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Women in Business

Women in Business

After having children, many women opt to start their own businesses, so they can not only be in control of their hours but hopefully also their destiny! Below are some enterprising mums who have chosen to go it alone. Please do let us know if we haven´t mentioned your business. We try our hardest to support our Mums in Business and you can too by looking at the list below and if you need a product or service listed then get in contact with that mum!

  • Lucy Culpepper - freelance journalist

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    Based in the Pyrenées-Atlantiques, Lucy is a freelance travel journalist, internet researcher and website copy writer
    www.culpepperink.com

    To read an interview with Lucy click here

  • Anna Powney - Blue Bio

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    Based in La Mayenne in the North of France, Anna markets and distributes a new camping product  called Blue Bio
    www.bluebio.co.uk

    To read an interview with Anna click here

  • Nancy Simons - Tots to Travel

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    Nancy works for totstotravel as a Lettings Expert, covering the South West of France. Totstotravel is an award winning family friendly travel company who niche market to families- especially those with children of the pre-school age who prefer to travel out of peak season (avoiding inflated flight, and ferry prices during school holidays) and would like to stay in properties that have been tested out by a fellow mum. If you or anyone you knows has a holiday home and are interested in filling some empty weeks in the ‘shoulder’ seasons then contact Nancy at nancy@totstofrance.co.uk or call on 06 72 67 57 60. If you would like to receive a free copy of Wendy Shand (the founder of TTT) book, which provides proven lettings tips and advice to ensure that you rent out the most weeks possible year after year, click here.
     

  • Laila Lia- hair stylist & make-up artist

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    Laila, a mother of 3,  is an American hair stylist and make up artist based in Paris. Wth more than 20 years experience she also specializes in hair colour & image consultancy. Laila has worked in salons and and in television/film production in Los Angeles

    To make an appointment at your home Contact Laila on Tel  06.44.29.54.89 or email:JustLaila@gmail.com

  • Lynn Dew - French Teacher

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    Experienced language teacher offering individual and group French lessons for beginners and improvers. Lessons in Montmorillon (La Vienne) and surrounding area. Can travel for groups.
    Tel: 05 49 91 64 88 Email: Lynn.dew@gmail.com

  • Karen Withey - English & Business English Teacher

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    Based in La Vienne Karen has acquired BaHons PGCE & Tesol (CELTA) . She is a Teacher of English and Business English. Adult and children (age 6 - 18).
    Karen is a qualified teacher with 7 years experience in the UK and 2 years in France. She believes that both age groups need to be interactive learners to succeed and uses different teaching methods, games and activities to help them learn and have fun!
    Tel: 05 49 83 09 04 Email : karenwithey21@msn.com
     

  • Claire Almond-Jones - Aktiv Experience & Bibelot

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    Claire runs AktivExperience, a catered chalet operator in Meribel, Rhone-Alpes. They offer week long and weekend ski accommodation, mainly to the British ski market and also French, Dutch, American and Australians guests. Chalets are small and they provide Breakfast and Dinner to guests. It started back in 2007 after Claire and her husband decided that the UK didn`t have to offer what we were looking from in life and as new parents and lovers of the mountains ( having over 15 years experience in the ski industry) they decided to relocate with our then 1 year old.
    www.aktivexperience.com

    Claires other side line (hobby turned into a business) is Bibelot, hand crafted Jewellery. It is a new enterprise and one which helps raise money for charity too as money raised from sales of the friendship bracelets and tache necklaces goes to Mesothelioma Research and Movember.
    bibelothandmade.com

    If you would like to contact me to find out more contact details are
    booking@aktivexperience.com
    0033 621 921 364
    or by post
    43
    Meribel
    73550
     

  • Christina Greveldinger - hotelier

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    Christina owns and co-runs the Hôtel de la Porte Dorée is in the 12 arrondissement right next to the Bois de Vincennes, one of the largest wooded areas of Paris. The building dates before the 19th century and it has taken about 10 years to restore the hotel to the charming boutique hotel it is now. For the last two years Christina has been working on getting the Eco Label as well as making the hotel one of the first boutique hotels in Paris to completely integrate children and families in every aspect of the hotel.

