Zamsoe News and Blog

Karen Wanless from Zamsoe invited to No 10 Downing Street. January 10 2017

Zamsoe a small business from Padstow, Cornwall was one of 100 from around the country invited to Downing Street for a reception to mark the UK’s fourth annual Small Business Saturday on Saturday December 3rd.

Karen wanless, owner of Zamsoe, which designs and makes jewellery, joined other small business owners at a reception at No.10 Downing Street attended by the Small Business Minister Margot James.

Prime Minister Theresa May said:

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Zamsoe a Padstow jewellery design business named in Small Business Saturday UK’s ‘Small Biz 100’ for 2016 October 31 2016

Karen Wanless from Zamsoe

A small Padstow-based jewellery design business, whose collections of bracelets, brooches, necklaces and other jewellery for both women and men are inspired by the beautiful landscapes around its studio in Porthcothan Bay, Cornwall, has been named among the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday, the campaign that culminates in the UK’s dedicated day for small businesses on December 3rd.

Zamsoe was created officially two years ago by Karen Wanless, who moved from the North East to Cornwall after a decade of what she describes as 'playing' at doing business. The company designs, makes and sells distinctive jewellery, including innovative approaches like its ‘earrings in a bottle’ concept. From a small product range selling online the business has grown and is active on all the major online market places. It has also launched a wholesale business selling to more than 100 galleries and gift retailers across the UK and overseas. It will now be among the select number of companies to be featured by the Small Business Saturday campaign one per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday itself.  

“The move from the North East to Cornwall was the catalyst to make Zamsoe a 'real' business,” explains Karen.  

“Buying, giving or receiving little works of art should be an enjoyable pleasurable experience and gives you something special in today’s world of mass production. The culture and inspiring seaside and countryside of Cornwall is inspiring our new product ranges.” 

Small Business Saturday is already the UK's most successful small business campaign. This is the fourth year of the campaign, which last year saw £623m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, an increase of £119m or 24 per cent on the previous year. The campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter on the day with more than 100,000 campaign-related tweets being sent. Over 75% of local councils supported the campaign, giving considerable national reach into local communities.

The campaign is a great nationwide promotional and marketing tool for small businesses. It is totally free to participate and any small businesses can get involved - from one-man-bands, through to a high growth office, and from tradesmen to social media gurus. In addition to the big day, the campaign also delivers help and advice alongside opportunities to connect with other small businesses. In short, Small Business Saturday exists to support, inspire and promote small businesses. 

The British public has a great affection for small businesses and we continue
to see that grow year on year.  Small Business Saturday is an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,” explains Campaign Director Michelle Ovens.

“Although the campaign focuses on one day, the goal is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by changing mind-sets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round. Most people in this country own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does, so supporting a small business on Small Business Saturday is absolutely personal.”

Small Business Saturday, which is a grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010 and it remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small. The campaign also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses and Enterprise Nation. The campaign is also supported by PRS For Music, TalkTalk Business, Vistaprint, Post Office and Clear Channel

More information on Small Business Saturday can also be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page ( and Twitter feed (@SmallBizSatUk) or their website  If you would like more info on Zamsoe visit

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The Great British Bake Off Final Tonight October 26 2016

This is it. Just one more episode remains of our beloved The Great British Bake Off in its current form. In September it was taken by Channel 4 for £75 million and lost three out of its four stars in the process. Judge Mary Berry and presenters Mel and Sue swiftly decided that they did not want to "follow the dough", leaving Channel 4 with Paul Hollywood and a big tent. 

It’s the final, and a difficult farewell for audience members who have just one last chance (we’re not counting a couple of Christmas specials to come) to watch Mel, Sue, Mary and Paul, the original gang of four, as the show leaves the BBC.

But let’s try to forget that the most popular programme on British television has been dismantled overnight and turn our attention to the three remaining contestants. 

They are an evenly matched little group and it’s a real seesaw of a last round, despite (gasp!) not one but TWO “Hollywood handshakes” very early on. 

The showstopper is immense, comprising 49 different items and a lot of elements. “I’m expecting perfection,” says Paul Hollywood, as proud families, friends and other Bakers gather for a picnic and to watch the coronation of the winner.

What a shame its gone to pieces but lets enjoy the final.

See  it tonight on BBC One, Wednesday 26 October at 8pm. The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice follows on BBC Two on Friday at 9.30pm

If you think you will miss it too let us know and as a consolation remember it with one of our Baking Jewellery pieces

Bake Me a Cake Bracelet Shop Here

Bake Me a Cake Brooch Shop Here

Queen Of Cupcakes Necklace Shop Here

Queen Of Cupcakes Brooch Shop Here

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The Zamsoe Halloween Photo Competition So Far - its not too late to enter. October 25 2016

Enter our Scary' Halloween Competition and the winner will get a £50 coupon to spend on whatever jewellery they want.

The competition runs between 1/10/16 and 31/10/16 and what we need is for you to post a photo that captures the fun 'spirit' of Halloween! Post the photos on our Facebook Page ( or on our Twitter Page (

As a little thank you for entering we have a 15% discount coupon to use for the period of the competition - Halloween2016 just enter it at checkout

See a selection of the entries below... very scary!!
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Looking to do something in Cornwall - the Falmouth Oyster Festival October 12 2016

We are always looking for interesting events around Cornwall and look to share all things good in Cornwall and to link our collections of jewellery.  

Falmouth Oyster FestivalThis event has been going for 20 years and Falmouth’s Events Square will again play host to one of Cornwall’s biggest and best loved specialist food festivals, Falmouth Oyster Festival, from Thursday October 13 – Sunday October 16. The annual festivities celebrate the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls.

Daily cookery demonstrations are held during the festival by top chefs and food experts from Cornwall’s hotels and restaurants, inspiring visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the tastes of native oysters, wines, ales and local produce. The programme includes live music, Cornish food produce, arts and crafts, real ale and wine bars, oyster and seafood bars, Working Boat race, Grand Oyster Parade, shucking competition, a Grand Oyster Draw and celebrating 20 years, our Big Birthday Bash.

If you want more info pop over to their Facebook ‘Falmouth Oyster Festival’ or follow them on Twitter @FalOysterFest for all the latest festival news.

While you are all 'sea faring' why not have a look at our Coastal Collection of Jewellery - we hope you see something you like or want to share.

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