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Who are Made in Cheshire?
We’re a family business. Jacinta’s our ‘poster girl’ and first point of contact and handles events, marketing, social media management and training. With a proven flair for writing she has a passion for words and loves helping companies with their press releases and copywriting needs. Dan’s our web guru, self-confessed geek and lover of anything techie. He brings a large portfolio of website building experience to MIC from a simple web presence to a full ecommerce solution. Julia’s our organiser, she’s super-efficient and loves nothing more than ticking a task of a ‘to do’ list. With a professional career in law and finance she brings life experience and business knowledge to the team (that’s our polite way of saying she’s the old one!).
What services do you offer?
Between the three of us we bring experience and expertise in a lot of different areas. We offer website design – from a micro-site to a full e-commerce solution - and graphic design, which covers everything from artwork for marketing material like business cards, a brochure, an advertisement or a pop-up banner to logo design and social media graphics. We also offer social media training or if you’re short on time, but want to develop a social media presence, we can manage your accounts for you. We have a passion for writing so if you need copy writing, a press release, content for your website or a blog, we’d love to help. If you’re launching a new company or product or if you’re planning a corporate event we can manage that too. With a Masters Degree in Event Management and a wealth of experience in wedding and event planning – Jacinta’s definitely the girl for the job. Sometimes when you’re just starting out it’s nice to have an empathetic ear and someone looking in from the outside to help you pull all your hopes, fears, ideas and energy into the beginnings of a plan. We’re always happy to meet for a chat about your business and vision for the future and offer support and advice where we can – even if that’s just a bit of free promotion through our social media channels.
We can honestly say business is fabulous! We’ve hit the ground running and our portfolio of clients is already huge and growing by the day. The best bit is we’ve met such lovely people already, made new friends and built great business relationships. We’re from Cheshire and the majority of our business is in Cheshire, we love the ethos of #inittogether and have found that being friendly, open and supportive of other businesses is at the heart of our rapid growth – and being good at what we do helps too of course! To tweet or not to tweet? We love social media so we’d definitely say tweet – and post, and gram….. Some platforms suit certain types of businesses better than others, Instagram is one our favourites, it’s so visual and we love a photo opportunity but Twitter’s great too, it’s immediate and sociable and you can really connect and build a relationship with people.
Do you like to get involved with the local community?
Most definitely, we live in Altrincham and we want to see it thrive. We love to see people out and about enjoying their town, and county, and we’re always happy to get on board and support local events and organisations. Amongst others, we’ve worked with Altrincham French Festival for the last 4 years, helping with everything from event management to social media, graphics and artwork to website maintenance – I suppose we’re biased but we honestly think the family event is one of the best days out in Altrincham all year! What are you plans for the future? In some ways our plans for the future are not to change! We love the way the business has grown organically (and rapidly) by recommendation and word of mouth. It’s the best way to grow: it means clients are happy with the work we do for them, acknowledge we’re reasonably priced and flexible and adapt to each client’s individual needs, and are confident to recommend us to their friends and colleagues. We do have a few new ideas up our sleeve though of course! We’ve just introduced ClickSpace which is a unique new concept in webspace. It’s a great way a new business can dip a toe in the cyber world with a micro site with a custom URL, choice of layout, directory listing and social media promotion included in the price. They’re also great for one-off events, weddings and family celebrations too! We’re also launching BusyGirl a new, young, fun take on networking, so keep your eyes peeled for news of that!
What are your hopes for Altrincham?
We’re Cheshire born and bred, we’ve lived in Altrincham for nearly 25 years and thanks to our ice skating roots we’ve visited the town for a lot longer so we’ve seen a lot of changes. There’s a real feeling of optimism now in Altrincham - it has to be said it went through a period when it felt a little neglected but that’s changing. New businesses are opening, the town is getting its vibrancy back and we hope it will continue to grow. We enjoy being part of the renewed energy the town is experiencing and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the exciting development plans come to fruition in the next few years!
El Dorado Rum Tasting Evening
Riddles Bar is a speakeasy bar in the heart of Altrincham, offering world-class cocktails expertly prepared. Echoing the world of 1920s prohibition.
Located on 28 Greenwood Street, you can access the bar through their main door, or also through a little side door, hidden away near the entrance to the offices on number 28-32 Greenwood Street; right next to the door to Mort Subite.
You can also see all their details here http://www.riddlesbar.com
We’ve been to Riddles a fair few times, the fact that their cocktail menu is seasonal is a great incentive to keep trying new things! They develop the menus in house and also if by any chance you don’t see a drink you like, a chat with one of the bartenders will ensure that they might make something off the menu just for you! Please bear in mind that on busy nights, to get your cocktail made and delivered to your table, you might have to wait a little bit; but as they say, good things come to those who wait!!