    "The first question we ask ourselves with every new renovation or project is what is the impact on the environment and how can we do this to make it safer and more comfortable for a child. When you see a childs face light up because there is a little table their size at the reception or the sink their size in the toilet it makes you very proud of every extra effort you make"
    (CG, Dec 2010)

    www.hoteldelaportedoree.com

     

  • Karen Bowen - British Bites

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    Karen runs British Bites, a family run internet business with local delivery service offering a whole host of goods from the UK from your cupboard essentials like baked beans and tea bags, to things that you just fancy something from Blighty... or need something for a recipe.
    www.british-bites.com

  • Laraine Bashford - Hideaways en France

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    Based near Bordeaux, Laraine  markets Hideaways en France where you can beautiful privately owned Chateaux for Weddings,Family/Group Holidays.
    hideaways@orange.fr
    www.hideawaysenfrance.com

  • Wendy Johnson - Holiday Lettings Expert

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    Wendy is the marketing agent for Tots to Travel in the midi, from Nimes right down to the Spanish border. She looks for gites or villas that are family friendly and advise owners on how to increase their bookings.
    www.VillaOwnersLanguedoc.com, midi@TotstoFrance.co.uk, Tel + 33 (0)6 02 30 57 54

  • Lulu Laporte - Relocation & Settling in Expert

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    Lulu provides a hands-on service for families moving to Montpellier. She can advise on local schools, bilingual schools and creches, right down to where you can find English speaking doctors. She can also help in finding properties to rent or buy, long or short time as well as look after second homes.
    www.montpellierholidayhomeservices.com and www.Moving-to-Montpelier.com lululaporte34@gmail.com +33 (0)953624576
     

  • Paula Grech - Dance Movement Therapist (MA RDMT)

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    Paula Grech is a Dance Movement Therapist MA RDMT based in North Montpellier. She offers a space where people are free to explore their emotions and open their creativity through the exploration of movement, dance and mime.She runs  workshops and sessions for people who are interested in their own creative development and has had experience in working with a wide range of special needs groups: children, adults and the elderly.
    paulagrechjefford@gmail.com www.paulagrech.com + 33 (0) 06 75 17 11 30

     

  • Jennifer Rowell-Gastard - European Coordinator of BeadforLife

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    BeadforLife eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads. And people who care open their hearts,homes and communities to buy and sell both products.The beads become income, food, medicine, school fees and hope. It is a small miracle that enriches us all.  BeadforLife is looking for volunteers for our Montpellier office and BeadParty hosts for at home parties throughout France and Europe. To get involved, contact Jennifer on BeadforLife, 26 impasse de la tour Buffel, 34070 Montpellier (+33) 0467650131 europe@beadforlife.org www.BeadforLife.org
     

  • Yasmeen Moore - Le Vieux Manoir

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    Yasmeen co-runs Le Vieux Manoir’ ,a gîte complex with a heated pool, Jacuzzi, fishing lake and restaurant. The complex can be hired for between 2-24 people. They specialise in family holidays during school holiday time and large group holidays out of season. 53250 Le Ham France ● Tel 00 33 (9) 60 03 41 91 ● Email: info@le-vieux-manoir.fr
    www.gitesenligne.com

  • Claudia Graf - Zone Bébé

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    Zone Bébé is a website in 3 languages providing organic baby, mums and family items. From clothes to cosmetics to household goods. www.zonebebe.fr

    Click here to read more

  • Nicole Hammond Barriot - KiddieKitRentals

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    Kiddie Kit Rentals offers baby and toddler equipment rental, including car seats for children up to 12. Based between Béziers and Pézenas, they supply good quality, clean baby and toddler equipment such as travel cots, high chairs, baby bouncers, baby walkers, safety gates, pushchairs, toy packs and much more - all at realistic, affordable prices
    www.kiddiekitrentals.com +33 (0)4 67 26 90 42 +33 (0)4 67 26 90 42

  • Karen Percy – Kaper Creative

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    Karen Percy is the Creative Director of Kaper Creative, a full service design collective for all design, advertising, and marketing needs.
    www.kapercreative.com karen@kapercreative.com +33 6 70.94.56.51

  • Emma Pearce - Mine 4 Sure

    Based in Pau, in the South West of France, Emma, a mum-of-3, runs Mine4Sure, which personlizes labels for children`s school clothes, shoes and all belongings. The labels are iron-on and can be used on various fabrics. You can choose from a range of designs and colours and they are delivered free to your door within 3 days.
    +44 (0)7952 045 292
    www.mine4sure.com

