Local Salon, The Makeover Fairy Scoops Awards in 2019

I love seeing local businesses do well and what a year it’s been for Natalie George AKA The Makeover Fairy.

Finalist at the English Hair and Beauty Awards for Hair Salon of the Year 2019, then winning the Best Hair & Make Up Artist Lincolnshire 2019 at the SME Awards and topping it off with winning the British Hair & Beauty Awards Hair & Beauty Salon of the Year 2019.


Natalie is delighted with the awards

“I am so proud of what I’ve done, and so happy where I am. Earlier this year my confidence had been knocked, but these gave me that boost I needed, and reminded me “I am doing great”. Being a winner is not just about the work I do, it’s the looking after my clients, giving them the best treatment I can give, pamper, laughs, advice, miracle worker! I love what I do, and I do what I love”.

With over 25 years experience in the industry Natalie started her career when she was just 16 years old in a small local salon. She has owned her own business now for 14 years. Based in her beautiful studio cabin at home she also works freelance for weddings, events and photography sessions.

Natalie not only runs her salon she also has an eCommerce shop on her website where people can buy beauty products and jewellery online.

I’m really excited to see The Makeover Fairy continue to grow in 2020 and beyond, there’s a lot more to come and I am sure there will be many more awards along the way.

You can find out more about Natalie and The Makeover Fairy here:

Website: https://themakeoverfairy.co.uk/
Instagram: @nataliegeorgethemakeoverfairy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themakeoverfairynatgeorge/

G x

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My Month: September 2019

Well what a month September has been! Crazy busy and really exciting.

Firstly we had two important birthdays. John’s little girls turned 11 and 6 this month. Plenty of presents and cake all round. We also took them to Doncaster Dome, which was so much fun and really reasonable in terms of cost (around £21 for five of us). It was such a fun afternoon, I’d definitely recommend it for kids (and big kids). We also went to Frankie and Benny’s for dinner which was yummy! Not quite in North East Lincs but not too far away and we had a really great day out!

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As you all know GI Media asked me to be one of their contributors to their website which I am THRILLED about. The news seems to always be about the bad things that happen and I wanted Girl Up North to really highlight the amazing area that we live in. GI Media Group have a fantastic following and I can’t wait to bring Girl Up North to their readers!

Lots of other exciting things in the pipeline for the blog can’t wait to share them all with you! Going to be writing about more local businesses and collaborations which is awesome! I’ve really been thinking about how I can get more involved with the local community and promoting our wonderful town! So watch this space.

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I love this time of year when the leaves start to change colour on the trees, the weather turns a little colder and the nights a little darker. My friends used to joke that I start to hibernate and I think I really do! We have been on a real movie marathon this month, watching all the Friday the 13th Movies (I’d never seen them, shock horror). John is a real avid movie fan (especially horror). I think you could name any movie to him and he’d know at least one fact about it haha! I keep telling him to start his own blog! We’ve set ourselves a 1x horror movie a night in October in aid of Halloween. I’ll get the list on here and let you know how it goes!


I got to spend some more time out at Green Futures this month which was fantastic, I love the work they are doing there and even got to try their yummy homegrown apples! They do deliver fruit and veg boxes so if you want to try some locally grown produce check them out!

I went to the Burlington Hotel’s MacMillan Coffee Morning, had a tour of the hotel (it’s lovely) and met some really lovely guests who come over to Cleethorpes every year from Berlin! The cakes were delicious and it was amazing to see how they incorporate introducing local businesses to their guest when they stay over, we love a bit of local promotion here at Girl Up North. Well done Jane and the team for a fab morning!

John and I also got some time to FINALLY go and see the driftwood benches, he’d told me about this so many times and I’ve never seen it so we donned our wellies and headed out for a walk on the beach. Started off all romantic and then we got a bit stuck and had to wade through a load of water to get back to the seafront. Fortunately I was with John who knows the tides well but can see how people can get stranded so it’s so important to be careful when we’re spending time out on the beach!


All in all a very productive and exciting September. I can’t wait to see what October brings!

Have a fab month!

G x

Links:

The Burlington Hotel: @theburlingtonhotelcleethorpes
Green Futures: @greenfuturesgy

Girl Up North Recommends: Business After Hours Podcast

I love a podcast, I listen to them in the morning whilst getting ready and on the drive to work as I try to use this time to be productive and get some inspiration.

