With the sunshine beating down upon us atm, business is always slow. In this heat "dress down friday" becomes "shorts and sandals week". So me and Teresa have adapted by spending our quite weeks down on our allotment which as it happens is one of the busiest times in the gardening calendar so it all works out in the end. The hotel is having some major refurbs going on atm so conferences are down, but we do get the odd guest still using the service. This gives us an opportunity to spend more times with some potential clients who want to know more about the business and our services. Normally we have to try and cram it in in about 5/10 minutes if they are interested of course. But some are more than happy to sit down and chat about the company for 30 mins or more, this gives us the chance to tell them in greater detail how we work and can give them statistics and examples. I can honestly say this will have an enormous effect on business over the next 12 months as people become much more interested in what we do and how we can help them instead of just hearing how we started.

No news on the kitchen stalls though.


Now that the new Lobby is up and running the next phase is about to start next week I believe. The bar and Restaurant will have a complete refurb. Which means all these amenities move up one floor with me in tow. Dont mind if im honest, but I do have my eye on a couple of bar stalls which would fit very nice in my kitchen. So I will put in a bid for them this week. Building work to take approx 6 weeks.

Sad news that Russ the head concierge is moving on, it was Russ who first contacted me about being in the Lowry and I will be forever grateful to him for that.


.Had a good meeting with the head concierge and general manager about how they can help the Shoeshine business and push it more within the hotel. One of the ideas was too attend the hotel events that they do to promote the hotel, and as it happens we had one on wednesday night. So I went in for a few hours that night and had some great feedback including a event organiser who deals with Jewish weddings, who was very interested in using us, so watch this space.

The hotel is going through some major investment atm and this throws up some great bargains, such as  carpet roll ends. Huge pieces and very hard wearing so I bought a few and had a mate with a van come and pick the rolls up. Have now had the whole house carpeted with probably the most expensive carpet in the street.


We spent the end of the week in Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast. The event was a busy couple of days for us and we are glad to be home with our feet up. Strange thing is I tend to use cash everywhere but this time decided everything goes onto the business credit card. Normal for some of you im sure but in Bridlington things are different. Popped into the town centre and the sea front for a wander round and decided to get a coffee, no where excepted cards, thought ok , Ill get a coke from the off licence, wrong again, cash only. Later that day decided on a chinese takeaway, popped in to order and a no cash system was in operation. So thought ok get a pizza, in the town , again cash only. I can only assume there is a lot of credit card fraud in this part of Yorkshire.


Popped into a local takeaway in Harrogate on monday night after work and ordered a double cheeseburger and fries for teresa and a kebab for me. When I got back to the apartment I opened the bag and found Teresas burger n fries in one box and mine all in different ones. One box for the kebab meat, one with the salad ,a tub with the sauce and a bag for the Pitta.Never seen that before, did think of going back and asking for a discount as I had to make it myself but was a bit tired.

Back in Manchester today but hopefully a early finish and then back on the road to the east coast for a few days . Hoping the weather picks up as the venue is right next to the beach. Have to find a different route when we go north of Manchester as Teresa can not drive over Barton bridge anymore lol, so we need a new way or more jobs in Birmingham.

BUSY DAYS. 03/06/2019

Up in Harrowgate today and tomorrow for one of our regular clients. Nice looking town and I must say probably the best fish n chips ive had in a long while last night.We decided on airbnb this time and we were not disappointed, we have a really nice apartment in an converted church , 2 mins away from the conference centre. Same price as a good hotel but with free parking, most hotels seem to charge £17 per day. Might try a local bar tonight for a few cold beers.


Had a good chat with the Lowry  manager this morning and he is arranging a meeting to discuss ways they can push the Shoeshine service with the corporate events team at the hotel. This is a huge part of the hotels business and a somewhat under used source of income by myself. Hoping also to service the apartments that are going up around the hotel especially the short stay ones. If all goes well, I will have more than enough business to keep me happy.

Shoeshining is a strange business, not over popular with most individuals, but some people take it very seriously. Today some Gent drove from Leeds to Manchester  just to drop shoes off for me and then will drive back on Monday to pick them up. This helps with the brand that we are at the 5 star Lowry hotel and some people will go out of their way to use us.

LONG TIME, NO SEA. 28/05/2019

Blimey, nearly 4 months since I last blogged! 

