Last but not least in this 3 part interview
series, is the lovely Emma Warren who is MD at HiHo Silver & the
brains behind the Style, Skills & Silver event. She is also the one who’s
behind the HiHo Silver Instagram handle & is always so responsive
& witty in her responses.
Thank you Emma for coming on Country Bumpkin Chic, please can you give
the readers an overview of your role at HiHo Silver.
Well, we’re a small team so we all have to be multi-talented and turn
our hands to most things. In the main, I tend to be the one who is working
on brand development with Rhea Freeman,
some designing, a bit of donkeywork and a lot of social media!
What made you decide to host a HiHo Silver Style,
Skills & Silver event?
I know I’m super excited, as events like this don’t come up that often.
We’re really excited about the day. We’ve talked for a long time
about doing an Instameet or some sort of day with customers, but we really
wanted it to add value for the people coming along. We’re really lucky
that our Ambassadors are all passionate about HiHo and super talented at what
they do, so when we were thinking about how to plan a day, we were really keen
to involve them.
I’ve been to a few Instameets and I wanted to do something that really
suited the country and equestrian sector, created connections for people and
really added value for them – and everything has been planned from there
We’ve chucked out some ideas, added some in. Rhea and I went and checked
out the cake and hopefully we’re all set for a great day. We wanted to
keep it to a small group so that everyone gets the chance to talk and get to
know each other and seeing the fab people that are signing up, I think we’re
going to have lots of ideas to swap.
And why choose The Fish Hotel?
You may not know, but I have a glamping business which is a shepherd’s
hut called Dimpsey, based on the
Blackdown Hills in Somerset. It was built by Blackdown Shepherd Huts who
are just ten minutes down the road from me and I’ve got to know them over the
years and now help them with their business development.
They have just delivered 5 of their Brace Huts to The Fish Hotel, so I
had already visited the Fish Hotel and knew of them when I went to stay at FoxhillManor, their sister hotel. It’s in a stunning location and a bit more central than
Somerset where we’re based. I love their whole brand ethos and interior styling
and I know that the cake is good – which is obviously important. I think
it’s so important that brands are social these days and they are brilliant with
their social media, so I knew they would understand our need to provide an
insta friendly location – and they’ve been so helpful, they’re a pleasure to
deal with. Oh and Rhea is obsessed with their brand font!
What are you most looking forward to on the day?
Just the chance to spend time with people and swap ideas, it’s so
important to get out of the day to day when you run your own business and this
is a great way to stimulate the grey matter and meet some lovely people. I’m
a firm believer that creativity is enhanced by making time to be creative and
to think – I’m hoping that we inspire and are inspired by people on the day.
Any top tips for people attending on the day, how can they make sure
they get the most out of it?
We’ve set up a Facebook group for attendees so everyone can get to know
each other before the day, so please join in and introduce yourself and let us
know what you’re hoping to get from the day.
And please don’t worry if you’re coming on your own, there will be lots
of other people in the same boat and we’ll make sure you leave with new friends
and contacts. Working on your own is hard, so communities like this face
to face meet and Rhea’s Small & Supercharged group are essential support networks for people.
And is there any other surprises you can share before the event?
Aha – well I could tell you what’s in the goody bags but that would
spoil the surprise! I will tell you that everybody has kindly been really
generous, so if you invest £60 in a ticket, you’ll be getting a return of some
fantastic opportunities to talk to people about how they approach things in the
workshops and a goody bag that is worth more than you’ve paid out. But the
really important thing is the connections we’ll all make – priceless!
Thanks Emma for taking part in the CBC interview & look forward to seeing you & the rest of the SSS gang in the Cotswolds in a few days.
Follow the HiHo Silver – Style, Skills & Silver gang on Instagram:
HiHo Silver @hihosilveruk
Emma Warren – MD of HiHo Silver @emmawarren_1
Rhea Freeman – PR and Marketing @rheafreemanpr
Melanie Clarihew – British accessories brand @MackenzieandGeorge
Sophie Callahan – Equine Photographer @sophiecallahan
Rachel Bragg – Equine & Canine Photographer @sweet_images_uk
Harriet Edwards – Blogger at A girl About Country @harriet_lily
Karen McConnell – Blogger & Stylist @karenandclan1
Ruth Chappell – Owner of Dressage Anywhere @dressage_anywhere