocking fillers. Hopefully, all will go well and we will be sold out by lunchtime…

Anyway, I’d best scoot for now, it’s a Saturday night and I’m determined to have a night off.

Until next time, adios!

Claire Smith

Caledonian Gifts

01382 532 272

www.caledoniangifts.co.uk

2008 Graduate of Sir Tom Hunter’s Leadership Programme

Passionate Youth Motivator and founder of Talented Young People LTD Adam Sibley shares his weekly message of motivation with the world. Adam was born special. He was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari malformation from birth which left him with a permanent hand tremor and he has been shaking up the youth of today ever since. From birth he has learnt how to turn negatives in to positives and enjoys teaching this skill to young people. Adam always knew he was born to standout and its his ability to standout which separates him from the pack.

http://www.talentedyoungpeople.com

These past few weeks have been a bit crazy but quite a lot has happened.

Last week I had a gig at a place called The Living Room in Islington London and had a backing singer with me. This was fairly novel since University I’ve not had the chance to find someone to do my backing vocals, so it was great to have that this time round and just added another dynamic to the performance. It was a great atmosphere too and good to see people actually enjoying the music that was being played.

For the next couple of weeks I will be working with my backing singer as I have another two gigs coming up this month at the same place. They liked the performance I gave so the host invited me back and I have 2 gigs out of it. So I’m very excited about that.

So the next couple of weeks I’m concentrating on teaching my music to my backing singer and writing new material!

Hope you have a great week, and thanks for reading.


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Passionate Youth Motivator and founder of Talented Young People LTD Adam Sibley shares his weekly message of motivation with the world. Adam was born special. He was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari malformation from birth which left him with a permanent hand tremor and he has been shaking up the youth of today ever since. From birth he has learnt how to turn negatives in to positives and enjoys teaching this skill to young people. Adam always knew he was born to standout and its his ability to standout which separates him from the pack.

Passionate Youth Motivator and founder of Talented Young People LTD Adam Sibley shares his weekly message of motivation with the world. Adam was born special. He was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari malformation from birth which left him with a permanent hand tremor and he has been shaking up the youth of today ever since. From birth he has learnt how to turn negatives in to positives and enjoys teaching this skill to young people. Adam always knew he was born to standout and its his ability to standout which separates him from the pack.

Well it’s high time I got another entry on this blog of mine!! It seems an apt time to do this, seeing as everyone’s just gone back to Uni, and I’m stuck in the office having a sudden realisation that it’s almost 2 years to the day since I became self employed.

I had a sudden wake up call to how different my life is from most of my friends around me. Albeit I took the tough route (I can see the friends who are medical students cursing before my eyes…sorry guys, you still find the time to party!) but it struck me that life at uni is so different from life in the big wide world.

Take for example last Wednesday night, I stayed at a friend’s student flat. We’d been out at a charity event and headed back to her flat late evening to catch up over a coffee. Walking across the courtyard to a flat opposite, we heard ambulances scream up to the front of the buildings and two paramedics flying across the road towards an open door and four worried looking students. Not ones to miss out on any excitement, we stood around to see what was going on and what greeted me, horrified me. A girl, maybe 2 years younger than me, was wheeled out wrapped in a blanket, totally unconscious while her flatmates stood around saying “I thought she’d had one too many…”

Frightening. Now, I’m not saying all students are the same and they end up unconscious every Wednesday, but that for me was really eye opening. Part of me’s always had that “did I miss out by not moving away and going to uni?” thought pop up every so often. But that could have easily been one of my friends in that situation. Or me.

Needless to say, I’m pretty sure she never made her 9am lecture the next morning…

Which leaves me thinking about whether or not I made the right choice? Like everything, the future’s never certain. There are days when I could easily give up on it all, find myself an easy job and go back and study. Especially with the way the media are portraying things just now: no-one can get financial help, banks are being nationalised right, left and centre and we’re inclined to think we’d be safer storing our cash in a jar under the bed. It does bring the strongest of personalities down.

However, I look at the opportunities I’ve had through the route I’ve taken. Just a few weeks ago, I was at a big corporate jolly with PSYBT who funded me as a start up. It was a great day out, people were in brilliant spirits and we spent the night teaching Irish people to Scottish dance (we failed miserably…)

I had a stand set up at the event and throughout the day people were coming over to us saying how great it was to see young people getting out there and making their mark on the world. Everyone I spoke to thought I had a great idea on my hands and that “I’d have been wasted with my head in a book for 4 years” which is probably true – the thought of a non practical challenge fills me with dread. It’s moments like that which reinforce why I chose the path I chose. I might not wake up every morning to 10 million sales, however, I know that each sale I do get is bringing me a step closer to the BIG DREAM – an Aston Martin parked in my driveway by the time I reach 25…

Claire Smith

Caledonian Gifts

01382 532 272

www.caledoniangifts.co.uk

2008 Graduate of Sir Tom Hunter’s Leadership Programme