LOCAL WOMEN LOCAL ENTERPRISE IN GATESHEAD

Exciting news! We are thrilled to announce that Local Women Local Enterprise will be launching a brand new programme of specialist enterprise support for women in Gateshead. This project is funded by European Structural & Investment Funds.Through this project, women will have access to;

  • Specialist Enterprise Courses & Workshops
  • Advice & Guidance from our team of Specialist Business Advisors
  • Practical Support to start Trading to the public
  • Confidence Building and Well-Being Services
If you are you looking for support to develop your own business idea, why not get in touch and find out how you can get involved!
We are hosting a Virtual Opening Day via Zoom on Tuesday 3rd November 1.00-2.00pm. This is an opportunity for women to;
  • Find out more about Local Women Local Enterprise and the support we offer
  • Meet some of our specialist Advisors
  • Start thinking about your next steps and the support you need to achieve your enterprise goals
To join this session, please book in advance by clicking the button below and register your interest (eligibility criteria applies).If you are unable to access this session but would like to find out more, please get in touch.

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This project is funded by European Structural & Investment Funds. Eligibility criteria applies – Please enquire within.

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STEPS TOGETHER: AN EXCITING NEW PROJECT FOR UNEMPLOYED WOMEN IN NEWCASTLE

Are you unemployed and looking for support to take the steps you need to move forward? Steps Together is our exciting new project providing a range of support services that will help you to explore your opportunities, learn new skills, increase your confidence, meet new people, gain an accreditation and increase your jobs prospects & opportunities.

Through this project, you can also receive practical advice & guidance from our Steps Together Advisor who can help you to identify the actions you need to take to achieve your goals and support you fully through the process.

Our Steps Together Advisor will work with unemployed women to support you on your journey and to provide support & guidance with;
– Exploring your opportunities
– Self-belief and confidence
– Action planning & goal setting
– Applying for jobs & preparing for job interviews
– Support with CVs & application forms
– Accessing local services

Join us at our Virtual Opening Day which we will be hosting via Zoom on Tuesday 22nd September at 1.00pm. This is an opportunity to find out more about the project, our upcoming new courses, meet our tutors and how you can get involved. If you are unable to access this session, please get in touch and we will arrange an alternative method.

This project is funded by grants from European Structural & Investment Funds

 
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A NOTE FROM OUR BUSINESS ADVISOR – 15/7/2020

WORKING ON YOUR BUSINESSAnchor

A NOTE FROM OUR BUSINESS ADVISOR:
JANET CRESSWELL

This week I want to discuss what makes an entrepreneur, and what do successful business women have in common.

WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS?
It’s not easy to be successful in business, and by looking at how others have become successful, we may learn how we might do the same.
Success means different things to different people – money, happiness, a healthy family. What does success look like for you? The paths people take to be successful are varied, and their life experiences are very different from your own, so do not compare your progress with others; there is no true comparison.

It is the characteristics of entrepreneurs which are worth taking notice of. Some you may already have, and some you will need to work at to obtain.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 
Entrepreneurs must obviously have the skills and knowledge for the business they want to work in. For some this will be from previous employment, for others through training, or a combination of both. But successful entrepreneurs never stop learning – improving their skills and knowledge, including how to run their business, and incorporating new techniques and opportunities, like the rise of social media.

TAKING RISKS
Entrepreneurs are risk takers, but they assess the risks and understand the consequences of their actions. They are not high risk takers, and base their decisions on past experience and current information. Sometimes they loose, but often they win, so entrepreneurs are also resilient. They are also optimistic! They know how to learn from what didn’t work and try again. They have good judgement, ability to analyse and to problem solve.

WORKING WITH OTHERS
Successful businesses come through hard work, a willingness to try and a passion to succeed.
And success doesn’t come through working alone. A successful entrepreneur will like working with people, even as a sole trader. Good social skills and an openness in discussing ideas helps spark creativity and maintains motivation, so build a team of family, friends and business connections around you who you can trust to give honest advice and opinions. But successful entrepreneurs don’t like to be guided by others, they like to be in control of decisions and be their own boss!

