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It’s all about You

You probably know by now that we run a 12 month business growth programme for women running a micro business, social enterprise or charity. Well at the end of each course we do a fun graduation ceremony where women share their journey.

This is one such story…

My Growing Club Journey

I have been running my business in North Yorkshire for  6 years. I came to The Growing Club because I was feeling a bit isolated as a woman in business, looking for support from other women in similar situations and wanting to offer support and share experiences

I was looking for some focus as I had been through a few things that had knocked my confidence, self-esteem and belief in myself that I could do this!

We started off with goal setting and I found the initial task of setting a goal quite difficult at first and had to find it in myself to apply my thinking and concentration! But once I had something written down, it started to make sense. I realised I was scared to put it down on paper for fear of not reaching those goals.

Anyway, the goals were set and on I went!

I have learnt so, so much from being a part of The Growing Club, about running a business and maybe, more importantly for me, about myself  – in particular I have learnt that if you can focus on specific things, and break tasks down into more manageable chunks, they ARE achievable.

Doing a vision board has been incredibly useful for me, and after doing the first one early in the course, I have revisited it numerous times and I have since done another one, that I have added to as I’ve gone along.

I’m absolutely delighted, and to be honest still a little surprised, to tell you all that I have actually achieved my goal from that first task. My initial goal was to increase turnover by £10k, which I then crossed out because I thought it was too challenging! So I broke it down into smaller goals e.g. check supplier costs and prices. But, in fact the yearly turnover did in fact increase by exactly the amount that I’d written!

I feel that I’ve gained additional tools for my business tool kit – confidence to make changes, analytical skills, more observant, questioning. The ability to break tasks that seem daunting into more achievable chunks.

Having reached the end of this course, I find myself in the position of feeling that it’s time to sell my business and head for a new challenge. I’m totally excited to see what the future may be, I’d like to continue in business but in a different industry, exploring my other interests and seeing if I can make a living from them.

I’d like to thank every one of you for the time we’ve spent in each others’ company over the last year, it has truly been a pleasure. Thank you to Jane for enabling this to happen for us and many other women, and for being truly inspirational.

I’m looking forward to continuing being a part of The Growing Club in my future venture.


If that sounds like just the kind of growth support you are looking for, the next growth programmes start in May in Lancaster, Kendal and Preston.

For full details please email

North West Women in Business: Do you need us?!

The Growing Club is growing once more! From Spring 2019, we’re delighted to be able to offer our business growth training course in additional locations.

Women in business! Are you looking to grow your businesses in a sustainable way, complete with peer-support and a full programme of unique training methods?

If so, you can now access our growth programme in three locations: Preston, Lancaster and Kendal.

The Growing Club is an award-winning, 12-month business growth programme, created especially for women who are running their own small businesses.

Unusually, The Growing Club benefits from being highly subsidised, which means you can access this programme for a reduced cost to yourself – just £395 for a year instead of the full price of £1200.

Benefits of Training with The Growing Club

• A supportive network of 10 women business owners
• Monthly facilitated sessions
• Regular inspiring guest speakers
• Accountability partners
• Action-based learning
• Peer support
• 1:1 coaching session
• Systematic process of growth
• Emotional support
• Confidence building
• Confidential space
• Workbook

Now you can access this unique business growth opportunity in three locations, starting in Spring 2019.

Why not try before you buy? We have created a short taster session in each location, where you can see what we have to offer you and your business, as well as taking part in a seminar on 6 of The Best Ways we Sabotage Ourselves in Business and how The Growing Club programme addresses these issues with real solutions.


Our Preston programme is run by Judith Loughlin and Jane Binnion. Their taster course will be held on Tuesday 5 March 2019, 10.00-12.00hrs, The Larder in Preston. You can book tickets here.


The programme in Lancaster is facilitated by Katie Birks and Nicola Garrett. The taster session is on Wednesday 6 March at 13.30-15.00hrs at The Women and Enterprise Hub, White Cross. Book your ticket here. For more information, call 07892 712417.

South Lakes

The South Lakes growth programme is run by Jennie Edmondson. She’s holding a taster session on Thursday 14 March 2019, 10.00-11.30hrs, at Castle Street Community Centre in Kendal. You can book a ticket here.

Any questions? We’d love to talk to you about The Growing Club and how it can help you grow your business. Drop us an email at or fill in the contact form here and we’ll get back to you.