9th November, 2016 No Comments
Firstly, a huge ‘thank you’ to all our business support programme clients who kindly took the time to complete our recent ‘Starting a Business’ survey. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the iPod in the prize draw is Laura Sehjal.
Laura started her business 3 years ago and confidently responded to the ‘Starting a Business’ survey having been through the process herself.
Principal and founder of Hatch Drama in Ashford, Kent, Laura clearly remembers taking part in her first drama class at the tender age of five – the effects of which are still propelling her forward today. Laura’s drive comes from a desire to ensure that she recreates the same experience of magic, safety and growth for every child she works with.
With an MA and a First Class Honours Degree in Theatre, Laura started teaching drama over 12 years ago. Loving all aspects of theatre, she has written, directed and performed shows across London. Laura has also worked in a variety of educational settings and has come to understand the importance of a rounded education; one that school alone cannot always deliver. The project aims to boost the confidence and self-esteem of young children through role play, drama and acting scenarios, scripts and dramatic productions.
Unlike some of the larger performing arts franchises, Hatch Drama write their own curriculum according to the individuals in each class. This gives the tutors the freedom to create a bespoke, expert programme that ensures every child benefits according to his or her needs.
‘Ready for Business’, the support programme which was the forerunner to Start & Grow, helped Laura to launch Hatch Drama. Laura’s business support was through Enterprise First – Cavendish Enterprise’s partner organisation delivering business support across the South East of England. Laura attended a one day workshop followed by some 1-to-1 sessions to consolidate the learning and finalise her business plan. After the business opened, Laura received additional 1-to1 support sessions to and an hour spent with a local accountant taught Laura how to manage her books.
“The support at the time was amazing” says Laura. “Starting a business involved more skills and motivation than I had originally perceived, the support offered through Ready for Business gave me confidence and kept me on track.
“The 1-to-1 meetings made me accountable to someone and gave me great short term goals to aim for. The skills I learnt at their workshop and with the accountant have proved invaluable. I still use the things I learnt three years into my business.”
Find out more about Hatch Drama performing arts classes in Ashford, Hastings, and Rye.
Cavendish partners feature highly in this week’s National Enterprise Network Conference and Awards 2015
24th November, 2015 No Comments
This year’s National Enterprise Network Conference, sponsored by NatWest and taking place at RBS’s conference centre takes place on Friday 27th November and looks set to feature insightful and thought provoking discussions around the theme of ‘Synergy and Success’. The conference celebrates encouraging enterprise support with strengthened partnerships, delivering locally.
The conference will kick off with an interactive debate between key sector contributors, discussing the outlook for the economy and the impact it has on small businesses. There will also be a closer look at the self-employed and identify the trends and predictions that could impact in the future.
Simon Devonshire will be around after the networking lunch to share his view on the importance of scaling-up, why it matters and how to do it. Simon is himself an entrepreneur, co-founder, investor, and business blogger and will lead a Q&A session after his presentation.
There will also be time to look at the programmes and partnerships that are making waves within the enterprise support sector. and an in depth look at ‘Enterprise impact – the growth of a start up business’ with an interview with Paul Ogglesby, founder of Riverlite. Paul has come from a one man start up business in 2008 to having a multi million pound turnover today.
The 2015 Conference will be rounded off with a celebration of achievements in enterprise support. The NEN Awards recognise ‘excellence in the delivery of enterprise support; encouraging the exchange of good practice and the development of improved services and organisations’, and the categories are designed to match to enterprise support activity – no matter what an agency’s size or specialism.
Cavendish Enterprise is delighted and very proud to see 3 of its partners short-listed for a few of the Awards and we wish them all the very best of luck for Friday.
THE 2015 NATIONAL ENTERPRISE NETWORK AWARDS SHORTLIST:
Local Enterprise Agency of the Year:
* Britain’s Energy Coast * Colbea * Enterprise First * Menta * Northumberland Business Services Ltd * Nwes * Rotherham Investment & Development Office * Stanta * Yorkshire Coast Enterprise
Future of Enterprise Support Award:
* Britain’s Energy Coast * Business West * Enterprise First * Rotherham Investment & Development Office * South Durham Enterprise Agency * Yorkshire Coast Enterprise
Client Engagement Award:
* CENTA Business Services * Nwes * WSX Enterprise
Enterprise Communicator of the Year:
* Economic Solutions * North East BIC * North Somerset Enterprise Agency * Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
Enterprise Team of the Year:
* BEC * Business Sheffield * Business West * Staffs Chamber
Enterprise Coach/Mentor of the Year:
* Hammie Tappenden – Enterprise First * Joe Barrell – Nwes * Martyn Benson – Rotherham Investment & Development Office
Unsung Hero of the Year:
* Alyson Eyval – Business West * Emma Milroy – Ignite Business Enterprise * Jenn Crowther – Yorkshire Coast Enterprise * Martyn Cooper – Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
… and good luck to all the other nominees too!
We look forward to bringing you the Winners next week together with a roundup of the main issues discussed and raised at the Conference.
Click here for more Conference information.
18th March, 2015 No Comments
As the National Enterprise Network, the unique membership body who represents those working in the enterprise support sector across England, we know that working in the enterprise support sector isn’t just a job, it’s a vocation. The sector has a tendency to capture people’s hearts. There is a commitment to encouraging people and supporting small businesses across the county.
With the belief that our members are crucial to England’s economic growth, the National Enterprise Network will support their work by representing their interests and by promoting the results they achieve, thereby connecting them with opportunities for even greater success.
We acknowledge that the enterprise support sector requires real dedication from those involved, together with a strong desire to impact upon the lives of the individuals and businesses they support. Enterprise support professionals really do love what they do – they believe in enterprise, are passionate about entrepreneurship, and are clear on the value of business support. As independent, not for profit organisations, they are proud to maintain a strong social ethos – a belief embedded to the core.
It wasn’t a surprise, therefore, to receive the news that two of the enterprise support organisations in our membership were ranked as the UK’s best employers in this year’s Sunday Times ‘100 Best Not-for-Profit Companies’ awards.
Nwes and Business West are both long standing agencies, NEN Quality Assured Members, and partners in the Cavendish Consortium. Their services include business support, advice and training, and they both offer premises on easy term agreements for businesses in their regions.
The two organisations were announced alongside all other winners at a ceremony in London in February this year. Nwes in Norwich was ranked 17th in the Top 100 Not-for-Profit Best Companies to Work For in the UK, and also received the Comic Relief Special Award for ‘Giving Something Back’ to the community. Business West in Bristol was ranked 80th – coming in the top three for the South West region specifically.
Candidates were judged on a number of criteria including employees’ views on the company’s leadership; their manager and team; their personal growth opportunities; giving back to society and the local community; and pay and benefits.
There is an overall focus on those companies which invest in the wellbeing and motivation of their employees, and we are delighted that two of our members have been recognised in this way. Enterprise support professionals are driven to help their clients and work hard together as a team, often in challenging circumstances, in order to do so.
We appreciate how unique our network is and the importance of the role our members have in their communities, and are delighted that the sector has been recognised in these national awards.
Our wholehearted congratulations to Nwes and Business West!
Posted by Dawn Whiteley, Chief Executive, National Enterprise Network