demystifying cybersecurity with brian chappellFor today’s ‘Monday must’, we’re venturing into to the world of cybersecurity – well demystifying cybersecurity to be precise. Don’t run for the hills – you need to read this!

The very term cybersecurity sends a shiver down my spine. I hear it and feel a mixture of inadequate, stupid and a tiny bit terrified… do you? But don’t worry – this blog won’t make you feel like this…

I was chatting to a friend of mine about cybersecurity a while ago (it’s not completely random, the friend is Ruth Chappell from Dressage Anywhere who is married to Brian who wrote this blog!) and this is what came out of it. Well, Brian very kindly agreed to write this for me. I found it really interesting. I hope you do too. Now over to Brian Chappell…

Demystifying Cybersecurity – Part 1: Websites

So, you have a website. The first question you need to ask yourself is, “Is it secure?”, rather than “Does it reflect my brand and message?” It’s a hard question to answer. It’s particularly hard to know what’s important, what’s not so important and what to look for when trying to ensure your or your customers’ data is safe.

We hear about websites being hacked all the time but are you likely to be a target? The sad fact is that it’s yes. It doesn’t matter if you are a one-person company with a Wix or WordPress website or the largest multi-national, the rather dramatic statement seen at every Cybersecurity event is true; “It’s not if, it’s when.”

What’s a drive-by?

The vast majority of attacks on systems are the result of a drive-by. What do we mean by that? The drive-by is an opportunist attack, the result of a hacker stumbling upon a fault (commonly referred to as a vulnerability) that exists in your website that they already know how to use to break in (commonly referred to as an exploit). To understand this further, we need to step back and look at how we can identify those vulnerabilities before the hackers do.

There are many tools out there, ranging from free to eye-wateringly expensive (for a small business at least), that can scan your website and look for vulnerabilities. You can find many free tools such as OWASP ZAP (Zed Attack Proxy – this sounds more dangerous than it is) but be prepared to do some research as these are designed for people who have some understanding of vulnerabilities, that said, they aren’t incomprehensible; just remember, it’s not scary and it’s not rocket science. It’s worth taking a look at some of these tools, even if it’s just to get a feel for what hackers are using. Rest assured, they are using the very same tools looking for the very same vulnerabilities as you’ll find. What’s particularly interesting is the tools that hackers can use from the Dark Web that include fully featured services where with a credit card and a few minutes you can set up and launch an attack across the internet. These services have progress tracking with beautiful graphs and customer service that puts many regular companies to shame. But at their hearts, most of these tools are using the same scanning technology that you will use.

Can hacking attacks be prevented?

There is a shocking statistic that I speak about at many conferences, it’s been produced by some seriously clever people and it’s this: Between 2011 and 2016, ‘around 95% of successful hacking attacks were the result of well-known and entirely preventable vulnerabilities’; this figure includes all kinds of attacks, not just websites (and we’ll talk about the others in future articles), but it’s a concern nevertheless. Rest assured it’s not changed much over that period and it isn’t changing quickly since either.

Unfortunately, all the website-based vulnerabilities tend to be well-known and are attacked regularly. It’s important to simply start at the top of the list, with the high severity vulnerabilities and work your way down (or ask you service provider or web developer to work their way down) fixing each in turn. Many of the discovered vulnerabilities will look complex but often it’s just changing a setting to resolve the issue. I’ll reiterate, there really is no rocket science here, it’s just about knowing where to look or knowing where to find where to look. The user guide is often your best friend.

It’s important to let your service provider, hosting company, or WordPress provider, know you are going to scan your site and how frequently you are going to do it, it’s not a one-time activity, it should be regular, i.e. weekly or monthly. They should have monitoring systems that will be triggered by a scan so warning them allows them to eliminate your activity from the alerts they get.

