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Open Day Follow-Up

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What a brilliant time we had at our open day on November 2nd.  Many thanks to the (more than) 100 visitors who visited during the 4 hours we were open.  There were plenty of familiar faces, and some who were new to us, taking advantage of our first, free seminar demonstrating the whole framing process.  In fact the afternoon seminar had the highest ever attendance with over 30 people sitting / standing in on it.  Look out for some support materials being available, in the next month, about the themes we covered during the two sessions. 


We had lots of very positive feedback about the day, not least about the new, extensive range of mouldings we have in store.  So if you’re passing on your journeys before Christmas, why not drop in and see us. LOCATION.  And if you felt you missed out on some of the bargains in store on our Open Day, have a look at the mount cutter offers below.

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Christmas Mount Cutting Special Offer


Amazing value for money, brilliant Christmas presents*


Have a look at 3 mount cutter packages offering exceptional value for money in the run up to Christmas. Make the most of some added extras


We have packed this offer with everything you need to get going with mount cutting.

  • 10 sheets of mount board (210 mm x 297 mm)
  • 10 spare blades
  • 3 printed Handy Hints sheets to help you make a start

*nb offer runs while current stocks last


And, if that wasn’t enough, anyone buying a mount cutter (board system) during November is eligible for 1/3rd off the cost of any of our Mount Cutting and Decoration training days, anywhere in the UK (if paid for during November).

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Christmas Gift Vouchers


If you have an artist, photographer or somebody creative looking for a new outlet for their interests you could introduce them to picture framing.  There are store vouchers available starting at just £5.00 as well as, for an extra special gift, training day vouchers.  Have a browse, it might be just what you are looking for: GIFT VOUCHERS

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Congratulations to David Whittle, GCF


Congratulations to David Whittle, the latest of our DIYframing trainees to have successfully achieved his Fine Art Trade Guild, Guild Commended Framer (GCF) award. He has completed all of our training courses over the years, starting with the Business Development Week in March 2011. We will definitely want to keep in touch to see how things progress, as he is one of a handful of our students who is running a framing business abroad: David lives in France.  He is pictured here at the end of the Business Development Week with all of the work he completed over the sessions. We wish him all the best with his own business.

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Training Weekends This Christmas & New Year


There are still a couple of framing weekends available ahead of Christmas with enough time after for you to really surprise friends and family with some unique, thoughtfully framed Christmas gifts. 


Have a look at:

HIGH WYCOMBE – 7th & 8th December

YORK - 14th & 15th December


Or after Christmas you could start as you mean to go on with one of our January Weekends:

LEICESTER - 11th & 12th January 2014

HIGH WYCOMBE18th & 19th January 2014

CAMBRIDGE - 25th & 26th January 2014

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Photo Framer for 10% Framing Discount


If you have photos you need framing for Christmas and are running out of time (or not sure yet how to do it), our Photo Framer website is currently running a 10% discount on orders placed in November.  Simply visit the website, place your order and enter the code november10 in the box provided, when paying, to receive the discount.

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Introducing Our New Trainer: Sue Harper

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We are delighted to announce that Sue Harper has joined our training team.   She will be mainly looking after training weekends operating in the south and east of the UK.  She has an impressive background in practical training and developing training materials in the IT sector.  She is also a keen photographer, as well as enjoying an interest in many creative art forms.  She was one of our first batches of students, learning how to do picture framing in the first session that we ran in Norwich.  Since then Sue has undertaken just about all of our training modules and has enjoyed framing for customers, friends and family as part of a small business she runs from home. 

More about Sue

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Dates 2014


A reminder that all dates are available for 2014 training around the UK: visit our COURSES page to see the new calendar.  Remember to look at our new venues: Bristol, Hereford, Telford, Ipswich, Canterbury, Christchurch, Tunbridge Wells and London.  Some of these are yet to be confirmed.


Art & Photography Framing Weekends coming up in the next quarter of 2013 / 2014:

Leicester, 11th & 12th January 2014
Cambridge, 25th & 26th January 2014
Manchester, 15th & 16th February
Ipswich, 22nd & 23rd February NEW VENUE
Bristol, 8th & 9th March
Brighton, 15th & 16th March


For events at our main centre click: ALL COURSES 

Reserve places NOW, to avoid disappointment.

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Thank you for your continued support.

Until next time...


November 2013

So, now we enter the pre-Christmas build up.  It’s certainly worth having another look at our site for gifts.  We have some quirky items that won’t cost a fortune as well as those very special “big” presents.  The beauty of it is, they can all have a real practical application and can lead to some exciting new pictures to hang at home.


In addition to the unabashed sales plug, we have a mixed bag of news about special offers in November, reminders of training dates around Christmas and two of our ex-trainees, who are doing ever so well!


All in all, we hope we can help you out with something this Christmas.


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