  • Valerie Beatson - Kidjam

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    Based in Paris, Valerie runs Kidjam, weekly music classes in English  for babies to children of 7 years. Valerie is a a professional opera singer and trained early-childhood music teacher. Private lessons available ages 9+.
    info@kidjam.fr
    www.KidJam.fr

  • Suzanne Shields - La Tasse de Couleur

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    Based in Biot on the Coet dAzur, Suzanne co-runs La Tasse de Couleur,  where children can paint their own ceramics and parents can enjoy the cafe. They offer birthday parties and various other activities
    9 rue du Portugon, 06410 Biot, (+33) 04 93749716
    www.latassedecouleur.com

    "Personally I do not think France is sympathetic to entrepreneurs, which is ironic as the word ‘entrepreneur’ is a French word! We have not found anything to encourage anyone to start a business in France. It has been hard work and very expensive!"
    (SS, March 2011)

     

    Click here to read the full interview with Suzanne

  • Keren Sharpe - CrazyCakes & DIY

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    Based in the South of France, Keren runs two businesses:
    Crazy Cakes offers deliciously crafted cakes for any occasion (including gluten-free)
    Tel 06 12 43 09 77, email keren.sharp@gmail.com
    https://picasaweb.google.com/keren.sharp/CrazyCakes02#

    DIY - painting, decorating, tiling, furniture construction, etc. done for you or with you.
    Tel 06 12 43 09 77, email keren.sharp@gmail.com

  • Mary Brighton - Dietitian/Nutritionist

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    Mary Brighton, MS, RD is a website developer and owner/blogger. Living in Europe for the last 11 years including the last 9 years in France, Mary offers an international and European perspective on food, health, nutrition and European living. In addition to researching and writing on healthy living, nutrition and cuisine, Mary has nearly 20 years of experience counseling and serving clients in dietetics through private practice, clinical, outpatient and rehabilitation centers.
    www.brightonyourhealth.com and www.marybrightonyourhealth.com.

  • Kirstin Barton - Alive to Change

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    Kirstin runs Alive to Change, a Life Coaching practice which helps women abroad, and especially mums living abroad, to settle and make the most of their lives, wherever they are. Kirstin is a positive and practical coach, and is passionate about supporting Mums in all their roles, and has a great variety of accessible and good value programmes to help Mums in all situations. She has developed popular workshops, all of which are available over the phone.  Kirstin also has experience in supporting Women Entrepreneurs in their businesses, delivering regular workshops, and working directly with new entrepreneurs
    kirstin@alivetochange.com
    www.alivetochange.com

  • Linda Alaniz- Hornsby - Photographer

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    Linda Alaniz- Hornsby moved to the South of France after a career in the states After a stint as a medical photographer, she moved to New York where she specialized in the Performing Arts. During her 12 years in Manhattan, she worked both on and off Broadway, amassing a large and varied portfolio of well-known artists. Linda specializes in nudes as well as pregnancy & children`s photography.
    Telephone: 06 03 04 30 1616
    Email: linda@alaniz-photo.com
    www.alaniz-photo.com

  • Melanie Gulliver - Usborne books

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    Melanies role as an Usborne representative is to provide English language books to children in France, and to build up a team of representatives across Europe. She sells her books by hosting home parties, attending events and having an online store; www.sunshinebooks.fr.
    If you are interested in joining Merlanies team please contact melaniegulliver@hotmail.com.

  • Patricia McCartney - Bel-Air gites

    Patricia runs 5 individual gites in the beautiful Charente-Maritime region. Caters for all, but especially suited to families with young children.
    For more information www.bel-airmaritime.com

  • Jacqui Napier - La Tasse de Couleur

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    Jacqui co-runs La Tasse de Couleur near Nice, where children can paint their own ceramics and parents can enjoy the cafe. They offer birthday parties and various other activities
    9 rue du Portugon, 06410 Biot, (+33) 04 93749716
    www.latassedecouleur.com

  • Rose Quigley - facepainter

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    Mum-of-3 Rose is a facepainter, based in Chailland (La Mayenne) and she paints faces at fetes, foires, spectacles, promotions etc. She also paints at childrens parties. She started painting 6 years ago in Liverpool in the UK, where she ran a playgroup when her daughter was a baby..
    facepainter@orange.fr telephone 06.32.78.87.15