GOOD RELATIONSHIPS 
Successful entrepreneurs also have integrity and honesty. They build and maintain good relationships with their customers and suppliers, and through good communication skills are able to persuade and convince others.

BE CURIOUS  
An entrepreneur must be flexible, adaptable and creative to be able to have or learn all she needs to run a successful business, so perhaps the best characteristic is to be curious and to keep asking questions. The help you need is never far away.

FURTHER SUPPORT
If you would like support with developing your business ideas further, please get in touch and we can arrange a one-to-one business advice appointment.

Back next time with some more tips for great businesses! Janet x

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SPECIALIST ENTERPRISE SUPPORT FOR WOMEN THROUGH THE NET CORONAVIRUS APPEAL FUND

The Millin Charity is thrilled to have received funds from the NET Coronavirus Appeal Fund at the Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation to support local women whose businesses or start-ups have been affected or disrupted by Covid-19.

This programme will offer specialist enterprise support including;

  • Enterprise Workshops;
    • Making your Business Covid-19 Safe
    • Risk Assessing your Business for Covid-19
    • Basic Bookkeeping & Finances
    • Engaging Customers through Social Media
    • Selling Online
  • One-to-one Risk Management Advice
  • One-to-one Business Advice
  • Emotional & Well-being Support through Appointments with the Community Development Team
  • Regular Newsletters with Business Tips and Guidance

Get in touch now to register your interest & to tell us your support needs.

This project is free of charge for women living in Newcastle & Gateshead.

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A NOTE FROM OUR BUSINESS ADVISOR – 17/6/2020

WORKING ON YOUR BUSINESS

A NOTE FROM OUR BUSINESS ADVISOR:
JANET CRESSWELL

If you’ve been to any business networking meetings, you may have come across the phrases ‘Think outside the box’ and ‘Blue Sky Thinking’, when people are trying to come up with good business ideas.
I was reminded of this in one of my 1 to 1 sessions, where we were talking about what makes a good business idea.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD BUSINESS IDEA?
Good businesses do not arrive out of the Blue Sky, they come from passion, determination, a bit of luck and a good idea.  The Good Idea can be anything, but what they all have in common is the connection to you, as the entrepreneur and business woman. And those Good Ideas are thought of because they solve a problem that you have or have observed.

SO, HERE IS A TIN OPENER!

What came first, the tin or the tin opener? The tin can was invented in the early 1800’s, and originally, they were so thick they had to be hammered open. The tin can was patented in 1810 as a way to preserve food (solving a problem). It wasn’t until 1858 that the tin opener was invented. This solved the problem of opening cans safely and easily while keeping all the contents inside the tin! You may have seen old films where cans are opened by sticking a knife through the lid? The tin opener uses that idea to run a blade around the edge of the can and originally were a blade which would puncture the can and then using a lever action against the rim, cut around the lid

Over the years, entrepreneurs have improved on the basic tin opener, making them easier and more comfortable to use or combining other features such as bottle and jar openers, or making them electric.

But now, tins are becoming almost always ring pull, doing away with the need for the tin opener. So what is the future for this kitchen gadget and the company that makes them?

SPOTTING TRENDS
This reminds me of yet another conversation about spotting trends. A good business owner will have seen the development in tin cans and will be making another product for the kitchen instead of tin openers! Maybe an easy way to pull the ring without stopping the contents and an emergency cutter for when the ring pull fails. None of this is Thinking Outside the Box. This is all about thinking about what can be changed, substituted, added too or combined with something else to make a better product.

And the same works for all entrepreneurs and is what gives your product or service it’s unique selling point.
YOUR BUSINESS IDEA
Have a close look at your business idea. What problem does it solve? What have you done and what can you do to give your business a unique selling point. And as your business starts to trade, keep looking for those changes you can make to be ahead of trends.

Don’t make tin openers, even though they are still useful 🙂

FURTHER SUPPORT
If you would like support with developing your business ideas further, please get in touch and we can arrange a one-to-one business advice appointment.

Back next time with some more tips for great businesses! Janet x

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