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I have wonderful news! As you know, I’m standing down from running Enterprising Mums, but it’s NOT the end! I put the call out to see if anybody would like to take it over and a lovely lady called Nicky Peters got in touch.

Nicky has several hats, she’s a Business Finance Consultant and Keynote Speaker, which means she brings great experience and knowledge to the group, but what fits REALLY well with Enterprising Mums is Ultimate Woman, where Nicky coaches professional working women who want to be the best they can be.

I’m sure Nicky will be in touch soon to introduce herself, so for now, I’d just like to thank you all for your support since I joined Enterprising Mums in 2011. I intend coming to the meetings when I can, so I hope to see you there, and if we’re not already connected on social media, do come and find me at https://www.facebook.com/lesleywhiteman. I’d also like to wish Nicky oodles of success with Enterprising Mums. I’m so pleased you’re taking over and I can’t wait to see Enterprising Mums grow in your capable hands.

So for the last time *gulps*

Much Love

Lesley

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Happy half-term! It’s funny how your challenges change over the years. When my kids were little I needed to be there to look after them and keep them entertained, now I need to make sure I distract them from screens. It’s gone from them distracting me, to me needing to distract them! Over on our Facebook Group we’re sharing tips on how we cope with school holidays, children and working – come and join us …

As its half-term there won’t be a meeting this week, but instead of cancelling I’ve pushed it back a week to February 21st. This month I’m going to be WAY out of my comfort zone as we’re going to be videoing each other! Google loves video. Facebook loves video. Everybody loves video! If you’ve already embraced it, that’s great, but if like me, you’ve been doing a superb job of ignoring it, then that really needs to change. This meeting is going to be all about practicing, gentle constructive feedback, getting comfortable in front of a camera and hopefully by the end of the session we’ll all feel a little more confident about incorporating video into our business marketing. Bring your phone / tablet so you can be filmed.

After our meeting, some of us are going for lunch at Pecoro in Sandy (as long as their building work hasn’t started – if it has, I’ll find us somewhere else where we’ll be able to actually hear each other!) If you’d like to join us, please reply to this email so I can add you to our booking.

I look forward to seeing you next week! Have a great half-term!!

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I hope 2018 has got off to a good start for you. I picked up three new clients in December so I’m enjoying getting to grips with their social media.

Our next two meetings are one week later than usual. January is due to a personal commitment, and February due to half-term. So the next two dates are 17th January and 21st February.

In January we’ll be setting goals and planning the steps we need to take in order to achieve them. So do join us if you want to move your business forward this year.

In February I’m thinking about having a safe space to practice videoing ourselves. What do you think? Video is a great marketing tool, and can be used to great effect on social media and your website, but many of us are intensely uncomfortable at taking this step. There’s only one way to get over this, and that’s to get on with it!! Using our mobile phones and working in pairs or small groups, we’ll video each other and offer support and suggestions to help each other improve technique and increase confidence.

I won’t be forcing anyone to do this, but hopefully everyone will be comfortable enough to give it a go.

… but that’s for February.

Join us on Wednesday to plan your route to success in 2018.

Take Care

Lesley

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It was a big day for us last Thursday. We now have a teenager in the house!

I’m delighted to report that she hasn’t “done a Kevin” (a la Harry Enfield) although she does appear to be surgically attached to her earphones and has to have music playing every waking hour (apart from school!). This week should be interesting – she’s on a school trip and electronics are banned!

It’s almost time for our last meeting of the year, and then, just 12 days later, it will be Christmas!

Are you ready for it?

I’m not! So, if you’re coming to our meeting in Sandy on December 13th, feel free to bring any items that you sell, so we can indulge in some last minute Christmas shopping.

We’re having a Christmas night out on Monday December 18th at Pecoro in Sandy If you’d like to join us, please let me know by this Friday. For those people who couldn’t make the evening, we’re also having a new year lunch, which is going to be after our February meeting on the 21st, also  at Pecoro. It’s good food and it’s so convenient as it’s just a 2 minute walk away! Let me know if you’d like to join us.

Take Care

Lesley

PS: If you have no idea what I’m referring to when I say “done a Kevin”, you can find the clip here.

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Halloween and Guy Fawkes have passed. That can only mean one thing…

THE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS HAS STARTED! *said in an “I’m not ready for this” kind of way*

There will be no Hitchin meetings for the remainder of this year, but Sandy will continue as normal and our next meeting is this Wednesday.

If you’re coming to our November and December meetings and you have “gift” products to sell, do bring some. We won’t have stalls, but you’re welcome to bring a selection of items to display on the table in front of you.

