This week is a busy one in the mountains outside Zurich. If you fancy heading out of town there are two big international events on this week.
St.Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow 24th – 27th January
Why not make the journey to St Moritz to experience the glamour and excitement of a world class polo tournament? From the 24th – 27th January there will be speed, excitement and colour on the frozen lake in St Moritz for the “St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow”. This event is the world’s most prestigious Winter polo tournament – so if you’ve not been to one before, this is a great one to experience.
The highlight of the tournament is the final taking place on Sunday 27th January after four teams have battled it out for the coveted World Cup trophy. Since the Snow Polo Tournament in Klosters was cancelled this year you may like to take the scenic journey from Zurich to St Moritz for this spectacular event. Watching polo on a frozen lake, 1,800 metres above sea level, surrounded by snow capped mountains in a fabulous ski resort is a truly unique experience. For more information read here.
The World Econmic Forum Davos 2013 23rd – 27th January
The World Economic Forum is taking place this week in Davos / Klosters. This is a meeting of the foremost global business, political and intellectual communities and other leaders of society who are committed to improving the state of the world. Issues such as HIV/AIDS treatment, water supply and fostering dialoque between Islam and the West will all be on the agenda.
There is an impressive line up of speakers from all over the world coming to debate and discuss the most pressing global issues for a full list of speakers and for more information read here.
Photo credits: Polo St. Moritz Media, St.Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow and World Economic Forum
It’s that time of the year for New Year Resolutions and perhaps a new you? Our latest featured Guest Blog is Georgina Georgiu from Pure Beauty Spa.
NewinZurich: Georgina, tell us a little bit about yourself and how new you are to Zurich.
Georgina: I moved to Zurich last November so strictly speaking I am not ‘New in Zurich’, but the business, Pure Beauty Spa, is! My sister, Alexandra, and I are partners and we are both UK certified, experienced professional Beauty Therapists with over fifteen years’ experience working in the beauty and spa industry in the UK and abroad. We were previously located in Greece where we successfully owned and managed the same business there too.
NewInZurich: So how did you start your business in Zurich?
Georgina: After a couple of months in Zurich I soon realised that I either had to speak German fluently or start my own business so I did an intensive German course and created a website. During this time I had made quite a few contacts and had a number of regular clients and together with my sister started searching for permanent premises which we found in a great location in Seefeld with parking for our customers too! Pure Beauty Spa now has a new lease of life – this time in Zurich instead of our home town in Greece. We realise how lucky we are and how many people dream about doing something like this every day.
NewInZurich: What was the hardest thing about starting your own business and living your dream?
Georgina: Getting the salon up and running was a huge challenge especially as we both do not speak German. We signed the contracts and got the keys in mid-October, and that’s when the real work began. We had originally thought it would take us two weeks but that proved to be very unrealistic and so one month later we very happily opened our doors. Perseverance is the name of the game!
NewInZurich: So what does Pure Beauty Spa offer?
Georgina: We offer a premium range of professional beauty and spa treatments for both men and women. From essential beauty treatments (facials, waxing, nails, massage) to specialised treatments such as spa body treatments, non-surgical face lifting, microdermabrasion, red vein and pigmentation treatments, permanent hair removal and cellulite reducing treatments. We use and retail some of the best, world renowned spa brands in the industry. Such as Elemis, OPI, CND Shellac, Jane Iredale Skincare Makeup, LND:Skins sunless tanning system, Lycon Precision Waxing and Pukka Teas, to name but a few. We also offer gift cards which can be purchased online, over the phone or at the spa. We can even send them out to you.
NewInZurich: And you have some special offers to tell us about?
Georgina: Yes, we have a Special Introductory Offer for New in Zurich readers. We would like to offer you 10% off your first treatment with us and the first 10 lucky people to contact us will receive a free 20min Massage for every Facial Treatment Booked (1Hr min). Please quote New in Zurich at time of booking.
NewInZurich: You also have a very special date coming up.
