The Sowing Club

Funded courses for women considering the option of setting up a business

We have received funding to run 4  pre-start up courses for women in Lancaster and Morecambe who are deemed to be socially disadvantaged due to one or more of the following circumstances.

  • In low paid work
  • Living on benefits
  • Disabled
  • Lone parent
  • Leaving domestic violence
  • Leaving prison

We will deliver courses that are 4 half days a week (morning, afternoon, or evening) for any women who consider themselves socially disadvantaged and would like to consider the option of becoming self employed.*

The courses will look at;

  • your skills
  • what it means to run a business
  • available support

Women completing the course who are ready to start a business can then feed into the start up course starting April 2018, for 12 months of taught input and support from other women running businesses to make sure that your business has the best possible chance of growing.

When and Where?


Please note the next round of The Sowing Club will start Autumn 2018. In the mean time if you are looking for support please take a look at Workshops and Drop In Sessions page

Group one will run in Lancaster  starting on Friday September 15th. This will run at Cornerstones, Sulyard St LA11PX  from 10am to 12.30pm for 4 weeks. **This course is full

Group two will run in Morecambe  starting Wednesday October 4th. This will run at Lothersdale Hotel, 320-323 Marine Road Central, Morecambe, LA4 5AA from 10am to 12.30pm for 4 weeks. **This course is full

**Following feedback we have now extended the course to 5 sessions** 

Group three will run at Lancaster library, Market Square, starting  Wednesday November 1st from 10am to 12.30pm for 5 weeks. ***This course is full***

Group four  will run in Morecambe starting  Friday January 12thLothersdale Hotel, 320-323 Marine Road Central, Morecambe, LA4 5AA from 10am to 12.30pm for 5 weeks.

How to apply

If you are interested in finding our more about this, or want to register to join please either fill in the contact form,  email Jane at or call or text 07521314926

We look forward to hearing from you.

*Please note that self employment is not about zero hour contracts, but learning to run a sustainable business that will enable you to come off benefits and contribute to the community’s economic growth.

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