If your provider doesn’t support scanning, they should be doing it themselves so ask for a copy of the results or notification of any issues that may affect your site along with confirmation when those issues are dealt with. If you are using WordPress or similar, I’d recommend talking to your provider about how frequently they apply updates and how you can be notified. I’ve heard of some providers expecting the customer to pay for updates, I’d push hard back on that. You didn’t subscribe to WordPress v4.9.6 (or whatever make/version your platform operates on), you subscribed to a WordPress service. If they won’t budge, move providers. It may be a little more expensive monthly but the peace of mind will be worth it.

Don’t be scared about cybersecurity

A few pieces of advice that I’m going to parrot in every article; don’t be scared about Cybersecurity/Website security. There is no rocket science here and no-one is going to expect you to be an expert. Similarly, no-one is going to think less of your for asking what you may feel are stupid questions. There are no stupid questions. Don’t be afraid to look at getting a professional Cybersecurity specialist to help you get started, or even provide you a regular service. Shop around but I wouldn’t recommend necessarily taking the cheapest. Like all suppliers, find someone you think you can work with and trust.

A bit about Brian Chappell

Brian has more than 30 years of experience in senior IT roles across a broad spectrum of organisations including Amstrad plc, BBC Television and GlaxoSmithKline plc. Brian has held senior roles in most IT disciplines across the entire IT delivery chain.

More recently, Brian has spent the past 6.5 years working for a leading cybersecurity software vendor, BeyondTrust, as the technical lead across EMEA and APAC. In this role he has delivered world-class solutions for both vulnerability and privilege management within financial, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and government markets. He’s now a product manager for one of the leading cyber security platforms in the world. Brian is a regular contributor to the press as well as a speaker at industry conferences and events.

A HUGE thank you to Brian for his blog on demystifying cybersecurity… now, I’m off to find out more about all of the above!

5 things I'm proud of5 things I’m proud of, hey? This might be one of the most self indulgent posts I’ve ever written, so please don’t discount me as an egotistical so and so. If you know me at all, you know I’m not. However, as we look ahead to 2019, I think it’s also important to look at how far we’ve come in our businesses. Do you ever do that?

See, I am a devil for pushing on with things. I’m always looking ahead and onto the next thing. I’ll work my backside off to get it and I’m pleased when I have, but I’ll then assess what’s happened, improve, and move on. Sometimes without so much as ‘yeah- good job’ to myself.

Can you relate to this?

I meet so many business owners who are the same. And that got me thinking. So for the next five days (please join me!), I’ll be sharing five things I’m proud of over on Instagram… and I really would love to know five things you’re proud of. As I said, I’m going to run this over on Instagram (#5thingsimproudof) where I’ll be giving more detail on each of these each day… and I would love you to join me…

5 things I’m proud of…

1 – Two TEDx talks. Being the ‘special’ person I am, I decided getting the first, and not combusting/being heckled or booed, must have been a fluke, so I went again and secured a second at TEDxTelford. I’ve talked about my TEDx talks on my blog before, but I’m really proud of both of these achievements. I know many people have this as a life goal and I would urge you, if you do, to follow it. It did take work to land both, but I think it was a lot easier than many people would have you believe…

2- The Small & Supercharged Podcast. You know when something has been bouncing around your skull for a while and then, even though you’ve spent AGES convincing yourself it’s too difficult, you give yourself a slap? Yep, that’s what happened to me. The Small & Supercharged Podcast is alive and kicking and I’m SO proud of it. I love it.

3- I had a flipping photoshoot. I tell all my clients that they need good quality pics. Because it’s true. But I do not like having my photo taken. And I don’t HAVE to take my own advice now, do I? Well, when Sophie Callahan gifted me a shoot I was kind of screwed as it would be rather rude not to take her up on such an amazing opportunity, wouldn’t it? Well, I had the shoot, and it was incredible, I’ve written all about why having a photoshoot is important and… wait for it… I loved it. I know. I was surprised too.

