Home selling party business is enjoying success in 2012!
Food & Catering
Launched in 2010, Best in Glass is led by founding partner Susannah Schofield, who having worked as sales director for a large national business managing a team of over 300, took the opportunity to act on her dream of providing an opportunity to individuals who have a passion to work, but due to restrictions such as childcare, lack of a support network or existing work obligations were unable to provide the necessary commitment required to thrive in today’s corporate environment.
To position the business Best in Glass has worked with the Direct Selling Association to ensure it is working to the highest standards. The company’s efforts were recognised at the DSA annual conference this year, where it was not only shortlisted with household brand names in the most sought after industry award for ‘Excellence’, but also received its ‘Full Member’ certificate as well.
Susannah Schofield says: “The business model is to provide an interactive, sociable experience discovering the simplicity of how and why we taste wines and how to identify a wine that suits your palate. For those who are not wine drinkers, we provide the platform for hosts and their guests to make and shake cocktails, with the Best in Glass consultant providing all the equipment you would rarely find in the average home. The whole experience is based upon having an enjoyable night in with friends and family.
“We have enjoyed a great two years trading since we hosted our first party and we are excited for what the future holds for our business. However, we need to keep our feet on the ground and make sure we deliver our business pledges, so we have put the champagne on ice while we work hard on taking the business to the next level, which is what our consultants deserve.”
The Best in Glass proposition has been careful positioned to appeal to both men and women of all age ranges. The direct selling industry is currently experiencing a boom in the number of men entering the industry, as they recognise the opportunity to boost their income through a self-employed route. Best in Glass has catered not only for male customers in its product range, but also for male consultants who are looking for a non-gender specific brand.
Building a team
Paula Giles is a regional manager for Best in Glass and has been with the business for four months. She says: “I have worked for other direct selling companies before and have always enjoyed building and managing a team, but I was always a little too late in joining the business and never felt I would make it to the top.
“Best in Glass are able to offer those opportunities where you are really part of the business and I have even been cocktail shaking with the directors as a reward for my hard work. The range offered by Best in Glass is unique and now is a great time to be offering a sociable solution to having a night at home when it can be so expensive to go out. I have noticed that not only am I building a team quickly, but I am inundated with party requests as well.” Paula adds: “Direct Selling is a business opportunity that I can fit around my other commitments and gives me the financial freedom a regular job couldn’t offer. I am prepared to work hard to build my business and Best in Glass is a great brand to work with.” MM
Best in Glass has enjoyed significant success in its first year of trading, culminating in the company winning start up business of the year at the mum and working awards 2011
Offering independent, flexible working opportunities to men and women alike, a Best in Glass party is synonymous with a sociable night where guests can taste wines, create cocktails and browse a range of high quality products that are all associated with home entertainment.
The range covers everything from cocktail shakers and wine decanters to straws and strainers and everything in between. The current range of barware is proving popular as personal and gift items that are ideal for both men and women, while the company’s wine and spirit selections are sure to get a mention at any dinner party.
Best in Glass has enjoyed significant success in its first year of trading, culminating in the company winning Start Up Business of the Year at the Mum and Working Awards 2011, and now the team is gearing up for a year of steady growth in 2012.
You can join Best in Glass for as little as £99 and there are opportunities for individual consultants to go from earning £50-£150 per party to quickly building teams and earning a substantial monthly income (there is no upper limit to your earnings).
There are currently a number of opportunities to get involved in the top tier of the business, working directly with the company’s directors to grow the network of consultants and create team structures in areas where there is not sufficient coverage.
It has been widely reported that there has been an increase in men and women over 50 joining the direct selling industry. Best in Glass sees this as a positive trend and is working with a number of groups, including the Women’s Institute, to reach out to those who are considering working for themselves to supplement their income.
Best in Glass consultant Barbara Gray, who is 62 and from Kent, joined the company in May 2010. Using her experience of working as a human resources director for a variety of blue chip companies meant Barbara’s business got off to a flying start.
She explains: “As I neared the age of retirement, I realised that I would have to make some changes in my life to be able to manage to live on a more limited income. I started my Best in Glass business so I could maintain my financial freedom and make choices that are not always based on my budget.
“I have earned good money from all the events I have held or attended and enjoy the social interaction as much as I enjoy growing my business. I have worked closely with the BiG management team and feel very involved with the business. I am looking forward to continuing to grow my BiG business and enjoying the rewards of working hard.”
Barbara adds: “Working with Best in Glass has not only provided me with more financial security, but has also given me the tools to create my own network of contacts through meeting people at parties, recruitment fairs and coffee mornings. I am so pleased I joined a business that has such great opportunities.”
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