Tbh I have been fairly ill and it has taken me longer than I thought to get back on my feet.Had about 6¬8 weeks out and then when we finally get back to work we find the Hotel just about to start a refurb, timing eh1 Anyway the lobby has been lavished upon as is the Lowry way and business is starting to trickle back . I think I mentioned in an earlier blog about other guys setting up Shoeshines in Liverpool and Leeds, unfortunatly I have been told that they have gone out of business, well the Leeds one has closed its premesis and the liverpool one is on limited trading hours. I find it a shame they went out of business as I feel the more people doing it the more attention it gets. So I wish Alan and Keith all the best for the future, pretty sure they will survive as I dont think they were shot of a bob or two!

Away from Manchester for next week , first to Harrowgate then onto a nice time by the sea!


Been fairly busy this week at the Lowry. Had some great people to chat with and heard some good stories. Being at the Lowry, you never know who is going to take a seat, Had an "A" lister today but also people who want to work with me on other things, which I will be exploring over the coming months.

BACK TO WORK 22/01/2019

Decided to go back to work early so went in on the 7th, saying that, it was Teresas Really enjoy the early mornings at the hotel, it fits in with our day much better. Still, Manchesters very quite at the moment, same as everywhere I suppose. Normally get home at about 11ish to work in the office on emails and getting some new work and connections in. Not much else to say really, oh the podcasts are going well, was supposed to be 2 a week but just managed 1 a week so far as not much going on. Will do another one tomorrow. So if your reading this and thinking how can I improve my office or event this year then just give me a call. 




Finally got round to doing our first Podcast today, very strange feeling .Some years ago now I did a degree with Salford uni of which Podcasting was a part. I even still have all the equipment, but unfortunately I have no idea how to use it now. So I just did it with my Samsung phone, no editing no cutting no background music , just me rambling on about something I feel passionate about, I mean at the end of the day its all about content , right? 

So where on our way on that front, also spoke to some nice people over in NYC  about their shoeshine app, it looks very impressive but out of our financial reach atm but will look into cheaper alternatives over the xmas break. We finish on Friday night and dont come back until 22nd of jan , so plenty of time to look into these areas. Weve had a lot of interest in our office visit service recently, I put a post up on Linkedin about a cancellation we had for lunchtime and had over 1600 views so will try that again.

It would only take a slight change in luck to  improve our finances and that may be it , so we have our fingers crossed that some of these enquiries lead onto something bigger. Even though me and Teresa have come through some very dark days this year we still feel very lucky to have such a great little business with fantastic opportunities and working together has helped us pull through.


We are still at  the Lowry hotel and feel very at home there, all the staff and management are great at supporting us and we both feel we will be there for some years to come. In the quieter moments ive headed down to the basement of the hotel to work alone on my stands, we did have some help from some of the builders in supplies and the use of a nail gun, which saved me hours of work. So hopefully we will have two new refurbished stands for the coming year for the events.I have to admit I do get flashbacks of the film "the Shining" while down there so tend to work as quick as possible 


Sometimes you need to try something to know it wont work, but it takes it from your mind, that you thought it would work and now you can go back to the plan. Youve tried it, it did not work out, move on.If you dont give it a go , you will always have this nagging doubt , what if. I suppose all businesses go through this and move on.

Some times you try something that seems good but you soon get that gut feeling, this is wrong. Ive learnt always go with that gut feeling. Working on some new hours from next week, again , try everything.

Looking fwd to starting the Podcasts this week, always been a big fan of podcasts, I think its one of the best medias going.

HOME AT THE LOWRY 14/11/2018

As I said in an earlier blog, working two hotels was problematic to say the least. So we have decided to leave the Mercure and put all our efforts into the Lowry.

we have a few things that we are planning on and this is more suited to the Lowry so looking fwd with that. 

Its been hard work trying to work two hotels and to be honest it was a bit of a experiment, but we needed to do it to see if it worked. A very busy time at the moment with the xmas events which hopefully bring in some money.


Did an awards dinner last week and bumped into some old friends who had used our services before, this was a bit different from most award dinners we do as we decided to cut out the middle man as they did not seem interested. I think it worked well and we made a few quid and found out we have been booked for next year plus we were asked for our business card 10 times, so a great result for us, hopefully do some more next week.

Had to have Friday off through illness as I have Shingles in my left knee, very painful but I have to work so will be back in monday, should clear up in a week or two. Lots of events coming up leading upto xmas.

Beer and Shine started last week and needs much more pushing for it to be something big, but we carry on. Timing at the two hotels is not working at the moment, its a hard call.Certainly on the right path here and we feel things will drop into place when the time is right. Still playing with the idea of Podcasting, just needs some time to work on formatts.