4- The Small & Supercharged Mastermind Group. This only launched a few months ago but the results that the amazing people inside the group have seen warms my heart. And makes me smile. And I’m so so proud of them all. I can not wait to see the Small & Supercharged Mastermind group grow and develop more during 2019!

5- Getting out of my own way. This year I’ve told my negative self talk to pipe down a bit more… and I can’t recommend it enough. I’ve given a seminar at the Farm Business Innovation Show (which was packed out and people were waiting outside), chaired the PR and marketing panel at the event, worked with the Hiho team on the really successful Style, Skills & Silver event at The Fish Hotel in September and more. If I’d listened to the voice in my head that said ‘I’m not sure you can do this’ I wouldn’t have done any of these things…

I wanted these five points to be specific, rather than ‘grew my business’ or ‘helped other businesses grow’. It does, however, go without saying that I am so, so proud of all the businesses I work with. Working with some of the best businesses in the industry and seeing how hard these people work and the results they achieve is a constant source of inspiration. I know that sounds a bit slushy but it’s true. When you’ve seen people making faux grass boards for selfies, going above and beyond on a customer service level, taking some of the most amazing images you’ve ever seen, designing jaw droppingly beautiful stands and products. Well, it just spurs you on, doesn’t it?

Will you join me and celebrate 5 things you’re proud of?

OK, not me, YOU! Using the #5thingsimproudof hashtag  on Instagram I’d love you to join me in celebrating five things you’re proud of between now (27th December) and the end of the year (31st December, inclusive). Each day, I’d like you to post something you’re proud of, using this hashtag. I’d also love you to search the hashtag and support other people using it… who’s with me?

You can find me on Instagram @rheafreemanpr – come and join me and see 2018 out with a bang!

Do I have a treat for you today! Today’s episode is all about the power of collaboration and trying new things. If you’ve ever wondered about how collaborations work with many brands, or why it’s important to try new things, this is for you!

For this episode, we’re talking to Emma Warren, MD of Hiho Silver. In it, she talks about working together, why it really is important to try new things in your business, and how the Style, Skills & Silver event Hiho ran in September ’18 did this. Emma is a lady who just doesn’t just talk a good talk, she’s always trying new things and testing theories… and we get a look at the mindset behind that here too.

Let’s talk about the power of collaboration and why we should embrace trying new things

Show notes for the Small & Supercharged Podcast – Episode 15 – the power of collaboration and trying news things with Emma Warren. In this episode we have a really good chat with Emma Warren, MD of Hiho Silver, about collaboration, trying new things, and how this all came together in the Hiho Silver Style, Skills & Silver event. In this episode you’ll hear…

  • How the idea for Style, Skills & Silver came about.
  • The idea that was at the hub of the event and how this grew and developed in line with Emma’s vision.
  • How the skills that the group of amazing attendees learnt are being used even now.
  • The ability to collaborate with other brands to make an event like this work – Melanie from Mackenzie & George, Ben from Fairfax & Favor, and Sophie from Evemy & Evemy attended in person, and Annie from Albion Lifestyle and Belle from Annabel Brocks let us loan products to play with and use for the workshops.
  • How Style, Skills & Silver was quite a different concept, and how Emma and Hiho felt about that.
  • We talk about how Emma’s knowledge from different industries has been brought across to Hiho and that can help to encourage her to do new things.
  • How an event, like Style, Skills & Silver, has far reaching benefits – not just for skills but also for people’s lives.
  • That people who attended and presented at the event really pushed themselves outside their comfort zones, as much as the people who attended and tried new things did.
  • How the biggest take aways from the day were things that no one could have really predicted.
  • Why working together with other brands is kind of brave, but also hugely valuable and important. We also talk about balance and how some people and brands really embrace collaboration and others don’t. Emma also acknowledges that collaboration isn’t for everyone, but how this is fine too!
  • How people like different things at different times, and how collaboration isn’t just about the pound notes. It’s about far more than that.
  • The importance of authenticity when it comes to collaborations – how this idea might not work for everyone, but how it works for many brands and when it does, it’s great. But we also talk about why it doesn’t work for everyone and can depend on heritage and company DNA.
  • We talk about the next Style, Skills & Silver event – and how this will be in February.
  • How you can find out about the next event and how the people who came to the first event will get a 24 hour window to order their tickets before general release.
  • Why Style, Skills & Silver was a no shopping event and the benefits of this.

