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Yorkshire women encouraged to start businesses with free academy training programme

SME training

An academy designed to help women run businesses and build work-related bonds is inviting entrepreneurs and executives across the region to sign up for its programme.

The programme is free and runs for 10 weeks. Yorkshire-born Debbie Wosskow OBE and Anna Jones are leading the lineup of female leaders delivering the academy’s free online course content.

Debbie, who was born and grew up in Sheffield, set up her first company when she was 25 and in 2017 sold her company, Love Home Swap, for $53m.

Anna, who was born in Harrogate and grew up in rural Yorkshire, became the first female CEO at publisher Hearst UK in a century.

So far, over 3,000 women have signed up for the digital UK academy.

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AllBright Academy partner, Harvey Nichols, will be providing the venue for Leeds meet-ups in its city centre store, as well as playing host to work sisterhood networking in its Manchester, Bristol, London and Edinburgh stores.

Deb Bee, group marketing and creative director of Harvey Nichols, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be working with The AllBright Academy to help women succeed in business and smash glass ceilings.

“The alignment between Harvey Nichols and AllBright could not be a better fit as both businesses are committed to celebrating and empowering women.

“The free Academy program is a fabulous idea and we’re excited to be hosting in our stores across the country.”

In a recent survey of UK women commissioned by AllBright, 13 per cent of those questioned in Yorkshire and the Humber area said they wanted to start their own business or be self-employed within a year.

A further 15 per cent were undecided about taking an entrepreneurial leap.

Debbie Wosskow OBE, AllBright’s co-founder, added: “We know that lack of confidence, especially in the 25-35 age group, is one of the reasons that women who want to start a business don’t.

“AllBright is on a mission to change this. The AllBright Academy will be a lifeline for many budding entrepreneurs and business women and in particular, the ‘Doing It For Yourself’ section is something that would have helped me enormously if it was available when I set up my first business.”

To register for the next Academy cohort (kicking off late November), please follow this link https://www.allbrightcollective.com/apply-academy/

AD:VENTURE supports launch of innovative new tech business

Business support

Remind2Find launches online gift platform that keeps on giving!

The founders of Remind2Find have taken their pioneering shopping platform to the next level after teaming up with Futurelabs and the AD:VENTURE business support programme to take part in an innovative workshop programme designed to take new business ideas into reality.

Supporting early stage or first time tech entrepreneurs or teams with an idea or a product not yet ready for an accelerator or to raise funding, the funded programme was delivered free to businesses by Emma Cheshire, Co-Founder of Futurelabs, bringing a number of specialists to Unity Works in Wakefield to deliver specific content over a 4 week period in March and April 2017.

Launched in August, Remind2Find is a smart shopping platform that takes the guesswork out of buying for other people. After creating and sharing profiles with family and friends, users receive convenient reminders before an occasion along with inspiration on what to buy.  Profiles can be fully personalised to include favourite brands and retailers, links to wish lists or, for those who don’t want anything, alternatives such as going for a drink or charitable donations.

Steven Binnion, co-founder, says “91% of people shop in a rush at the last minute and only 23% have received a great gift in the last year, so there is significant room for improvement. As fast paced as the world is now, consumers really value services that actually save them time and stress!

After a period of slow progress setting up the business, I looked for a workspace that offered informal mentoring. Futurelabs became an obvious choice, having a genuine interest in real grassroots start-ups and an understanding of what they need.

Whilst working from the space at Futurelabs helped us to recover some momentum, the opportunity to receive structured mentoring and support through the FutureStart workshop programme tipped the balance. We quickly validated and spotted some gaps in work we had done. Most importantly, we left with a clear plan about what to do next and knowledge of people who could help us. Without this I fear we could still be refining our service rather than trialling it and getting customer feedback”

Steven, and his co-founder, Marc Mills are now working hard on the launch of the live platform and will continue working with the AD:VENTURE programme and the Futurelabs team as the business launches and begins its exciting growth journey with ambitions to take the platform to a worldwide audience.

Funded by the European Regional Development fund, AD:VENTURE enables businesses to grow through support such as expert mentoring, grants, professional workshops, finance brokerage, incubator office space and peer to peer learning.

Roger Marsh OBE, chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “We are delighted to see businesses already benefitting from the opportunities and connections a regional programme like AD:VENTURE can offer. The programme was developed to help businesses just like Remind2Find to get off to the best and most informed start, and this is a fantastic example of how this type of programme works to boost the growth of SMEs in our region”

You can find out more about Remind2Find at www.Remind2Find.com

For more about Futurelabs visit www.futurelabs.co.uk