Updated: Jun 11, 2019
I'm so happy to be adulting in an era where female empowerment is such a hot topic! Where more and more women are taking the risk and quitting the 9-5 to follow their entrepreneurial dreams or pushing for that promotion in the corporate world. It fills me with pure joy!
As I walk down my local high street the amount of amazing shops and bars run by women is overwhelming. There's a flurry of maternity leave mums starting their own businesses to try and better their life, girls opening boutiques and bars and starting online businesses. The best part is, there's a sense of togetherness and community, we are all in this together and there is enough room for all of us.
I come from a small town called Rawtenstall, about 20 miles out of Manchester. Not so long ago I was dying to get out, move to the city where it seemed all of the opportunity was, networking groups, like minded people, that sort of thing. I've now realised I can get all of that from the badass women on my doorstep!
Supporting your local girl gang is so important! I wrote my dissertation about the rise of small businesses and the importance of supporting them. It impacts a whole lot more than you'd imagine. If your local high street is thriving, house prices go up, regeneration is more likely to happen, more local jobs are created, the money you spend locally is likely to go back into the local economy, thus supporting more local businesses. If you are a local entrepreneur supporting another local entrepreneur, you are likely to get support in return. The benefits are amazing!
As you can probably tell, its something I'm passionate about. When I started my children's wear business 4 years ago there wasn't a lot of support for local business and I would have jumped at the opportunity of meeting like minded people at a networking group. I wish I had the confidence back then that I do now. I've learned a lot in the last 4 years, about myself and about business. I feel that I now have the knowledge of what helps a business succeed and the confidence to share that knowledge and bring all the ballsy women I know together.
So, that's why I have started Rossendale Women's Society. A networking and support group for female entrepreneurs in Rossendale and the surrounding areas. It's the absolute dream for me, bringing women together to support each other. I have so many great ideas for the future of Rossendale Women's Society. We meet once a month at The Whip & Kitten, an amazing local bar ran by the lovely Bryony. Our next event is on the 22nd May at 7pm. It will be focused on Social Media and we have a fantastic speaker, Frankie Noone, a local Make Up Artist who has grown her business to be a huge success using social media. You'll also hear my top tips for social media growth. There will be a Q&A and a chance to network. It is not to be missed! You can purchase your tickets here and they are only £7.50... bargain!
The group and events are for any woman, whether you are curious about starting your own business or you've got years of experience. It's a safe space to learn, pass on knowledge, ask questions or just lurk in the background. I can't wait to meet some more of you!
Image source: Sam Jayne Design (Obviously an amazing local graphic design business)
If you would like to get involved with Rossendale Women's Society, either by sponsoring an event or by speaking at an event, or would like to learn more, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org