So here it is! The first business to be featured in South Norfolk Does Business is The Happiness Branch owned by Gemma Sandwell. Here is Gemma in her own words explaining more about it and why she decided to set it up.
So Gemma, tell me about you! Who are you, what is your business about and where are you based?
I’m Gemma Sandwell and I run The Happiness Branch which is all about the science of happiness, strengths and Mindfulness to help people and businesses flourish. I’m based between Wymondham and Attleborough, but I help clients all over Norfolk and even the UK as my coaching products can be both face to face and online.
Why did you choose to set up your business and how do you serve your customers?
I set up my business after spending years studying psychology, positive psychology and Mindfulness and applying the tools to myself which changed my life completely. I then was able to apply them to a business setting working for a large financial services organisation. It was then that I realised that I was really passionate about helping more people and businesses to be at their best, so I decided to set up The Happiness Branch. I offer one to one coaching, strengths profiling and mindfulness courses. I help clients personally as well as help grow their businesses and support their employees.
What about your links to south Norfolk?
I was born near Norwich but moved to south Norfolk to escape the city 4 years ago when I realised how important living near the countryside was for my wellbeing. My own version of Escape to the Country!
What do you think is so great about living, working and business owning in south Norfolk?
It’s great to be surrounded by beautiful countryside and quaint market towns but be within reach of Norwich and other transport links when needed. I’ve also found other local businesses and people great and supportive and there is a good sense of community.
Could you share some of your best south Norfolk ‘shout outs?’
I personally love going to and having meetings at the Egg Sheds in Wymondham. It’s a great place; lovely homemade cakes, delicious free-range eggs and cute little sheds to sit in. I’m also a fan of Wymondham Station Bistro and The Boars pub at Spooner Row! A bit of a food and drink theme going on for me!
And finally, do you have any exciting events or offers coming up at The Happiness Branch?
My 8 weeks of Mindfulness course has just launched, and cohorts are running in October and January. This is a unique course running online in a supportive group environment. It doesn’t matter if you can’t attend one week at the allocated time as the sessions will be recorded. The first cohort starts on the 15th October and includes a private Facebook group, all course recordings, workbook, journal and a special mindfulness gift at the end of the course, all for £249.
I’m also running a Be Your Best Self workshop locally on the 15th November which will feature useful tools and tips to increase your happiness based on science and research. A one hour workshop costs just £7 per person.
Both of these can be booked via www.thehappinessbranch.com/book-online.
Thanks Gemma! You can find out more about The Happiness Project here.