Since this episode was recorded the event has been renamed as Hiho & Co and the next event’s theme is around being all you can be. This will focused around helping people tap into their own skills, using them as well as possible, and not fixating on what you can’t do. I’m excited…

To find out more about Hiho Silver, all the links are below. And if you want to find out more about Emma, I’ve included her links too!

Emma Warren:

Instagram

Website

Hiho Silver:

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

Website

Dimpsey Glamping:

Instagram

Facebook

Website

 

5 ways to get organised fro 2019Can you believe that this time next week Christmas will be over? And we’ll be cruising towards 2019?! I know, I know. I can not believe how quickly this year has gone. But what a new year means is a new chance to get organised. To make sure that 2019 is the best ever. So here are five ways to get organised for 2019… well, five things I’m going to do anyway…

5 ways to get organised for 2019

Plan

Planning is essential when it comes to being organised for 2019. If you can get your hands on one of those big year to view planners, do. This allows you to plot campaigns, see what shows and events you’re going to, etc. If you know when you have an event or launch you need to promote, you can work backwards and forwards and start planning in photoshoots, graphics, teaser campaigns, emails, social media, promotions, etc. This also means that it won’t come as such a shock when you think ‘oh no, I’ve got x next week and I haven’t done any prep!’

Write it down

Hands up, I need to do this more. I have this rather stupid belief that I can remember everything. But I can’t. I can’t even remember where I left the car keys. The good thing is I do write down/send myself emails/add things to my calendar for work. But I could be better. Sending myself an email does feel a bit sad. Writing things down is actually a really important thing when it comes to goal setting too. And it makes perfect sense. For me, if I’ve written something down, the chances of me remembering it are much greater as I am reminded of it because it’s in front of me, I get the satisfaction of crossing it through. And I can also plan my time better and work out when to schedule work.

Tidy

I HATE having a messy desk but especially when things get busy (like December), it becomes a complete state with things I need to look at and file… but don’t have the time to. Being able to see what’s on your desk or in your workspace (rather than piles of magazines/letters/envelopes and more) will make you feel better and make it much easier to stay organised.

Treat work and ‘life’ as one

When I try and keep things separate, I drop the ball. If I’m doing something like getting the car serviced, that falls in the ‘life’ category, I also need to be mindful that I can’t be off seeing a client that day because I have no transport. Equally if I have an appointment for work, I can’t also be taking the children to a swimming lesson. Being self employed, the lines get blurred anyway. I can’t bend the laws of time and space, that’s why this is important!

Goal set

I know this sounds like stating the obvious but if you want to be organised, you need to know why you’re doing it. If you want to increase your sales by x, you need to formulate a plan to get there, write it down, and plot. If you know what you’re really aiming at (either small goals or big HUGE ones that scare you!), you’ll know what you’e planning for, what events you need to attend or want to be at, what timetable you need to adhere to for a product launch, etc. See what I mean?

A few things you might like to check out…

There are lots of tools you can use to do the above. I’ve recently bought myself a Media Diary that has key awareness dates in, which will be really useful for planning social media in particular. I still have the rather big job of adding all the industry specific dates in, but that’s fine – I’d rather do that now than when I need to know! You don’t need to buy a Media Diary at all – you can take to Google and research awareness days and other days of note. It’ll take you a while but it’s very doable if you have the time. For me at the moment I felt buying the diary was a better plan, but I do also appreciate that a lot of the things in it aren’t relevant to me or my clients.

