Creativity Salon: Rosie Jacobs of A Rosie Life

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At the Independent Oxford Christmas Market this year, we are very excited to bring you the Independent Oxford Creativity Salon! We are taking over the bar room at Turl Street Kitchen from 10 am – 12 pm on 2nd December as part of our Christmas Market, to bring you advice and expertise from 3 Oxford business women; Tilly Rose from That Oxford Girl, Natasha Denness from Candy Pop, and Rosie Jacobs (me!) from Independent Oxford & A Rosie Life.

Today on the blog, I’m sharing a little bit more about my background, business inspiration and why you should come and chat to me at the Creativity Salon on 2nd December.

Rosie Jacobs

Tell us about yourself and your business.

I grew up in South Oxfordshire and used to love wandering around the Covered Market looking at all the jewels in Nothing, buying bindis and very 90s velvet tops in Bangles, and strolling around all the lovely indie shops on Little Clarendon Street! I’ve had a passion for independents for as long as I can remember, and I am so proud and excited to be part of the current indie community in Oxford.

I went to uni in Brighton, a mecca for independents and creatives, which further fuelled my love for indies, and the energy, quirkiness and uniqueness they add to communities. I studied jewellery design after university which led me into buying and product design. I worked for multiple retailers for 5 years gaining invaluable knowledge and skills in product development, the buying process, trend forecasting and range planning.

Fast forward to 2017 and I am now the proud owner of lifestyle store & blog A Rosie Life and co-founder of Independent Oxford. I absolutely love working on both brands and it is so exciting to see them grow and flourish.

A Rosie Life Oxford

What inspired you to start your business?

Having worked for multiple retailers, I was starkly aware of the lack of emphasis on building relationships with customers and the local community. I really wanted to build a brand that I could be proud of, that would benefit people and would support UK designers and small businesses.

That is what A Rosie Life embodies, and Independent Oxford was born out of a need that both Anna and I had, in that we wanted a space to support and promote indies, and create a community where independent business owners could come together share ideas and support each other.

Independent Oxford

What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?

How much energy I have! I constantly surprise myself with how much I can juggle at one time. At the moment I am running the A Rosie Life Christmas Pop Up Shop at The Covered Market, moving house, planning and marketing the Independent Oxford Christmas Market, planning my 2018 collection, finalising our new Indie Oxford membership packages for next year, business mentoring, social media management, promoting the Indie Oxford Compendium and working on several collaborative projects.

Indie Oxford Compendium

 What are your plans for 2018

This year, I launched the A Rosie Life website which has gone from strength to strength. Both the shop and the blog are doing really well and I look forward to continuing to build the A Rosie Life range, continuing to write and work on exciting collaborations for the blog and run more creative workshops too.

Anna and I are also really excited about our plans for Independent Oxford next year. We have some really great changes to the website in the pipeline, awesome new membership packages, and we will be working with some really enthusiastic and dynamic people too – watch this space!

Independent Oxford

Tell us about the sessions you are offering at the Independent Oxford Christmas Market and why people should book a slot!

If you run a small business, are a designer/maker, or are thinking about starting up a business, come and chat to me! I can talk you through setting up a business, helpful tips and advice, the pitfalls, the highs, and what support you can get.

Here are some areas we could discuss:

  • How to set up a company – quitting your job, investment, paying yourself
  • Planning – keeping track of your finances, time and ideas
  • Range planning – pricing, products, curating
  • Marketing – social media, networking, events
  • Trend forecasting – a look at market trends to fit your brand
  • Profit and loss – prioritising work that pays and cutting down on expenses
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I am so looking forward to our 2017 Christmas Market. We have some awesome traders this year, I can’t wait to stock up on Christmas gifts from Miller & Jeeves, Harriet Elkerton, Custom Made, and Ermana.

On top of that I am so excited about our 1st ever Creativity Salon. We’ve designed it so all the sessions are complimentary. This means you can get some brilliant expert advice to help you have a successful and happy 2018 absolutely FREE!

Available sessions:

Rosie Jacobs (business mentoring & advice) – Choose from 10 am, 10.30 am, 11 am, 11.30 am.

That Oxford Girl (impartial info & advice about Oxford Uni) – Choose from 10 am, 10.30 am, 11 am, 11.30 am.

Natasha Denness of Candy Pop (mini coaching sessions) – Choose from 10 am, 10.30 am

We will also have a breakfast flat lay table set up and a photo booth so you can come and take some Instagram friendly photos, and grab a coffee too.

See you there!

Love, Rosie


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