The C word

Kate’s pretty kitchen, where the magic takes place. And the tea

Kate’s pretty kitchen, where the magic takes place. And the tea

Many good things start with a C. Christmas. Cushions. Cats. The one I’m thinking of today (no, not that one) is Collaboration.
Last week I went to a friend’s house early one morning with my laptop and a notebook. She has just set up her own company, designing and selling cushions from home using a swanky website and running the whole thing herself. She had some useful business ideas – invaluable, actually – and it was really interesting to see her in a work context, enthusiastically sharing her best tips while we drank tea out of cat cups surrounded by her beautiful pillows.
Our friendship started at the school gates, as so many friendships do, but it soon turned into something deeper and long-lasting. As two close families we have since holidayed together, pottered about at half-term, gossiped in gardens, dabbled in karaoke and shared many a lively evening meal.
These days, it seems, we have moved on to brief but power-packed business breakfasts, ideas sparking all over the kitchen, resulting in many useful (and some frankly illegible) notes scrawled down.
My friend left me with plenty of sound advice (and croissant crumbs down my front) and a desire to go straight back home and get to work.
Networking can take all manner of guises. You think you know someone in one way, and you realise you can also know them in a very different way indeed. Thanks to Kitty Holmes for giving me much brilliant food for thought. The next business breakfast is on me, and may it happen very soon.