Hi, I’m Kate Manders and I own and run the Wagtail Deli Café in Arnside and the Wagtail Kitchen at Lakeland Food Park, Plumgarths, nr Kendal in partnership with my husband Steve.
I’ve known Jane Binnion for a few years now. We initially met around 2014 when my husband and I did some Facebook for Business training with her and I loved the way she delivered her training. She was full of practical advice; I knew I’d found someone who could really help me. I signed up for the newsletters! In 2016 Jane mentioned she had designed a course for women in business who wanted help, not just to achieve their goals, but to fit it round real life. The Growing Club was the outcome, and the timing was perfect for me to sign up for the second cohort (GC2). I’d just sold a previous business and was going into full-time catering with my husband. We knew we wanted to make big changes but didn’t really have a clue where to start.
Being in the Growing Club was life changing. I know you’ll be rolling your eyes right now, thinking I am some sort of over-enthusiastic groupie. But honestly, I can’t think of how else to describe it. I spent 12 months with a group of other like-minded women, all at different stages and from very different backgrounds. But from our year together, we all have so much clarity in our business, and understanding of how better to balance work with the rest of your life, and a fantastic support network of people who are all rooting for each other. This is what the Growing Club does. It gives you the confidence to, well, to grow.
Since graduating from GC2, I regularly attend the Growing Club Graduates meet ups, and I have an ongoing business buddy. That chance to receive and offer support to and from other amazing souls is worth more than anything for me. We opened the Wagtail Deli Café in 2018 and have just started developing our Wagtail Kitchen brand. I don’t think I would have the guts to do any of this without the Growing Club.
I would always be happy to talk to anyone who is considering a Growing Club programme. When something is this good, you’ve just got to share it.
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