You can make a reservation to ensure a table is booked for you on the night you’re choosing, which makes things a lot easier if you’re planning a birthday party or something along those lines!! And you can also hire them to have cocktails served at your event, at home, in your own garden, wherever you like with their own mobile bar service, which will make your celebration unforgettable.
For the last year or so Riddles have been organizing tasting events, whiskey tasting, gin tasting and rum tasting; we went to the gin tasting last time, and having had such a great time, we decided to book for the next one; rum tasting!
El Dorado Rum Tasting Evening.
We sampled a range of rums from the Cask Aged El Dorado range, aged from 8yr to 25yr old.
The first taste was the El Dorado 8 Year old cask aged rum; a fusion of a full flavoured, heavy bodied rum with light-to-medium bodied rums aged in bourbon oak casks.
The second taste El Dorado 12 Year Old; a blend of specially selected aged rums, the youngest being no less than 12 years old! Round, mellow, full bodied palate with rich flavours of fruit and spice; this was my rum for the night, the taste was amazing! Definitely my favourite!
The third taste was El Dorado 15 Year Old Special Reserve; a combination of specially selected aged rums, some as old as 25 years, from the Enmore and Diamond Coffey stills, the Port Mourant double wooden pot still and the Versailles single wooden pot still.
Fourth taste was the El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve; this is a rum with a special recipe blend with specially selected rums, oak aged for at least 21 years, from the Enmore wooden Coffey still, the Versailles single wooden pot still and the Albion Savalle still.
The fifth taste was the El Dorado 25 Year Old Vintage Reserve; an extremely rare creature and a rare experience to savour! This rum is rich, smooth and mellow with soft syrupy mouth-feel; possesses a silky smoothness which challenges the oldest cognac. Retailing at £400 per bottle, we were lucky to taste this, so thanks Del, owner of Riddles, for granting us the privilege!!
The last taste, which nobody was expecting was the El Dorado Rare Collection - Port Mourant; this rum is an extremely limited release taken from El Dorado’s Rare Collection Range. With distinctive aromas of chocolate, toffee, smoke, aged tobacco, coffee, molasses, mild anise and vanilla.
Guests also enjoyed two handcrafted rum cocktails on the night; the first one was called a Rumbugger; a cocktail made with a 3 year old El Dorado Rum, lime and chilli. It was a fab tasty starter. The second one was a take on Christmas, sorry we didn’t quite catch the name of this one, with a little Christmas pudding ball sitting on top of it!! Amazing!
To be perfectly honest it was a super fun evening of education and experimentation, a perfect night if you ask us!!
Our verdict is this, if you have the chance to go to a tasting night at Riddles, please do so!! Buy your tickets and enjoy a fantastic night!!
Find Riddles on Twitter @riddlesbar
CHARITY FUNDRAISING EVENT
Aims: To raise funds in order to facilitate ongoing research carried out by the Stroke Association. Research funded by the Stroke Association has the ultimate aim of making stroke a preventable and treatable disease, and improving the quality of life for people affected by stroke. To raise awareness of the causes of stroke and how people of all ages can be affected by it. Every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK. We aim to address misconceptions that stroke only affects older people, when in fact 31% of strokes occur in people under the age of 65.
Date: Saturday 22nd October
Venue: Al Maidah, Manchester
Al Maidah is one of Manchester’s finest banqueting halls. The elegance and exquisite décor of Al Maidah will serve well as the grand venue for Purple Hope 2016.
Organiser: Kareena Alam
Kareena Alam, a primary school teacher, suffered from Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis (a blood clot in the brain) which is a rare form of stroke, in November 2014. Kareena is now on the way to making a full recovery.
Following last year’s successful Purple Hope event, which raised £12,500, Kareena will be hosting another charity fundraiser dinner, which will take place in October. In collaboration with the Stroke Association, Kareena is hosting the Purple Hope 2016 charity event with proceeds going to Stroke Association. The event has a Bollywood theme, providing a grand evening of Asian cuisine and entertainment. There will also be an auction and a raffle draw, featuring a variety of prizes on offer to win.
Masters of Ceremony: Marcus Nisar, Abid Hussain
Guest Speakers: Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, Mayor of Trafford MBC, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, MEP Afzal Khan, North West Regional Director for the Stroke Association.
Entertainment/ Artists: Bollywood singers Sahara, Jay Kadn & Usman Farooqi. Bollywood dancers & dhol group.