  • Sue Aitken - Blackhen Education

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    Sue is based in the Charente Maritime and runs Blackhen Education, an online tutoring business for English children, who want to maintain their English skills. They provide English courses for children aged 5-16, including our IGCSE English course. They work with students all over France.
    blackheneducation@hotmail.co.uk
    www.blackheneducation.com


    "To be truly bilingual, I believe a child needs to be able to read and write in both languages, as well as being able to speak both. I also believe it offers the child choices. If they decide, at a later date to work or study in the UK, they will need their English" (SA, June 2011)

    Click here to read the full interview with Sue

  • Ameena Falchetto - Le 111

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    Armeena refurbished a 200 year old farm house in the heart of the village of Saint Saturnin les Avignon and created 3 furnished apartments called Le 111 (Le One Eleven). She is now responsible for managing the apartments which are rented out to holiday makers in the summer and professionals in the winter.
    Email: leoneeleven@gmail.com
    Website: www.provence-apartments.com

  • Jilly Ballantyne - artist

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    Jilly Ballantyne is a Mum of two and lives on the Cote dAzur. She was educated in Scotland, graduating from Gray’s School of Art in 1989.
    Her paintings are mainly figurative and somewhat graphic, highly coloured and influenced by the richness of colour and bright light of the Cote d’Azur. Jilly offers painting holidays as well as painting parties.
    Tel 06 17 11 24 36
    www.paintingriviera.com

  • Tracy Treville - Gourmet Cookies & Brownies

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    Based in la Ferté sous Jouarre in the heart of the French countryside, American pastry chef Tracy Treville gives a new twist to the familiar, well-loved cookie recipes of her childhood. Insisting on only the finest fresh ingredients, Tracy combines her flair with a passion for baking and created Tracys Gourmet Cookies & Brownies. She also runs a catering business, Tracys treats.
    Delivery of cookies within 48 hours anywhere in France:
    contact@gourmetcookies.fr
    .Within France: 06.59.31.24.02
    Outside of France: 0 11 33 659 31 2402
    www.gourmetcookies.fr

  • Cat Beurnier - Sugar Daze

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    Cat is based in Paris and runs Sugar Daze, which creates simple, beautiful cupcakes and traditional American desserts from scratch to order. The cupcakes are baked fresh using classic American recipes with natural and mostly organic ingredients like fresh fruit, free-range eggs, Belgian chocolate and pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla. Each batch is personalized with hand crafted decorations- Can cater for parties and weddings.
    info@sugardazecupcakes.com
    www.sugardazecupcakes.com

  • Vicky Formston - Handmade Gifts and Goodies

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    Vicky Formston runs a Handmade Gifts & Goodies company which makes handmade personalised items for any age, but mainly for new babies, christenings etc
    www.handmadegiftsandgoodies.weebly.com

  • Alison Farley - Guide2RhoneAlpes

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    Guide2RhoneAlpes is due to launch on 10th August and is a website designed both for those living or considering moving to the region as well as those wishing to visit.  The main sections are Property, News, Accommodation, Directory, Information (this is information on things to do, places to visit as well as advice on living in France and the region), Restaurants, Events, Vouchers (these are money off vouchers for different services and activities in the region) and a community section which is for social networking, classifieds etc. 
    The three most important sections are the Information, News & Events and these make up the majority of the site.  The news section will include reviews, Rhône-Alpes news and articles on different activities and subjects relevant to life and visits to the region. 
    Living in the region, I have found it increasing difficult to find information about the area and although there are a couple of books on the subject, nothing was very user friendly or interactive.  This new site will be full of information, photos, videos and will have new content added every day to keep it fresh, exciting and most importantly up to date.
    www.guide2rhonealpes.com

  • Pat Zraidi - La Parisienne Business Centre

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    Pat is based in Paris and runs  La Parisienne Business Centre, a virtual assistant business providing bookkeeping services and executive level business/administrative support to small businesses, associations,  entrepreneurs, and individuals.
    info@laparisiennecentre.com
    www.laparisiennecentre.com
     

  • Lynda Smith - Colour in my World

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    Lynda Smith is author of a unique self-help colour guide for children. The first book of its kind. Colour In My World has the power to increase children’s creativity and self-esteem. This is a great resource for children to tap into the colour realms around them and lighten up their world Colour In My World helps children discover the colours that suit them and uncovers their own colour sign.
    www.colourinmyworld.com

