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  • National Apprenticeship Week at Make An Entrance

    Happy National Apprenticeship Week everyone!

    National Apprenticeship week is all about encouraging employers to get ‘Fired Up’ about apprenticeships and the opportunities they provide for businesses.

    At Make An Entrance we’re already fired up about apprenticeships! We are proud to have taken on several apprentices in the past. We are delighted to have played our part to support the career development of young people in Lincolnshire.

    Hand Stitching a Coir Mat in our workshop Hand Stitching a Coir Mat in our workshop

    Why do we take on apprentices?

    Joining a small close-knit team within a company which is rapidly expanding provides the perfect opportunity for an apprentice to grow and develop their skills.

    Because we manufacture products at our Lincoln headquarters we offer the ideal environment for young people to experience the extensive operations behind our business cycle. This begins with raw materials arriving from our suppliers and then creating mats before sending out orders to customers.

    While working with us, our apprentices become key members of our team. They offer a new perspective of on our company and products. Often, our apprentices surprise us with new and innovative business ideas!

    We tie the edges in by hand to stop the mat fraying. We tie the edges in by hand to stop the mat fraying.

    What do apprentices learn at Make An Entrance?

    We work with apprentices over a few years so that they’re able to develop a full breadth of knowledge and gain experience across the business.

    Historically we take on apprentices as bespoke workshop technicians. This role involves creating our bespoke coir mats by hand from start to finish.

    The process includes hand-stitching traditional coir and managing the workshop space. They must achieve set objectives to meet orders and finally, distribute the orders to external sub-contractors or customers.

    In addition to the practical skills they gain during their time with us, apprentices also gain a Level 2 Supply Chain Warehouse Operative qualification. As a result, they have the perfect foundation for a career across a variety of manufacturing sectors.

    We stitch all the way round the mat to leave a beautiful finish We stitch all the way round the mat to leave a beautiful finish

    Will we be taking on apprentices in the future?

    We will have a number of apprenticeship opportunities available in the near future for young people to get involved with at Make An Entrance.

    Apprenticeships are just one of the ways we give back to the Lincolnshire community for the support it has offered us. We actively encourage more businesses to get involved in offering them.

    Our custom matting workshop in Sadler Road, Lincoln Our custom matting workshop in Sadler Road, Lincoln

    To find out more about what it is like to be an apprentice, check out the #AskAnApprentice Q&A taking place on Twitter.

    If you would like more information about the apprenticeship opportunities at Make An Entrance, please contact us.

    Not only during National Apprenticeship Week but at any time throughout the year. We are always looking for the right people to join our growing team. So, please get in touch.

  • Announcing Our Charity of the Year for 2020!

    We’re so pleased to announce that we’ve chosen YMCA Lincolnshire as our Charity of the Year for 2020 – our first ever charity of the year!

    This year we’ve decided to combine all the money we raise from a series of events throughout the year into one pot. This will focus our efforts on making a much bigger difference to our charity of choice.

    Giving back to worthy causes and supporting our local community is an important part of our business. It brings us together as a team and it’s hugely rewarding for us to see all our hard work helping an important cause.

    YMCA Lincolnshire is Make An Entrance Charity of the Year 2020 Pictured are Chief Executive Officer Caroline Killeavy left and Sam Burlton co-owner of Make An Entrance right at YMCA on St Rumbolds Street

     What is YMCA Lincolnshire?

    YMCA supports vulnerable people in the community. It provides numerous support services and facilities within Lincolnshire, including 24-hour emergency overnight accommodation, housing, day care, youth work and training.

    The charity also runs the Nomad Centre on St Rumbold’s Street in Lincoln, the only permanent direct-access homeless provision in Lincolnshire.

    Why did we choose them as our charity of the year?

    We first got to know the YMCA Lincolnshire team last year when we donated five branded doormats to the charity’s new Nomad Centre.

    We visited the centre to see where the mats would be used. YMCA’s Chief Executive Officer Caroline Killeavy gave us a tour of the facilities.   As a result, we were blown away by the brilliant work being done to support homeless people in Lincoln.

