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Monthly Archives: December 2019

  • Business Woman of the Year Win for Our Co-Director!

    We’re nearing the end of a fantastic 2019 here at Make An Entrance, and now we’re going out with a bang as our very own co-director Samantha Burlton has been named as Northern England Business Woman of the Year at this year’s National Business Women’s Awards!

    Sam Burlton of Make An Entrance - Northern England Business Woman of the Year 2019 Sam Burlton of Make An Entrance - Northern England Business Woman of the Year 2019

    Samantha received the prestigious award at a glamorous awards ceremony on Thursday 12th December at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington, London.

    Sam was joined by our fellow co-director Stuart Burlton for emotional support during the nerve-wracking moments before the award was announced and to celebrate in style afterwards!

    Stuart Burlton and Sam Burlton at the awards dinner Stuart Burlton and Sam Burlton at the awards dinner

    Why did Sam win Business Woman of the Year?

    Sam scooped the award for her significant accomplishments over the past 12 months. For possessing the award’s key attributes of vision, innovation, entrepreneurial drive, leadership and commitment to gender diversity.

    Sam’s aptitude for business has been evident from a young age. In sixth form she demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit by leading her Young Enterprise team to success. They raised enough money through various projects for a trip to the European Parliament.

    She is an experienced and inspirational business leader who has always had entrepreneurial flair. After leaving her previous job in 2004 to write her own business plan, Sam launched our website in 2005. She has continued to build our company which has gone from strength to strength over the last 14 years.

    Sam’s innovative ideas and determination to adapt in order to remain competitive have kept our business at the forefront of the flooring industry producing beautiful, traditional and high-quality doormats using time-honoured techniques.

    What does this mean to Sam?

    Sam is beyond ecstatic to have won and to be finishing what has already been such a great year for our company on yet another high.

    The award is a much-appreciated reward for battling through the business highs and lows she’s faced and for coming out the other side stronger for it.

    She’d like to say a massive thank you to the National Business Women’s Awards for the honour and for putting on such a fantastic awards night.

    Sam Burlton - delighted to be presented with the Northern England Business Woman of the Year Award Sam Burlton - delighted to be presented with the Northern England Business Woman of the Year Award

    What does this mean to Make An Entrance?

    We’re so proud of Sam for championing women in business and inspiring those with a similar entrepreneurial spirit to pursue their ambitions.

    Finally, we’d like to congratulate Sam on behalf of the business and we’re now looking forward to the New Year and all the exciting developments to come!

  • Support Community Gardening with a Charity Calendar

    Christmas is a time for giving and we have the perfect gift for loved ones: a 2020 charity calendar! By purchasing one of these calendars you’ll be able to tick a gift off your Christmas list and help a good cause at the same time – two in one!

    We’ve teamed up with Lincoln Print and Copy Centre and David Harrison Photography to create a 2020 calendar to support a wonderful community interest company called Sage Gardener.

    Sage Gardener Charity Calendar 2020 Sam Burlton, (Make An Entrance) David Newman & Jane Newman (Sage Gardener). Photo: David Harrison Photography

    What is Sage Gardener?

    Sage Gardener runs a community garden set in ancient woodland near Swinderby in Lincolnshire. It is used by members of the local community including those living with dementia and their carers. As well as those who are lonely or affected by mental health issues.

    Sage Gardener’s vegetable, flower, sensory and wildlife gardens act as a social hub to engage members of the community. Activities include gardening, floral and rural crafts to reduce stress and improve health and well being.

    What does the charity calendar include?

    The calendar features stunning wildlife images taken around the Lincolnshire countryside and the great work of volunteers and visitors on site at the various gardens.

    It also features a series of helpful tips on gardening and well-being. This makes it the ideal gift or addition to the home for any green-fingered enthusiasts or local wildlife lovers.

    age Gardener Charity Calendar 2020 Sage Gardener Charity Calendar 2020

    Why should I buy a calendar?

    All the money raised by purchases of the calendar will go straight towards building a new wooden cabin. This is desperately needed for members of the community to use during the winter months. This will allow regular visitors and bigger groups to continue enjoying the facilities even during periods of bad weather.

    We visited the gardens in November to hear first-hand from Jane Newman, Director at Sage Gardener, about the work they do. We were inspired to hear how they help those of all ages get outdoors. To learn about gardening, crafting and experiencing the rewards of growing your own vegetables.

    As a result, we were inspired to support the amazing work being done by Sage Gardener in any small way we could. Sponsorship and facilitating online orders for the calendars is an easy task for us but makes an enormous difference to the organisation.

    You can buy the calendar for £10 (including postage and packing). Order through our website, or by calling us on 07707325016. Every penny goes towards fundraising for the cabin.

    Finally, we close for Christmas on 20th December. All calendars ordered after this date will be posted when we re-open on 2nd Jan 2020.

    What can you do to help?

    We would be so grateful for your help in supporting Sage Gardener and all the amazing work they do. Once you’ve bought a calendar, don’t forget to share a picture of it on social media and spread the word!

    To find out more about Sage Gardener visit their website, or follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

  • National Award Recognition for Our Co-Director

    Here at Make An Entrance we think that every single person who has contributed towards building our company is a superstar – and it seems we’re not the only ones!

    Our very own co-director Samantha Burlton has been nominated as Northern England Business Woman of the Year at this year’s National Business Women’s Awards, and we couldn’t be more proud.

    National Business Women’s Awards - Sam Burlton - Make An Entrance Director as finalist National Award Recognition for Our Co-Director Sam Burlton

    This is the third nomination that we’re celebrating this year. In October Sam was nominated for Business Person of the Year 2019. And Make An Entrance was also nominated in the Small Lincolnshire Business of the Year category at this year’s Lincolnshire Media Business Awards.

    What are the National Business Women’s Awards?

    Now in their third year, the National Business Women’s Awards honour business owners, leaders and inspirational business women across the UK who have achieved significant accomplishments over the past 12 months.

    The 2019 awards are made up of 21 categories and this year’s awards ceremony will take place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London on Thursday 12th December. Over 250 guests are expected to attend and on the night will be able to enjoy a drinks reception, as well as a three-course meal and entertainment.

    Why has Sam been nominated?

    Sam is an experienced and inspirational business leader who has always had entrepreneurial flair. After leaving her previous job in 2004 to write her own business plan, Sam launched MakeAnEntrance.com in 2005. She has continued to build our company which has gone from strength to strength over the last 14 years.

    Sam’s innovative ideas and determination to adapt in order to remain competitive have kept our business at the forefront of the flooring industry.  We produce beautiful, traditional and high-quality doormats using time-honoured techniques.

    What does it mean to be nominated?

    It is an honour to have Sam shortlisted and recognised alongside the likes of businesswomen from Total Fitness, Crest Nicholson and Systematics International.

    2019 has already been such a great year for our business; we opened our new Lincoln workshop and have taken on our first apprentices. It’s fantastic to be recognised for all the hard work that’s been put in to make the company a success.

    Please keep your fingers crossed for us this week. We’ve got our party frocks ready and we’re looking forward to celebrating what should be a great night!

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