  • Suzanne Fitzgerald - UK4Me

    www.UK4Me.co.uk exists to help those living overseas find their favourite UK stores online who deliver to International addresses without having to spend hours searching for delivery terms. The site also helps friends & family living in the UK who wish to send gifts or shopping out to their nearest & dearest living overseas.
    www.UK4me.co.uk

  • Yvonne Halling - B&B and Author

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    Yvonne runs a B&B business at her home in Verzy which she started in 2001. Yvonne has also written a book "How to Survive (and Thrive) Living in a Foreign Country"
    http://bedandbreakfastinchampagne.com

  • Lucinda Segneri - MadameSegneri.esty.com

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    Based near Lyon and the mother of 3, Lucinda runs Madame Segneri a knitting pattern site specializing in childrens clothing and accessories
    www.MadameSegneri.esty.com

  • Heather Mumby - La Lanette

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    Heather owns and runs La Lanette, a 5 bedroom Chateau in the Midi Pyrenees area of France which caters mainly for families. It offers walled gardens that include a separate childrens garden with swings, slides sandpit and large trampoline. a small above ground pool, large area for playing football etc. They have 2 large family suites and 3 double rooms which are large enough to accomodate extra beds and cots.
    info@lalanette.com
    www.lalanette.com

  • Pippa Curtis - Alps Holiday

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    Pippa owns and runs Alpsholiday, self-catering apartments in a beautiful old farmhouse, Snowgums, on the edge of Briancon, Serre Chevalier, in the French Alps.The apartments are spacious and adjacent to each other, and ideal for groups and families. There is a 20% young family discount (maximum of 2 persons aged 12 or over per apartment)
    00 33 (0)492 20 44 26/mobile - 00 33 (0)678 39 65 73
    info@alpsholiday.com
    www.alpsholiday.com

  • Camille Spanjaard - Baby´tems

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    Camille is the owner of babytems, a baby equipment rental in Paris (and anywhere in France). To complement the rental service, she has created a blog that recommends baby-friendly addresses, activities and tips in Paris.
    Rental service website: http://www.babytems.com/en
    Baby friendly Paris blog: http://www.babytems.com/blog_en/

  • Lonneke Timmerman - Personal Stylist and Image Consultant

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    Lonneke is a personal stylist and image consultant. Her target market is non-European women who move to Europe and need to adapt to the European fashion culture and lifestyle. She works in France and does appointments and shopping sessions in all major cities. She also works online as a style coach.
    www.youreuropeanstylist.com

  • Anne Marsella - Author "The baby of Belleville"

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    Anne is the Paris-based author of "The Baby of Belleville"  which recounts the adventures of an Italian-American mother in Paris coping with the usual demands of the fledgling parent while finding herself -- and her aristocrat mother-in-law-- involved in a potentially dangerous and law-breaking intrigue. The novel paints a portrait of ex-patriot life and motherhood in Paris, and of the Belleville neighborhood where she has resided for the past 15 years.
    Click here for more information and to purchase the book

  • Jennifer Iddon - La Noyeraie

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    Jennifer runs and owns La Noyeraie a Chambre DHote in Rocamadour. It is named after the several hectares of working Walnut Orchards on site. They provide the walnuts in your salads and cold pressed oil. The 140 year old farmhouse and its extension houses the Chambre dhôte, Café 46 and the independent gite; It is located in the beautiful countryside surrounding Rocamadours medieval city and is approximately 4 minutes from the city itself.
    La Noyeraie, En Caminou, 46500 Rocamadour, e-mail: info@lanoyeraierocamadour.com
    Telephone: +33 (0)5 65 40 43 91
    Mobile: +33 (0)6 86 00 43 71
    www.lanoyeraierocamadour.com

    Click here to read more

  • Leonor Heleno Wielgosz - Leonor Heleno Designs

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    Based just outside Paris. Leonor runs an on-line store selling her own handmade Sterling Silver Jewelry. Youll find mainly long necklaces (sautoirs) and bracelets. The idea is to create original and unique fantasy jewelry which remains timeless. It is affordable, made of the finest sterling silver, semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals. It is designed for modern, active women either working or at home. She also has a dedicated line to mums-to-be and new mums. All pieces can be customised.
    email: LH@leonorhelenodesigns.com
    Website: www.leonorhelenodesigns.com

