Isle of Wight business ‘Made on the Isle of Wight’ had an extra member of staff for the day, Barclays Business Manager Lisa Rowles worked at the business as part of a ‘back to business’ initiative in which managers spend a day working alongside customers.
Lisa also got involved in serving customers, pricing and labelling and wrapping stock and packing sausages. She also spent time with Business owners Robin & Serena Courage discussing the future plans for the business including their social media strategy.
Robin & Serena Courage started ‘Made on the Isle of Wight’ in Ryde in 2010. The business was set up to celebrate the talent that exists on the Isle of Wight and bring it all together in one place. The company stocks the work of more than 200 small and medium-sized Island enterprises, and aims to sell the best of everything that is grown, made, created or produced on the Island.
In addition to the Island shop in Bullen Road the company has smaller concession shops in Wightlink’s Portsmouth and Fishbourne terminals and on the St Clare car ferry as well as in Newport. The company also has an international presence through its web based shop.
Robin Courage said: “It was great to have someone with Lisa’s experience of business supporting us for the day. An external business viewpoint is invaluable to a small business such as ours and it was particularly useful to get her insight on how we can better use social media. I would encourage other businesses to take advantage of this great Barclays initiative.”
Lisa Rowles said: “It was great to spend the day with Robin, Serena and their team. They have an innovative business with ambitious plans and their enthusiasm is clear. Although I spend many hours every week advising my business customers there is no substitute for quality time spent working alongside them. With my increased knowledge of the business I look forward to working with Robin & Serena to help his company to thrive.”
The Back to Business initiative will see all 1,700 of Barclays branch based businesses managers spending a day with their customers, taking the time to find out more about client’s business in order to help them with their ambitions.”
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