Ladies That Launch kicked off the Women And Broadband Programme with an event attended by 100 businesswomen on Friday 16th October. Hosted by Superfast West Yorkshire at the Google Digital Garage in Leeds the event was an introduction to the 6 month Support Package available to registered ladies within business.

Janet Bebb from Social Progress - Mentor for Ladies That Launch - Women and Broadband - Google Garage Leeds

Janet Bebb from Social Progress is one of the 5 Mentors for the Ladies That Launch Programme

Our very own Janet Bebb is one of the 5 mentors on the Programme who will be helping a number of the registered businesswomen across a 6 month period. The Women and Broadband Programme is fully-funded for the delegates and each mentor is happily supporting the ladies through the funded scheme. What a fantastic opportunity for both mentor and mentee to develop and grow!

Ladies That Launch - Superfast West Yorkshire - Google Garage Leeds

It was lovely to see so many familiar faces in the crowd. Were you there?

The event included:

  • Informal Networking
  • Introduction from Beth Hewitt (Superfast West Yorkshire)
  • Presentation Part 1: How to Attract the 21st Century Customer by Pascal Fintoni
  • Meet the Mentors: Janet Bebb (Social Progress), Katrina Cliffe (KC Communications), Saeeda Ahmed (Education Partnerships UK), Carolyn Pearson (Maiden Voyage) and Anj Handa (People Help People)
  • Q & A Session
  • Lunch Provided
  • Presentation Part 2: How to Satisfy the 21st Century Customer by Pascal Fintoni

Esther was more-or-less glued to the iPad, tweeting away throughout the whole event, taking photos and notes. Below are a few encouraging and interesting points which were made by Pascal Fintoni, presenting on behalf of Superfast West Yorkshire, during his presentations… Here’s a few photos from the event…

Ladies That Launch - Pascal Fintoni

Pascal Fintoni presenting at Ladies That Launch – presentation packed with tips and advise on embracing digital media

Ladies That Launch - Pascal Fintoni

“Everything should point back to your business” – Pascal Fintoni
This includes printed and digital publicity, social media, stationery, blog etc – point back to your website

Ladies That Launch - Meet the Mentors

Meet the Mentors: : Janet Bebb (Social Progress), Katrina Cliffe (KC Communications), Saeeda Ahmed (Education Partnerships UK), Carolyn Pearson (Maiden Voyage) and Anj Handa (People Help People)

Ladies That Launch - Janet Bebb - Social Progress

Janet Bebb from Social Progress is one of the 5 mentors on the Ladies That Launch Programme. Each mentor had 5 mins to tell the room about themselves and their business story.

Meet the Mentors: Q and A at Ladies That Launch

“Consider the top 7 platforms; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Google and Youtube. Don’t underestimate or ignore Google!” – Janet Bebb

Pascal Fintoni presenting at the Ladies That Launch event

“Being digital is about expressing your qualities as a human being via the internet” -Pascal Fintoni. We totally agree!

Pascal Fintoni - Ladies That Launch - Superfast West Yorkshire - Google Garage Leeds

” We all need encouragement – transform nervousness into eagerness” – Pascal Fintoni

It was lovely to see so many familiar faces in the room, lots were contacts from Social Progress and a number from Esther’s circle of friends. We managed to round up the ladies before they left for a group shot (including Esther’s Mum).

Ladies That Launch - Superfast West Yorkshire - Google Garage Leeds

There are many, many small businesses that are either a 1-man-band or a very small workforce (below 10 people). We work with a lot of business owners who are the directors, administrators, marketeers, producers, delivery service, bookkeeper and much more! It’s VERY easy to get stuck in a bubble, alone and very often overwhelmed with the amount of work they need to do.

Business is tough. It’s a marathon and not a sprint! Esther’s asked the question recently;

“Why do so many businesses not seek advice and business support (accountability) before setting up? And why do people feel they need to do it alone?” – Esther Orridge, Social Progress

Ladies That Launch provides business support, advice and training for the registered delegates which is a fantastic opportunity for them. However it’s got us thinking here at Social Progress HQ, how many businesses would benefit from monthly support and advice? Not to be told what to do or told off. It could be simply an opportunity to discuss the business, ideas, plans and challenges with another business person or persons – someone neutral… Well that’s starting to sound like another blog in itself so watch this space for it.

If you’d be interested in finding out about business support (it doesn’t have to be complicated), do get in touch. Janet has years of experience in advising businesses and has faced / overcome multiple challenges along the way of building Social Progress up to what it is today.

We’re not perfect and we’re not saying “we know it all”, we are simply humans with a heart to help other humans too!

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