Monday, 24 August 2015

One lump or two?

Who else finds a coffee or two an essential way to kick-start the day? We’re now on our third cup, with some of us even consuming two at a time (don’t ask!) – and there are still quite a few hours of the working day to go.

There’s always the “just got into the office” mug, when you catch up with colleagues huddled around the kettle. You sip one slowly while you discuss last night’s TV, then another as you tackle the emails in your inbox – and knock another down as you prepare for that afternoon meeting or busy session in the shop.

Coffee is good, so is tea – red-hot and made with Yorkshire tea bags, of course. Sorry if we appear biased here, but it really is the best, strong and well-rounded, just as we like it “oop North”.

Then, of course, there is the drinking vessel to consider and the accompanying biscuit, slice of cake or cream bun if you’re celebrating a colleague’s birthday. Taking a look around BETA International HQ, it is fair to say that we are a team made up of individuals of differing tastes.

Trade fair organiser Claire Thomas sports a trio of favoured mugs on her desk – including one with an English cottage garden design – Lesley Manson in accounts loves her Donny Osmond mug and ETN advertising sales manager Nicki Lewis has a mug with her name on it – just in case she forgets. No, seriously, it has a detailed description of what her name means, which always comes in handy when having a slurp.

The biscuit barrel goody of choice in this neck of the woods is either a ginger nut – all spicy and crisp – or a buttered scone from the baker's. What keeps you going through the day? Are you a super-health-conscious bunch with a juicing bullet in the kitchen and a water tower in reception or are you just as partial as us to a drop of hot liquid refreshment?



Friday, 7 August 2015

Blow your own trumpet!

What a busy time we’ve had this week! Liz Benwell, editor of our official media partner, Equestrian Trade News (ETN), arrived at BETA International HQ to go through plans for the January preview issue of the magazine.
We really like what she has in store, with lots of great features on the people and products set to appear at the trade fair. There’s so much to cover, no wonder this bumper issue has 100-plus pages packed with cracking photos and lots of easy-to-read text.
Everyone who exhibits at BETA International is invited to send in up to 200 words about themselves and the products they will be bringing along. ETN advertising manager Nicki Lewis will be sending out an email about this really soon, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for her message arriving in your inbox.
Liz says she would like everyone to take her up on this opportunity because all those who are exhibiting deserve some editorial space – and we all want to read about them. So, if you want to make your mark and create a big splash next January, get thinking what you can say to blow your own trumpet!