Pure Heart Ladies VIP Night

This Friday is our Fashion Show – Ladies VIP Night.
Friday 1st December.
We have some Fabulous Stalls. We would love you to come!
£5 per ticket, which includes Fashion Show, Bubbly (or soft drink) & a mince pie, Nibbles to accompany ‘BYO booze’ too. 
Our Raffle This year is for JDRF – Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, as a little girl very close to our hearts was diagnosed earlier this year she is only 7. Doors open at 7. Contact me directly for tickets. ) 7909 913 468
Address for the event is Oakey Village Hall 27 Church Lane. MK437RJ

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You’re cordially invited to network with local small business owners a tweetup with a difference!  We’re trying something new, fun and relaxed to network in a no-pressure setting with friends old and new. We’re also celebrating our new home at 44 Harpur Street and would love for you to join us and see what it’s all about.  Let’s have a jolly good catch-up with each other as well as welcome new friends who run local small businesses. Monday 7th August, 7pm to 10pm. 44 Harpur Street, Bedford, MK40 2QT. Booking is essential (see button below) and it costs just a fiver for all this:

  • Prosecco
  • Wine
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Tea
  • Desserts
  • Music
  • Fun & games
  • Exciting announcements
This event has ended, thanks to everyone who attended


See you soon, and don’t forget to bring plenty of bizcards!

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d'Parys front, Bedford

#BedsHour Tweet Up – 12th September, 8pm at d’Parys!

Hi everyone!

Just a quick note (in case you missed it) – the next evening #BedsHour Tweet Up will be held at d’Parys on 12th September at 8pm! Make sure you’re there to network with all your favourite #BedsHour peeps and enjoy some delicious food!

Food choices: Fish & chips, sausage & mash & a veggie option (TBC)
Drinks: There will be wine and water on each table (as part of your ticket cost) but if you fancy something different there’s always the bar!!
Ticket cost: Tickets will be £15.00 and available once they’re set up online! Max capacity for the room we will be around 35-40 people so once tickets are available, make sure you grab one!
Goodie bags: Goodie bags will be available for you to pop your flyers, business card & treats in! Please make sure you bring something along so everyone has your name and contact details!
Networking: There will be lots of chance to chat and share ideas as time will be set aside for everybody (or those who want to) to stand up and let us know about their latest ventures!

The last Tweet Up held at the Pavilion in the Park was a great success! (Pics here: https://www.facebook.com/habmediabedford/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1787673828114780)

If you can help anyway with designs, goodie bag items, flyers, photos etc. please contact me on 07881294610 or habmedia@hotmail.com. Please also contact Daisy Media’s Hannah on hannah@daisymedia.me.uk as we are sharing the planning! 🙂

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I Am Strong Bespoke Personal and Business Performance Coaching – Bedford, London and the South East


What we do

I Am Strong Coaching provides bespoke personal and business performance coaching in Bedford, London and the South East to support talented individuals, executives and business owners to move up a gear when they need it most. As a specialist service, we also support military leavers with cv refining, cover letter writing, interview technique and business start-up to set them on their way for a strong second career. We have a range of coaching packages on offer on our I Am Strong Coaching website, spanning confidence, change and military transition as well as business start-up and performance.

A bit about me

I joined the Army rather spontaneously after graduating from university with a literature degree and a lot more rowing than reading hours under my belt. Leaving the Army eight years later, after living and working overseas, was an even bigger change. My background is almost entirely international and with that has come constant upheaval, flux and uncertainty as well as exploration, diversity and experience. I have spent long periods living in France and Germany and have worked extensively in Eastern Europe, India, Iraq, Kuwait, Mexico and Scandinavia. In any job that I have had, from being an Officer in the Army on war-fighting operations, to business development in the world of airline retail, to managing a £10m international development programme in India, I have always needed to achieve results and I firmly believe that success is all about momentum with a dash of confidence thrown in.

When I’m not coaching, I’m out walking Merlin my mischievous Rhodesian Ridgeback and exploring new parts of Bedford and the surrounding countryside. An Essex girl originally, I moved here two and a half years ago – another somewhat spontaneous decision while on a high having just finished a race at Bedford Regatta one sunny afternoon in 2013. Needless to say, I threw myself into life at Star Rowing Club as soon as I landed here.

