WHITE MEDIA ACHIEVEMENTS WHITE MEDIA of Chesterfield is in the running for the Derbyshire Times Small Business of the Year award. The company is well known for its regional wedding shows and involvement with White Weddings magazine, both of which offer great platforms to local wedding suppliers and venues. White Media has come a long way since 2005. It now provides 16 great wedding shows and three White Weddings magazines a year, stocked and distributed to over 50 wedding fayres and by the high street leader John Lewis. In July 2009 White Media also launched its successful online wedding directory, with more than 1,500 wedding suppliers, called www.countdownyourwedding.com. With so many venues experiencing an upturn in wedding revenue over the years since the White Media team became involved, White Media has created a new consultancy arm, advising venues how to go about generating better revenue. For the judging of the award, Sue White, managing director of White Media, had to present her company in front of a Dragon’s Den-style panel of judges: Ian Forrest, chair of Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust; Dawn Sweeny, managing director of the Derbyshire Times; Guy Robinson, finance director of the Robinsons Group; Glenys Goucher, former chief executive of North Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce; and Sam Allsopp, contracts manager at Derbyshire Enterprise Agency. The winners of the Derbyshire Times Business Awards will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at Hassop Hall, near Bakewell, on November 12. Sue says: ‘I’m looking forward to meeting all the entrants at the gala dinner – and having another excuse to buy that dress!’ For more information: www. whitemedialtd.co.uk, 01246 541906 Sue White, managing director of White Media
DRESSINI – NEW NAME, SAME SUPERB STYLE DRESSINI of Market Bosworth, was formerly known as Familytique for 39 years. Nothing has changed about its set-up except the need to move the well established and much sought after fashion outlet forward. The store is huge, with a stock of more than 2,000 designer outfits at any one time, so it isn’t difficult to understand why Dressini is often referred to as an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’. Sizes range from 8 to 24, including every concept of dressing from smart executive day wear to trendy casuals. And, of course, the store has won a deservedly high reputation when it comes to wedding attire for the mums and their guests. Dressini’s store in Market Place also plays a key role in other important fashion occasions, such as outfits for Palace garden parties, graduations and after-six occasion wear. Dressini sources its collections from across Europe. From Belgium comes Linea Raffaelli, unusual and chic outfits for those very special occasions (pictured); Paule Vasseur of Paris is one of the top-selling collections for the mothers of the bride and groom; while for other formal occasions Dressini looks to Barcelona and Milan. For more information: www.dressini.com, 01455 290234
FLORALDECO WEDDING FLOWERS IT’S WELL WORTH searching for this hidden gem... Tucked away in what was once a dark, disused cellar of a beautiful three-storey home built for one of Nottingham’s lace merchants in 1896, close to the banks of the Trent, you’ll find the working studio of Floraldeco. It’s owned by Rebecca Caddell who specialises in floral design exclusively for weddings. Buckets of old-fashioned blush pink roses, tubs of fresh dill and mint, and tin pots of scented lavender stand on the cobbled floors of what was once the coal store. Against the whitewashed stone walls are neat rows of highly polished glass vases for every table centrepiece imaginable, cream enamel buckets, and vintage cake stands against a backdrop of tall jars of pearl beads. Rebecca has always shown a passion for floral design. She loves the uniqueness of each wedding she creates, whether the style is contemporary glamour or has the feel a vintage afternoon tea party. She enjoys nothing more than sourcing a particular bloom, or finding something really special for her bride and groom. For more information: www.floraldeco.co.uk, 07980 569808
SPA THERAPY CLASS AT HOME TEMPLE SPA is a spalifestyle brand for youthful grown-ups. A beautiful fusion of product, philosophy and spa, Temple Spa’s anti-ageing skincare, de-stressing spa and luxury body care products are available in stores like Harrods and Selfridges, and much loved by celebrities and top beauty editors. While the best way to experience Temple Spa is at its spa retreat in the Mediterranean, sometimes when you most need it you don’t necessarily have the time or the money to hop on a plane. So instead Temple Spa lifestyle consultant Sarah Yeardley can bring the Med to you. Hosting your own spa therapy class with Sarah couldn’t be easier – invite a few friends over, open a bottle of wine and allow Sarah to show you how to indulge in some ‘me time’. For more information: www.templespa.com/ sarahyeardley, 0114 2872284
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