Thursday, July 16, 2009
When office worker Helen McCann was made redundant she got on her bike and contacted Train 2000 to set up her dream business.
Find out how she did it here in The Liverpool Echo.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
A Southport businesswoman is showing that beating the recession can be child’s play.
Sandra Darwin who owns Hogey’s Coffee Shop was determined to avoid joining the other credit crunch-hit coffee shops closing their doors in the town and made a bold move to expand her business.
“I had worked so hard to get the business established and decided that I would maximize the space that was lying empty by converting it into a children’s play area,” said Sandra.
Now Hogey’s offers the chance for busy mums and carers to take the weight off their feet and enjoy a coffee break while their children have fun in the supervised play area.
“It was such a shame to see other coffee shops close down which is not good for the town’s image. I wanted to keep the business going and keep my staff employed during a very difficult trading time.”
Sandra who has also branched out into childrens’ parties at the café has been helped by Train 2000.
“I read about Train 2000 in The Visiter and signed up straight away. Although I had been trading for a while Train 2000 provides excellent business support and advice which has been invaluable.”
Hogeys is located at 54, Nevill Street, Southport. Tel: 513402.
Monday, July 6, 2009
The Halewood Festival held on Sunday 5th July at Halewood Leisure Centre saw hundreds of Knowsley residents enjoying family fun. From stilt walkers to birds of prey demonstrations and local musicians showcasing, there was something for all the family to enjoy.
Train 2000 could be found in the 'Infozone' along with the Knowsley Fresh Start team giving out information on what support is on offer for those thinking of going self employed.
Engagement worker Joanne Wadeson who manned the stall said "It was lovely to meet budding business women from the local area and have the opportunity to take part in this great event".
For more information on the FREE business advice and support services open to women in Merseyside and Greater Manchester log onto www.train2000.org.uk or to find out more about the funding opportunities for Knowsley residents needing business support log on to www.myfreshstart.co.uk
Friday, July 3, 2009
“Train 2000 helps you to think about the things you don’t know you needed to think about,” said Sylvia Walker .
Sylvia, a self-employed consultant was the guest speaker at out latest Beautiful Beginnings” evening aimed at helping women across Merseyside, Cheshire and Manchester who are thinking of setting up their own business.
Sheila Jones from our training team ran a taster workshop around entrepreneurship, encouraging women to think about overcoming barriers and taking that bold step into self employment.
The evening ended with Engagement workers Joanne Wadeson and Laura Taylor providing additional information on Train 2000’s business support services.
So how did the evening go?
“Very informative and encouraging. Everyone was very friendly and helpful”
“I found the evening inspiring”
“I thought it was very helpful and useful. I am planning on coming back to do a one to one with one of the staff”
“Very useful. I know what my next step will be. Friendly”
“Well organised, friendly, approachable speakers.”