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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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The BIG Sounding Board

What a great day we all had - working on our business!There were fabulous talks on business planning, branding, finance, presenting and social media, together with a truly moving story from our motivational speaker.  There was plenty of time to network and discuss those business issues with fellow delegates.Many thanks to our speakers on the day!Clockwise from top right;Andy Graham - Aspire, Act, AchieveMark Dyble - SME Business SolutionsCaroline Evers - Busy Bee MarketingSid Moore - Moore AccountancyAlex McCann - Altrincham HQGillian Taylor - Sequence Communications Feed back from member, Susheila Cox…

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The Sounding Board

The start of a year is often the time to plan what you are doing in the coming year in both your business and personal life.As Chair of Handbags and Briefcases, that is just what I have been doing. In my personal life, I must make more time for me and book a holiday with my husband - alone!  Kids of 19 and 20 don't want to holiday with their parents any more.  And my family history research has been a lot slower lately and I must make…

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Developing ideas through play

We had a fun session in June with Catherine Wilks from InMovement.We were all invited to 'loosen up' a little and to take off our 'expert hats' for the session, enabling us to think differently.After some interesting ways of moving around the room, some dancing and of course lots of laughter, the delegates recognised that by taking certain elements from other successful businesses, and by constantly changing and developing their own ideas, excellent progress can follow.Also, that we shouldn't be afraid to allow ourselves time to play once in a while!"The workshop with Catherine was great…

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Supporting Women in Business

Handbags and Briefcases celebrates 5 years of supporting women on their enterprise journey later this year.  What a great success story.  I hope as many as possible will join us in a celebratory event in the Autumn.Handbags and Briefcases offers a great range of speakers and topics all at low cost, so please support the group by becoming a member and getting involved.You can get involved by coming to events shown on "Our Events" page but you can also get involved by joining the committee.  This is an…

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Self Assessment Help

HMRC offers sole traders webinars on first tax returns HM Revenue and Customs is offering free online webinars to sole traders who are filing a tax return online for the first time. The webinars will run throughout December and January. They are led by HMRC staff and include time for participants to ask questions online. Attendees can participate from the comfort of their own home, or even on the move using a smartphone or tablet. The deadline for submitting online tax returns is midnight on Thursday 31 January…

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Solve It Surgery

What a great event we had last week at our Solve It Surgery.  Our main speakers were Heather Gibbon of My Coaching Matters and Carolyn Mellor of Homes4U.We had thirteen experts who had freely given their time to the event - click here for their details.  A big thanks to them.Everyone had the chance to book one to one advice sessions with the experts and the room was busy as information flowed.  The feedback from everyone was very positive and the H&B committee are pleased to be about…

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September all ready!

Handbags and Briefcases goes very quiet on the surface during the summer but the committee have been busy working on plans for the Autumn season.  The first event is the ever popular Solve It Surgery on 20th September and we are looking forward to seeing members and guests at this event.Book your place now.  We will have two main speakers and you will also have the opportunity to book 2 x15 minute slots with two business experts. And there will be a mini-exhibition.  And a buffet lunch is included…

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Summer Social evening

This was always going to be a good evening at the Bean and Brush in Sale as it didn't rain!There  was plenty of taking going among the members catching up with old friends and meeting new friends.  We heard the story of Clippy Mckenna who lives locally and has built up a business supply preserves typically based on apples into supermarkets across the UK and now moving into exporting.  Great to hear a success story and Clippy gave us an honest account of how she built her business…

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Grow and learn with us

This week Naomi Timperley of Enterprise Lab and Social Media boom talked about grass roots marketing to the group at our 18 June meeting "Ways to Promote your Business".  It was great for everyone to get expert information by someone you has grown her businesses in this way.We had 36 women listening to Naomi who have now gone away to put some of her ideas into action.  There was a great buzz in the room after Naomi's talk as everyone took the opportunity to make new contacts, renew…

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Next H&B Event

Ways to Promote Your Business; June 18th, 10am to Midday, ManchesterClick here for further information and to book your place

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