    Having been so impressed by the facilities that are provided at the new Nomad Centre, we made it our aim to raise enough money to sponsor one of the 20 en suite rooms at the facility.

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    How will we raise the money?

    We’ve already signed up to take part in various activities throughout the year to raise our target. These include the Lincoln 10K, Action Challenge, the Great North Run and the 2020 Lincoln Santa Fun Run later in the year.

    We are also hosting a series of lent lunches. At these we'll serve a basic meal of soup and bread in exchange for donations. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you like to come along.

    What will the money we raise do?

    Our fundraising target is £5,000. This will cover the cost of sponsoring one room at the Nomad Centre for the next three years.

    The money from the room sponsorship will go towards the great work YMCA does. They work to identify reasons for homelessness, and provide residents with a safe space through their own en suite room. They also provide specialist 24-hour support for the health, well being and individual needs of those staying at the centre.

    Sam and the team will be taking part in a series of challenges to raise money for YMCA Lincolnshire in 2020. Sam and the Make An Entrance team will be taking part in a series of challenges to raise money for YMCA Lincolnshire in 2020.

    How can you help?

    We would greatly appreciate any support for our fundraising efforts this year. Whether it’s a small donation or sharing one of our fundraising posts on social media, every little helps!

    To donate to our fundraising efforts visit our JustGiving page. To keep up to date with all our latest activities follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

    YMCA Lincolnshire also has a number of fundraising events taking place throughout the year, including Sleep Easy 2020 on 6th March. To find out more about how you can get involved, visit their website.
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  • Make An Entrance Heads to Hannover!

    It’s been a busy and exciting start to 2020 for the Make An Entrance team as we kicked off the New Year with a visit to Hannover in Germany for DOMOTEX – the flooring industry’s leading international trade fair which brings together exhibitors and visitors from across the world.

    Our two co-directors Sam and Stuart attend the exhibition each year to gain an insight into all the latest industry trends, meet suppliers and network with businesses from around the world.

    Sam and Stuart Burlton at Domotex Our two co-directors Sam and Stuart exploring the halls of Domotex

    What is DOMOTEX?

    DOMOTEX is a trade fair run by Deutsche Messe – a leading global producer of capital goods trade fairs. The DOMOTEX exhibition is an annual event which takes place in January at the Deutsche Messe AG exhibition and trade centre in Hannover, Germany.

    Exhibitors and visitors from all over the world attend the three-day event. They visit to find out about the latest trends, innovative ideas and developments in the flooring industry. The event also offers businesses the opportunity to network with smaller firms or larger enterprises as well as suppliers.

    On average, the event welcomes around 1,400 exhibitors from over 60 nations; over two thirds of visitors come from outside Germany – and more than half of them come from outside the EU.

    Why did we go?

    During the exhibition, Hannover serves as the international centre for the flooring sector. It offers the ideal opportunity for businesses like ours to broaden their knowledge and connections within the industry.

    We currently source raw materials for our products from companies across Europe and as far away as India and Sri Lanka. Our visit to Germany was to meet a range of potential new suppliers. We were very excited by some of the products which we are hoping to add to our range throughout the year.

    Spinning Silk by Hand So many interesting things to see. This man was spinning silk into yarn using traditional equipment.

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    The keynote theme of this year’s expo was ATMYSPHERE. It’s based on the concept of using flooring to create a sense of well-being. With a focus on encouraging green living through the work that we do.

    For many people a doormat is only for covering the floor and wiping your feet on. But to us, a doormat has the potential to add style and character to any home.

    After all, we have to live with the flooring choices not only in our homes but also in our workplaces. So why shouldn’t they benefit our well-being and the environment too?

    This concept really resonated with us. One our main aims for 2020 is to increase our sustainable practices and the eco credentials of our products.

    Many of our doormats are already made from eco-friendly coir fibre.   This is produced using the fibrous husk that surrounds coconuts – a completely biodegradable material. Which means that it can be thrown on the compost at the end of its life.

    As a result of our visit, we’re looking forward to implementing what we’ve learnt at DOMOTEX to offer even more eco-friendly products very soon – watch this space!

  • 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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