The vision

The vision is to grow I Am Strong into a diverse hub of coaches and mentors, reaching out with bespoke coaching for both individuals and businesses and assisting others to focus, to achieve, to grow, to thrive, to prosper and to see a significant return on their investment. The journey has begun as we start to work with carefully-selected associates allowing us to leverage in the arenas of personal branding, psychological profiling, public speaking and leadership. We look forward to being able to support military leavers through a network of I Am Strong franchised coaches. A long way to go and a lot of hard work yet!

How are we relevant to you?

Coaching is an incredibly powerful, yet still reasonably well-kept, secret. All top athletes have a coach; the majority of top leaders, businessmen and entrepreneurs will also have a coach. Why? Because where focus goes, energy flows. And a coach will take you further than you can get on your own by growing your self-belief, your self-knowledge and by holding you accountable to achieving the targets you set. A good coach will help you to change the way you think, change the way you see the world, and change the way you feel. A coach is your secret weapon, your edge over your competitors, helping you to think strategically, to explode ideas and lift you up and out of the daily doing. A coach will help you to:

  • Get clear about your goal
  • Identify blind spots
  • Be accountable
  • Focus on what is really important
  • Gain a competitive advantage
  • Develop powerful leadership skills
  • Increase engagement with the things that really matter to you
  • Feel happier and more grounded


It is important to see coaching as an investment, and not an expense. Invest in yourself, your people and your business and they will invest in you. Get smart, Get Confident, Go beyond.

Supporting the #BedsHour Community

We do as much work as possible with local businesses and would like to thank the following for their recent, fun and hugely productive collaborations:


If you think there might be a way we can help you or your business then please get in touch – we are on twitter @iamstrongcoach or you can reach me sarah@strongcoaching.co.uk.

It all starts with a coffee. And sometimes cake.

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Small Business Saturday UK 2016

The countdown is well and truly on for the launch of this years’ Small Business Saturday UK 2016 Campaign and on 1st June applications will be open for individuals to pitch their business.  I just wanted to put together a blog to help individuals and businesses who perhaps haven’t heard about the campaign to understand what it’s all about.

So, let’s start with

What is Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. In 2016 Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, December 3rd.

Any individual or business whether providing a service or product can apply to Small Business Saturday from 1st June, until applications close towards the end of July and by doing so are given the opportunity to pitch their business, hopefully going on to be profiled by Small Business Saturday UK.  Apply here.

When applications close, the team begin their selection process to decide upon 2016’s #smallbiz100 and emails are sent out confirming if they have been chosen.   The lucky 100 individuals representing 100 businesses are then given a nominated date and are profiled across social media and in the local press in the 100 days leading up to the event.

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My business, Agile Administration Services, a Virtual Assistant business was fortunate to have been selected in 2014, which ended up not only being profiled across all social media platforms, but I also had an invitation to Downing Street. It was a fantastic day and lovely to be sharing the occasion with the other 99 businesses. Gallery here. Not only did I feel incredibly honoured to have my pitch chosen, I was then asked to become a Champion for Bedfordshire, one of only 20 asked and went onto provide the music for the official launch of the campaign last year (one of my clients)   Press Release

I truly admire anyone who sets up in business and love what Small Business Saturday stands for.  Small businesses need support, they need advice, they need custom….we need to shop local and look after each other not only on Saturday 3rd December but throughout the year.  My contribution to the Small Business Saturday Blog.

Small Business Saturday UK, a non-political campaign offers a platform for giving advice, a programme of business-related workshops, talks and events, Inspire Series.  Everything is FREE, there are opportunities to put your business on the Small Business Saturday Business Finder.  See how you can get involved even if you don’t decide to pitch your business.

Have a think about what you can do on Saturday 3rd December to help promote your business.  Whether it’s offering a free slice of cake with every hot drink bought or discounted price over a period of time for a service that is provided, pledge it on Small Business Finder and promote your business and or event.  You’ll find me at LU7 2TZ.  I will always retweet and share posts if tagged in @AAVirtualAssist.

Best of luck!



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