Been at the Piccadilly hotel for 3 weeks now, but hard to gauge with it being August, but sept will give us an insight.There has to be things in place if we are to make this one of our city centre bases. Location wise its perfect and has a reputation for being very corporate and with over 10 large conference rooms and if when they sell these they add our services on top we will be very happy. Teresa will put some suggestions together on how we would like it to work for us and hand them in next week before we go on holiday for 12 days, this should give them time to decide away fwd.

The 60 hour weeks have not been as tiring as I thought and still get a bit of a kick when I wake up and think what can happen today and what stories I may here and people I might meet. Still fascinating.


So the world of corporate returns after the summer break. Now in position in the Piccadilly we have been told it has a major corporate clientele and sept should be very different to aug. Me and Teresa have been offered a free holiday in the Scottish Highlands for 10 days mid sept which is fantastic news and we are really looking fwd to a break. There maybe very little wifi so we may just leave phones and laptops at home, which will be very interesting.


Myself and Teresa have been preoccupied recently with the trials of life , but now we are moving fwd with the business. We put the feelers out about getting a second base in town and had 3 choices. We were having a drink trying to decide the best position and then out of the blue another offer came through on social media. I must tell you , I jumped at the chance of this place and arranged for a chat and coffee the very next day. Proud to say we will be in the Lobby of the Piccadilly hotel from monday @8am till 3pm.

When I first arrived in Manchester well over 30 years ago this building jumped out at me with its striking Brutalist Architecture and prime location, never did I think I would be working there all these years later.

Our services include the traditional sit down service as well as a drop of service which enables you to drop your shoes off 24hrs a day and pick them up when it suits you. @£6 a shine its probably the best deal in town so if your daily commute takes you past the lobby then why not pop in and say hi. Hope to see you soon.

Needless to say we are still at the Lowry hotel between 4pm to 8pm. 2 iconic hotels , 1 great shine.



Sticking to our principles. 11/08/2018

The summer has brought wall to wall sunshine here in Manchester, so sandals are everywhere. Luckily being based in the Lowry we still have enough business to see us through. We are  quite, but working hard in the background to bring some great services to Manchester and with talks with managers at the Lowry we believe come September business will be improved on last year.

Not sure how other shoeshines are doing , but me and Teresa have been passing work on as certain jobs dont fit into our plans.Some say thanks, others just take, but we believe clients appreciate our honesty and this  builds our brand.

The summer sun has been a shock to all of us, but hey what a summer, me and teresa have been able to take time out and soak up some sunshine and this has giving us some inspirational ideas. These ideas may be the summer wine or things we can build on. Either way me and Teresa are enjoying the sun and feel very relaxed and enjoying a bit extra time with family.We both hope all our clients are in similar circumstances.



The Lowry hotel has been a bit of an eye opener for me, it shows me how far I can take this business. Is it a business or a life choice?  As the saying goes "work smarter not harder". With our position in the hotel at the present, we are just offering basic services but there are so many more we could put in place to improve. So we work on putting these ideas into practice as soon as is viable. The Lowry have pushed the shines and are open to see what we can do. Its great to have backing like that. Adrian and russ and the whole of the team have been great. The bar guys have been looking after me as well and are mentioning the shines to guests which can only add to business.

Falling in to place. 23/06/18

Passed on some work this week as the distance was too much, not in miles but it just upsets our routine and at the moment we have a nice flow going on at the moment. Another couple of pieces to add to the jigsaw and this will be great fun everyday of the week. These pieces are on the table and we just need to sit down and talk. With every thing in place this will give us a much better quality of life but still in control.

Had some guys drop shoes off at the house and asked if they would like a postage service, which they did. so even though it looks profitable it would mean working a few hours some nights  on my own, so , not sure, as I like the chat.

Busy week next week, and our first visit to Haydock Park to meet the team there and see how we can fit in

And they're off! 08/06/2018

Had a call earlier in the week by a gentleman who asked if he could pop in to The Lowry with some shoes, He turned up the next day and we were having a chat about business start ups and podcasting, you know the usual stuff. Anyway he asked  if I would like to have a chair at Haydock Park race track on corporate days, I was not sure as to if this would work but kept quite and carried on. He said he would email me the next day to push things fwd. In the meantime the idea grew on me and thought this could be pretty exciting. The next day true to his word , I received an email from him and another from the general manager asking me to come in for a meeting to discuss possibilities. Its so nice to see people who are good to their word in what seems a cutthroat money grabbing business world these days. Ive always been about partnerships, some work some don't but in partnerships it has to work for all parties. So we have a van tomorrow for an event in Liverpool on Mon/Tue next week so I'm pushing to drop off a chair and stand at the track on Saturday.