I stumbled upon Business After Hours after following it’s presenter Liam O’Leary on Instagram and I am so glad I did.

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Liam is the owner of Digital Agency, Laser Red who are based in North East Lincs and has worked with some fantastic local companies. I think it’s brilliant he’s using this platform to interview and promote local businesses and business owners via the podcast.

Business After Hours is a series of podcasts in which Liam speaks to local business owners about their journeys in the world of business.

Liam’s interview technique is fantastic the interview really flows and is very much a chat in which as a listener you feel part of the conversation. It’s not technical or dull which I love, the tips and advice can be used whether you work for someone else, are a budding entrepreneur or you already run your own business.

I have thoroughly enjoyed each episode. All very different, but all with one thing in common they are people who are proud to be from North East Lincolnshire.

I really could fan girl about all of them but I just wanted to highlight a couple of my favourites, I am sure you will have your own and I’d love to hear which ones you loved!

Charlotte Hay’s podcast was the first in the series and what a start! Charlotte is Managing Director of Healing Manor and although I don’t have any official qualifications in marketing it’s an area I love and was fascinated to hear how Charlotte navigates this area of business. It was a really great conversation and I am now really looking forward to meeting Charlotte and talking all things social!

Listening to Andy Rouse talk about his journey was fascinating, Andy and I have met before but I learnt so much more about his background and including his involvement with Live Aid. I won’t spoil it but what a story!

Last but not least, Richard Askham, to be honest I could listen to Richard talk all day about any subject. When I have seen Richard talk in the past it’s been about particular events we’ve been at, or the goings on in North East Lincs so it was really great to hear about his upbringing and transition from the wine business to being a public speaker.

Massive well done to Liam and the team for creating such an interesting and engaging podcast.

Definitely gets the Girl Up North thumbs up for anyone who is interested in learning more about our local area, the people and businesses in it!

G x

Meet The Business: BlackSalt Pilates

Today we meet Ruth from BlackSalt Pilates.

Tell me a little bit about you and your business?

I’m Ruth and I’m the owner of BlackSalt Pilates. At BlackSalt Pilates I specialise in Pilates for the horse rider. I will soon be starting Equipilates classes alongside my mat work classes for non riders. I also do intrinsic biomechanics screenings to help people find any parts of their bodies that may be restricting them in their sports through muscle spasms and asymmetry.

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What made you start your business?

I wanted to start my own business as I was fed up of working for other people and I wanted to be my own boss! In June last year I attended an Equipilates class in Boston and I thought “I’d love to do this”.

What do you love most about owning your own business?

I love the freedom that it brings and I love helping people with their bodies. Seeing the difference and change in people is brilliant.

What do you least like about owning your own business?

This is all new to me so I’m trying to find my feet in the world of being self-employed. It’s really hard work getting started but I know it’ll be worth it in the end.

What do you have planned for your business in the future?

I have opened a studio at Waters Edge, King Edward Street, Grimsby. I have lots of new classes planned including lunch time classes for people to attend in their lunch hour, HIITlates classes and Equipilates.

What advice would you give someone wanting to start there own business?

I have been working with E – Factor and I can’t speak highly enough of them. Their help has been invaluable so I would definitely recommend that new businesses contact them.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your business?

This time last year I hadn’t even started my training so within 11 months I’ll have become a fully qualified mat-work Pilates Instructor, Biomechanics Trainer and Equipilates instructor with my own studio! I’m pretty proud of that!

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Do you think local businesses are well supported in NEL? 

I think local businesses are really well supported in this area. I had no idea how much help there was available. It was only when my friend Hollie at The Rest Room put me in contact with E-Factor, the Business Hive and Totally Lincolnshire that I realised how much help there was out there.

How do you feel the business culture has changed in NEL? 

As I am new in the business world I don’t really know what the culture was like before but I really get the feeling that local businesses are helping each other.

Where can people find you both online and in “real life”?

I am on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BlackSaltPilates/), Instagram (@blacksaltpilates) and LinkedIn currently. I have a website coming soon at www.blacksaltpilates.co.uk.

From September we can be found at Waters Edge, King Edward Street, Grimsby.

Thank you so much Ruth for introducing us to your business, I definitely need to come down for a class soon!

