Case Studies

Hear from our women how The Growing Club has supported their journey in business.


Case Study: Jackie Bennett Shaw

Jackie Bennett Shaw owns and runs a public relations consultancy in Lancaster called Marzipan PR, and has done since 2017.

Jackie took part in our project, where local, established women in business are trained to support and mentor other women who are running a business, in a non-hierarchical mentor relationship.

This was a fully funded project by Lancaster City Council, as part of the recovery and resilience strategy, and was a brand-new initiative in the region.

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Rachel Gristwood
Lancashire women in business

Case Study: Rachel Gristwood

Rachel Gristwood provides proofreading services, searching out spelling mistakes, grammar that needs to be improved, along with punctuation and formatting errors.

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Business training for women

Case Study: Paula Eales

Paula Eales is plus-sized clothes designer and maker, based in Lancaster, Lancashire. She has taken part in the Roots and Shoots business training course with The Growing Club and also works for the organisation as an administrator.

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Case Study: Kelly Akister

Kelly Akister is a qualified teacher, specialising in advanced early years education. She’s been running her own business – Reading Fairy Lancaster – for over a year now.

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Hayley Cooper

Case Study: Hayley Cooper

A case study on Hayley Cooper, who runs her own lettings and property management company, managing a portfolio of properties in and around Lancaster and Morecambe. Hayley is on the Bloom and Grow course with The Growing Club CIC.

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Case Study: Laura Blakeley

Laura is a flower farmer in Lancaster and does floristry as well. She came across Jane and The Growing Club through the Market Trading team at Lancaster Charter Market.

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Case Study: Nikki Cookson

Nikki Cookson is the owner of Woodcroft Crafts. She shares her story about how her business started, and how The Growing Club CIC has helped her gain confidence with her business through peer support and a strong network of women in business. Nikki is currently on the Bloom and Grow online training course, on a Pay It Forward grant, funded by Boost: Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. The course helps women to develop and grow sustainable businesses.

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