This partnership and the one we already have with the Lowry Hotel will promote our business the way we wanted to be seen from day one, its all about quality not quantity. 

Had an email to see if we do a Postage service, this has come up a number of times recently, so am looking into the workings of something like this, there is a office available round the corner from me right next to the post office which seems to perfect to be true, I will see how this works out financially for us. tbh we already have regular gents dropping off shoes at the house and picking them up next day so it may be time to get this office. The office in town that we want is still on hold for financial reasons , meaning we cant afford it at present, but we are hopeful we will have our office in Manchester city centre this year.

Thanks for reading guys I really appreciate your time.

Moving forward. 15/05/2018

Weve been at the Lowry a couple of months now and hoping to have a meeting with the events and conferencing teams this week to sell the service. Starting to get noticed around town as well now, oh well it only took 5 years. Had some interesting offers for business but are quite happy where we are. Events are going well but we are not chasing them, if they come , they come. As for office visits, gradually getting more clients but there will come a time when we are fully booked.

Me and Teresa have lots going on atm so we are quite happy to finish at 12ish and move onto other things and this seems to sit well with us. We visited the Northern Business Event at Manchester central convention complex as guests , which was strange as we normally do a lot of work there. A week later I got a call from a company to say id won first prize and would receive 3 months business coaching. Quite nice I thought, before id realised that I did not enter any comps and had run out of business cards some weeks ago.

I sat down with a cool beer down the allotment one hot sunny afternoon, and sent them an email to decline the offer as I thought it would effect my business model and asked if they would kindly "pass it on" to someone more in need of coaching. This was a good move as they never came back to me, so showing their rudeness and who wants to work with rude people?


The Lowry Hotel. 20/03/2018


So from out of nowhere we have now secured a  nice morning base . The Lowry Hotel, sitting on the banks of the River Irwell and overlooking Spinningfields and King street is ideal for us. As the first 5 star hotel in Manchester we are so proud to be able to offer our services to guests there. We are still able to have our regular clients pop in to see us too. Slowly building up trade already and hope to become part of the hotel. Already seen tv celebs, singers and a host of football players and also a royal, so who knows what could happen?

Going away in April for an event in kent, will be nice to be away for a week. Our lives have been turned upside down in the past few weeks so a nice break from the norm is well in order. It will certainly help the bank balance as well. Office visits doing well and should be landing a big client by the end of the month.

Lots of new buildings going up in Manchester , be very interesting to see who moves where , We too are keeping an eye on the office front and as soon as things pick up we will start visiting a few places. Trying to find one with an all you can eat chinese buffet close by.

Stand revamp.

Hoping to find some time this week to do some work on our stands, got a great new idea which we hope will make the stands look better and bring in some new clients. Another Big meetinng this week to try and land a huge client. Still waiting on some quotes to come back which will put us in the position of buying our own van, would of prefered the sponsorship route, but still waiting on people to come back to us on that. Having a weeks trial starting next week at a top hotel, if it goes well it will take us to another level.

Interesting day to day.

Trying to fit in 2 metings today as well as our usual workload. its great to be busy. Moving chair and stand in for an event later this week in a prime location. Maybe moving forwardon the Van front as well, little steps, but steps all the same.

Great start.

Monday morning and a busy week ahead, meetings with new clients and apossible city centre base. Feb has been great, so good to have such a great start to the year. We could be in our ideal situation by June,so much to look forward to.

In business is there such a thing as a great start? I mean me and teresa last Nov/Dec worked flat out on line and are now seeing results, so it was the hard work we put in when we are not shining.Business never stops, every moment is an opportunity.

Fridays are like Chalk and cheese. 09/02/2018

Strange days Fridays. Fridays to us are like the lucky dip on the Lotto. Normally very quite days especially with Dress down fridays all the rage but to us there exciting, you see as I said Fridays are quite, we normally work from home online, twitter , linkedin etc and in the afternoons we go to the Allotment (weather permitting) but some of our best jobs and opportunities come to us on a Friday. Today , again we got a Friday surprise which will not only give us a base in town again but be very high profile. Really hope we can impress this people next week to give us a shot.

Van sponsorship.

Put a post up on Linkedin yesterday for van sponsorship, still early days. But as of writing this we had nearly 1k of veiws on the post so many more people and businesses have now heard our name which can lead to possibilities of all sorts. Quite ironic really as we are selling advertising space on the van to promote their services as we drive around city centre manchester. Would be great if we had someone come in and make an offer.

