Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

November Networking Event

  • Monday, November 13, 2017
  • 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

This month we are excited to have the wonderful Adrienne Harrison-Cottrell of Health and Healing for All speaking to us on the topic 'Practical Ways to cope with Stress'.

For this event, we have been given the use Wigton Rugby Club's venue.  If you want to read more about this local team, dip into their website.  http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/wigtonrufc/  Address for the venue: Low Moor Road, Wigton, CA7 9QT.

To book your place - and so we can make sure there are enough sandwiches, chips and drinks to go around - please click on the link below.  

Members £6; Non-members £7.50.

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Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Inspire AGM

Join us for our Annual General Meeting on Monday 9th October at Bothel Village Hall, Wigton (CA7 2HL).

We will be setting up from 6.30pm for the meeting to start at 7pm - and you are very welcome to come along and see what it's all about.

This year, our Members' slot will be taken by Steven Coates and his new dog grooming venture - My Pampered Pooch.  

We are also delighted to welcome Freda Carrick of Direct Cellars Premium Wine Club - she'll be bring along some of their excellent fine wines for us to taste.

So click the link below to book your place so we can make sure there are adequate refreshments for all - cheese, crackers, olives...all the good things that go with wine!

Members £2; Non-members £4

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Business Network Showcase
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Business Network Showcase

Cupcakes...canapes and preparing for 2018!

Join us on Monday 11th September for our annual business showcase event.

This is a great chance to show off your business in a friendly, welcoming and inspiring setting.

This year we will be at The Beacon Portal (beside the Beacon Museum), Whitehaven, CA28 7LY; a wonderful location for some networking.

You can book to showcase YOUR business for £35 - see link below.

HOWEVER...for £45, you get a stand at the event PLUS annual membership to the Inspire Network (usually, the membership fee is £45; so this is a real bargain!)

Members can attend the event (plus a stand) completely free of charge.

With inspiring speakers, speed networking and, of course, cupcakes and canapes, this annual event is not to be missed.

The event is free to attend if not booking a stand.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

We are delighted to confirm our guest speakers are Alan Irwin - Business Development Manager of The Beacon; and Kim Inglis - TV presenter, reporter, journalist, event host...and keeper of alpacas!  

It's looking like being an exciting evening...book your stand now!

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Members' Start-up Secrets - BRYAN SCOTT
Aug
28
to Sep 3

Members' Start-up Secrets - BRYAN SCOTT

It's our final week of showcasing some of our Inspire members, and this week it's BRYAN SCOTT who has not just one but two companies!  Skyview Aerial Solutions Ltd and Envision360Limited.  

We asked Bryan to share some of his secrets to success...here's what he told us:

So...first I run Skyview Aerial Solutions Ltd.  This is a UAV or "drone" company specialising in a wide range of flight applications designed to enhance your business profile.  Our purpose is to meet your greatest aspirations and most stringent objectives by providing a professional, safe, and cost-effective aerial image capture service usilitisng state-of-the-art UAV technology systems and experienced, in-house personnel.  I also run Envision360Ltd - which provide a variety of photography and marketing services.  This begins with our 3D virtual modelling platform, to meet the needs of any project you have in mind. We help place your digital assets for maximum online exposure, giving you the marketing tools that sets you apart from your competitors.

Who would you like to meet through networking?

I would like to meet businesses and industries who have yet to embrace the technology on offer. To meet people & give an insight on how these applications can possibly work for their organisations.

What do you consider to be the benefits of being part of a networking group?

Meeting new people, learning networking skills, learning new ideas and receiving valuable advice from business skills to marketing & business etiquette.

What has been your driving force over the last year?

To market and promote yourself with one company never mind two is a struggle, but i am determined to learn from failure, be open to change, this will allow me to keep on moving towards achieving my goals however small.

What’s been the secret to your journey so far?

Researching, learning & seeking new opportunities, sometimes doing it the old fashioned way - knocking on doors hustling

Who made the biggest impression on you when starting your business?

I haven't been around the business circle long for people to make an impression on me, so I have people who I may admire, Richard Branson for one. His values, beliefs etc. I had an idea like Richard and went for it, I discovered I had more drive and energy than I thought I had. Maybe one day I can leave an impression on someone who knows?

What one piece of advice would you pass on to those considering starting their own business?

Do your research, seek new opportunities and ideas. Set achievable goals!  I like quotes whether it from sport or business coaches so one I remember is:

"Learn, but don't dwell too much on the past mistakes or you may lose sight of your future". 

