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Mark and Sara – Walk the Walk

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Mark and Sara have been enlisted to help a friend do the Walk the Walk ‘Moonwalk.‘ Walk the Walk is a grant making charity that’s committed to raising funds for vital breast cancer causes. The Moonwalk is a 26 1/3 mile walk, at midnight, wearing a BRA and takes place in London on 12/05/2012. In case you’re interested in participating in one of these walks yourself there’s a Moonwalk in Edinburgh on the 09/06/2012 and a Sunwalk in London on the 01/07/2012 and all details for these walks can be found here.

If you want to know more about what drove Mark and Sara to participate in the Moonwalk then visit their justgiving page. They are no strangers to doing their bit for charity, having either raised or donated thousands over the years.

If you want to help Mark and Sara raise vital funds for Walk the Walk then please make a donation on their justgiving page – any contributions will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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Business Profile: Kathryn Rushfirth (STEPteam)

Kathryn Rushfirth - STEPteam

Current Job Position? 
Managing Director of Schools Teaching Enterprise Programme Ltd. (AKA STEPteam)
Client Services Director and co-owner of Rushfirth Creative
Best thing about your job?  The variety; no two days are the same. Seeing the work we do help others achieve their goals.
Worst thing about your job? Long LONG hours. It is hard to switch off when you genuinely care about doing the best job you can.
Favourite Restaurant in Huddersfield?  We (Howard and myself) perhaps don’t get as many opportunities for eating out as we might like. We must get around to trying somewhere over in Huddersfield sometime soon.
Your best achievement?  Being co-creator of STEPteam. We believe this programme can make a real difference to thousands of young people.
Interest and Hobbies? As a busy mum as well as the director of two businesses, time is always very valuable. Spending time with husband Howard the children is very precious. I would like to keep fit – but then wouldn’t we all!
What do you value most about being a member of a networking group?
As a small business, the social aspect can be somewhat limited. I enjoy having a natter with the girls at the events that Local Ladies and Forward Ladies put on. It really helps to keep things in perspective.
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Kathryn Rushfirth

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Hi, I’m Kathryn Rushfirth, the co-founder of Rushfirth Creative and STEPteam

Born to organise – that’s me!

Always busy, always doing. Even at school I managed to juggle two jobs, A level studies without impacting one bit on my social life. At eighteen years old the idea of another four years studying just held no appeal at all so, off to Wm Morrisons I went as a management trainee, my first full time position. Having been part of the new store ops team and then the personnel department at head office for a couple of years, I then transferred to store as a department manager and ultimately a personnel officer. The hours were long but the team was young – and we knew exactly how to balance all the hard work!

Although I enjoyed work I knew that I just hadn’t found my niché.  I tried a sales role – but it wasn’t right for me at that time. University beckoned, and I gained a place – taking on a temporary administration position to see me through to the start date.

I missed that date by approximately eighteen long happy years! Having mastered and tidied up the wages system, de-mystified the sales ledger, introduced a new purchase process and sampling system, I moved on to production and planning, effectively becoming the external planning department for many of our main national and international clients. Keeping production efficiencies up, stock levels down, and profit levels, customer satisfaction and staff moral high was just a natural way of being.

However there comes a time when you simply have to just do it for yourself rather than for someone else. By joining forces with my other half, who already had an emerging design business underway, we created the successful young business that Rushfirth Creative has become. We specialise in branding SMEs and on producing bespoke original graphics and illustration. This varied and interesting role has brought me into contact with a huge variety of people and business types including education. This in turn has lead to the creation and development of STEPteam.

The whole premise of STEPteam is to inspire and raise the aspirations of our youngsters who are growing up in very difficult and uncertain times. The desire to be a footballer, footballers wife or just a ‘celebrity’ for its own sake is all too common – but let’s face it, that is where they are going to perceive real financial gain, what else is there? Our programme teaches year 5 and 6 students about the business world around them, culminating in them having the option to run a real working profitable business in school.

The feedback that we have received has been fantastic. The Prince’s Trust said

“We believe every child should have the opportunity to work through this unique learning experience as it really does give a fabulous foundation in business, plus valuable life lessons not readily available in a primary school environment”

During the next few months we hope to introduce the programme to as many schools in the region as we can before we launch it nationally.