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  1. robinh

    TRAINING COURSE'S

    Morning All ! I have just had another request for training in shoe repairing. The enquiry has come from an independent shoe retailer in the East of England who has several shops and would like to provide an in house repair service. He is also looking to invest in new machinery as well. Is there anyone in the Lincs/Northants/Cambridge areas that might be interested in offering their services to train a new recruit?. The enquirer is willing to pay.
  2. robinh

    CUTTING EDGE

    Thanks GMy technological knowledge is improving slowly. Often I can learn a new procedure quite easily but then can't remember how to do it next time I need it. Story of my life. With regards to the page I could always use more info, pictures, stories regarding our trade. It helps if they come from SOMSR members though but if it is relevant to our community I will try to include it. Many thanks
  3. robinh

    CUTTING EDGE

    It's great to get some feedback, sometimes the Global HQ of Somsr can feel just a little isolated. Thank you all for your tips, hints, comments etc. I must admit I prefer facebook but how do I get more of you guys to sign up with the SOMSR FB page? As the set up stands I don't have access to the list of 'friends' so I'm a bit in the dark about who is actually checking out the site. I do get regular updates to say we are getting new visitors but no details of who they might be. If anyone isn't a friend, please become one. We can achieve so much more through improving communications.
  4. robinh

    CUTTING EDGE

    Many thanks for the answers so far. The question about paying to get in was very tongue in cheek, I was quite surprised to have to pay 12 euros at Wiesbaden and I do agree that it is not an encouragement. From the exhibitors point of view though an exhibition is expensive and I think that most manufacturers/exhibitors are currently having to keep a very close watch on expenses. Location will always be contentious but we have to try to be as central as possible. As always it's a Catch 22 situation, The exhibitors want more visitors to make it worthwhile putting on a show. The visitors want more exhibitors ( And better deals). The organisers are very much aware of the problems and welcome all feedback. The recurrence of the main show has been extended to every two years at the request of most of the exhibitors but it would appear that visitors prefer every year. I will pass that on. Good point about use of media, I'm still getting the hang of things like FB. I only look after the SOMSR website but will try to bring the Cutting Edge one more up to date as soon as I can. For the life of me I still can't understand how Twitter and Instagram work. They consume so much of peoples' time and so much of the content seems to be totally irrelevant. Does this make me a dinosaur? Are Instagram and Twitter the only platforms that matter these days? Does hard copy such as Cutting Edge magazine have no relevance any more?. As for a "face" Will mine do for the moment ? I'm quite happy to pass on any comments to the show organisers and am available to anyone who wishes to make positive suggestions. As for the Original Quick questionnaire, I will leave it open for more answers until end of May and will then sort out the winner of the bubbly Don't hold back, believe it or not we need each other to survive. Robin
  5. robinh

    CUTTING EDGE

    Thanks Rick ….. so far you're winning By the way, if anyone doesn't receive their copy of Cutting Edge please email the editor, Tony Driver, on info@5dpublicity.com with your name and address and he will add it to the mailing list. Robin
  6. robinh

    CUTTING EDGE

    Further to Ted's suggestion:- Question 1. Why don't you visit the exhibition ? Question 2. What would make you go to the exhibition? Question 3. Where would you like to go to see the exhibition? Question 4. How often would you like to go to an exhibition? Question 5. How much would you pay for entry to an exhibition? ( At Wiesbaden it was 12 euros per day to get in and as Keith says it was less well attended than in previous years Answers on a postcard please Winner gets a positive write up in Cutting Edge magazine and a very nice bottle of Bubbly from Schloss Wachenhiem The judges decision is final. No further communication will be entered into ………………..
  7. robinh

    CUTTING EDGE

    I do tend to agree with most of the various opinions expressed by various contributors on this topic both pro and anti. However, having sent out around 50 invitations to various suppliers to book space at Edinburgh in September it seems that the only interested exhibition supporters are the same loyal companies as before. Thank goodness for these stalwarts giving up time and effort to make it a success. As Keith says earlier, there is not a huge pot of money available for promoting the trade, nor is there a dedicated team of support assistants to create advertising campaigns or gee up promotions, there just aren't the resources available. We are constantly asking for input from our suppliers/members/friends but our requests tend to fall on deaf ears. The trade does need new people. We need imagination and enthusiasm. We need new blood. People who want to make a difference. Go to the exhibitions. Support your suppliers. Be prepared to give as well as take. I do appreciate Ted's comments but I don't think that allowing the public in to a trade show would be beneficial but perhaps we could try to get more publicity for the skills of our trade if the people who actually have the skills would communicate with us a little more. That's what we are here for. Ok there is the magazine and the certificate and some advertising stuff available from Cutting Edge/SOMSR but with a bit more positive feedback we could try to do so much more. You can't criticise our efforts if you don't get off your a**e and go to the exhibitions and see what we are trying to achieve. PS just had two more bookings for Edinburgh so its looking good.
  8. robinh

    RIP David

    I knew David from his days in Nottingham city centre in the late seventies/ early eighties and subsequently when he moved up to Mapperley. Always found him to be a true gentleman and a genuine "good bloke" Condolences to all the family
  9. robinh

    Cutting Edge

    Didn’t get a Christmas card from them either so you might be right
  10. robinh

    Cutting Edge

    Didn’t get a Christmas card from them either so you might be right :-)
  11. robinh

    Cutting Edge

    Thanks Rick, Haven't heard from Big Al or mrelf yet though.????
  12. robinh

    Cutting Edge

    Thanks wellsy, I've had one reply so it might be working but alternatively info@somsr.com will get to me.If anyone else wants a copy sending please let me know.
  13. robinh

    Cutting Edge

    If you pm me with your address details I will pass them on to the magazine distributor.
  14. robinh

    Cutting Edge

    You should be able to see it now on www.somsr.com If you have a story for the next issue please get in touch
  15. robinh

    TRAINING COURSE'S

    Hi Everybody. I'm doing fine here at the global HQ of the SOMSR organisation ( one day a week in Leeds and as much coffee as I can drink). Since I have been here I have had three enquiries from individuals (who would probably prefer not to go down the penal servitude route) to learn more about the trade. What seems to be the norm is that they are willing to pay for training and possibly also prepared to travel to get it. The going rate appears to be around 100 pounds per day. I'm not sure of the H&S and liability requirements but I will see what can find out. I would imagine that whoever gives the training would have to formulate a program and timetable to ensure that the trainee reaches their target efficiently and effectively. I know you can't train someone fully in the mysterious art of shoe repairing in a few simple steps so it might be that an introductory course over a couple of days with a follow up masterclass might be good.
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