Let it snow.

Snowing in Manchester today, not much but hopefully enouigh to remind people to get some polish on their shoes for protection. Always brings in some new clients and once they realise that polish protects they see the value of the service.

New client.

Been really eciting , 2018 so far. Had new clients contact us today for office visits, so different from last year. Maybe this is our year when we finally break through.maybe worth oprning a few beers tonight.

Saturdays thoughts

Had a chat with a local Hotel about having a base for the early morning, Tbh its never really worked before, but might do it just so we have a base in town. The best part of having a hotel is that you can pickup or drop ofyour gear 24/7.

We may have a very nice base coming up but not untill summer time, so weneedto build up more clients for that.

Busy start to Feb.

Teresa is  busyat her desk with lots of enquiries about both our event servicese and the office visits today, so it seems to be carrying on from January. One big job has come in for a qoute which will be great to get so fingers crossed on that one. Still working on the sponsered van idea at present.

Well I was not expecting that!

Some people we were in talks with over xmas seemed to crash and was dead in the water until today. An unexpected message has brought it right back into focus and im working on this big name to take us on.

January is normally very quite for us in fact for the first 3 weeks I was still in my PJs and then BANG. Me and Teresa have been rushed of our feet getting quotes out and new clients coming on board with the office visits. Our best January ever.


Going up to Middleton today, normally we just work in the city centre but a client has asked to visit his office. Looking forward to see how it works as its only 6 tram stops out. This is one of the reasons we need a van. With many of our clients seeing us about town and would like to use our service but being outside town its difficult for us to get about, Whereas in town its  a case of the next job is a street or two away. With a van we could visit Oldham, Stockport , Bury and all the satalite towns around us.Trams are ok but they very rarely get you to the front door.

Good to see the end of January.

Started back doing the office visits today, Good to have busy days again. Traveling out to Middleton tommorow for a client. The new base in town fell through at the last minute, shame , but its a big city.


Looking into Podcasting again this week, I really like this media, its going over to "Shoeshine Diaries" side of things as its more personal and less what the business is doing. Hoping to get Teresa in on it as well but will have to wait and see.

New city centre base.

In disscussion with a potential new base in city centre manchester. Going to just do 1 day a week, possibly a Thursday, so we have a prescnce in town. had to turn down a few clients this week alone.This has to stop.

Off grid.

Always been interested in going off grid, but todaywe had a power cut. Only for 90 mins, but blimey, it was a shock.We were just about to send an invoice of as well for a big has shown us just how much we are hooked into the system, even a Shoeshine needs the web nowdays. We would be a totally different business if we did not have social media and websites.

Shining in slippers 23/01/2018

Had a very surprising offer yesterday, could mean a big jump for us. Its a bit hush hush atm. but its kept me up all night.Also another enquiry about a home drop, must admit its nice and relaxing polishing shoes in your slippers.

The skys the limit.

The future is looking up, new buildings are going up everywhere at the moment, with new developments getting planning permission granted on a weekly basis. Really looking forward to working in some of these buildings. Not sure im going to look out of the window at 56 floors though to be honest.

Deliveries option.21/01/2018

After last weeks visit at my home im  thinking again of a delivery service. I think most clients are not concerned about price its more about convenience. Another option would be the van idea, it would mean we could widen our service which at the moment just caters for city centre, with the van we could cover areas like stockport,wilmslow and anywhere in Greater Manchester. We are still thinking of the sponsered van idea as the best option for us.

Will this become a trend?

Had a gentleman drop of 5 pairs a shoes today, nothing new in that you would think. But this time being a Friday I was at home, dident even have to get out of his car. Passed them over to me and came back an hour later and I went out to pass them back. Never though id be working from home in this business, still a nice surprise for a Friday. Have a good weekend.

Manchester and beyond!

Got some good news today with a couple of clients accepting our quotes, funnily enough , neither of them in Manchester. We tend to stick to Manchester because its so much easier with transport and home. but if we get asked to go further afield were quite happy too.We did stop going out of Manchester last year  but now Teresa works with me its nice to get away for a couple of days. Some of our regular clients do exhibitions and events all over the place and so once they have used us in Manchester we tend to get a call a couple of months later for their event in Birmingham, leeds,London.

London is a nightmare with traffic and parking so Itend to up the quote to compensate for this and so it normally goes to a more local business, which is fine as theres room for everyone.

Everyones important to us.

