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Forward Lady, Jane Burkinshaw of Picture-It-Big Photography captures the essence of the Forward Ladies Literary Lunch at the Belle Époque in ‘Knutsford with these collages. The lunch held on October 8th included a workshop from Jane Noble Knight, a presentation from … Continue reading
The company supplies handmade bakery products from its base in Leeds via a national network of distributors to a range of customers including contract caterers, sandwich shops, cafes, schools, hospitals and hotels.
“I was lost with sales pitches and had limited marketing expertise – I am an accountant by background,” she recalls. “Yet, during one of the programme’s ‘what if’ exercises I had an epiphany – I had to start marketing the business, or we’d never get beyond our current scale.”
Ms Parry’s epiphany moment might have stayed just that, except for the fact that the programme gave her three key things: confidence in herself and the business; a set of practical selling skills and approaches; and a peer network.
“When I attended my first trade event to market the business, I was overwhelmed with business cards and potential new clients.
Without the 10,000 Small Businesses programme I would certainly not have presented the business as confidently as I did.
“This new confidence, coupled with an investment in sales and marketing, which arose as a direct result of the programme, has enabled us to significantly raise the profile of Exquisite and increase the value of the Exquisite brand,” she said.
Ms Parry has attended a funded trade mission to New York and is now looking to export to the US.
Applications from businesses or social enterprises interested in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative can apply by clicking here. The programme is currently recruiting for its Autumn cohort with the application deadline on the 5th July.
To find out more information about the programme and how to apply an event is being held at 1 Park Row (Pinsent Masons offices) on Thursday 25th April at 18.00. To sign up for the event please visit – http://business.leeds.ac.uk/corporate-relations/10000-small-businesses/
Fully funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation, 10,000 Small Businesses is a practical programme designed to help the leaders of established small businesses and social enterprises define and achieve their growth aspirations.Posted in Blog, Member stories Tagged 10000 Small Businesses programme, Goldman Sachs Foundation, growth, members, small businesses |
At Forward Ladies we work to support all women across the UK.
I am delighted we are working with Barclays to bring these FREE conferences to you.
Role models play a key role in encouraging women to start, grow and develop their business and these conferences bring some of the best role models. They will share their story, knowledge and experience – all with the aim of helping you take your business from good to great.
Events are being held in London, Brighton, Cambridge, Newcastle, Birmingham and Newport. ( Manchester is already full) SO! Register now at www.forwardladies.com and tell your colleagues and contacts.
Some of the women speaking at these events include;Sally Preston, Deirdre Bounds, Helen Colley
Posted in Etta's Corner
Michelle Barrett of Credit Claims, a leading financial claims company, says it comes as no surprise that the high st banks have once again been found wanting when it comes to putting the needs of their customers before profit.
In a review on the sale of Interest Rate Swaps to small and medium sized businesses, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) found that ‘over 90% of sales did not comply with one or more regulatory requirement‘. They have now told the Big Five to carry out a full review of the sale of these products and to offer compensation where appropriate. Interest Rate Swaps or Interest Rate Hedging products are a type of insurance sold alongside business loans. The idea being that should interest rates rise, the customer would be protected by the insurance policy. What customers weren`t told about was the implication of a significant drop in interest rates as we have seen over the last two years. Many now find themselves locked into expensive loan repayments, with hefty penalties if they want to repay the loans or refinance to another lender.
Michelle Barrett said ”We welcome the more robust approach adopted by the FSA on this occasion. Given the problems with mis sold PPI and mis sold investments, the regulator clearly did not want this to fester on for years to come”
The banks will focus their attention on ‘non sophisticated’ business customers, those that are unlikely to have understood the complexities of these products. Each case will be reviewed in detail and where redress is due, the FSA has stated it should be ‘fair and reasonable’. The FSA first carried out a review of Interest Rate Swaps in June of 2012 and expressed serious concerns about the advice given to bank customers. It then decided to carry out a more detailed assessment leading to its latest findings.
Michelle Barrett commented ”Our concern is that many business customers classified as ‘sophisticated’ will be excluded from this review on the assumption they should have understood what they were signing up for. This could mean some businesses mis sold Interest Rate Swaps, missing out on compensation because of an assumption the FSA has made. We think the banks should review all sales of this very complex product. Our message to anyone who has taken out one of these hedging products is to seek legal advice about their options”Posted in Finance, News
An interview with Victoria Tomlinson of Northern Lights PR on her motivations for starting a family, growing it and lessons learned along the way.
Come and meet Victoria at the “Changing Lanes – How to take back control of your life and career” event on the 11th of April from 6-8pm at the Queens Hotel. Victoria will be joined by other fabulous women entrepreneurs to discuss how they made the transition so don’t miss out”.
Find out more and get your ticket here: http://www.forwardladies.com/networking-events-bradford/changing-lanes-how-to-take-control-of-your-life-and-career-2458.
Listen to the interview here: www.awovi.com/be-inspired-by-victoria-tomlinson-and-the-story-behind-northernlights-pr/.
