A first-class stamp will rise in price from 46p to 60p from 30 April after the regulator lifted some price controls on Royal Mail.
A second-class stamp will go up from 36p to 50p – some 5p below the top price allowed by Ofcom.
The regulator has allowed Royal Mail to set the price of first-class and business mail.
It claimed the future of the universal service was at “severe risk” without relaxing controls.
|First Job?||A Saturday job at Primark when I was 15. My first “proper” job was Publicity Assistant at Macmillan Publishers.|
|Current job position?||I run Key Words Copywriting Journalism & Events.|
|Best thing about your job?||Making a living from writing, being my own boss and the sheer variety of the work and the people I meet through my work.|
|The worst thing about your job?||Having to chase people for payment.|
|Your favourite restaurant in Huddersfield?||The Keys Restaurant, where I’m holding my author and music events and creative writing courses. I love the atmosphere there and the food is excellent.|
|Your best achievement?||After my partner died of cancer in 2009 I had to draw on a lot of my reserves to get through a pretty tough time as well as re-establish my working life and build up my business.|
|Interest and hobbies?||Reading and creative writing, music and gigs. I also love cooking and play electric guitar very badly. I’ve been a member of Amnesty International for almost 25
years and I used to be secretary of one the London groups.
|What do you value most about being a member of a network group?||As well as generating work, it has been invaluable for me to communicate and meet up with other business people at networking events. Also, as I only moved up from London at the start of 2009, it has helped me to meet new people.|
As a child I loved reading, so publishing was an obvious career. It was a fantastic job: I worked with Whoopi Goldberg, Paula Yates, Damon Hill, The Stranglers and Iain Banks, among others, organising author tours and launch parties and going behind the scenes at TV shows like The Big Breakfast and TFI Friday.
I remember taking Whoopi Goldberg to the BBC and bumping into Rolf Harris. He sang her a bit of Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, accompanied by his wobble board. Priceless.
After 12 years, I took a six-month career break in the Caribbean, where I decided I wanted to focus on my own writing. Crossing over to journalism, I worked as a sub-editor for The Guardian and The Independent, which was sometimes high pressure but taught me a lot. I also started writing reviews and features.
In 2009, I left London to move to West Yorkshire and go freelance. My first freelance commission was interviewing Michael Parkinson for The Guardian; coincidentally he went to school with my father in Barnsley. I also started writing features for Around Town and author interviews for Excelle magazine.
At the same time I was building up my copywriting work and I now have a broad range of clients from campervan companies to commercial photographers, restaurants and hotels to technology companies. As well as sales brochures, marketing material and press releases, my work often involves website copy and social media.
For some time I had been looking for a venue to run creative writing courses and author events and through a networking group I discovered The Keys. Situated under St Peter’s Church in Huddersfield, it’s a wonderfully atmospheric venue and perfect for my ‘Dinner and Conversation With…’ author series and music events which will be held on . Joanne Harris, Sophie Hannah and Iain Banks will be the first authors to take part as well as former Stranglers’ frontman, Paul Roberts, who will be singing Stranglers and Sinatra songs! The next one of these events will be held on the 18 November 6.30pm – Dinner & Conversation With… Joanne Harris. Author of Chocolat talks about her new book Runelight.
I’m also hoping to encourage new writers locally by running creative writing courses. A former publishing colleague and fantastic editor, Andrew Wille, will be presenting ‘How to Write and Sell Your Novel’ with me at The Keys in November, and we plan to follow this with sessions on specific topics such as story arc, characterisation and the hero’s journey.
Working with authors, I’ve always been interested in encouraging reading and creative writing and I have worked as a reading volunteer in an inner-city school and given assemblies on the importance of literacy. I’ve also been asked to join the steering group of the Huddersfield Creative Artists Network (HCAN) as the literature representative.
In my spare time, I’m working on a novel myself and learning a few more chords for my nice shiny black Ibanez electric guitar!
For details of courses, events and to get tickets see www.key-words.co.uk/events.
For information on copywriting, see www.key-words.co.uk/copywriting or call 01484 430 228.