  • Amanda Pattinson - The Great Little Biscuit Company

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    Amanda moved to France with her family in February this year bringing her UK business “The Great Little Biscuit Company”. Her biscuits have a distinctly hand made and old fashioned appeal and include both sweet and savoury varieties made to traditional recipes. Earlier this year she finished training as a chocolatier and the launch of her chocolate range “Chocolat, Chocolat” is in November in time for the Christmas markets in the Dordogne, Lot et Garonne and Gers. Amanda can make to order for individuals or businesses and welcomes enquiries for specialities such as wedding favours and promotional items.
    www.thegreatlittlebiscuitcompany.co.uk a.pattinson@orange.fr tel no: 05 53 61 04 54

  • Helen Saks - Usborne Books

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    Based in Toulouse and a mum of two, Helen runs is an Usborne Books representative
    "The appeal was immediate, no big financial outlay, work that I could schedule around my child, I created my working hours and basically got out what I put in. The biggest plus was that english childrens books are difficult to find in Toulouse. There is one bookshop where they are very expensive, so families tend to buy online, and then of course they cant see what they are buying. Bringing them back from the UK, is heavy and cumbersome, so I am really providing a service that is wanted and needed. I provide the highest quality books, at the most competitive prices, where customers can browse, and inevitably buy!"

    If youd like more information on Usborne books, or how to become an organiser, please contact Helen on helensaks.growingreaders@gmail.com or via  www.usborneonline.org/helensaks

  • Valerie Lemiere - Start Business in France

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    Valerie is a professional business adviser for a national organisation called Boutique de Gestion/ BGE where she helps French entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and running their business. In 2009, she launched Start Business In France to help English speakers with the complexities and hassles of starting and running a small businesses in France.
    http://www.startbusinessinfrance.com/

  • Charlotte Debeugny - Nutrition in Paris

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    Charlotte Debeugny is a UK Registered Nutritional Therapist, based in the Western surburbs of Paris. She is also a member of the  CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council), which is supported by the Department of Health in the UK. Nutritional Therapy recognises the importance of diet and lifestyle in influencing health and wellbeing. Charlotte focuses on producing tailored eating plans to support clients with various health concerns as well as encouraging and motivating her clients to make lifestyle changes.
    charlottedebeugny@nutritioninparis.com 
    www.nutritioninparis.com

  • Ilona Laver - Le Mas

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    Ilona moved to Perpignan in 2010 with her two children Zach and Elodie, (now three children with the addition of 6 month-old Aurelia!)  She and her husband run Le Mas, 3 beautiful gites set among a stunning vineyard setting. During October to March they offer 5 day Yoga courses incorporating Meditation and visits to the Hot Springs and also 5 day Gardening courses (beginner or advanced) including horticultural lessons and practical experience.
    http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p475181?uni_id=1106786

  • Helen Wilkinson - Coco cards

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    Helen runs CocoCards which is an online boutique for personalised stationery, She started her business in the UK in September 2009. Most of her work is online, so it was very easy to relocate to Creuse in June 2010 with her 3 children.
    She designs cards for birth announcements, christenings, birthday parties and Christmas and by early next year she is aiming to launch a French site and a new UK website. There are over 400 designs to choose form on my website and she also offers a bespoke service.
    e - helen@cococards.co.uk
    t - 07881 821382
    www.cococards.co.uk

  • Louise Sayers - Help in France

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    Louise is based in Perpignan and offers a Help in France service for homeowners or in fact anyone needing help with anything at all in France! Services include relocation assistance, property finding, dealing with utilities and tax authorities, property purchase advice, help with French administration, finding English-speaking services, translation and interpreting.
    www.medandmountain.com info@medandmountain.com +33 (0) 4 68 56 54 22

  • Fanny Muller - Life coach

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    Based in Paris, Fanny spent more than 25 years working in the United States. She became a life coach because she is dedicated to helping others transform their lives. You can contact Fanny for one-to-one life coaching and you can also speak to her over Skype or phone
    "Life Coaching help you identify goals and recognize the habitual thought patterns that lead to self limiting ideas.
    It also help you gain tools that can transform obstacles into a pathway of achieving lasting fulfillment"
    (FM November 2011)
    lifecoachfanny@gmail.com