Today Ill take a 7 mile trip into town to see one client.I will do 2 pairs of shoes, possibly 3 and earn about a tenner.Some people would say why bother? Its called customer service, if a client wants us on a certain day , then thats when we arrive. I dont just do this with new clients, Henry has been using us for 2 and a half years, weve become good friends,We are not just building a business/brand, we are building great relationships.

If you would like to know what we will be talking about whilst I do Henrys shoes visit my personel blog over on Wordpress and see what we are about.We have a high stakes bet on!


Long month 16/01/2018

Is it really only half way through? Not much happening in town at the moment so we are using our time to build more conecctions on Linkedin and Blogging. Getting some interesting stuff in for later in the year though.Thinking about our office were hoping to get in the summer.

Crowdfunding for van?

Looking into this Crowdfunding stuff over the weekend. A van would to put it mildly , revolutionise the business. We hire atm on a adhoc basis but having a van of our own would mean we could take on home visits and do some Lucrative airport work. My conecctions on Linkedin offer us some great free work at business events and award ceromonies but without a van we can not manage the expense.

Maybe get some sort of advertising for local businesses on the side could help the idea maybe. Interesting times.

2 pints of lager and a Shoe shine please.

Ive often thought about putting a chair in a pub or bar for a Friday. But to be honest shoeshine stands and alcohol dont normally mix. Ive been told there used to be  a guy in a Liverpool pub that did it, he was really popular. hes not been there for years so is he dead or not busy enough?

May look into it ,maybe a bit of research as its Friday. Have a great weekend people. many thanks for stopping by.

Hits and misses

So far January has been strange, normally January is very quite but this year is different. Weve been getting a lot of enquiries and a few bookings already.Put out some quotes, some you get some you dont, its just business. Our website hits have doubled? weve gone from 40 hits a day to 100? is this business coming in or the fact that I do a daily blog? It may be a mixture of both because as I said weve had a lot of interest.

Hard work pays off. 10/01/2018

It looks like the hard work we were doing in the run up to xmas has paid off. We are close to getting a huge client for our office visits here in Manchester. Also quote for event later in the year and a very good promotional spot for us as well looks possible.

Still waiting on some of the other work we were working on last year , but early days yet. Really nice to get some emails ffom our regular office visit clients , now starting to book us in again. Off to the allottment now and as its my Birthday, maybe a few beers tonight,  Happy days.

Northern Powerhouse?

We have been invited to the first two Northern Powerhouse events held here in Manchester and was looking forward to this years. Unfortunatley it has been suspended until further notice this year. A bit of a blow for us as we pick up lots of work from these two days, Delegates see us in action and then pop over for a chat and book us for their events. We have built up strong friendships at the NP and wish them well and hope it gets sorted soon.

Still working on some clients which should bring us in some good work, just waiting for that phone to ring. The disscussions we had last year with businesses in Manchester , if they come through for us will give us a bumper year, so fingers crossed.

The Universe will provide. 6/1/2018

Plenty of emails done over the past few days, and taking some bookings with our office visits, but not untill the end of the month. Frustrating, but no ones got the cash untill payday which is normally the last Friday of the month. So we are bedding in at the home office, doing us much prospecting as we can. We are cutting back on everything to see us through until then. TBH we should be out there promoting ourselves and networking but at present we dont have the finances to do this. We had a few meetings late last year and if they come through we will be on a much stronger footing.

January Lows 3/1/2018

Strange feeling this January, well most Januarys to be honest. You have everyone talking about new beginnings and how they cant wait to get back to work after xmas and new year and Linkedin is probaly the worst. Dont get me wrong, we also have great plans for this year with the business, but whilst everyone goes back to the office, we are at home waiting for calls and emails to come in.

So what do you do? see if there are any beers left in the fridge after new year? Well ive tried that and there arnt.So we need a plan to get us moving forward, we know business will come as it always done but we are just a bit slower of the mark than others. This week we have a choice of either redecorating 2 rooms here at home and also digging over the entire Alottment or keep busy doing something else.

Were going with the latter!

Content is king they say so me and teresa have both started new blogs and are planing a weekly Podcast and Vlog.Procastination is the killer so there will be no flash equipment just the laptop to do all of them so we can start this week. Otherwise we have to wait for some cash to go shopping for new cameras and mics, and that aint happening.

Looking good for the new year.

Christmas is always quite for us as it is for most businesses. Our website hits normally drop well below 50 hits a day, but yesterday we hit 144? and am on target to hit well over a 100 today(saturday). Strange but has givem me and Teresa some hope for work during 2 of our quitest months, jan/feb. Fingers crossed



Slowing down for Christmas.