Georgina: Our opening party celebration will take place on Thursday 31st January from 6pm at our new premises on Zollikerstrasse 82, 8008 Zurich. Please email email@example.com if you would like to come and let us know if you are bringing a guest. We look forward to seeing you!
When you first arrive in Zurich it’s really helpful to find out as much as possible about the city – how the public transport system works, how to dispose of rubbish correctly, where and what to recycle, what’s on and where. Books such as David Hampshire’s “Living and Working in Switzerland” are always a good start for practical information about Switzerland and NewInZurich runs regular Workshops which last approximately 2.5 hours, giving you all the essential information you need to get settled in Zurich in an afternoon or morning. However, Stadt Zurich also runs a course called “In Zurich Leben” or “Daily Life in Zurich” which runs once a week in Zurich on Wednesday mornings for 3 months.
This course is held at Zentrum Karl der Grosse in the Niederdorf and is aimed at women, giving an in-depth look at all aspects of practical life in Zurich from the Swiss political system, Swiss healthcare and insurance, schooling and education and lots more. It is run in a number of languages including English, Spanish, German and the cost is just CHF 60 if you live in the city of Zurich and CHF 320 if you live outside the city centre. Childcare is also offered for an additional CHF 30 if you live in Zurich and CHF 90 if you don’t . The next course starts on Wednesday 16th January and there are still a few spaces available.If you are interested please call 044 412 37 37 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of you missed the recent article we wrote about Ashley Ringger of Set Sails Media, so as it is the beginning of the New Year and some of you have expressed an interest in wanting to learn more about Social Media for your job or for your business, why not read what Ashley Ringger of Set Sails Media has to say about her business which focuses on social media, content management and marketing. Why not get in touch with Ashley too for your FREE consultation. This article is also filed on the website under “Guest Blogs”.
NewInZurich: How new are you and Set Sails Media to Zurich?
Ashley Ringger: I’ve lived in Switzerland for three years and in Zurich for about two of those years. So I am still relatively new to Zurich. Living in Switzerland has been a bit of a transition as I come from California, but I’ve had some really great experiences in that short amount of time. Some of which I would have never had back home. One of them being starting my own business. Set Sails Media is still very new to Zurich – less than a year old in fact.
NiZ: Where did the inspiration for Set Sails Media come from?
Ashley: When I came to Zurich I started networking with other professionals in the area and realized there was a recurring question of “What is social media marketing and how can it help my brand?”. I’ve worked in general and social media marketing for several years and have studied human behavior and felt that I might be able to answer this question and offer my knowledge as a service to others. Social media marketing is often called “the modern day word of mouth” and I felt that business owners should have the chance to utilize all that Facebook, Twitter and the like offer.
NiZ: Why did you choose the name “Set Sails” for your business?
Ashley: There are a few reasons for the name. When a new business is starting out, they need to fill the sails of their metaphorical business ship to move forward. I want to help businesses set their sails in the direction of success. “Sails” is also synonymous with “sales” which is also really important for a business. And I also have a personal connection to the ocean having grown up close to it.
NiZ: Who could benefit the most from your services?
Ashley: I target my services to small businesses and those who are their brand – artists, therapists, tour guides. I would say that anyone who has a service or product they want to market, I could help them lay the groundwork. Even those who has started their marketing and just need a clearer direction, I can help them “reset their sails” so to speak.
NiZ: What are your services?
Ashley: Social media marketing management is my main focus, but I also do brainstorming and strategy development, content writing for blogs and newsletters, public relations and training. If there is something I can’t do, I usually know someone I can refer my clients to.
NiZ: What do businesses struggle with the most in regards to social media?
Ashley: One common barrier to successful social media is time. A business owner has so many things to worry about that finding the time to write content, post it and follow-up with fans can be overwhelming. Many of my clients rely on me to source information, post it in the “personality” of their business and monitor to see how fans react. And it doesn’t stop there. Social media is indeed social! You have to develop relationships with others online just like you would in person. This means being consistent and relevant to what’s going on in your industry
Have you ever needed someone with graphic design expertise and business consulting experience here in Zurich? Ann Söderblom is our featured Guest Blog for December and she might be just the person you’ve been looking for. As well as setting up a new business this year concentrating on graphic design and business consulting, Söderblom Design, this very motivated and focused multi-lingual Swede is full of “can do” attitude and is enthusiastic to help your business. Perhaps the New Year is the time to think about it?