    Click here to read an interview with Fanny

  • Belinda Chan - Art Atelier for Kids in Paris

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    Belinda moved to Paris with her partner, a lawyer, after living in NYC for over a decade. Leaving her position as real estate agent for Sotheby’s International Realty she now focuses on her artistic background offering two services geared toward children: An art atelier offering afternoon classes nurturing creativity in young children. She uses high-quality materials in small classes of max. 5 children. Please find out more on her website: www.Atelier4kids.com
    The other service is www.PartyPainting.com where her skills as a painter for children’s room decoration and face painting for children’s parties are featured. She is reachable via mobile: 06.43.20.32.32 or email: Belinda@Atelier4kids.com

  • Viry Gutierrez Manzano - Taanah

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    Viry, based in Lyon, runs "Taanah" (which means "house" in Maya language and offers refined mexican handcrafts (pottery, wall decoration and jewelry) of the highest quality made by young mexican designers and talented craftsmen. All the products they have are made with traditional techniques but have a contemporary touch which gives another vision of mexican handicrafts.

    email: viry@taanah.fr
    mobile: 06 14 51 15 21
    fixe: 04 57 08 06 18
    www.taanah.fr/

    http://taanah.blogspot.com/

  • Joanna Page - Naturopathic nutritionist and healthy food cook

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    Based in the 11th arronidissment in Paris, Joanna gives Vegetarian/Vegan home cooking classes.
    Joanna is also a Nutrition adviser and a health-food chef. She offers cooking classes mainly for mothers who would like to have a wider knowledge of Vegetarian and healthy eating and cooking and for pregnant and new mums on how to maintain and/or reach a healthy weight whilst getting all the essential nutrients for mummy and baby.
    Contact Joanna directly  for more details about availability, individual, group or family prices.
    Mobile: 06.85.06.59.99
    E-mail: joannaekpage@gmail.com
     www.foodforlifeparis.com/#!HOME/mainPage

  • Jill Hamilton-Brice - InterbrandHealth & Message

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    Jill oversees the development and rollout of compelling global brands at the product, franchise and corporate level. She helps global clients within the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector to develop highly differentiated brands. She works on a variety of engagements, from brand strategy to visual and verbal identity, brand architecture, nomenclature and brand engagement.

    Jill is also the VP Public Relations for Message, Pariss all-encompassing guide for English-speaking parents. She helps shape and nurture the public face of Message, transmitting a positive and relevant up-to-date presence.
     jill.hamilton-brice@interbrandhealth.com
    or
    pr@messageparis.org
    +33 6 26 42 31 12

  • Emma Nelson - Jack in the Box

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    Emma runs Jack in the Box which offers English classes to English-speaking children in Toulouse for children aged 5-11 years. It offers courses for those children who are starting from scratch in English and for those who are ready to improve and develop on their existing skills.
    Courses follow the National Curriculum guidelines for English at Key Stages 1 and 2.
    http://jackintheboxtoulouse.free.fr

  • Wendy Blakeman - La Grange du Moulin

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    Wendy co-runs La Grange du Moulin with her husband. it specialises in offering self catering gite accommodation to families with young children. It comprises of 6 gites with a large garden, loads of play equipment, safely enclosed and alarmed swimming pools and they offer cots,highchairs, bed guards and steam sterilisers etc. There is a child-friendly pool and large garden area for kids to play in.
    16, rue du moulin, Courgeon, 17400 St Pierre de Juillers, Charente Maritime.
    wendyblakeman@googlemail.com
    Telephone 00 33 546 33 09 02
    http://www.grangedumoulin.com

  • Sara Meade - author and proofreader

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    Based just outside Toulouse, Sara runs her own proofreading business (English language) and has had a book published about relocating with her family from New Zealand to France, especially in terms of how her elder son adapted within the education system.
    One reader says
    “This book is wonderful. For anyone who has moved to France with children and thought they knew what their children were going through, read this book. Beautiful photos, and an innocent childlike view on life in France. Lots of lovely short chapters, so an easy to pick up and put down read. I loved reading it!”

