|Christine Collins of WSX Enterprise, who runs the club|
A club for people wanting to start their own business is launching in Weymouth and Portland.
Because it's supported by European funding, membership of the club is free.
The New in Business Club provides a forum for people to explore the challenges and opportunities of starting a business. The Club is aimed at those with little or no experience of being self-employed but who are attracted to the idea of being their own boss.
It also helps people in the early months of trading, like David and Mandy Hunter of Dorset Trade Skills. They are launching their new business in Weymouth this month. David said: “Having worked for other people as a trainer in building trades, such as plumbing and bricklaying, I knew I had the experience and skills to plan and run my own courses. What we lacked was experience in running our own business. Christine’s knowledge and advice on the business side has been invaluable.”
The club meets monthly in Weymouth College
The New in Business Club has been meeting since May this year. But from this month it is open to anyone in the Weymouth and Portland area who is new to business. Its next meeting is on 11 September 2014, in Weymouth College.
The Club is organised by Christine Collins, Enterprise Adviser for Weymouth and Portland, WSX Enterprise. Christine said: “It’s fantastic that for the first time, we have a programme of training and support focused solely on Weymouth and Portland. In the six months since it began I have worked with dozens of new clients looking to start a business. I’ve also been providing support to a number of established firms looking to grow.”
Local business owners are sharing their experience with the club
The New in Business Club meets monthly and its members have already heard from Amy-Kate Crane of Heavenly Bump, a maternity wear business based on the Granby, who shared her experiences of taking the first steps in running a business.
In the next meeting, on 11 September, club members will have the chance to quiz Andrew Knowles, of Writecombination, about using social media to promote their business.
To find out more about the meeting on 11 September, click here.
The Club has set up a Facebook Page, to make it easier to provide support and to reach other people who want to explore self-employment but are not quite sure where to start. Click here for the Facebook Page.