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New Committee Member

We are delighted to welcome a new addition to our committee Nicola Anderson who joined us in January. Nicola has over 25 years experience in the creative and print industries and has been running her own Graphic Design business October Creative for the past 5 years. We have been putting her plethora of knowledge to good use by rolling out our branding on social media and updating the design of our website. Nicola will be at our next event, our very popular ‘Sounding Board’ on the 12th September, if you…

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Supporting a Member

It is great to hear what members get up to away from their day to day business. Sue Weighell, our treasurer, is supporting BreastFest 2019, being run be the charity Prevent Breast Cancer. Sue is raising funds through JustGiving and would love your support. Sue is NOT running, cycling or swimming but taking on the challenge of being a lingerie model! The charity is holding an event on 5 October and 30 women, who have suffered from breast cancer will be parading in Figleaves underwear! Other women will…

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Congratuations to Val Dickinson

I am sure you will join me in congratulating Val for winning an award for one of her businesses.- Savvy Guest Savvy Guest has won a Bronze Social Value award from the Chamber Business Awards Val keeps busy running her own consultancy, Defero (a boutique marketing agency) and also runs the Business Executive Club and Let's Do Boards Well done Val, it is great to be rewarded for all your hard work Have you got business news then share with us - email info@handbagsandbriefcases.co.uk or post the news on…

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Round up of news

Sue Weighell has been nominated for an Enterprise Vision Award and we ask that you support her by voting at https://evasvoting.co.uk/financial-services-award/ Events for the rest of the year Our next event is 26th September - Sounding Board at The Metropolitan (booking open) October - date to be advised November - 22nd November at Denton Golf Club December - Christmas social event - private dining. Date to be advised. Numbers will be limited so look out for details

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Recognition of a member

We are pleased to say that Sue Weighell, our treasurer, has been nominated for an Enterprise Vision Award in the Financial Services category. I am sure you will want to support Sue by voting for her - click here to vote. Voting is open now and closes on 8th September. The awards will be presented at an event in Blackpool on 28th September. Sue is a Chartered Accountant who not only runs her own consultancy business, Delta Solutions but is also director/shareholder of Alpine Facilities Services Ltd and…

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Final call for May event

There are just a few places left on our 23 May event - Plan Your Business Success. If you want to join us please use the booking link. This is your chance to work on your business in an interactive session led by Sue Weighell. Sue is a Chartered Accountant with directorships and investments in a number of businesses. The event is being hosted at Ultimate Creative Communications Ltd in Knutsford, who have kindly lent us a meeting room.

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Book events online

We are now taking bookings for all events up to May 2018 and full details are on the website with a link to booking site, Eventbrite. You can attend the ever popular Sounding Board with Jenny Matthews, where you can discuss your business triumphs and challenges with your peers - February and April. March sees Val Dickinson sharing her thoughts on PR , Branding and GDPR. May is the turn of Sue Weighell to work with you on business planning. The numbers are capped at this event due…

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2018 Calendar of events

Our 2018 calendar events is now published. We are taking bookings for the first three events in February, March and April. We have put together a varied calendar of events so save the dates in your diary and don't forget to book! Click on "Read More" to see the calendar link Calendar of Events 2018 to download the calendar. Look out for updates as we move through 2018 as events made be subject to change.

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What’s coming in 2018?

Happy New Year to you all! Your committee has been working behind the scenes to plan a program of events for 2018. The calendar will be sent out in January with dates of events for the whole year. This gives you the chance to plan your diary. There is no meeting in January but we suggest this is a great time to sit back and look at your business or business idea and set your goals for 2018. And if you want to get feedback from our goals,…

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How can an accountant help your business

If you don’t have an accountant, then you may not know what an accountant can do. In the early stages you don’t need sophisticated services. Focus on these short term anxieties to start: Set up and compliance Your accountant can make sure that you have the correct legal structure set up for your business and that you are complying with legislation. Getting it right from day one will save time and effort down the line. Figuring out how the business is doing As businesses grow and speed up,…

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Goal Setting in 2017

The beginning of a year is always a time we think of our personal and business goals and targets. For each goal or target expected results will need to be identified, including measurement criteria. The focus here should be on results, not on a list of tasks or activities – what will success in this goal look like? Clear measures should be identified which will enable a judgement to be made on how well each result has been achieved – what would you look for to evaluate success…

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Notice of Upcoming AGM on 28.4.15

31/3/2015 0 Comments It's that time of year Ladies!Time to give you notice of our upcoming AGM on Tuesday 28th April 2015, at The Enterprise Centre in Wythenshawe, from 12-3pm.  Join us for a free lunch, vote for your committee members and get stuck into the nitty gritty of your business at The Sounding Board which follows. Over the last year we have brought you a number of events; the majority of which have been FREE to members, and we hope that you have made lasting friendships, gained…

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Last Networking Event of 2014

It was great to see so many members and visitors to our last network event of the year recently, at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Manchester Airport. Guests enjoyed canapés and drinks whilst browsing pampering products and samples from Clarins, and catching up with friends old and new. Join us at an event in 2015!