G x

Meet the Business: Mumaroo

So today I wanted to introduce local business owner Korrin from Mumaroo. Mumaroo. Based in Grimsby but working across Lincolnshire and North East Lincs Korrin and her team of volunteers help parents navigate the world of slings and babywear. 

Tell me a little bit about you and your business?

We are a Sling Library and babywearing consultancy service. I am a fully trained babywearing consultant and I teach parents how to use slings and baby carriers which are suitable from birth right through to fully grown children. I offer private home visits and cover the whole of Lincolnshire. I turn up in my unmissable van with a huge range of sling and carrier options for parents to try!

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I also offer training for nurseries and childminders, foster carers and health care professionals. I have a fabulous team of volunteers and we host free drop in sessions at venues where people can come and receive advice, try on and hire slings. We also have a website for purchasing new slings and carriers.

2. What made you decide to start your business?

When I had my eldest daughter 8 years ago I always wanted to be able to use a carrier but I didn’t know much about them. When she was born I didn’t feel well at all emotionally or physically for quite a long time. My sister bought me a stretchy wrap and I tried to use it but I got very confused which just upset me, I asked midwives and health visitors for help but no one was able to give much guidance and there wasn’t really much online either at that time.

So, I spent a small fortune buying different carriers from supermarkets but basically I always felt uncomfortable and I was always questioning myself on whether I was doing It right so I gave up!

Two years later my son arrived and I felt much better after birth. I tried again and I stumbled upon some tutorials on you tube. I was still certainly “winging it!” and so I searched online and still found nothing locally in terms of support.

Whilst I was on maternity leave I was offered to take voluntary redundancy from my job in banking and as I really didn’t want to go back to working away from my children I decided to take the very scary jump and leave!

I found The School of Babywearing and took myself off to become a fully qualified babywearing consultant! Even at this point though I didn’t really do my training to start a business. I did it for myself and my own confidence, but upon my return I listed an advert locally stating I could help parents with slings (I only owned about 5 slings at this point! ) and I was just inundated immediately! So it all grew from there and very quickly 5 slings and one meeting grew into 250 (approx) slings for hire, a van, a website, drop in sessions in Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Louth, Scunthorpe and Barton plus home visits three days a week!

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3. What do you love most about owning your own business?

I now have three children and my youngest is just about to start reception (😭). I am so proud that I’ve been able to still work but be there for them in their early years. I’ve been able to drop them off and collect them from school daily, be at home for tea times, be there for school plays and sports days and even take them along to sling libraries and work alongside them if needed.

I also love the amazing people I get to meet daily. I am constantly learning from every single parent I meet and everyone inspires me to carry on. We regularly get parents telling us how much we’ve helped them bond with their babies and this is just priceless 😍

4. What do you least like about owning your own business?

You never switch off! Mumaroo is my life and I am constantly answering messages, updating social media, thinking of our next event etc. I absolutely love it and I wouldn’t change it for the world but it’s taken me a long time to learn that switching off sometime is not only okay it’s vital to being able to effectively run a business.

What do you have planned for your business in the future?

There are some really really exciting plans at the moment! I always said when my youngest settled into full time school then I’d be able to push forward and that’s exactly what I plan on doing. Sorry it’s all still top secret at the moment though!

What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own business but not knowing where to start?

Be prepared to make mistakes. Mistakes are good, what’s important is that you learn from them and adapt for the choices you make in future. Don’t look at other similar businesses with envy – remember it takes hard work and dedication and if you’re passionate and dedicated you will succeed.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your business?

The community we’ve built. We have a huge community of parents across Lincolnshire and despite what the media like to portray we’ve broken down the stereotype that parenting is something to be debated and judged. We’ve created a wonderful supportive community and I’m so very proud of everyone who makes that happen from our fabulous volunteer team who turn up every week despite having children themselves and other “proper” jobs to our parents who continue to spread the word and invite new mums into our community. Each and everyone of them make Mumaroo what it is today and I’m so proud of them all.

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Do you think local businesses are well supported in NEL?

Yes I do! I think there’s lots of options online for businesses to connect with each other and offline too from E-Factor to Totally Locally and there’s also a great group called “Lincolnshire Business Ladies”.

I must admit I don’t have much involvement with any of them but I like the fact that I know where to go for support and networking should I feel I need it and I think as a whole we should be really proud of all of our local small businesses and how they work together.

How do you feel the business culture has changed in North East Lincs?

