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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Live blogging from BBC2's Working Lunch

I'm here at the studio of
BBC2's Working Lunch doing some live blogging. Which is always a challenge specially as I was half way through a post and the computer froze!!! Such are the everyday trials and tribulations for a blogger - ooops presenter Declan Curry just asked me how things were going and I had to tell him.

Wood Lane Station for BBC Television Centre

So onto the blog post. The main story on Working Lunch today is the announcement that 350 million pounds is being given to small businesses to help them to train & learn new skills. The focus is on vocational skills with numeracy and literacy. The place to go to is Train to Gain

Anyway in other news Helen Pattinson's company Montezuma's makes tons of chocolate every year, which is music to my ears as last week was National Chocolate Week. I went along to a chocolate tasting with a number of other bloggers to well, err, taste chocolate.

However, she lives & breathes chocolate and put her family home up for sale to finance her business, which is a massively brave step - although she said it was "stupid" in hindsight.

Declan's asking Helen about that nightmare moment that every person who starts their own business has, when they think, can I actually do this? What am I doing here? Have I made the wrong decision? Thankfully she decided to carry on even though her product is a luxury item at around £2 a bar, so far things seem to be going really well and she's had massive growth of direct sales through the internet.

Update - if you're in the UK you can watch this episode of Working Lunch on BBC iPlayer.


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