While the UK is one of the best places in the world to grow a business, a recent study, The Rose Review, revealed that women are half as likely as men to be involved in starting one. Only one in five small and medium-sized employers are being run by women – creating a significant pool of untapped entrepreneurial potential.
In partnership with NatWest, Let’s Do Business Group are launching a series of free Women’s Start-Up Programmes across East Sussex and Kent, with the next Her Biz courses taking place in Hastings and Folkestone this autumn, for women to overcome some of the barriers they face when thinking about taking the plunge as well as the chance to win £1000 towards start-up costs.
Helena Joyce, Her Biz Mentor and Programme Leader, commented:
“Workshops like Her Biz are key to overcoming barriers faced by women in business, and it has been a pleasure to work with such an inspiring group of people. An increase in business support could not only see financial growth for the economy but change the lives of many aspiring female entrepreneurs.”
Let’s Do Business Group and NatWest are in celebration mode as they have recently announced the winners of the first round of sell-out Her Biz Programmes piloting in Hastings and Maidstone.
Aspiring entrepreneur Jessica Fleischer was awarded funding to put towards her start-up, Hastings-based Fighting Fit Food, which sells nutritional meals to gym-goers, kick-boxers, martial arts fighters and people looking to live a healthier lifestyle.
The Hastings course attracted over 60 applicants with a final group selected of 14 talented, like-minded women who came together to build on their entrepreneurial skills and confidence to create clear, strategic business plans, and benefit from one-to-one mentoring.
“Her Biz has given me the encouragement and motivation to take my business to the next step. Each session was engaging and gave me an insight into what it really takes to be a business owner. I’ve come away with a winning business plan that has made me very excited for the future ahead.”
Maidstone Her Biz candidate, Platti Jennings, was delighted when she was announced the winner after an inspiring journey into launching her own business, ‘A Little Pot Of’. The start-up offers all-natural sustainable beauty products, providing little pots of loveliness in the form of body butter and lip balms and aim to provide good quality, sustainable products.
Platti said, “Her Biz is an amazing support programme for women looking to start a business. The information was hugely beneficial, and the positivity of others in the course really helped.”
Helena added, “All of the programme’s contenders have potential to develop successful businesses and we will continue to support everyone who participated - we’re excited to find out how they take their business ideas to the next level.”
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