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Malvern Pearls Meeting 6th June 2019

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Ten businesses gathered in the beautiful, sunny drawing room at Elmslie House for our first day time meeting.  It was a mix of fledgling businesses and more established organisations, based across Worcestershire.  Industries represented included the third sector, well-being, beauty, hospitality, venues, specialist coaches and business training.  What we had in common was a desire to be the best we can be and to support each other by sharing our experiences and our expertise.

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Anna Taylor provided the most delicious lemon and polenta cake and a gluten-free variation, together with copious amounts of coffee and various teas.

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We started by introducing ourselves and our businesses, before Cymone Young, the founder of Malvern Serenity, spoke candidly about her top tips for well-being as a business owner.  Often we find that we put ourselves and our own needs last on the list (until, maybe, it falls off the list completely) and it isn’t until we are nearly at breaking point that we realise that our self-care matters.  There’s a reason why in the safety demonstration on a flight we are told to put our own oxygen mask on before helping others.  Cymone outlined several case studies and current research into the benefits of float therapy, and several people in the room who had experienced a float tank reiterated how amazing it is and not at all claustrophobic!  Sometimes just breathing and taking a moment to be mindful can be the most important thing to do.

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After a break for more yummy cake and cups of tea, Tricia Cavell, the Fundraising Director of St Richard’s Hospice, shared her thoughts on how being big and bold in business can reap results, using the example of the Worcester Stands Tall project.  Tricia’s key points were to start with a vision, then find out what is happening in your industry in other geographical areas before building the strategy.  Collaboration rather than competition, can be key to success. Getting a team together which builds on each other’s strengths is vital, too. 

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Remember that there is no gain without pain, there will be naysayers and critics, but if you believe in your gut that you are on the right track and people who you respect have confidence in your success, then you should too!

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At the end we need to look back, reflect and evaluate so that we can learn from the experience for the future.  It was extremely interesting to hear the back story of the high-profile art project that not only raised £233K for the hospice and attracted worldwide recognition for the city of Worcester.  It is also a great example of businesses and charities working together for the community. It was totally inspirational!

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We had some time to mingle, chat and peruse the talent table for information from the other businesses in the room, before heading back into the day. Our  resolutions are to make well-being more of a priority and to look for opportunities to collaborate with other businesses and charities.

Afterwards, Della Grizzell from Open Space commented that it was, “lovely to meet a group of ladies today all with a different story to relate, giving us food for thought and even that little pearl of wisdom.”

If you would like to attend the next meeting of Malvern Pearls, it’s on Wednesday 26th June at 7.30pm. Please book here: https://www.pearlsnetworking.com/events