We are spending some time at home this week as we only have a few office visits planned. You would think we would be busy with all the xmas parties and office drinks, but its been very quite.Same as last year so its no surprise. Luckily we had a good month of visits before with some new bookings coming in.

We are planning for next year and hopefully get our own base in town again, but this time a nice office with a bit of class, and in Manchester there are some great deals out there atm. We have our eyes set on a few and will look into it more deeply in the spring time. It will definatly work better for Teresa if she has an office in town as it will make it easier to go and chat to potential clients.

We are also looking into Bloging more and even a weekly podcast. trying to keep up with social media is taking on more time , so teresa will be able to concentrate on this more once we have the new office as she has a lot of distractions when working from home as you can imagine.


If we are not running around the city centre or at one of our bases, you will find us at home in the office thinking up ways to improve our service and ways to expand. By the end of July we think we will have doubled our bases to 4 and a 5th coming soon after.  We are also continuing our search for our very own recipie for polish.

When I get home from work our kitchen sometimes resembles a chemistry lab with concoctions on the cooker bubbling away and pots of samples to test. Teresa has been researching and testing new polishes for some time now and has become a bit of a chemistry geek and we feel we are close to a workable product. Of course we could just get the stuff made in india or china and just add our labels and our  marketing but wheres the fun in that. When we have found our recipie you will know it was made right here in Manchester , England.

This process takes time that sometimes we dont have, but Teresa refuses to settle for an inferior product and so we carry on. But this sometimes throws up surprises and she may have stumbled on to a winner, in fact we were up after midnight the other night and even opened a bottle of wine to celebrate this new product. It still needs a bit of work but if we get this particular product right we will be very happy.


Business has been slow with the heat wave here in Manchester, with everybody going onto dress down mode, with shorts and sandals/trainers everywhere.But on a brighter note we have been asked to place our chairs in 2 new sites, 1 in city centre and the other one in Media city. Hopefully this will build our presence up in the city and help spread our name around. We have been lucky so far with our sites as Flanagans on King street and The Gym on Portland street have stuck with us in these quite times and we are very grateful for this and hopefully business will pick up soon.

Our work on our very own Polishes carries on with the finished product in sight. The reason why this has taken so much longer than thought is that we came across a solution that could be huge , so we are keeping it under our hats for now, but we are testing new batches of polishes every night. We are hoping to get better at this Blogging as well so we are going to hopefully see some Pro Bloggers on Wednesday night.Having a pitch at St Johns is still in the pipeline but no news as yet but we are keeping our ears to the ground as this would certainly move us onto another level.

3 days in Birmingham

Had a great 3 days in Birmingham with PD Ports @NEC , met some great people. We were very busy but had some great fun and conversations. Dident really have time to walk round and check out the other exhibitors as the venue was huge, by far the biggest weve done in 4 years. Stayed at the IBIS Styles hotel next door, very comfy and the beer was very cold at a great price. Breakfast was top notch.


New Locations.

We are now based at Piccadilly Station, but we are also around the city centre.

You can also find us at Harvey Nichols, The Chancery building and the Belverdere.

Stockport mornings.

We have been at Stockport station for 5 weeks now and have really enjoyed working with Virgin trains again. I have met some great people and new friends at Stockport but unfortunatley am not making enough sales to justify staying there for too much longer. The staff of Virgin trains have as usual been fantastic and I will be sad to leave but business is business. Have met some fascinating people who im sure will remain friends for a long time. 

Stockport Station.

New morning base.

We are pleased to announce that we will have a regular chair at Stockport station from Monday 9th of Feb every weekday morning between 7am - 10am.

This is a huge opportunity for us to spread our brand outside Manchester City Centre. So if you commute from Stockport dont forget to take a seat before you board your train. We also offer our collections service as well, just drop your shoes with us before you travel and pick up the next day.

Hope to see some new clients try us out. 


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Had a full day at the Phones4u Arena on Saturday.

First up was the National Gay Wedding Show between 10-30 and 4pm. Great day meeting some new people







Coming soon to a platform near you. Very pleased to announce that we will be at Stockport Train Station every weekday morning to shine your shoes before you set of on your journey.


Welcome to this article, I saw one Shoe shine guy in America do an article in Esquire and thought id do something similar, he had 13 points but he is American.