When it comes to writing it down, ANY excuse to buy new notebooks I’m there! I was recently given a BEAUTIFUL Martha Brook notebook by a lovely friend, but you can pick some stunners up from places like Paperchase, Sainsbury’s… and I’ve seen some beauties in TK Maxx/Homesense too. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a nice notebook – you can use printer paper and a bulldog clip if it works for you!

And when it comes to writing, I have a LOT of Pilot V Pen Fountain Pens in all the colours of the rainbow. There’s something rather nostalgic about a fountain pen, and I really love the colours. My faves are pink, peacock green and purple. They brighten up even the most boring notes!

5 easy ways to use Instagram Stories

Today we’re going to have a chat about PR, and why you should do your own. Whether you’re a PR or a business, I think you’ll take something from this podcast. Honest. It’s what I really do believe, what I’ve found works really well for businesses and, actually, what I know works well for me when I’m working as a PR for equestrian and rural businesses.

Why you should do your own PR

Show notes from episode 14 – why you should do your own PR. In this episode I’m going to talk about why I think it’s really important to do your own PR, particularly for niche markets. 

In this episode you’ll hear…

  • Why I think it’s important to do your own, particularly for niche businesses. I do a lot with equestrian, country and rural businesses, but I think for niche businesses it’s really important.
  • The value of doing your own PR and how this will help you if and when you decide to outsource in the future.
  • How it’s not rocket science to write a press release.
  • How to learn how to write a press release – have a read of ‘what is a press release’ for a bit more info.
  • Why it’s important to give your press release the best chance of being used.
  • Ways to get around writing press releases (yep, I know that not everyone loves them as much as I do!).
  • How doing your own will allow YOU to build your own connections with the press.
  • The value of constantly updating and tweaking you press lists.
  • How to build connections with magazine editors, bloggers and vloggers and how you can use these connections..
  • Why it’s important to understand the process – things like lead times, image quality, deadlines, etc.
  • Why it could cost you less money to do your own, how it might not (good PR can deliver a really good ROI), and also how doing it yourself could help to reduce your costs even if you outsource!
  • How you can use all of the above to work with your agency (if you’ve outsourced).
  • When you might want to outsource your PR, and when you might want to outsource other elements of your business if you love this side of the business.

As I mentioned at the start of the podcast, this podcast was inspired by my 5 reasons to be your own equestrian PR blog I wrote a little while ago. If you fancy a read, the title is a live link.

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Today we’re talking to the very very lovely Laura aka @girlaboutthefarm on Instagram. Laura gave up a job in the city to become a farmer two years ago. Not only is she now a sheep farmer, she also has a farming and lifestyle blog, and was a silver winner at The British Farming Awards in 2018. In this podcast, we learn more about Laura, how her life has changed, why, her awards and more. It’s a really good one. And I’m now an even bigger Laura fan than I was before! Over to Laura – city girl to farmer.

Let’s talk about changing careers from city girl to farmer

Show notes for the Small & Supercharged Podcast – Episode 13 – changing careers from city girl to farmer. In this episode we have a really good chat with Laura Hodgkins on going from a career in the city to farming, how she’s adapted to life in the country, winning awards and lots more. In this episode you’ll hear…

  • How Laura found her way into farming, from helping out at her partner’s parents’ farm to running her own farm with her now husband.
  • Telling her boss she was changing careers and the timeline of events.
  • The different values that farming has taught her, and how she wouldn’t go back to the city despite the challenges of farming.
  • How a different lifestyle has changed her view on things more than she expected.
  • The scale of the farm that Laura, her husband, and one person run (it’s HUGE!).
  • The importance of picking the right breeds of animal when you don’t have a lot of manpower!
  • How to cope with working with your partner day in, day out… and how not to kill each other!
  • Winning a silver award for digital innovation at The British Farming Awards, and why Laura decided to start blogging and documenting her journey on social media.
  • The learning curve that Laura has been on over the past two years.
  • We talk about the Digital Innovator Award and how this is such an exciting thing for farming. As well as what it meant to Laura to be awarded the silver.
  • How Laura has used the award as a springboard to move on to other things, and opportunities for the future, such as speaking at schools.
  • We talk about diversification, taking the business forward, and taking the blog forward too.
  • Becoming and influencer, working with brands, and being cautious about who you work with and why.
  • Being a people pleaser and it being so important to say no to projects that don’t align with you.

