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Archive for July, 2013

Atlantic Row 2013 – an exceptional adventure for two Wandsworth locals

Wandsworth and Lambeth are two superb boroughs to live in if you’re a community minded, local-park-on-a-Sunday-afternoon kind of person.  Ours is an area where local initiatives flourish and new business ideas are given time to grow; in short, this is a special part of London and Dan Howie & Will North’s Atlantic Row challenge perfectly exemplifies South West London’s combination of friendliness and dynamism.

This local duo (Dan is based in Wandsworth Common, Will in Battersea) have done wonders to promote their challenge and the causes they’re supporting and have gathered a huge following in the local area and beyond including from Estate Agents in South West London. These causes are Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and St Anna’s, charities with which the pair have a strong connection (see their website for the full story).

Meet the team: Dan and Will

Meet the team: Will and Dan

It’s not too hard to see why Dan and Will’s challenge has gathered such a following; this is a crossing that only 300 intrepid explorers have even attempted to complete.  Made famous recently by Ben Fogle and James Cracknell’s widely publicised success, the challenge requires a gargantuan amount of physical and emotional endurance as well as an absolute necessary combination of self-reliance and team commitment.  It is the difficulties the pair face and the positivity with which they approach them that has captured the hearts of schools, retailers, local organisations and Estate Agents in Wandsworth, Battersea, Clapham and Fulham.

The boat...

The boat…

The trip will require Dan and Will to row one on one off in shifts of two hours.  To prepare for the strain this will place on their bodies the pair have embarked with enthusiasm upon a busy calendar of visits, promotional appearances and mini challenges alongside their rigorous training.  As Dan puts it, “If one of us is unable to make training one day, the other always tries to arrange a demo in front of a local business to raise awareness; that way they still get some training done!”  Look out for Dan or Will this summer in public spaces, shop fronts and events in South West London.

Dan and Will’s commitment and hard work have earned them publicity in local and national press and write their own dedicated blog so fans and followers can keep track.  As Estate Agents in South West London with a dedicated South West London blog and lively Social Media presence, we will be supporting their journey throughout; it is wonderful to see local residents setting such a good example to all!


Best Local Businesses in Battersea: V Clarke Makeup Artistry


V Clarke Makeup Artistry

V Clarke Makeup Artistry

We are always on the lookout for exciting new local businesses and James Pendleton  Estate Agents’ Battersea team have heartily recommended V Clarke Makeup Artistry. Providing skilled makeovers and friendly informed advice in a fully mobile service, Clarke’s 17 years’ experience with make-up has given her real expertise, which is backed up by an engaging, helpful and enthusiastic approach and a genuine desire to build a business which fits around her clients’ lives.

Vanessa has lived in and loved the Northcote Road area for over ten years and has worked with make-up since the age of 16.  While working full time as a teacher she often spent evenings and weekends helping friends, family and an increasing network of contacts to prepare for special occasions, and her eagerness to meet and help people has stood her in good stead in establishing her business.

“I launched V Clarke Makeup Artistry three months ago and while I have a huge amount of makeup experience I have found the administrative side of setting up a business a real learning curve” says Vanessa of her experiences so far.  “I knew I had to hit the ground running so I researched extensively before the launch but nothing can prepare you for the adrenaline and pace of the work itself.  While setting up the company has been a challenging experience it has also been immensely rewarding: I’ve met so many people who’ve shown real support and have found that if you work hard and with a positive attitude others will react in kind ”

Vanessa’s focus is on the needs and wishes of her clients and V Clarke Makeup Artistry is most definitely designed to fit around a lifestyle.  While visiting a salon is undoubtedly pleasant, a mobile therapist provides an added level of convenience and intimacy.  Having worked extensively with a wide range of products and brands, Vanessa is perfectly placed to make a recommendation and a convivial, relaxed setting means freedom from some of the pressures of salon life: you can relax, chat and test different products in the knowledge that the next client isn’t waiting in the foyer.

Having worked with wedding parties for years Vanessa is adept at handling the many small crises that can affect a bride’s big day.  Delayed deliveries, late arrivals and high expectations can make a wedding morning as tense as it is exciting and having a dedicated, experienced beautician on hand can make all the difference. That said, V Clarke Makeup Artistry is not solely tailored to wedding parties; working collaboratively with a freelance photographer as well as with numerous other independent local businesses, Vanessa’s network of contacts and eagerness to learn means she is uniquely placed to handle projects large and small.  Whatever your makeup needs you will surely benefit from a conversation with this thorough, experienced and thoughtful new business.

Parents in particular find V Clarke Makeup Artistry a breath of fresh air; with two small children herself, Vanessa appreciates the importance of time out, pampering and conversation, and as a mother and former teacher has a healthy respect for learning, teaching and the holistic approach to make up. “When people aren’t comfortable with the make-up they’re using they can feel both uncomfortable and overwhelmed.  It’s my job to remove doubts or worries and to use each client’s style and personality to inform their make-up choices.”

The female contingent at James Pendleton Estate Agents in Battersea branch have worked with Vanessa and don’t hesitate to recommend V Clarke Makeup Artistry.   The future most certainly holds exciting things for this energized, enthusiastic and ambitious new business.  If you would like to find out more about this beauty therapist in Battersea take a look at her Facebook page or contact her on 07834 835 462.

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