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Sweet endings: As this year draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the tapestry you’ve created with your clients throughout your business journeys. For us, as I’m sure for many of you, it’s been a remarkable journey full of ups and downs, each contributing to our growth and evolution. All these experiences have added unique colours and textures to our collective story.

This week’s Retailers email the Runway Insider is all about embracing the milestones and savouring the sweet taste of success. But, dear friend, we’re not just celebrating the victories here. We’re saluting the sheer audacity of having dared, of having taken the plunge! 💪  So, unfurl the vibrant scroll of your memories and let’s dive into a treasure trove of reflections. 

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This Week’s Focus: The Runway Review 

Now, do me a favour, will you? Take a break from your agenda, grab a soothing cup of tea ☕, and allow yourself to bask in your victories. Just stop and think which were the golden moments that positioned your business at the forefront this year? Which victories outshone all others on your runway? Have there been any unexpected moments of joy that warmed your heart?

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”

Søren Kierkegaard
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As we prepare to step into the frenzied time of festivities and towards a new year, it’s crucial to acknowledge the powerful resilience and boundless creativity that we’ve tapped into. Navigating the choppy seas of business is no small feat, and yet, we’ve sailed through – and that is reason enough to celebrate! 🎉

Firstly, first and foremost, let’s celebrate even the smallest triumphs. Do you recall the exhilaration when an adventurous decision of yours truly took your business to new heights? Or that heart-warming moment when a product found its perfect place in a customer’s home? These are not just fleeting instants, but monumental strides towards progress. Let’s take a moment to rejoice in these milestones, as they are truly noteworthy.

Regardless of how seemingly small they might be, no matter how minute they may seem. Remember the day when that audacious decision you took propelled your business forward? Or that moment of glee when a customer adored a piece of furniture they took home? These aren’t mere blips in time; they’re giant steps towards growth.

Celebrate these milestones, for they are  the very essence of your entrepreneurial journey. Every choice, every product, every joyful encounter, they’re the brushstrokes filling your business canvas with vibrant hues of success and tenacity. So why not enjoy a minute or two, basking in the celebration of these myriad colours of victory?

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What’s the Latest Buzz? Get Ready For 2024

As we stand amidst the vibrant £1.5bn UK interior design sector, a truth shines brightly: You, our retailers, professional painters, and creative business owners, are the real dream makers. You’re not just selling products or services; you’re bringing to life the dreams and aspirations of your customers.

You Are the Architects of Dreams

Each of you plays a pivotal role in this creative journey. With every brush stroke, every carefully selected piece, you transform spaces into reflections of individual dreams and styles. You are the architects who turn these visions into stunning realities.

Empowerment Through Creation

It’s time to fully embrace your power and influence. You are setting trends, shaping environments, and crafting unforgettable experiences. Your work is a testament to creativity, skill, and your unique ability to bring your customers’ design dreams to life.

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Trailblazers in Your Customers’ Journeys

As trailblazers, you lead the way in the world of design. You empower your customers to dream bigger, to see their spaces as canvases for artistic expression. Your guidance and expertise open up a world of possibilities in colours, textures, and finishes.

A Celebration of Your Role

This is a call to celebrate your incredible role as creators and innovators. Recognise the profound impact you have. Feel empowered by your ability to inspire and lead in the design process. You are at the heart of this industry, driving change and bringing joy through your artistry.

As we step into 2024, remember: You are more than creative business owners. You are dream makers, trendsetters, and pioneers, shaping the future of interior design.

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Embrace Your Artistic Journey: Reflect, Grow, and Thrive in Your Furniture Painting Business. Dive into a year of achievements and set the stage for a flourishing 2024.


The Journey Down the Runway: It’s Painted… But Make It Sexy

With every piece of revamped furniture, you’ve skilfully painted, with every business decision you’ve nailed perfectly – you’ve constantly evolved, pushing your boundaries. You didn’t just sell products; you spin stories, breathe life into inanimate objects, and create comfort and style for homes. Take a moment with your comforting brew ☕ to reflect and celebrate. Acknowledge all you’ve achieved, the progress you’ve made, and the craftsman you’ve become.

Take a minute to reflect: how has your craftmanship evolved over the year? Have you noticed a development in your business acumen that has brought about a decisive change? The journey of mastering our field and developing a flourishing business is peppered with lessons and minute transformations. These pivotal stepping stones deserve a hearty applause. 👏 

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Invaluable Relationships: The Pillars of Our Growth 

And then, of course, there are the relationships that we’ve nurtured and grown. The bonds formed in this industry are unlike any other – as they say, business is personal. It’s these partnerships, collaborations, and friendships that have given us the motivation and support to keep moving forward. 

Whether it’s a fellow tradesperson whose advice has been invaluable, a mentor who has guided you through uncertain times, or customers who have put their trust in you again and again – every interaction adds a golden thread to the fabric of our business stories. 

Have there been individuals or moments that had a profound impact on your professional journey? Reflect on them, be grateful for them, and let’s collectively applaud them. 😊 

We may be partners in business, but we’re also comrades in this turbulent yet rewarding journey. Sharing these highlights not only brings us closer but also provides a canvas to learn from each other’s experiences. 

Closer than ever before, we truly are a runway family, bound by shared experiences, resilience, and aspiration for success. Each story contributing to this beautiful tapestry of collective achievements. 

“Individual commitment to a group effort- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilisation work.”

Vince Lombardi
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Embracing The Journey Ahead 

As we step into the future, united under the banner of the ‘Runway Refinishing Family‘, we carry with us the lessons learned, the moments cherished, and the bonds cultivated throughout our journey. Each one of us is armed with the knowledge gained through experience, the skills honed through dedicated work, and the vision sculpted by dreams and ambition. 

We sincerely hope you continue to love what you do – painting stories on furniture, bringing joy and comfort to homes, and crafting a piece of the world as you envisage it. It’s the passion and dedication of individuals like you that fuels the dynamism and vibrancy of our community. 

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do”  

Steve Jobs
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Contributing To The Runway Tapestry 

Remember, every success, no matter how small, contributes to the broader narrative of our collective journey. Each challenge surmounted, each milestone achieved, and every difficulty breezed through is a precious thread in the intricate tapestry of this amazing community. 

Remember to… 

  • Frequently reflect, not just on the triumphs but the trials as well, for it’s the challenging times that truly shape us.
  • Commend yourself on every step forward. Every step you take, no matter how seemingly minuscule, is a testament to your strength and perseverance.
  • Share your narratives, the good and the nuanced. It’s these shared stories that strengthen our familial bond and enrich our collective experience.

It’s time to rev up the engines, load up your palettes, and prepare to paint another vibrant year on the Runway of achievements. Together, let’s journey forward, learning, growing, and celebrating each milestone along the way. 

“Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

Mattie Stepanek


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