I think small Independent businesses have shone through a tough time locally. Where big businesses have closed down and restructured to cut costs these small businesses have filled a gap. Rate reliefs and more affordable easy in and out terms are making it easier for people to have a go rather than sit back and think what I could of done.


Where can people find you both online and offline?

Online:
http://www.mumaroo.co.uk
http://www.fb.com/mumarooconsultancy

Offline:
1st Friday monthly – Louth Salvation Army 11-1
2nd Thursday monthly – scunthorpe cafe indie 11-1
2nd Friday monthly Scartho st Giles small hall 10-12
3rd Friday monthly – Barton st Marys 10.30-12.30
4th Friday monthly 10-12 Cleethorpes moon on the water

Thank you Korrin for giving us an insight into your business. You can also find Korrin on Instagram @mumaroo_sling.G x

Seasonal Goal Setting

A friend of mine (@claudiamangeac) has recently started her own Success Coaching business and one of the things she discussed was setting goals.

Life has a way of running away with you, the days go by so fast. As quickly as we’ve written down our goals the time has come to review them and we’re still no further on with them so we’re left dissapointed with ourselves. I know I’ve been guilty of this.

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It got me to thinking how can we set intentional goals that we can acomplish and not have that dissapointment at the end when we realise we’re no closer to the finish line.

So, I grabbed my trusty notebook and wrote down my big life goals, look after myself more, pay off debt, get some savings behind me, buy a house, run my blog etc.

Then the mind mapping started, I love a good mind map, my notebook is FULL of them. I wrote down my main goal in the middle and then around it wrote down all the small steps that will help me achieve this.

I am hoping that by having these smaller, more acheivable goals I’ll be more likely to complete them. So when I review my progress each month I’ll feel that sense of achievement in making steps towards my main life goals.

My goals for September are:

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All of these work towards some of my life goals!

What are you looking to achieve in September and how do you work towards and acomplish the goals you set yourself? I’d love to hear!

G x

P.S. If anyone can help me find a dentist for my “book dentist” goal that’d be great. I don’t know the good ones in Cleethorpes so any recommendations greatly appreciated 🙂

Meet the Local: Charli Parkin

Charli and I had spoken quite a bit over social media and I have come to know here as a real advocate for North East Lincs. Her instagram page is open and honest, a real representation of our beautiful area. 

I finally met Charli in “real life” and she is very much the lovely and friendly person you get to see online. Hopefully we’ll have many more coffees to come! 

Tell me a little bit about yourself?
Oooh, I feel like it’s a dating profile. Where to start? Hello there, I’m Charli. I’m a twenty something living in Cleethorpes. I like to think I try to be a positive Polly, and find the silver lining. I like to talk a lot. My Mum always says I have “talk to me on the bus eyes” because I’ll find myself deep in conversations anywhere and everywhere. I like days full of fun adventures but I equally like home comforts, a nice home cooked meal and a Netflix binge.

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Have you always lived in North East Lincolnshire?
Pretty much. I spent my Uni years in Liverpool and a few months working in London. It’s been joked before that I’m a stick of rock, if you broke me in half it’d say North East Lincs in the middle of me. I love it here!

What is your favourite thing to do in the area?
Walking. Just getting out there and seeing all the amazing natural sights we have. Beach, parks, the wolds….

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Where are your favourite places to shop? 
I love Arttopia. I get so many of my Christmas and birthday gifts from there. Loads of creative, independent shops under one roof.

CleeGlass is beaut for jewellery, and they’re also sustainable and look after the environment. Mega important.

Clothes from Forw4rd are always good.

Home bits from Abode, always really helpful and some fab homely pieces.

Where is your favourite place to eat?
Pizza – Tredici
Indian – Agrah
Burger – The Goodburger – (doing pop ups around NEL)
Greek – The Greek Shack
Bruch – Riverhead Coffee
Fish & chips – Wybers Chippy

Tell me what a perfect North East Lincs day would look like to you?
It would be waking up, having a cuppa in the garden, taking a walk down the seafront, maybe a paddle (paddleboard with Ebb & Flo), having some sort of avocado breakfast at one of the many brilliant places in Cleethorpes, doing a little shopping, going for a coffee at The Globe coffee shop, seeing family and friends and then heading for some beers at Message in a Bottle.