    Email Sara: nzfrance.stories@gmail.com
    You can buy Waking up in France from the amazon website: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=waking+up+in+france
    Saras blog is at http://www.nzfrance.blogspot.com/

  • Kumari Kaye - Ski VillaRoger

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    Kumari owns and runs Ski VillaRoger in Les Arcs, skiing, snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking holidays in the Alps
    Telephone: (gsm) 0033 6 12 73 35 23
    enquiries@skivillaroger.com
    www.skivillaroger.com
     

  • Kimarie Celse - Business English & Cross Cultural Trainer

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    Recent clients in Hamburg, Germany include Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, Avaya, RTL Germany, OK Media, Hachemie, and Smith & Nephew. Areas of specialty include presentations, social skills, emailing, telephoning, pronunciation, industry terminology, grammar, and cultural understanding.
    (+33)06.11.58.58.53

  • Tiffany Butler - Xpatlocal.com

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    Tiffany has set up and runs Xpatlocal.com a free website in English for the expat community living in Maisons Laffitte,
    www.xpatlocal.com

  • Roxanne Spence - Snowbound Transfers

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    Roxanne runs Snowbound Transfers,  a family-run airport transfer company based in La Tania. They operate transfers from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery, Grenoble and from Moutiers into the alpine ski resorts in the Three Valleys. As a parent Roxanne recogizes that holidays with families can be challenging to the pocket, especially ski breaks so she decided to help out by offering Snowbound Lil Snomates - all children under 5 years old will ride for free!
    Office: 0033 (0)479 00 15 65
    Mobile: 0033 (0) 679 68 63 36
    info@snowboundtransfers.co.uk
    www.snowboundtransfers.co.uk

     

  • Claire Mallalieu - Beauville Arts

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    Claire runs Beauville Arts with her husband, which provides performing arts courses in english in France for children aged 8 – 18, plus a classical wind chamber music course for adults.  They have two centres, one in Beauville (near Toulouse) and one just outside Cannes on the Côte d’Azur.   During term time we also welcome school groups to Beauville, generally from the international sector and I teach the piano.  
    Beauville Arts SARL
    LAncien Presbytère
    47470 Beauville
    +33 (0)5 53 87 72 18
    www.beauvillearts.com  

  • Juliet Chubbock, Speech & Language Therapist

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    Juliet Chubbock is a British qualified Speech and Language therapist working in the Pays dAix area (Marseille and Aix.) She offers assessment and management of children with language and articulation difficulties.
    juliettongue@yahoo.co.uk
    06 95 33 30 11 and 09 80 84 90 39

  • Lolita Derbyshire - Zumba Instructor

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    After the birth of her son Lolita returned to the gym and tried Zumba for the first time. She knew immediately that it would be my method of shedding baby weight. Having being a sportswoman for most of her life she was impatient to return to her former shape. She couldnt stop talking about Zumba - the music, the moves, the energy. Within weeks of starting Zumba, she became qualified as an instructor and registered under the Auto-Entreprenuer/ freelance status in France. She also has a  Dip. in Fitness. As well as having private clients she also runs Zumba classes for children.

    Zumba Kids Jnr is where 4-6 year olds can let loose and be themselves. They can socialise, move to age appropriate music and play games with other children. Zumba Kids, similarly to Zumba Kids Jnr, allows 7-11 years old to move fearlessly to music, socialise and dance like no one is watching. She also has classes at Magicaboo are on Saturday at 10am and 11am depending on numbers. For further information: http://lolitad.zumba.com/classes

  • Charlotte Chiew - Little Tykes Theatre

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    Charlotte runs creative theatre classes for babies, toddlers and young children in Paris.
    www.littletykestheatre.com
    littletykestheatre@gmail.com
    0665634800

  • Julie Hutchison - Neal's Yard Remedies

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    Julie is a consultant and team leader for Neal's Yard Remedies, a leading independent British retailer of organic natural health and beauty products.
    "When I was informed that Neal's Yard were going to run a pilot scheme to test out the waters in France I jumped in with both feet and signed up on the first day. I have definitely never looked back. I enjoy it tremendously. I do a number of parties, many of which are "foot spa parties" and meet loads of lovely people,both French and English. Last year I had a lovely weekend in Yorkshire with my daughter, courtesy of this wonderful new way of life, and in March I went to the annual Neal's Yard conference in a spa Hotel in Oxford. I started from scratch and am now a Team Leader with over 50 people in my team."
    https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/JulieHutchison/area/shop-online/

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