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by PotBoy
Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Royal Mail 'Special' Delivery
Replies: 12
Views: 19378

Re: Royal Mail 'Special' Delivery

If you don't send many parcels but don't want to use Royal Mail you can use a third party courier company. http://www.interparcel.com is one I use quite a bit. They have several carriers you can choose from with differing prices. They collect from your house too. A parcel shipped with UPS up to 20kg...
by PotBoy
Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Martin A Bit Of Free Advertising For You
Replies: 0
Views: 573

Martin A Bit Of Free Advertising For You

I belong to a huge motorcycle discussion forum. Seems someone bought your "Rat on a Stick" at Colchester. Now a couple of links to your website in the thread. http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=193248&highlight=biltong Hope it generates some business for you :D
by PotBoy
Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:59 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Could anyone advise me on accepting card payment/machine etc
Replies: 10
Views: 4236

One of the cheapest for small businesses is http://www.protx.com You don't need a chip and pin machine it is all done online through your website. Or you can use the online system if you take telephone payment. The protx system can integrate easily into your website. Cost per month is about £23.00. ...
by PotBoy
Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Posting items abroad and paying VAT. Advice appreciated.
Replies: 6
Views: 3088

You have to charge VAT on all products sent to EU countries. Unless your customer is VAT registered and you have their VAT number. Then you don't have to. They would then pay their local VAT rate on importation.

For countries outside the EU you do not charge VAT.
by PotBoy
Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:57 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Anyone else feeling the pinch ?
Replies: 24
Views: 3478

Martin Don't post much here but do run my own business although not in the re-enactment market, so hope you don't feel offended by my posting. I am a member of the Marquess of Winchester's Regiment in the ECWS. If you are looking for new outlets but have cash flow problems - which happens to everyon...
by PotBoy
Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:28 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Where can I get Rosewater?
Replies: 8
Views: 2306

You could make your own rosewater: Start with fresh or Dried Rose petals. Make sure the rose petals have not had pesticides used on them. Steep Rose petals in near boiling water from 20 minutes to an hour and let cool. Make sure you cover the pot tightly. You don't want those oils escaping into the ...
by PotBoy
Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:27 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Where can I get Rosewater?
Replies: 8
Views: 2306

You could make your own rosewater: Start with fresh or Dried Rose petals. Make sure the rose petals have not had pesticides used on them. Steep Rose petals in near boiling water from 20 minutes to an hour and let cool. Make sure you cover the pot tightly. You don't want those oils escaping into the ...
by PotBoy
Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Alternative to water in LH camps
Replies: 64
Views: 12786

You could also try a nettle tea. Just steep young nettle leaves in hot water for a few minutes. Or mint if you can find some.
by PotBoy
Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:47 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Where to start
Replies: 9
Views: 2124

We have a great artillery division and we also have plenty of kit for new members to borrow. Take a look at our website:

http://www.marquisofwinchesters.co.uk/
by PotBoy
Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Alternative to water in LH camps
Replies: 64
Views: 12786

If you're at a 2 day event you can make a "small beer" ready for the second day. Soak 500g of pale malt and half a handful of dark malt in about 1 gallon of hot water for 1 1/2 hours. Strain and pour warm water over the grains until the liquid is running almost clear. Cool and add yeast an...
by PotBoy
Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Alternative to water in LH camps
Replies: 64
Views: 12786

If you're at a 2 day event you can make a "small beer" ready for the second day. Soak 500g of pale malt and half a handful of dark malt in about 1 gallon of hot water for 1 1/2 hours. Strain and pour warm water over the grains until the liquid is running almost clear. Cool and add yeast an...
by PotBoy
Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Making cheese
Replies: 12
Views: 3900

I nake soft "morning cheese" at every event I do living history. If you want to make it for dinnertime you will probably find that you need to use more rennet. I've found that using 6 pints of milk and about 15 drops of rennet started at about 9am will make a soft cheese by about 1.00pm ma...
by PotBoy
Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Which was more expensive?
Replies: 46
Views: 6016