I shout about Message in a Bottle a lot. It just reminds me of the places my Mum and Dad told me about when I was younger, where everyone chats to everyone. You’re always welcome, and the only way I can describe it, is having drinks at a mates, but with bloody great beers that you might not get elsewhere.

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If someone was new to the area what would be the first thing you’d tell them to do / check out?
Take out your headphones. Put your phone in your bag and just go breathe in the seaside. From there you’ll find so much you’ll wanna try that I won’t need to recommend anything…..

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If you could change one thing about North East Lincs what would it be?
The media’s representation. I’m just so bored of things like the dreadful Sacha Baron Cohen film…it’s poverty porn. He couldn’t even film it here because it didn’t look as run down as he wanted it to.

The more you tell people negative things, the more they’ll believe it. I’m not saying this area is perfect – what area is? But putting out those little bits of love and compliments into the world, could mean someone makes a small change…or a big change!

Do you have a “go to” place to chill out, relax and unwind?
The beach. All day. Every day. Mindful minutes watching the water and seeing the sun reflect off the waves. I couldn’t feel luckier.

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What is the best thing about living in North East Lincs?
The people. There’s such a strong neighbourhood feel. All coming together and saying…..you know what, there might be some space for us to grow and improve but we’re working hard and bringing new things to the area.

Thank you so much for that Charli, it was lovely to get a glimpse into your life in North East Lincs.

To find out more about Charli you can check out her Instagram @charli_parks 

G x

Links to Instagram Accounts for the companies mentioned:

Tredici (@trediciuk)
Agrah (@the.agrah)
The Goodburger – doing pop ups around NEL (@the.goodburger)
The Greek Shack (@thegreekshack)
Riverhead Coffee (@riverheadcoffee)
Arttopia (@arttopia_cleethorpes)
Abode (@abodecleethorpes)
Forw4rd (@forw4rd)
CleeGlass (@cleeglass)
Ebb & Flo (@ebbandfloliving)
The Globe (@theglobecleethorpes)
Message in a Bottle (@miabcleethorpes)

My Month: August 2019

Wow what a month August has been for amazing weather in North East Lincs and I was fortunate to have two weeks off to enjoy it. We have managed to pack quite a lot into August and have had lots of North East Lincs fun!

We’re All Going on a Summer Holiday!
Johns children have been off for the summer holidays so it’s of fun has been had, we try to do as many outdoor activities as we can. This month we went swimming at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre (don’t forget if you’re local get yourself a card to ensure you get the discount to avoid peak time charges).


BBQ’s and trampoline sessions at friends houses, strawberry picking, a lovely picnic at the park in Caistor (fantastic park I’d really recommend it for kids), walks on the seafront, movie nights and spending time with family.

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We also had my parents’s dog Puddin for ten days whilst they swanned off to Mauritius so many a walk was had with him. He’s a bit of an old boy now so doesn’t go far but we managed to walk him (or should I say carry him) around Hemswell Market. John picked up some absolute bargain blu-rays to add to the collection including one which cost £5 but is selling on eBay for over £200). Love a good car boot! 🙂

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One year on! 
John and I celebrated our one year anniversary, we got each other a little treat (set ourselves a £5 budget for fun and we both successfully came up with the goods). Mine was so cute from Arttopia (one of my favourite shops in Cleethorpes).

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Highlight of my month (except for our one year anniversary of course) was being invited by the lovely Patrick and Toni from Aldred Enderby to the launch of their mobile street food boat RoRo.

I had to hide my inner fan girl when Patrick introduced me to his good friend Marco Pierre-White. I’ve visited his restaurant when I lived in London and I am a big fan! He was a really nice chap and was really interested in hearing about the work I do at HCUK Training so watch this space.

Shop local
Through my work with HCUK Training and through my blog I get to meet lots of local businesses and this month wasn’t any different.

I met with Sam from Nooks & Niches, Sarah from Dolly’s, Isabel from Hats & Tiara’s and Megan from The Fishermans Arms/The Royal Oak. All local business owners with amazing businesses. I’ll add their Instagram accounts below, check them out.

Here’s to you North Lincs Tyres
I’ve been putting off and putting off having my exhaust looked at, it’s sounded like a boy racer car for about three week. Low and behold I’d just been shopping, pulled up outside the house and CLUNK it was hanging off. Quick call to North Lincs Tyres and within an hour (and an embarrassing drive down Grimsby Road with my exhaust trailing from under my car) it was all sorted and back on the road. Massive THANK YOU to the chaps a North Lincs Tyres for sorting me out.

