Useful Information

Apart from the fun aspect of single life, I am also actively engaged in networking and building a strong base of business contacts. Through attendance to key talks and events, I've managed to accumulate the following useful information that may benefit start ups, budding entrepreneurs or simply help establish beneficial connections between businesses. Don't be shy...start tapping into this fountain of knowledge!
(May be of particular use to SMEs that will be affected by #BREXIT)

Irvin Tea and Coffee (Crossover between Caribbean & Asian herbs and spices)

Connected Woman Panel Discussion: Business, Leadership and Impact (Bristol) - March 2017

A wonderful event hosted at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Bristol and led by Sonia Brown MBE (business communicator, brand strategist and diversity maverick), this event provided information about starting your own business, the roadblocks and challenges involved and the support networks available. It also featured a panel of female entrepreneurs and leaders who shared their own success stories. See the following links below:

-Connected Woman Event Delegate Pack: http://bit.ly/2oa2S22

-Connected Woman Newsletter:
http://bit.ly/2nuHeSN

-Program and Support Network to Develop Entrepreneurs:
http://www.entrepreneurial-spark.com/

-Business Growth Enablers at Natwest (they support new business owners):
NatWest Business Growth Enablers

-Women in Business Podcast Series (Natwest): Women in Business Podcast

-Businesses Looking for Mentors:
http://mentorsme.co.uk/


-Not for profit network of experts who support businesses:
Federation of Small Businesses

-Business Growth Hub (resources to support and grow your business): http://www.businessgrowthhub.com/

-Stats, articles and success stories about women in business:
https://shemeansbusiness.fb.com/uk/



BREXIT: The Impact on Small Businesses Panel Discussion

- Local Entreprise partnerships (LEPs) are voluntary partnerships between local authorities and businesses set up in 2011 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within the local area (Wikipedia). 

It is rumored that the last lot of funding from the EU (before Brexit is finalised) will amount to £5bn and will cover 2014 - 2020. Your local LEP can provide more information about accessing this funding stream https://www.lepnetwork.net/find-your-nearest-lep/

- There is the possibility of
making your voice heard (in the government) as a SME (small,medium enterprise) by joining your local chamber of commerce (http://www.britishchambers.org.uk/find-your-chambe...). The chamber of commerce also supports with opening new business opportunities in local, national and international markets or providing critical business advice, services and skills development.

- Shapr (http://www.shapr.co/) Allows businesses to network with other likeminded professionals and businesses which has the potential to result in productive collaborations or cross-business cooperation.

- Xsandy (https://xsandyshairandcosmetics.co.uk/) - run by Sandra Brown Pinnock, this is the only female, African-Caribbeean (hair and beauty) retailer in South East London. She also stocks an expanding range of independent UK product lines including Shea Decadence London, Premae, Afrocenchix and Shear and Shine (The UK's first black grooming range).

- Entrepreneurs Network: Co-founded by the successful entrepreneur - James Sinclair - a monthly (paid) subscription to the network provides access to insightful talks, business events, useful resources, direct access to business advice from the founders etc. (https://www.entrepreneurs-network.co.uk/)

- Rich Visions Small Business - Run by Mavis Amankwah, this business has helped small businesses secure low-interest loans. They also help with start up and growth advice, marketing and PR, social media management, writing business plans for lending etc. (http://richvisionssb.co.uk/)

- Natwest 'Women in Business' specialists - These specialists are accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute. They can assist with access to small business loans (£1000- £35,000: no early repayment fees and pay-back terms ranging from 1 - 10 years); boost your knowledge; boost connections and boost your skills (http://business.natwest.com/business/womeninbusine...)

-ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales) Business Advice Service: For entrepreneurs starting a business for the first time and needing some advice, a free consultation can be booked with this service (http://www.businessadviceservice.com/)


START-UP FINANCE (useful websites) [Credit to ICAEW for this info]:


*Credit Unions: Association of British Credit Unions (abcul.org/home)

* CFDAs: Community Development Finance Association (cdfa.org.uk/about-cdfis)

* Grants: The GOV.UK website has a 'Business finance and support finder' (gov.uk/business-finance-support-finder)

* Start-up loans: startuploans.co.uk

* Banks: betterbusinessfinance.co.uk

* Internet finance: Peer2peer Finance Association: p2pfa.info/

UK Crowdfunding Association:
https://www.ukcfa.org.uk/


- Elance: Hiring an online freelancer can bring in outside expertise for a fraction of the cost of hiring a consultant or new employee. Elance is home to over half a million freelancers, working in a wide range of business and creative areas. Post a job and receive quotes from reviewed and rated people (www.elance.com) [rates in US currency]

Natural Hair & Lifestyle EXPO 2017

BUSINESS CONTACTS

Cowrie Design (Afro-politan fashion): http://www.cowriedesign.com/


Pebbles Wearable (Beautiful African-inspired clothing): www.pebbleswearable.com


Kawaii Adornments (Hair jewelry for Sisterlocks): https://www.etsy.com/shop/kawaiiadornments


Care Clinic (holistic healthy hair care consultation): http://www.curlybynature.com/careclinic/

The Crowning of Ms Natural Hair UK - 24th July 2016

(Full Details About The Event Here)


BUSINESS CONTACTS


-Professional styling of locs for business women (Leytonstone): Hair By Chi

-Beautiful 'Black Culture & African' theme cards: https://www.nsaanefateri.com/collections/age-cards

-A way for entrepreneurs to unwind: https://www.freeflowmovement.co.uk/about

-Holistic Healing & Natural Remedies: http://divinehealthyliving.com/