Today is Monday, and a really exciting one. I am visiting one of the truly most unique wedding venues in West Sussex.

It also happens to be only down the road from my house. I am also making this Monday a double whammy of Monday Motivation, delivering….a white chocolate high heel slipper to a competition winner.

In this video I talk about why spending time networking with local wedding venues is so important to grown my small business.You may not be a wedding cake maker, but maybe you work in the wedding industry, or the event industry, in which case, some of what I do could apply to growing your business too.

The place I visited this morning is Wiston House, in West Sussex. Completely hidden from view, in the middle of acres and acres of South Downs rolling hills, it can accommodate up to 90 guests for a wedding breakfast on round tables, and up to 110 “Harry Potter style” in the Great Hall.

The house and gardens are simply stunning, with old, picturesque rooms full of elaborate details, oak panel walls and its own orangery. It also comes with an Italian maze, breathtaking views of Cissbury Ring, and more historical features than I can fit in a blog post!

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including the most incredible textured wallpaper in the Library…

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Now, about this chocolate high heel slipper. I hand made it especially for a completely magical event last week. It was held at the newly refurbished Cissbury Barn (another fantastic country wedding venue and outdoor wedding venue perched at the top of Findon valley in West Sussex).

About 100 brides and their bridesmaids, grooms and close family members attended the Enchanted Bridal Experience there last week. Rachael Ellis was the lucky winner of my Cinderella chocolate slipper. Congratulations Rachael!

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As always, I’d love to know if my thoughts on growing Pudding Fairy help you grown your own business, or perhaps help you shape up an idea to start up a small business from home. Also I love to hear your own tips and advice. What’s worked for you? What  hasn’t? You can get in touch with me by email at wishforacake@puddingfairy.co.uk or join the conversation on Twitter @lauremoyle.

A bientot!

NOTE: Blog post main image courtesy of George Evans Photography, West Sussex.