There’s also a fair bit of chatter about very patient partners!

If you want to follow Laura

Instagram @girlaboutthefarm

Website www.girlaboutthefarm.co.uk

Twitter @girlaboutfarm

Facebook – Girl About The Farm

 

Sporting hares windermere giletHave I got a treat for you today?! The week two bundle is an absolute corker as you’ll know if you’ve visited my Facebook page and entered. And today I’m talking at the Windermere Gilet from Sporting Hares. Oh my. It is STUNNING!

What’s a Sporting Hares Windermere Gilet?

I think I first saw a Sporting Hares Windermere Gilet in real life on my lovely friend and amazing photographer Rachel Bragg aka Sweet Images. It’s no normal gilet. And in the next few paragraphs you’ll find out why.

Now, I love a gilet, but this is a gilet and then some. It’s made from suede. Yes, actual suede. It feels lovely and it’s light in weight too, so don’t think it’s heavy, it isn’t. The suede has a special treatment called DWR that makes it repellent to precipitation, so fine if you get caught in a light shower too. The lining is a stunning purpley/pink, the same as the Beauchamp Blazer. This provides a lovely contrast to the tan tones of this one. It’s finished with a teddy bear soft fleece collar lining, on brand white and navy striped velvet collar, and has brass hardware to complete the look. If you’re looking for a gilet with a difference then I urge you to go and find out more about Sporting Hares Windermere Gilet. The tan is really lovely, but it’s also available in a navy. So smart!

The Sporting Hares Windermere Gilet joins the Fleetwood & Foxgrove Field Scarf  and Super X Country Timeless Gloves in the bundle, along with products from Tom Lane and Apt Cavalier. The video and blog all about Super X Country and Fleetwood & Foxgrove is already up – the rest will follow this week. Keep your eyes peeled.

How do you win?

The winner will be picked at random, but you do need to enter, or else you definitely won’t win!

For week two, the Sporting Hares Windermere Gilet joins products from Tom Lane, Fleetwood & Foxgrove, Super X Country, Apt Cavalier and Sporting Hares.

As per the rest of the days, I’ve added a video to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page. This shows this gilet. It’s a stunner!

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is…

  • Go to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page
  • Find the pinned post at the top of the page
  • Like and comment on the pinned post, and make sure you like my page too
  • Do this all before midnight on Sunday 9th December 2018!

And if you would like to share the competition or the videos then please do – I’d be really grateful.

To enter the competition, you can find my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page here.

Thank you Sporting Hares

A ginormous thank you to Sporting Hares for this amazing gilet. The winner of the bundle is going to be blown away by this!

I first found Sporting Hares in connection to… wait for it… packaging! The MD, Marc, reached out following a blog I’d written about packaging and I was keen to learn more about the design process involved. I was so, so impressed with the level of detail and thought that went in to Sporting Hares’ packaging, I knew I was in for a treat with the products. And I have been. I own one of their caps and a pair of the beautiful pink and gun metal striped socks. And I adore them both. If you’re looking for a stocking filler for Christmas, then do go and have a look. I know it sounds crazy but when I don my Sporting Socks, I know I’m in for a good day. Now I just need to decide which colour to buy next – they now have three!

Find out more about Sporting Hares here.

Visit my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook Page to enter

Today we’re talking all about content – content marketing, what content is, what it means to you… and how to make this work. We use the word ‘content’ a lot – I do – but I don’t use it as a buzzword. I use it because it covers so, so much. So, without further ado, should we have a little chat about content? It’s a solo one with me… so thank you so much for joining me.

