The ‘Idea to Enterprise’ programme ran from September 2015 to March 2016 and included a mix of training sessions, networking opportunities, business refreshers and one to one business mentoring. Business mentors led workshops to help business women improve their understanding of how to use digital technology, find out about financial planning and network with others to see how their businesses could work better.
A conference was held on 18 March at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Leicester to mark the end of the programme. There were a number of inspirational female speakers and a talk from Nicky Morgan MP.
The networking alone has been great and also being able to listen to inspirational speakers. I really enjoyed today and made more good connections with other businesswomen.
– Jan-Marie, Amethyst Energetics
I just wanted to say a big thank you for letting me join the programme, I have thoroughly enjoyed it all and has made me think a lot about my business and the future.
– Joanna Winterton, InTandem Consulting Ltd
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help and support over the last couple of months! You have been amazing and the course was way beyond any expectations I had.
I feel totally different now to how I was before I signed up for it. I now feel inspired and armed with contacts. valuable information and support that I would never have had and able to finally embark on starting up my own business.This is something I have been considering for years but just never had the confidence or know how to do it.
– Vicki Grant, Aspiring Business Developer
I have had a fabulous time. It was a very well organised, informative and inspirational conference full of learning, laughs and love. I feel very privileged to have attended and really appreciate the hard work you’ve all put in to make that possible. It was also lovely to meet so many like-minded women.
– Sarah Lebbon, Business Entrepreneur
The content throughout the day was excellent. What an enlightening and inspirational group of women in one place!
– Nina Bremner, North West Leicestershire District Council