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Members' Startup Secrets - EMMA RALLS
Aug
21
to Aug 27

Members' Startup Secrets - EMMA RALLS

Need some money advice?  Then Emma Ralls of Emma Ralls Wealth Management Ltd is here to help.

Read on to find out what support Emma can provide as well as how networking helped her...

Firstly, Emma, tell me about your business

Emma Ralls Wealth Management Ltd is my financial advice company in Whitehaven. I help people to plan for their future, including pension provision, mortgage and protection advice, regular savings and investing for income in retirement or for children.

Who would you like to meet through networking?

New clients and to help other businesses by passing clients to them

What do you consider to be the benefits of being part of a networking group?

When I first started my business Id never been networking. It was daunting at first but its nice to be in a group of likeminded people and to gain support and ideas

What has been your driving force over the last year?

Expanding my business to offer mortgage advice

What’s been the secret to your journey so far?

Hard work, long hours and excellent customer service.

Who made the biggest impression on you when starting your business?

A friend of mine who had set up his company 12 months before me. He said I was mad not to set up on my own due to the many clients I had and the good reputation I have kept (since starting to be an adviser) for looking after people.

What one piece of advice would you pass on to those considering starting their own business?

Work hard, talk a lot, be productive, the phone won’t ring with no customers. Go find them!

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Members' Start-up Secrets - ANNE SOWERBY
Aug
14
to Aug 20

Members' Start-up Secrets - ANNE SOWERBY

The secrets continue...!  

This week we are delighted to introduce to you ANNE SOWERBY of Sassy Property Styling.  As well as being the owner of this successful Cumbrian company, Anne is also Chair of the Inspire Network.

First of all, Anne, tell me about Sassy Property Styling:

Sassy Property Styling is your local House Doctor; consultant and interior design specialist. Supporting everyone with interior design services whether you simply want a makeover of one room or refurbishment of a property.  I help you get the best return on your investment when selling your property.  I work within Cumbria, Southwest Scotland and across the North of the UK

Who would you like to get to know through networking?
I would like to make acquaintances with a mixture of like-minded people.  Expand relationships with property developers, estate agents and local trades people who might have common goals for the future.

What do you consider to be the benefits of being part of a networking group?
Sharing knowledge, building friendships and, particularly when self-employed, getting together with other great people in business.

What has been your driving force over the last year?
Increasing my business client base and working with a wide-range of organisations and businesses in the area.

What's been the secret to your journey so far?
Determination, dedication and simply loving what I do!  I use a whole range of social media to attract businesses but I love actually meeting people face-to-face and working with them.

Who made the biggest impression on you when starting your business?
Well...it has to be Anne Maurice - the original House Doctor from the TV programme!

And finally...what one piece of advice would you pass on to those considering starting their own business?
You have to be in it for the long term.  There are very few businesses that are "successful" (as in, make a profit) in the first few years.  It is simply a mixture of total dedication, holding your nerve...and just going for it!

 

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Members' Start-up Secrets - AMY JOHNSTON
Aug
7
to Aug 13

Members' Start-up Secrets - AMY JOHNSTON

This week, we are shining the spotlight on AMY JOHNSTON of David Allen Accountants

We asked Amy to tell us about her work with the Accountancy firm, David Allen.  Here's what she said:

First of all, Amy, tell me about David Allen Accountants:
I work for David Allen Accountants - I manage the Workington office and look after a wide variety of clients.

Who would you like to get to know through networking?
I enjoy providing advice to small business owners, in order to help their business reach their full potential.

What do you consider to be the benefits of being part of a networking group?
I love meeting new people and bouncing ideas off each other.

What has been your driving force over the last year?
We have been expanding out Workington office and I am starting to see the rewards of all my hard work.  Setting a realistic goal that I have achieved has kept me motivated.

What's been the secret to your journey so far?
Time off!  Honestly, it is my first piece of advice to anybody!  No matter how much you enjoy something, if you don't plan time out, you will end up getting sick of it.

Who made the biggest impression on you when starting your business?
I am not self-employed but, from a professional point of view, my Gran has got be my biggest motivation.  She doesn't get stressed, just gets on with the job and never has a bad word to say about anybody.  She is also the reason I am now an Accountant as she has done the job for over 40 years.