Let’s talk about content, shall we?

Show notes for the Small & Supercharged Podcast – Episode 12 – content. What content is, how to make it work for you, the different types, and how to make sure everything you create has the best chance of delivering a good return on investment.

In this episode we talk about…

  • Different types of content and how it’s important to make it it work for you.
  • Blogging and how written content works – not just in terms of what you’re trying to do and the message you’re trying to convey, but also from an SEO point of view.
  • What to do if you’re not good at writing (or you don’t think you are) . We talk through different hacks to help you here.
  • Transcription and dictation software and how this can help.
  • How podcasts can make really good content as they get to people in a different way. We also talk about how the podcasts can be made into blog posts. And what the show notes can add too.
  • The value of video. We chat about Facebook lives, Youtube, and more. We also talk about what video does and how it allows people to connect with you on a different level, and how it allows people to find out more about products too.
  • How there are lots of side benefits to videos that you might not realise.
  • Why being authentic is really important, and how it’s scary to put yourself out there… but the benefits it has too.
  • Podcasts and videos – can you do them at the same time? I talk about why I don’t at the moment.
  • Videos and where you can post this content.
  • Photography – and why I count photography as content. And how it can actually be pillar content depending on which platform you spend the most time on/where your customers are.
  • Professional photography, but also the benefit of getting better at your own photography and how this can really help you.
  • The value of quotes, testimonials and so much more. And how this can work as part of your content plan. We also talk about how these allow you to create your own content from nothing.
  • How we need to play to our strengths but how we can work with people who can help fill in the gaps. You only need to be good at one way to produce content… and then you build from there.
  • Human connection in content and why it’s important to put it out there.
  • Perfect and how you won’t be perfect when it comes to content, but how you can just do your best. And also how you can edit.
  • The value of just having a go. Because the value that content brings over any of the negatives outweighs it by a HUGE amount.
  • If you need any egging on – I’m @rheafreemanpr on Instagram and Facebook, and I’m @rheafreeman on Twitter.

 

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Fleetwood and foxgrove field scarfDay two of the second week’s giveaway… and I have to say it’s another amazing prize! This is the Fleetwood & Foxgrove Field Scarf. In black with a gorgeous fawn trim.

What’s a Fleetwood & Foxgrove Field Scarf

I first ‘met’ Fleetwood & Foxgrove before my second TEDx talk, which I gave at TEDxTelford. I was working on my outfit and there was one piece of the puzzle missing. A scarf. I wanted something with a little colour due to the rest of my outfit. And that’s how I found them.

Kirsty, the lady behind Fleetwood & Foxgrove, said the Field Scarf would be perfect. And she was right. She even came to TEDx to watch me (and the other speakers, obviously!) which was lovely.

This scarf is available in a range of colours, and it’s made from polyester, meaning it’s really easy to care for, but it is SO soft! It’s finished with a satin bias trim in a fawn colour which as a lovely golden sheen. And to complete the scarf, there’s a little leather tag too, which has the company’s logo.

The scarf that is in the giveaway is big square, measuring 90cm x 90cm. This means that it’s the perfect scarf, but can also double as a shawl if you fold it from corner to corner. Add a brooch and it’ll take you to posh nights out and balls too. Then it’ll help you to stay snug and stylish when you’re stood in a field!

The Fleetwood & Foxgrove Field Scarf will join the Super X Country Timeless Gloves in the bundle, along with products from Tom Lane, Sporting Hares and Apt Cavalier. The video and blog all about Super X Country are already up, and the rest will follow this week. Keep your eyes peeled.

How do you win?

The winner will be picked at random, but you do need to enter, or else you definitely won’t win!

For week two, the Fleetwood & Foxgrove Field Scarf will joining products from Tom Lane, Super X Country, Apt Cavalier and Sporting Hares.

