International Women's Day - Balance For Better

I woke up this morning to a barrage of social media posts promoting and celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 . My initial reaction was oops I’d forgotten about this and as a strong, independent women I should have known and been involved in some way. As more and more posts appeared on my social media feed surrounding this day, I noticed there was a general theme (not in all cases), that appeared to focus on promoting and singling women out to be superior to men. This started to concern me. I’m sure when the organisers first set up organising a day which celebrates the struggles and achievements of women throughout history to the present day and to encourage gender equality going forward, they did not intend for this to become a ‘women are better than men’ campaign. The organisers are clearly aware of this shift in women empowerment as the theme this year is #balanceforbetter. However, many of the posts I’ve read didn’t seem to get that memo or ignored it completely.

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Go Big Or Go Home!

If you are interested in our first experience at Spring Fair earlier this month, have a read of my guest blog post for Explore Bedford! Hope it gives you some inspiration to go for it! Whatever that may be!

Today’s guest blog is from Sarah Fletcher, owner and founder of Sarah Diane Creative. Established in Bedford in 2018, SDC is a fashion and soft-furnishings brand, bucking the fast-fashion trend and creating sustainable, quality products.

This month, Sarah took her fledgling brand to Spring Fair, one of the industry’s biggest trade shows. We asked Sarah to give us a sneak peek behind the scenes at Spring Fair and to share her advice to other aspiring Bedford makers:

Go big or go home! That was my thinking way back in the hazy summer of 2018, when I took the plunge and signed up to do Spring Fair 2019…

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