And finally...what one piece of advice would you pass on to those considering starting their own business?
Plan - and don't expect to reap the rewards instantly.  Starting your own business is a lot of hard work and it can take several months before you begin to turn a profit.  Be prepared for this or you can be really disheartened at the first hurdle.

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Members' Start-up Secrets - LUCY HARRISON
Jul
31
to Aug 6

Members' Start-up Secrets - LUCY HARRISON

Each week we are showcasing a different member of the Inspire team.

This week, our star member is LUCY HARRISON of The Harrison Network.

We asked Lucy to share some of her secrets to success...here's what she said:

First of all, Lucy, tell me about The Harrison Network:
I help people think straight when the future is unclear. This helps people and organisations navigate change, set and achieve goals and enjoy their work. Through the Harrison Network, we help create dynamic and resourceful business leaders and truly collaborative teams. I am an accredited coach, experienced facilitator and effective trainer.

I also believe passionately that business can be a force for good and this starts at home. I therefore support local entrepreneurs, small charities and good eggs to become more effective through accessibly-priced coaching, workshops and local business networking.
 

 

Who would you like to get to know through networking?
People who see that things could be different in their organisation but are not quite sure how to get there.

What do you consider to be the benefits of being part of a networking group?
I like networking as I see how we can become each other's extended sales force.  I also like to hear people's stories and hear how people have found their ways through the various challenges they have met along the way.

What has been your driving force over the last year?
This year has been about consistent, quality delivery for me.  We have quite a few programmes ongoing with different organisations and I am focusing on ensuring these have awesome outcomes for our clients.  This has meant we have had to make some courageous decisions around how to spend our time, but that's business.

What's been the secret to your journey so far?
The secret so far?  Continuous improvement...never standing still.

Who made the biggest impression on you when starting your business?
Sally Fielding of Sally's Cottages.  I watched how hard Sally worked as we both had small children together and she was int he early days of Sally's Cottages.  This put me off starting my business for quite a while until I was completely sure.  She showed me that there are tough decisions when you run a business and have a young family.  But I saw that you can do it...you can tread the line between family life and working life if you believe in what you are doing.

And finally...what one piece of advice would you pass on to those considering starting their own business?
Profit is the oxygen of any business; without it there is no business, so don't ignore it.  But if oxygen is the purpose of your life, you might want to look long and hard at it.

 

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July Networking Event
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

July Networking Event

Our hosts for this event promise to serve up "Sliced pieces of Heaven" so we are really excited to welcome everyone to La Venue - the fantastic takeaway serving a wide variety of delicious fast food to the people of Whitehaven and beyond!  

Debbie will be one of our speakers for the evening sharing with us her story of La Venue - she will also be treating us to some of their lovely homemade cakes and scones.

Alongside Debbie, we will also be joined by Yvonne - the wonderful host from June's networking event.  Culinary Occasions is her baby...and she will be talking about the growth and development of her successful catering business.

Please come along and see what Inspire can offer you - we are a friendly bunch with a really wide variety of businesses.  

Book your place now - click on the link below.

Venue address: 25 Lowther Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7JH

Members: £4   Non-members: £5   Price includes tea/coffee/soft drink and a home made cake/scone.  

If you have any dietary requirement, please send an email with details to: inspirewestcumbria@gmail.com

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June Networking Event
Jun
12
6:30 PM18:30

June Networking Event

Our next networking event is on Tuesday June 12th.

We will be at Culinary Occasions, Lakes Road, Derwent Howe, Workington, CA14 3YP where you will hear from Yvonne Gainford, who works as a personal chef and last year took on a small unit which has inspired business growth. 

You will be able to enjoy Yvonne’s delicious food so booking is essential. 

Complimentary drink on arrival...join us from 6pm - 10pm. 

Members £7.50  Non-members £10

Please ensure you book your place early - we will not be taking bookings on the night due to the wonderful food that Yvonne will be preparing for us.

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May Networking Event
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

May Networking Event

We are delighted that Andy Walsh of The Coffee Kitchen and Coffee Kitchen Bakery is kindly hosting our meeting this month at The Coffee Kitchen, Challoner Street, Cockermouth. 

It’s been over three years since we last met Andy when he introduced us to his fantastic cafe.

Serving great coffee which Andy sources and, of course, baking his own bread in the downstairs kitchen, the cafe is a well-known meeting and eating place in the town.  

Since that first meeting, he has moved the bakery to a premises in Market Place – we’ll let Andy continue his adventure on the night...