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Big Sounding Board 2014

30/9/2014 0 Comments What a great event we had recently at our BIG Sounding Board, held at the The Broomwood Community Centre.Speakers during the day were: Lily Newman of Morgan James Consulting Will Blanksby of Blank Canvas Learning Sue Wieghell of Delta Solutions Neil Clough of NWC Consultancy Each of the speakers gave an insight into how making small changes to the way we run our business, perceive ourselves, deal with customers and move forward, can reap huge rewards in the future.  A topic for discussion followed each seminar,…

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If your business was a car, what would it be?

14/7/2014 0 Comments Following on from the successful talk given in May, Helen Dibble of The Great Little Marketing Co returned last week and delivered a very interesting and powerful workshop to members of our network group.Helen’s workshop ‘Creating Effective Marketing Materials’ helped members understand the basics of marketing content.  Asking questions such as; if your business was a car what would it be? Who are you writing for? Helen created very lively and humorous practical sessions for members to pinpoint the right tone-of-voice for their business, understand…

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A warm welcome from your new chair!

Jenny Matthews was elected as the new Chair for Handbags and Briefcases at the recent |AGM.Here, she addresses members and supporters alike;As ever, we've a diverse programme of events lined up over the next few months and I really look forward to meeting you.  Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or suggestions about the network; all feedback helps our committee to provide thought provoking sessions to grow both your business and yourself.At our recent AGM, the current committee stepped down and a new committee was enrolled. Sue Weighell who has chaired the…

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Taking Control of Your Finances

23/6/2014 0 Comments Member Susheila Cox of SKC Accounting gave attendees to our latest event a whistle-stop tour of the actions to take, to ensure we keep on top of our finances.We looked at what sort of information it is necessary to keep, how to structure it, how to produce a simple set of accounts, and most importantly - when to ask for help! With examples to work on in groups, attendees left with a clearer view of how to structure business records, what information to keep, and a good…

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Attendees 'DibbleDabble' With The Power of Print

30/5/2014 0 Comments A full house attended a session with Helen Dibble of The Great Little Marketing Co this month, to go over their printed material and learn how to make the most of what was written on it.Helen talked helped us find the right words for our business, website, article and campaign - focussing specifically on printed material such as flyers.With tips on mapping our audience with 6 simple tips and a direct mail checklist, the session empowered attendees to go forth and have a go at…

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All Change! Handbags & Briefcases Committee needs YOU!

On 30th April 2014 the existing Handbags & Briefcases committee will stand down after a year of office.Over the past 12 months we have arranged 10 events, including the full day BIG Sounding Board in September, and have held quarterly meetings as a committee to ensure that we provide quality, informative and useful events for our members and visitors.The work we do to bring you these events is all done voluntarily.  Without a committed and engaged committee the group would not exist.  And so we are calling on YOU…

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Sales – The Way Forward for Handbags & Briefcases members!

Local businessman Charlie McIntyre of CM Services UK Ltd joined us in February to talk... sales!Shifty.  Pushy.  Uncomfortable.  Just a few of the words used to describe the perception we have of a 'typical salesperson'.But in reality we are ALL salespeople!  Whether it's promoting our own business or endorsing another, what we say and how we say it can make a difference.Charlie showed us how by making minor changes to the way we ask a question, planning outbound calls properly, or by gaining a 1% increase our sales volume, we can all make…

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Sound advice from women in business - just like you!

January saw the return of our ever-popular Sounding Board event, allowing attendees to share and request feedback on issues in their businesses.Facilitated by Jenny Matthews of Opia Good Thinking, delegates work in small groups, learning about each other's skills, and requesting help on a specific areas of their business.  Each person in the group receives feedback and suggestions, based on the experience, knowledge or point of view of the other people in that group.  Delegates come away with a fabulous pool of ideas and knowledge that they can then implement in some way…

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Let's eat cake

Thanks to Susan Hanley of Bespoke Cakes by Susan for this fabulous cake just waiting to be eaten at our 5th Anniversary Event on 14 November 2014We are really looking forward to celebrating with friends, old and new, with a glass of bubbly

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Happy Anniversary

Five years ago a germ of an idea blossomed into the success of Handbags & Briefcases.  The task - to given women support in setting up their business in Wythenshawe and the surrounding areas.  And that is what a small group of women (and one man) did by getting lottery funding to get the group formed.  Since then many women have joined the group and now run successful businesses over the wider Manchester area.You must agree this is something to celebrate.We are doing just that in an anniversary…

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