As per the rest of the days, I’ve added a video to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page. This shows the scarf that you could win.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is…

  • Go to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page
  • Find the pinned post at the top of the page
  • Like and comment on the pinned post, and make sure you like my page too
  • Do this all before midnight on Sunday 9th December 2018!

And if you would like to share the competition or the videos then please do – I’d be really grateful.

To enter the competition, you can find my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page here.

Thank you Fleetwood & Foxgrove

A big thank you to Kirsty from Fleetwood & Foxgrove for donating this lovely scarf. It’s the perfect gift for any lady this festive season. And the black would look SO good with smarter outfits too.

In addition to the lovely products made by the company, the packaging is something really special too; always good if you’re buying as a gift! The range has also got pretty impressive British credentials, so if you’d like to support a small business who manufactures in the UK, you might want to check them out! Find out more about Fleetwood & Foxgrove on their website.

Visit my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook Page to enter

Well what a welcome to week 2’s Christmas Giveaway! After a brilliant week one, we have another amazing bundle for week two too. You’re a very lucky bunch! The first product we’re going to chat about is this one, Super X Country’s Timeless Gloves.

Super X Country's Timeless GlovesWhat are Super X Country’s Timeless Gloves?

Super X Country’s Timeless Gloves have only just been launched… and they are stunning! I was lucky enough to see them in person and get a pair at Your Horse Live. So when Becci very kindly said I could have a pair for this giveaway, well, I was pretty delighted!

These lovely leather gloves have been designed for riding, but they’re SO good for any time you want to keep your hands snug! They’re made from soft leather with SXC embossed detail, feature quilting around the cuffs studded with diamante crystals, have SXC trim, and benefit from Thinsulate insulation. The brushed lining adds another level of snugness and, on top of all the above, they look lovely too. They have reinforced areas where reins are held, and have a long cuff length to help keep your wrists warm. Could you want for anything else? No, I don’t think so either!

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with Becci and Super X Country for a little while now and continue to be amazed at the products she releases. All are well thought through, beautifully designed, and really well priced too. She’s also so, SO hardworking, she deserves all her success and a lot more too. I’m sure you know all about Super X Country, but if you don’t, you absolutely have to go and check out the Super X Country website (now if not sooner really!)

The Timeless Gloves from Super X Country join products from Tom Lane, Sporting Hares, Fleetwood & Foxgrove, and Apt Cavalier. As ever, there will be more information about all of these in the following days. You can enter the competition to win the whole bundle on my Rhea Freeman Facebook page.

How do you win?

The winner will be picked at random, but you do need to enter, or else you definitely won’t win!

This year’s second festive giveaway runs for the whole of this week (week commencing 3/12/18) and the competition closes at midnight on Sunday this week. Super X Country’s Timeless Gloves join products from Sporting Hares, Tom Lane, Fleetwood & Foxgrove, and Apt Cavalier.

I’ve added a video to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page to show these lovely gloves in a lot more detail.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is…

  • Go to my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page
  • Find the pinned post at the top of the page
  • Like and comment on the pinned post, and make sure you like my page too
  • Do this all before midnight on Sunday 9th December 2018!

And if you would like to share the competition or the videos then please do – I’d be really grateful.

To enter the competition, you can find my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook page here.

Thank you Super X Country

A huge thank you to Becci at Super X Country for donating such a gorgeous product for the giveaway. I know that whoever wins the week two bundle will love their Timeless Gloves as much as I love mine.

As I said above, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Becci for quite a while now, and I can tell everyone reading this that every ounce of success this lady has is SO deserved. Super X Country has grown as a brand in such a huge way over the last year, and I couldn’t be happier. Seeing the lovely reviews, the tags on social media, and the orders roll in, makes me smile. I can’t imagine how Becci feels! Hard work really does pay off. Becci is a great example of this. Just see her Super X Country brand to see how.

Visit my Rhea Freeman PR Facebook Page to enter