We will also be hearing from business owner Bryan Scott who runs Skyview Aerial Solutions Ltd - and how his amazing drone photography can help you and your business.

Members £4, Non-members £5 - refreshments and cake included

To book your place, please click on the coffee below!

As always, we look forward to seeing you there!

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April Networking Event
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

April Networking Event

April's networking event is booked!  We will be gathering at the Waverley Hotel, Workington, CA14 2EN (http://waverley-hotel.com/)

You are welcome to join us at our networking event where we are delighted to welcome Amy Johnston from David Allen Accountancy as our Guest Speaker (https://www.david-allen.co.uk/)

Sometimes, all things money and tax can be both confusing and tricky to navigate...but Amy will be making it all clear and simple!  With her experience as Accounts Manager, she will cover some of the changes in accountancy, tax and bookkeeping that will be introduced in the coming months, simple steps to effective bookkeeping, Making Tax Digital and employing staff members in your business.

·Focusing the talk on small-business owners and what they can be doing now to future-proof their businesses from a bookkeeping perspective...this is not one to miss!

Sandwiches (and chips) will be provided as part of the fee.  Come and join us - you're always welcome.

To book your place, please click on the link below (Members £4, Non-members £5)

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March Networking Event
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

March Networking Event

March's event is looking to be another good one...!

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION AS OF SATURDAY 11th MARCH:

Due to family problems, we will be re-locating to the Waverley Hotel, Maryport, CA15 6LW.  Same time though, from 7pm.

Your entry fee includes some delicious homemade soup AND cake!  That's got to be worth coming for...never mind the great speakers we have lined up for you...

Amanda from Social Elf will also be joining us...providing you with top tips on how to Future-Proof YOUR social media.  She will run through Nesta predictions for 2017 and how you can use these to future-proof your business for the year ahead.  These predictions cover aspects ranging over future trends, security and health but they all could have a major influence and impact on your business. 

Book your place using the link below:

Members = £6.50; Non-members = £8 (remember...that includes yummy soup and cake...!) 

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February Networking Event
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

February Networking Event

Join us for our second networking event of 2017!

With a wonderful guest speaker - Ray Cassidy of Consulting Cumbria - there will be plenty of opportunities to look at how to make YOUR business website work better for you.  Online marketing is one of the main channels for generating new business and Ray will talk about how you can improve your opportunities using the wonderful world wide web! Read more about Ray and Consulting Cumrbia here: http://consultingcumbria.co.uk/

We are hoping for a second guest speaker to join us...watch this space for more details...

For this event, we have been given the use Wigton Rugby Club's venue.  If you want to read more about this local team, dip into their website.  http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/wigtonrufc/  Address for the venue: Low Moor Road, Wigton, CA7 9QT.

To book your place - and so we can make sure there are enough sandwiches, chips and drinks to go around - please click on the link below.  

Members £4; Non-members £5.  Now that's a bargain!

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Inspire January 2017 Event
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Inspire January 2017 Event

Welcome to 2017!  

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are ready and raring to go in the year ahead.

We are pleased to announce that we are holding our first event of the year at the Melbreak Hotel, Workington (http://www.melbreakhotel.co.uk/) on Monday 16th January from 7pm.

We have two wonderful guest speakers to talk about their businesses and give us top tips on how to look after yourself and those who work for you.  Caroline Gunning from Crimson Chameleon (http://crimsonchameleon.co.uk/): Caroline and her team provide everything for your business needs from admin support to project management and business consultancy.  
She will be giving us a brief overview of Crimson Chameleon as well as providing tips for your business for 2017 – looking after yourself and your people in your business.  

We are also excited to announce that Steve Coates, Travelor Counsellor will also join us (https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/steven.coates).  Steven Coates has travelled the world!  This put him in the excellent position to become a Travel Counsellor.  Steven can tailor your holiday, wedding or honeymoon ensuring a truly personalised experience.  He is a new member of the Inspire team and will be sharing his experience of setting up as a Travel Counsellor.

Please book your place now!  Click on the title below:

 

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Inspire's Christmas Meal
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Inspire's Christmas Meal

This year we will be celebrating Christmas at The Spotted Pig in Cockermouth.  

Formerly known as the Belle Vue Inn, Papcastle, the restaurant has undergone a transformation by the new owner, Lynsey Thornthwaite.  

You can choose from their Christmas menu or, you prefer, from their main menu.  

