|Being Creative in Business|
Guest speakers Gemma Longworth of The Button Boutique and Viktorija Grigorjevaite of Sane Seven Ltd. shared their journey from idea to setting up thriving businesses.
Gemma talked about how the tragic loss of her brother inspired her to look at how to use crafts as therapy for children coping with grief. Admitting that self-employment is definitely not the easy option, Gemma let the women know that the reward of doing something she loves and feels passionate about is what makes it worth it for her. If you missed her talk you can read more about Gemma's journey here.
Both women had started their businesses as sole traders and have now expanding to become limited companies now either working with or looking to take on staff. Gemma revealed that she has recently been approached by Channel 4 to take part in a new series as one of their design team, and Viktorija was pleased to reveal she had worked hard to secure contracts with organisations such as Andrew Collinge and Liverpool One, but still has her eyes on Gucci as the next big contract to land.
Following their inspiring talks our budding creatives broke into groups to discuss the positives and negatives of going self-employed and what their motivations were for starting a business. Jo Austin and Jo Mountfort from The Women's Organisation helped the women to understand their next step and what they would need to consider if setting up their own creative business.
Some of the feedback from the event included:
"It has inspired me to look into business, and becoming my own business and how that would benefit me"
"I enjoyed hearing the guest speakers stories"
"Opened up my ideas on what it takes to start a business"
"It has improved my knowledge by helping understand what to think about starting my business off"
"I have an understanding of how other people have tackled similar challenges"
"I have an awareness now to the amount of organisation/research needed to take creative ideas forward"
"I enjoyed having others points of view and exchanging of ideas"
If you are a woman thinking about starting your own business, keep an eye on www.thewomensorganisation.org.uk/events to keep in touch with our events and workshops to help you turn your business ideas into reality.