I started The Manchester Shoe Shine co in July last year and I have enjoyed every minute of it. It’s very nice to wake up each morning looking forward to the day’s work and the new people that I will meet. I have shined the shoes of the Homeless and the Millionaires, from Barristers to Strippers and everything in-between. Some weeks it brings me more happiness than cash and I find that that is ok with me, you just never know who will be the next person to sit in my chair and that makes my job exciting! And if they leave my chair with a smile then my work has been done. It’s as simple as that.

So here we go with my top ten reasons to be nice to your Shoe shine guy. I hope you the reader takes it in the same light heartedness that I’m writing it!


My prices are way too low, this is because you will be so surprised you can get this quality service at this price you will feel too guilty not to give me a tip.


              Asking me if I do this for a living is water of a ducks back to me now, please don’t patronize me if you’re sitting in a chair that cost more than your suit.



             You know the story, how you were in Istanbul or Delhi and a street urchin polished your shoes for 10p. We are in England so please act accordingly. I have shined the shoes of British military officers, I know my job.



             For the love of God, no more please.


5.       DOG MESS.

             You’d be surprised.


6.       TIPS?

             (see number 1)  I once did an event where I just asked to be paid what the client thought it was worth, some guy  gave me 86p, lesson learnt. My service is a professional one, if your happy with the shine then you’re happy with the service.



             I have no problem with putting in some elbow grease, but please be aware if your shoes are on the way out you may be  better off binning them.




8.       IN A HURRY?

             I have on more than one occasion polished the shoes of a speaker at an event, before they were due to address the  audience. You can guess the rest. Just let me know you are in a rush, the job might not be as good but hey.



             I’m always glad to meet new people, but I might not move in your world. So please don’t expect me to know who you are. I once asked the Shadow Minister of Defence what he was doing at political conference.



              Please on no circumstances leave my chair without asking for a business card or making another appointment.


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January has started  and we already have two bookings, funnily enough on the same day at the same venue.

But its ok as one is daytime and one is evening so transportation charges are cheaper.


I think thee two events will raise the profile of the business hugely and im really looking forward to meeting new contacts there. Also as i do more and more events im learning that each event has its own purpose and that you have top buy into that purpose.

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Working  all over town at the moment. from events to Office mornings  and a growing collections clientele.

I think we are certainly going in the right directions with the business and are getting some great feedback. Hoping to increase the number of chairs and to get some more stands built very soon. The big gamble is office space? Do we just go for it and hope we get clients to visit us? Unsure as to what to do at the moment. Its a big monthly amount to pay out for such a small company but we also feel that we are missing out on untapped income. 

I think we will gamble and move into premises in Spinningfields in the New year.


Trial day at Piccadilly came and went so quick.

We had a lot of inquiries  to see if we were going to be there permanently, we certainly hope so. The new chair and stand certainly made an impact and we had a few customers even though it was rush hour. The head of UK operations for TGI Fridays popped down to start his week off with a shine.


Piccadilly Station

We will be at Piccadilly station on Monday 24th Nov for the rush hour(7am-11am) for a days trial.

We would really like you to pop in for a quick shoe shine on your way to work and have a chat with us about our services. We will also be unveiling our new chair which is the more traditional style, which some of our clients have suggested. 

The more people we can get to take a seat, the more chance we have of getting a regular spot on the concourse, so we urge you to spend a few minutes with us. Of course we understand the need to get to work , especially on a Monday morning . So if you don't have time please feel free to take a photo and pop it up on social media for us as this will bring us in much needed exposure. Many thanks and we hope you have a great weekend.

Kind regards 



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From 6th march we will based in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel every weekday from 7-10am. Had a meeting today and everything looks good, will be moving chair in at the weekend.


Still @ the gym on Mondays and wednesdays lunchtimes, starting to get regulars now, just need to get some flyers done for the front desk and some advertising on the Gyms website. not done any training myself last week as work was a bit hectic with new business enquiries, but will be back in this week to keep up on my 5k . Plus im gonna get myself one of these for when im on the treadmill.


Great couple of days at the gmex with the Northern Powerhouse conf 2017. Great to see so many clients from last year sitting back in the chair. Made many more contacts and got a few Event. bookings for the coming months. Also met a new contact who may be able to get our foot in the door @ media city, looking very promising. We did take a job in birmingham which im trying to avoid but the client was so nice I couldent refuse.

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Just finished setting up for the Conference at the Gmex, the chair looks quite lonely atm but if its anything like last year we will be busy. Hoping to catch up with contacts and friends we met a year ago. At Northern powerhouse 16 we picked up a lot of work for the rest of the year and even bookings for this year as well. By the time we finish on Wednesday we hope to be moving some chairs into our new base, just waiting  on emails.