Our ladies’ business link-up was top fun!

Real Runways models modelling fashion from the Halo Boutique - Todmorden - Winter Collection 2011. Picture by Craig Shaw of Blu Planet Photography

Real Runways models modelling fashion from the Halo Boutique - Todmorden - Winter Collection 2011. Picture by Craig Shaw of Blu Planet Photography

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WHEN the Calder Valley’s ladies say they mean business, they mean it, as a second shopping and networking showcase proved!

The second Local Ladies Mean Business shopping extravaganza provided a mix of goodies, services, advice, support and some pure entertainment at Todmorden Cricket Club this month.

Organised by Royle Event Management and Promotion in conjunction with local businesses Halo Boutique and Eden Spa cosmetics and beauty products, the aim of the event is to showcase products and services already being produced by local businesswomen.

Jo Royle of Royle Event Management and Promotion said that, equally importantly, it is hoped the event enthuses ladies who may have a good idea and thought about starting their own business but perhaps have never known how to go about it - or had the “umph” to go for it!

The mood was set with some mulled wine savoured in the twinkly glow of candles, holly and mistletoe, and glistening lights, as Real Runaways and Halo linked up to produce a dazzlingly glitzy party season fashion show.

It showcased winter 2012 Collections from Halo, with accessories, footwear and handbags and jewellery also from Charlie Brown Jewellery.

Fourteen already established businesswomen had booked stalls at the event and packed them full of irresistible goodies and treats, some with demonstrations and all with Christmas bling galore!

They were Food 4 U, Physio & Therapies, Halo Boutique, Bond Street Hair & Beauty, Charlie Brown Jewellery, Truly Scrumptious, Eden Spa, The Birds & The Bea, Lynne Midwinter, Emma’s Cakes, Ruth’s Countryware, Kitty Couture, FAYA Photography & Design, and Dawn Rose Contemporary Jewellery & Accessories (showing scarves).

Jo said: “There was something for everyone, from amazing hair and beauty demos and vouchers to make-up tips, a skincare range, beautiful jewellery, scarves, photography ideas, clothing, footwear, handbags, accessories, amazing discounts, candles, and scrumptious food of all different varieties.

“Mulled wine and mince pies were supplied by Truly Scrumptious and they certainly were!

“All the stall holders networked and helped give an insight into how to go about setting up your own business. The night was a success with Women In Rural Enterprise (WIRE) members also attending to show their support.

“Although we expected more people, it was such a good atmosphere. There was lots of networking going on and lots of people taking the opportunity to expand and reach out to other business, booking appointments and swapping ideas and of course business cards. Ladies thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment provided.”

Local singers Joanna M. Taylor and Victoria Rothwell began with a duet of “Silent Night” before both performed solo sets.