Click here to go to our Guest Blogs page to learn more about Ann and her business.
If like me you’re still yet to buy all your Christmas presents (let alone get them all wrapped!) the Heiliger Bimbam Market (part 2) may be a destination for us both!
This Christmas Market starts Friday 21st December at 5pm and runs on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm too. It takes place at the Maag Halle and the surrounding area in Kreis 5 – and there’s lot of things going on all around: food, music, Gluhwein and lots more. Click here for more information.
Opening times: Friday: 5pm – 10pm – Saturday: 1pm – 7pm – Sunday: 1pm – 6pm
The following businesses are taking part:
Simone Gugger Schmuckgestaltung & Franziska Gnos / The Gloss /Steinfels La Maison du Vin / Les Halles Shop / Nord-Süd Verlag / Freitag Flagship / Michelles Cupcakes & Pony Hütchen / Senior Design Shop / Waldraud / Walter Vintage Möbel & Accessoires / Silver Disc / Dotti’s Lovely Vintage & Labels und Freulein Frech / LeTom
At Frau Gerold’s Markt:
Herrenglobus Pop-Up-Store Zum jungen Blut / Street Files II / Making Things II / Opia / Edition Populaire & Townhouse / Carhartt / Wooster Shop
At the Viadukt:
Erfolg / Caritas Secondhand / Klangwandel / Komplementair
LOLË / BIG Mode Werk Statt / Sibler / Fashionslave
At the Markthalle In the Viadukt:
BERGundTAL Marktladen – Comestibles, Spezialitäten
Braschler’s Comestibles Imp. – Comestibles, Feinkost
südhang – Wein und Spirituosen
Tritt Käse – Käse, Milchprodukte
British Cheese Centre
The Pie Shop
Acapulco Bar / Hotel Rivington and Sons / Restaurant Viadukt / Hive Club / Geroldchuchi / Senior Design Café / Exil
The Powerhouse is a networking group for women and they are celebrating their 1st Anniversary. They are holding a celebratory event on 27th November at the Hub in the Viadukt, entitled “The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur.
Join an inspiring evening and discussion as three female entrepreneurs based in Zurich, Jill Prewett, Angela Weinberger and Alix Abele share their stories of finding independent paths in their careers, mastering the challenges, joys and set-backs of starting their own businesses – in general and in a new culture – from getting the first loan to getting the first client. RSVP to hello@powerhousecollective and bring your collegues and friends.
Last week the Slow Food Market came to Zurich and the event took place at the Messe in Oerlikon. There were hundreds of small producers show casing their wares and plenty of sampling and tasting was going on. The emphasis was on taste and of high quality food, and knowing the origins and provenance of quality ingredients.
As well as cheese, wines, olive oils and chocolates there were nougat companies, Swiss bakery specialists with delicacies such as Nusstorten and chestnut puddings and all kinds of dried meats, dried fruits, whisky, schnapps and more. There was even a Galloway beef stall and a fishmonger from Norway.
If you enjoy food and wine make a date in your diary to visit next year and for further information on this year’s event go to www.slowfoodmarket.ch
Ever thought of making a journey but not sure what the weather would be like at the other end? Or you have a destination in mind but would like to take a peek first. Then swisswebcams.ch website is definitely for you.
With over 1,400 Swiss landscapes there is almost certainly a webcam close to the area you are thinking of visiting. For example, if you wanted to look at lakes in the Zurich area, simply search on this criteria et voila:
Additional webcams are being added all the time and they cover cities, villages, golf courses, camping sites and lots more. In fact this “insider view” is particularly useful in the ski season when the weather you are leaving behind can be totally different to that in your intended destination!