With less than 2 months before the end of the year, now is the time to pin down exactly what we want to achieve before we welcome 2018. I find this time of year incredibly busy, as I think most mums do, so this month we’re going to set one or two realistic goals to keep us on track for the rest of this year.

What do you need to achieve? When you look back on 2017, will you be pleased or disappointed? If you have a list of the goals that you set at the beginning of this year, bring them along with you to refer back to.

I’m planning a Christmas night out at Pecoro in Sandy. We had our Enterprising Mums Christmas lunch there last year and the food was lovely – http://www.pecoro.co.uk/

It will be on the evening of Monday 18th December, and we have a table booked for 7.30pm. Numbers are limited as the restaurant is tiny, so if you’d like to join us, let me know ASAP. We’ll also have a Secret Santa, maximum value £5 – I’ll let you know who you are buying for.

See you Wednesday!

Take Care

Lesley

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I’m looking forward to seeing you next week! Let me tell you what we have in store for you…

At Sandy on Oct 11th, our speaker will be Dawn Fry from The Melting Pot – chocolate making workshops. As well as delivering chocolate making workshops, Dawn is passionate about great customer service and trains people to get “sticky” customers – that is, customers who stick around and buy from you again and again, and I’m delighted to say that she’ll be sharing some of her tips with us. Please let me know if you’re coming by replying to this email. If you use Facebook, please help us spread the word by clicking on “going” on our event… https://www.facebook.com/events/176370656243004/

At Hitchin on Oct 12th, our speaker will be Julie from PtG Business and she will be enlightening us on the new law that is coming in next year that affects any business who uses email to connect with their clients and potential clients – think newsletter or even direct approaches. So many of us are getting it wrong, and when the new law comes into play next year, they could be liable for a hefty fine. Don’t miss this talk! Please let me know if you’re coming by replying to this email. If you use Facebook, please help us spread the word by clicking on “going” on our event…  https://www.facebook.com/events/1205685526199888/

Please come if you can make it! We have two great business talks – which, according to my recent survey, is what most of you want, and our format is structured (but relaxed) with a speaker and networking, which again, is what most of you voted for. If you like our meetings, let us know by coming to them!

Have a great weekend!

Lesley

PS I’ve been going to local Co-working days that are being run by PtG Business in Shefford. If you’re not too far away, why not bring some work and leave your own 4 walls for the day, or a few hours. Dates for the rest of this year are:

10th October 2017

19th October 2017

25th October 2017

31st October 2017

16th November 2017

29th November 2017

19th December 2017

I hope to work alongside you sometime soon 🙂

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Are you enjoying the summer? I seem to have spent most of it looking through the window from my office, but I guess that means I’m busy and I shouldn’t complain. However, when I started my business, my aim was always to work around my children and that, in conjunction with “enough” money, has always been how I measure my success. So being busier and having more money in my pocket doesn’t actually equate to me feeling more successful. I think I need to ponder on this conundrum …

It’s almost September, and although my speaker has been planned for months, it feels like really good timing for me, and I hope it is for you as well. Samantha Sutherland is a Kinesiologist and is also qualified in a variety of energy healing modalities. She has a clinic in Bedford. I’ve had sessions with her and so has my son and they’ve made a big difference to us. She is going to be asking us how aware are we of our body talking to us? Do we understand what it’s saying? Do we know how to respond? This talk will provide useful and actionable tools to help us navigate our day, leaving the meeting a little bit more connected to our body and our purpose. As we’re a business networking group, there will be a business slant as well as a personal one. It’s going to be an excellent talk and I’m really looking forward to it.

In Hitchin it’s purely business as I will be giving a talk on Facebook for your business. As most of you will know, I joined Enterprising Mums when I set up my business over 6 years ago as a social media consultant, and that is what has kept me so busy over the summer! If you have anything you’d specifically like me to cover, please reply to this email and I’ll do my best to include it in my talk.

I know that some of my regulars are going to be on holiday in September – the joys of not having to stick to school holidays! So can I ask you to let me know if you are going to come to one of our meetings? I’m particularly interested in the Sandy meeting as Samantha is giving up her time to come and talk to us and I want to make sure we have a good turnout for her.

I look forward to seeing you on September 13th in Sandy and/or September 14th in Hitchin!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!!

Lesley

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Morning!

I just wanted to remind you that there is no meeting in August and also ask you for 2-3 minutes of your time.

I’d just like a little feedback from you about our meetings, so I’ve created a short survey  – it’s just 10 questions, with many of them yes/no answers.

I’d really like as many people as possible to complete my survey, whether you currently attend our meetings or not, and please be completely honest.