What a wonderful summer month we’ve had. The sun is still shining but we’re creeping into Autumn. We have a super busy September with birthdays, back to school and more adventures.

Have a lovely September!

G x

 

 

 

 

Meet the Business: Fusion Hair Co.

Founded in 2007 the team at Fusion Hair Co are passionate about providing a high quality hairdressing experience to their clients.

Based in Laceby they offer a number of services including mens, womens and childrens hair. As well as extensions, colouring, wedding & afro hair services.

Today we meet Chris Grimley owner of Fusion Hair Co. to find out a little bit more about the business and why she loves being a local business owner! 

Tell me a little bit about you and your business?

My business is Fusion Hair Co in Laceby it’s a small friendly salon that produces fabulous work because we do regular training and I also do session work which takes me all over the world!


What made you decide to start your business?

I started my business because I’m so passionate about hair and love making people look and feel great I love sharing my knowledge too 😊

What do you love most about owning your own business?

I love the fact that I can drive my business in the direction I want it to go. I’m always looking to improve and so take business advice and coaching which helps a lot after all I’m a hairdresser first!

What do you least like about owning your own business?

You never really get a proper day off but I wouldn’t change it I love the challenge.

What do you have planned for your business in the future?

In the future I just want my salon to get better all the time and give our clients a great experience when they come to us and to get us on the local map a bit more through social media etc.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to star their own business but not knowing where to start?

Get a plan! Know what you want to achieve but be realistic.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your business?

I absolutely love when our clients leave feeling fab you just know that by sorting out someone’s crowning glory they are going to feel fabulous! We’ve had tears, hugs, cuddles it makes it all worth it. 👍🏾 Also my team who really get it and always strive to do better, to improve themselves and work really hard 😘


Do you think local businesses are well supported in NEL?

Not really I personally haven’t received any support?

How do you feel the business culture has changed in NEL?

I hope the public are realising if you don’t use your small businesses you will lose them! Which is a shame people work really hard to set things up but if no one comes they will fail! It’s about supporting a family not a corporate empire 👍🏾

Where can people find you both online and in “real life”?

You can find us on Instagram @fusionhairco or Facebook fusionhairlaceby or Twitter @fusionhaircolac.

We are based across the road from the church in Laceby, 1 High Street, DN37 7HU.

Thank you for the introduction to Fusion Hair Co. Chris, was great to find out more about you and your company! Check out Fusion Hair Co. on their social media sites, if you have any questions I am sure Chris and the team would be happy to help! 

Have a fab week! 

G x

 

The only cure for litter is you……..

This blog post isn’t meant to be a rant (well maybe a little) but I recently had two weeks off work and during that time had my parents lovely little pooch Puddin. He’s a pretty old fellow and so doesn’t like to walk too far and won’t go to the toilet on concrete in our garden (he’s the fussiest dog I know) so we took him most mornings and evenings for a walk around Sidney Park.


We’re really lucky to have such a nice, green space near our home that we can go to with the pooch or with John’s children. It’s a really nice park, with the little duck pond, goals to play football, tennis courts and a little play area for the kids. It might need a little TLC but as parks go it’s a pretty good one!

BUT, one thing that really upsets me is the amount of litter that people leave after their day out. Littering is one of my BIGGEST pet hates, I despise it. I just can’t understand why someone would just throw their rubbish on the floor and not take it with them, especially when there are so many bins around to put things in. On our last walk around the park John picked up around six plastic bottles.

There’s so much regeneration going on at the moment to revitalise Grimsby and Cleethorpes to continue the growth in making it a great pleace to live but I feel like us as residents need to take responsibility for our surroundings and how we treat our hometowns!

It’s not just parks either, with the lovely weather we’re having more and more people visit our beach and some (not all) leave their litter when they leave. John has been witness to this and not being one to sit by and watch proceeded to pack it up for them and give them it back!

It’s fantastic that companies such as Ebb & Flo (@ebbandfloliving) organise beach cleans for the community to get involved in keeping our beaches clean, it’s definitely on my “to do” list to attend one. If we all do our own little bit to help it goes a long way.

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I for one will be taking a plastic bag out with me on walks and pick up any litter I see lying around to do my bit.

G x