Posted in News, Region, Upcoming Events, West Yorkshire
10 Networking tips from Etta Cohen, Founder of Forward Ladies – UK’s leading network for women in business
by GRISELDA K TOGOBO | Follow me on Twitter HERE
I had the pleasure of attending one of Etta Cohen, the founder of Forward Ladies‘ networking trainings and it was simple and brilliant. Etta is the founder of the UK’s leading network for women in business, with a database of approximately 13,500 professional women. What’s really impressive is that this database was built mostly with offline activities.
Below are 10 key take aways from that training. Should help you prepare your next networking meeting . It’s amazing just how much you can forget when you don’t take time to refresh and update your knowledge and skills.
1. Networking is not selling
The premise of networking is not about hard selling your services. It’s really about building relationships. This means that you need to develop a long term view of the benefits of networking to get the most out of the relationships.
2. It’s part of your job
Networking should be part of every entrepreneur’s role. A percentage of the time you spend working should be committed to active networking because believe it or not, business networking is NOT social entertainment. Networking is a way of gathering market intelligence, building your contact base and meeting like minded people.
3. Have the right mindset
Be confident and believe that you have every right to be there no matter how intimidated you might feel about the crowd. Be proud of your business or product because it’s easier to sell and promote what you believe in. Also remember, most people networking also don’t want to be there either so you are all really in the same boat.
4. Preparation is key
Prepare for networking events like you would any other business meeting. Dress the part and find out who else will be attending before the meeting if you can.
5. A card in every bag
Try to have a card in every bag. Do this when you get home so you are always prepared. I’ve to admit I’ve been caught out by this more times than I care to admit
6. Work the room
Try to speak to as many people as you can. For some high level contacts, that may be your only chance of meeting them so be prepared to wait and introduce yourself to them even if it takes a bit longer than you had anticipated. Remember, it’s a job and you’ve got to do it.
7. Network everywhere
Networking should not just happen at “networking events” always be on the look out for opportunities to connect. On the bus, in the cafe, whilst waiting in a queue etc. Etta told the story of how a stranger she started chatting to on the train turned out to be part of the business development panel at Boots, the pharmacy.
8. The magic happens after the event
After the event follow up. Grade your contacts as A, B, C according to the level of contact you want to maintain but don’t forget them all. Remember it’s only six degrees of separation so you are possibly only a handshake away from someone you really want to meet. Make a note on the business cards so that you know who is who and can follow up appropriately.
9. Listen and lead the conversation
Listen to what people are saying and any clues they may be giving about their current life. Treat people well and they’ll never forget you. To facilitate small talk, brush up on your current affairs so you have something to talk about to complete strangers. Ask questions and let people do the talking whilst maintaining eye contact so they know you are listening.
10. Have a goal
Networking only pays off when it is done consistently. Make sure to have a goal for the year. E.g. I’ll attend an event every month and remember relationships are built when you follow up.
Join Rachel Hannan, Victoria Tomlinson and Anne Wilson on April 11th in Bradford between 6.00pm-8.00pm http://www.awovi.com/rachel-hannan-market-leading-service-business/
Read Rachels’ blog to find out what a great event this will be.Event hosted by Griselda Togobo
Readers may find this article from the European Parliament news interestingBlog, Etta's Corner
All too often in the UK we forget to celebrate success. Women are achieving more and more each year so why shouldn’t we shout about our achievements?
If we are to change cultures and attitudes then we have to take the first step. Enter the awards, sponsor the awards and tell everyone you know about them. Let’s make them events that everyone is talking about.
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Looking forward to 2013 with Forward Ladies
2013 is looking really exciting at Forward Ladies. So many ladies are proud to be part of Forward Ladies. They believe in our ethos and values that have been with us since day one.
This year we will see an amazing half day conference in March and even bigger Women in Business awards in November.
Speakers- well what can I say – Sarah Dunwell, Julie Kenny, Shami Chakrabarty, Nicola Horlick to name but a few.
The welcome we have received in Nottingham , Lincolnshire and London has been so encouraging.
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all our representatives, sponsors and members. Without you there would be no Forward Ladies.
At a time when the UK economy is flat I genuinely believe that women hold the key. With more women in employment, setting up businesses and growing their businesses we could really make a difference. We just need to get the government to recognise that and act.
At Forward Ladies we are making our views known whether it is to do with flexible working, child care, the board room, skills, access to finance. These issues cannot be ignored if the UK is to recover.
Being part of Forward Ladies adds strength to our voice.
Be part of it and support us.
Thank you and I hope to see you at an event soon.Posted in Blog
As the year draws to a close I would like to thank you for your tremendous support in 2012. This year saw several key speakers including Nicola Horlick, Yvette Cooper and Shami Chakrabarti. The awards were so inspiring- so many amazing stories and achievements.
We have had several events engaging with government and providing the opportunity for you to have your say.
Posted in Blog, Etta's Corner
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