So a few weeks ago, Simple Simons received an invitation from one of our suppliers to be a guest at the Bioforce Uk Headquarters and receive training for two days! I was the lucky person who got to go and I was really looking forward to it as I love any opportunity to further my knowledge. Theres something about listening to someone talk, you seem to retain the information so much more than if you just read up on it.
On Tuesday morning bright and early a group of us met in Dublin Airport and although I didn’t know anyone before coming on the trip everyone got on really well together. When everyone shares a common interest its easy to find something to talk about and I spent a little bit of time getting to know a couple of people before we left for Glasgow!
When we made it over to Scotland our bus driver took us straight over to the factory where we were given a lovely welcome and served up a healthy tasty lunch straight away. The team had asked about any food intolerances or issues and there was a huge variety to suit any dietary requirements!
First up was a tour of the factory and a basic insight into how everything works. You never really think about how things get processed and sometimes just assume they come packaged and ready to go in your shop; which of course is not the case! We got to have a little sneak peek at how some different products are packaged, bottled etc. Everything is so rigorously organised because there can be no room for error! We also got to see their set room where they do all their filming for their online videos and even got a quick snap on Eileen Durwards famous couch, where she does her Menopause Moments talks!
After the factory tour we got the first of our talks on Digestion from the wonderful Ali Cullen. I’ve never listened to a talk from someone who came across in the way she did. You could tell her enthusiasm for the company and she spoke so well that I could have listened to her all day. I took down loads of notes because I find that the best way to retain information; even if you don’t read back over them much simply writing it down seems to make it stick in my mind so much better!
Eileen gave us a quick insight into Menopause and the digestive system and how so often they are linked, without women really making the connection. She gave us a few tips on which products would work best and the best things to advise on.
After that we headed back to The Marine Hotel for some free time before dinner and drinks which again was hosted by Bioforce. The food was absolutely fab and it was great to spend some free time getting to know some of the other people on the trip! After a long day though I headed up to bed early enough but I know there were a few party animals that may have stayed up a little longer than me… The combination of a great meal and a couple glasses of wine on top of being up so early meant that I was just ready to sleep; plus I wanted to be fresh for the next day!
The next morning we were down for breakfast early in order to get ready and checked out so we could be back at the factory for 9.30. Ali gave us a great Winter Remedies presentation, where she advised on the best things we could give our customers in this time of year when colds, coughs, flus and bugs are so rampant! Its one of our most common queries in the shop and people are always looking for an immune booster so it was great to gain some more knowledge in that area…
Afterwards Rebekah Towle came in to give us a presentation on marketing and social media and how to use social media to grow our businesses. I found it really interesting and although I would be quite savvy in the social media side of things there were a few great tips and tricks I hadn’t heard of before…
After Rebekahs talk and a brief recap sadly it was time to go… We thanked the team for having us and they gave us little goodybags on the way home, containing Echinacea tablets, Milk Thistle, Toothpaste and other goodies, that all tied in with their presentations; which was so kind after all they had already done for us!
I had such a great time on the trip and was so glad to get the opportunity to go; it really was a brilliant way to learn and I will have much more confidence now in the brand due to my extended knowledge!
Thanks for reading, I know this post is a little different from my usual style, but hopefully I will be able to branch out into work-style blogging a little more as time goes on!