Bookings are not being made through the website - but through one of our members (Yvonne Gainford).  Please email Yvonne if you would like to book your place:  yvonne.gainford@which.net

We'd love to see you there...it will be a lovely way to start the festive period!

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Dates for your diary
Dec
7
2:00 PM14:00

Dates for your diary

Dates have now been finalised for our networking events in 2017.

All are Monday evenings except the event in April which is a Tuesday:

  • January = 16th
  • February = 13th
  • March = 13th
  • April = 11th
  • May = 8th
  • June = 12th
  • July = 10th

Venues to be confirmed

As ever, we welcome everyone - non-members as well as members - please get in touch if you would like to join our networking group.

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Inspire's November Fundraiser
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Inspire's November Fundraiser

This month we are joining with the Harrison Network North Lakes networking group. 

Our guest speaker will be Pam Hall from the Wool Clip - a co-operative based in Caldbeck.  With 14 members, made up of spinners, dyers, rug makers, knitters, crocheters, weavers and felt makers, as well as designers and farmers, they work as a co-operative, enabling them to run a small shop as a social enterprise - thereby giving one another access to each other’s skills and knowledge on everything from equipment and techniques, to suppliers and local history.   For more on Pam Hall and the Wool Clip, visit their website: http://www.woolclip.com/about-us/members/

The charity for this fundraiser will be Amy's Care.  This wonderful charity was set up to provide respite care for those with dementia - enabling them to enjoy a full social experience and help prevent them from becoming isolated and housebound.  With three centres in Cumbria (Ireby, Keswick and Carlisle), we want to help raise their profile as well as donate to ensure they can continue with the fantastic support they provide.  Find out more here: http://www.amys-care.co.uk/amys-day-care-service/

If you would like to join us, please book a place below.  

For members who book online before the night the cost will be £3; non-members and those who pay on the night it will be £10

We'd love to see you there!

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Inspire's July Event @ Glenfield Guest House
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Inspire's July Event @ Glenfield Guest House

July's event will include a talk from Kathy King on her business Glenfield Guest House and a clay making class from Inspire member Kaye Winfindale. You will get the opportunity to create your own pot and then take it home to keep.

Prices for members will be £8 and for non-members £10. Refreshments will be available. There is also parking available at the Chase Hotel (directly opposite Glenfield Guest House).  

We look forward to seeing you there! 

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Inspire's June Event @ Thornby Moor Dairy, Crofton
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Inspire's June Event @ Thornby Moor Dairy, Crofton

**Due to a road closure on the A595 from 7pm to 6am, we advise that you use the A596 to reach the venue** 

June's event will include a tour and talk from Inspire member Leonie Fairbairn on her successful cheese farm business, Thornby Moor Dairy. Then Steven Coates of Travel Counsellors will be giving us an insight into what the meaning of a Travel Counsellor is and what the role entails. Janet Wilde of Wilde & Romantic, will also give an introduction to her business, which includes vintage china hire, vintage prop hire and event & wedding styling. Janet will be bringing along a display of her props and is also kindly lending her glasses and plates for us to use for the evening.  

Prices for members will be £7.50 and for non-members £9. There will be refreshments available and we also invite you to enjoy cheese and biscuits and a glass of wine. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Inspire's May Mixed Event @ MJ Cabinet Makers, Bassenthwaite
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Inspire's May Mixed Event @ MJ Cabinet Makers, Bassenthwaite


 You are invited to Inspire's May event at 7pm to 9pm on Monday 9 May, at MJ Cabinet Makers (The View, Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5RY). Businessmen are also invited to join us for this month's event.

There will be a tour from our hosts at MJ Cabinet Makers, including a chance to view some of their beautiful creations in their new showroom.

Andrew Gunn of Video Seen will also be sharing the benefits of online video and video SEO for small businesses. During a 20-year career in the film and television industry, Andrew has directed high-profile British shows of recent years, working with high-calibre actors, Academy Award nominees and BAFTA award winners. His diverse body of work includes popular drama, comedy and commercials for clients such as the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, such as Doctor Who and Green Wing.

As this month is a mixed event, we welcome you to invite along any businessmen or women who you think may enjoy the event. The cost for members will be £5 and for non-members £6.50, refreshments will be available.

There is limited parking available outside the venue, so please car share where possible (contact Kate Armstrong to co-ordinate: kate@blueshadowmarketing.co.uk).

We look forward to seeing you there!

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