Women business owners face a number of challenges in their pursuit for success. Firm Support recognises and tackles these issues by providing a professional, supportive environment to business women, based on friendship, trust and guidance. Discussion topics, training and problem solving structure each monthly meeting with members committed to support each other in achieving their business goals. Our one seat policy helps members feel at ease and our relaxed, informal approach creates an open space to air grievances, swap best practice and help each other reach our full potential in business.
Between 2008 and 2011 women accounted for 80% of the new self-employed
Women account for 17% of business owners
10% of the female population are thinking about starting up a new business
I have been in business for 2 and a half years and have had tremendous help and support from women’s networking groups. However – Firm support is different. Imagine loose women but with a business focus! We share challenges and opportunities. We get to know each other to understand each other’s business. People want to work with people they like and trust, so we advocate building relationships not selling. We talk about the real issues that affect our business – for example on this month’s agenda is ‘Should we stay or leave the EU’. But most importantly we understand the issues women face when running a business and support each other and work towards the change that needs to take place for women to succeed.
Firm Support helps me because I get to meet with like minded professional women and have some much needed comradery - which is often sadly missing in Self employment. Not forgetting that meeting like minded people brings on a host of contacts, because its not just who you know its also who they know. I find that because we all really get to know each other and our relationships build, we know that we want to help each other - its not forced, it's natural. The group is enjoyable, supportive, but professional. After all time is still precious so it has to count.