Horn was still in use too for cups.
by PotBoy
Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Casque Pattern Wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 1393

Tuppence thanks. I've only just seen your post. One of the women in our regiment made me a pattern. I spent last weekend at our make and mend cutting it out and stitching it together. I am now 20 button holes in with about 80 to go!!!!!! Being my first item of clothing it sn't the easiest to do but ...
by PotBoy
Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pattern For Casaque - 17thC Style
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Thanks for your replies, I have now found a pattern.
by PotBoy
Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Casque Pattern Wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 1393

Casque Pattern Wanted

I've decided to take the plunge and have a go at making my own casaque. I know I have seen a pattern for one on the internet somewhere but now can't find it again. Does anyone have one that I could borrow or point me in the direction of finding one? Also does anyone know how much fabric I need? I pr...
by PotBoy
Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pattern For Casaque - 17thC Style
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Pattern For Casaque - 17thC Style

I've decided to take the plunge and have a go at making my own casaque. I know I have seen a pattern for one on the internet somewhere but now can't find it again. Does anyone have one that I could borrow or point me in the direction of finding one? Also does anyone know how much fabric I need? I pr...
by PotBoy
Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: C17th Living History Groups?
Replies: 12
Views: 3610

Have a look at our website: http://www.marquisofwinchesters.co.uk/ We are a Royalist Regiment, and we have a very large living history contingent within our regiment. We do many living history as well as just "fighting" We have cooks, brewers, cheese maker, carpenter, shotte maker, washerw...
by PotBoy
Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:34 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: C17th?
Replies: 19
Views: 3679

Frances I am sure if you contact our CO, Dash, details above, he may be able to arrange for you to attend one of our events. Winchester's offer a temporary membership if you want to try it for one weekend. We have a large and very active living history section within the regiment, so there is always...
by PotBoy
Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:38 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Taking a business the next stage
Replies: 16
Views: 2039

Congratulations, the hard work is always worth it. Everyone's advise about using companies such as Business Link is great. They are well worth attending. It is best to have a different bank account - it's much easier dealilng with the tax man at the end of the year. The majority of banks are now off...
by PotBoy
Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:32 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: C17th?
Replies: 19
Views: 3679

I have not noticed, particularly in the last couple of years any "my society is better than yours" on the ECWS board. I can't say anything about the SK website as I do not use it. Not have I noticed that discussions are limited to our own Society. As the majority of English Civil War period re-enact...
by PotBoy
Fri Jun 30, 2006 2:46 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Payment by Credit Card
Replies: 10
Views: 2278

Some banks allow you to hire a mobile credit card machine but they cost about £60.00 per weekend and then there are the call charges on top of this. For our website we use http://www.protx.com. They charge £30.00 per month. You need to obtain a merchant id number from your bankers (your bank make a ...
by PotBoy
Fri Jun 30, 2006 2:37 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: One for single income traders (how do you manage?)
Replies: 34
Views: 5116

You must use your business bank account - even if you transfer it straight back out again. This will give your bank an idea of your turnover and also it helps to keep your business separate from personal when it comes to end of year accounts, and dealing with the tax man. I saw, tried and bought som...
by PotBoy
Wed May 03, 2006 4:00 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Cheese and bacteria!
Replies: 34
Views: 5715

I just use buttermilk which can be bought from the supermarket. It's cheaper and easier to use than rennet which can go off fairly quickly. I have also found that it works much quicker.
by PotBoy
Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:17 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Trader's Websites
Replies: 22
Views: 4255

For my current website - I use http://www.1and1.co.uk they offer several solutions from just a few pages right up to a shop with unlimited products and online credit card clearing (I use this system). It is a basic shop front and you don't need any programming knowledge at all - just fill in the bla...
by PotBoy
Thu Apr 06, 2006 1:15 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Can anyone recommend a delivery service?
Replies: 20
Views: 2992

I send out over 500 parcels a week with my homebrew business and use ANC's next working day signed for service. 99.99% of my parcels arrive on time and in good condition. If you send parcels regularly (doesn't matter how many) you can set up a business account and they will give you preferential rat...

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