You can find the survey here.

I’ll use the results to determine the way forward for Enterprising Mums.

Thanks so much for your help!

Lesley

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As some of you know, my son has been off school for a while, so my days are no longer just mine to plan – there’s school work to be done, appointments to attend and needs to be met! I never fully appreciated how much freedom I had, but hopefully I’ll get it back again in September (keep your fingers crossed for us!).

One of my biggest struggles is being stuck in the house so much! I get cabin fever if I can’t go out, even if it’s walking into town and working from a table in a local café, I just miss being able to have that change of scenery. So, one of the things I’ll be doing when my son returns to school is taking up PtG Business on their offer of hiring a desk occasionally.

This is quite exciting. I live in a small town and would usually have to travel to Hitchin or Bedford for this kind of facility, but I’ll be able to walk to this – it’s the other side of town, and I’m lazy, so I’ll probably drive, but being within walking distance is HUGE!

Find out more about the desk space they’re offering by the hour, week or month on their website.

Our Hitchin and Sandy meetings are next week and we don’t meet in August, so do try and come along to either or both!

Sandy is on Wednesday 12th and this month our speaker is Graham Harris. Graham is an excellent wordsmith. If I can’t think of a catchy headline, it’s Graham I turn to for inspiration, and he never lets me down! Graham will be looking at writing effective ad copy, helping you to identify stories that you can share with the local press, inspiring you to be bold and simple in writing for your website or blog and helping you to overcome writer’s block. There will be tips that we can all use, whatever our business!

At Hitchin the following day, we’re focusing on stress and how herbal medicine can be used to help us. Shani Crofton from Boundary Herbs will be talking about what causes stress, how it manifests within the body and how you can treat it with herbal medicine and the importance of getting the right prescription. We’ll also be able to sample some de-stressing herbal tea and a simple tincture. With the 6 week school summer holidays fast approaching, this could be perfect timing!

I look forward to seeing you all next week!

Lesley

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This newsletter is coming to you from Air Space in Stevenage! I have one bouncy child and one a little grumpy due to not getting enough sleep last night. We had the bright idea of camping in the garden and I think a late night, along with a beautiful dawn chorus, probably wasn’t a great combination for her. According to my new fitbit (yes, I’ve joined you fitbitters!!) I woke up 20 times last night, so rested I am not!

Anyway, time to focus!!

Unusually for us our first meeting of the month is Hitchin on Thursday June 8th. We’ll be welcoming back Kerry Haynes who used to run Enterprising Mums, in partnership with Nicola Morgan. Kerry is going to be giving us some insight into how to be more visible to our potential clients – this will include both traditional and digital marketing ideas. Kerry has many years of experience in this field, so don’t miss this talk!

Our Sandy meeting follows the week after on June 14th. At Sandy we’re going to be finding out how supporting a charity can help your business – it really can be a win/win situation. Jo Smith from Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice will be telling us what potential benefits are there when we support our favourite charity. I’m really intrigued by this and can’t wait to find out more.

Sharing is caring:
Every month I advertise our networking meetings on various websites and social media. It would mean a lot to me if you could share it with people you know who might be interested. You can do this by forwarding this email or sharing on your social networks:

The next Enterprising Mums meeting in Hitchin is on June 8th – all ladies in business or those thinking about it are welcome. It’s a lovely friendly and supportive group! http://ow.ly/m91D30cbvqA

The next Enterprising Mums meeting in Sandy is on June 14th – all ladies in business or those thinking about it are welcome. It’s a lovely friendly and supportive group! http://ow.ly/61WX30cbvJJ

Our Lincoln East groups launch this month!

Woodhall Spa:
We will be meeting at The Long Room, Woodhall Spa Cricket Club, 9am-11am on the First Tuesday and first Thursday morning of the month, except half-term, where the meetings will be moved back to the following week.

Our Tuesday group is catered around all Mum’s who want to get out the house and unwind in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. We will be looking at sessions geared around parenting,health and well-being, body confidence and lots more relevant issues. Breakfast for mum’s will be included in the £4 admission, with toddler breakfast available upon request at £1.50 for one or £2 for two.

Thursday mornings will follow a very similar format to the regular Enterprising Mums groups, but with a light breakfast available upon arrival and with informal networking. These sessions are currently priced at £4.00 each.

If anyone wants to find out more, do get in touch with Laura on: 07713 498 844 / laura@enterprising-mums.co.uk

My hour in purgatory, sorry, I mean Air Space, is over and so it’s time to say goodbye!

Enjoy the rest of half term if your children are school age!!

See you soon!!

Lesley

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