Introduce yourself, name, age, which region/ venues you cover...
Hi, we are husband and wife team, Andrew and Jaimie. We have recently taken over the West Northumberland and Cumbria office from Kristy who now works for Simply Bows and Chair Covers Head Office.
Andrew is in denial about turning forty in December and Jaimie is a little younger, but soon to be 37!
We are based very centrally in Alston, Cumbria. We can facilitate weddings and events in Brampton, Carlisle, Penrith, Appleby-In-Westmorland, Keswick, Armathwaite, Bassenthwaite, Wigton, Workington, Cockermouth, Gretna Green and all surrounding areas. We have close working relationships with all of the hotels within the region and are also preferred supplier to venues, such as, the family run Beaumont Hotel in Hexham, the majestic Langley Castle, the delightful Heather Glen and the unique setting of Tullie House to name a few.
What is your background?
We are a creative husband and wife team who know full well the trials and tribulations of weddings and events having planned and organised our own wedding in 2005.
Before tying the knot, Jaimie worked for an event theming company in the South who work for notable companies from around the world.Andrew is a qualified blacksmith, having made wrought ironwork commissions for the likes of Harrods Andrew made the copper bat weather vane which sits proudly on top of Chilling Castle.
Since being married, Andrew and Jaimie have gained 7 years' experience in the wedding and events industry, offering wedding and event planning services along with venue styling, table decoration and hire services. They pride themselves on customer service, coordination and attention to detail nothing is too much trouble!
Why did you take a franchise with Simply Bows?Through our work in the wedding and event industry we received many enquiries from clients wanting to know who we recommended as a good chair cover supplier in Cumbria. We always recommended Simply Bows and Chair Covers for their high standards and the quality of the products that stand them apart from any other chair cover companies.
Why do you love being a Simply Bows franchisee
The opportunity to be a Simply Bows franchisee means that we are privileged to be part of an award winning established business which emulates our high standards, the attention to detail we pride ourselves on and the need for great customer service. It also means that we can work together as a team we're not sick of each other yet!
Why do you love working for yourself
Working for ourselves means that we can be in control of our day, planning things to fit in with our lives without compromising on the customer care we provide. It also means we can indulge in our OCD, making sure everything looks the way it should do! The wedding and events business is a vibrant and exciting industry and this saying sums up how we feel about being a part of it"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." ~ Confucius
Which "look" that you can create is your favourite and why?Simply Bows and Chair Covers franchisees have come up with some inspired and original ideas for dressing chairs and tables. It's hard to choose a favourite way of tieing a sash, but Andrew's top choice would be a side tied bow.
Jaimie would have to choose the two colours of sash tied in a traditional bow, fanned to show both colours.
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Why choose Simply Bows over another linen provider?Our experience in planning and decorating for weddings and events centers around being creative and doing things differently. We liked the bespoke nature of Simply Bows and Chair Covers products and the inspiration they offer their clients. We love that nothing is too much trouble and as a specialist linen provider, anything can be made to fit a client's requirements rather than offering a limited choice.
How can Simply Bows blog readers get in touch with you?Simply Bows and Chair Covers blog readers can get in touch with us by telephone or email and we'd love you to 'follow' us on Twitter @SimplyBowsNE_NW and add us as a friend on Facebook @Jaimie SBows
Anything else to tell us/ share?
We met on a blind date and will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary next year!