What's On?

So what’s on…? The Growing Club offers a wide range of events and opportunities at the Women and Enterprise Hub. We offer monthly skills workshops, weekly drop-in sessions, networking and more.

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Workshops and Events​

Discover and book upcoming skills workshops and Growing Club events online.

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1-2-1 Coaching Session

Schedule a 1-2-1 coaching session with Rebecca Batstone MBA.

Skills Workshops

We offer monthly stand-alone business skills workshops. Open to all women.

The workshops are small group workshops, with a maximum of 8 women, so you all get good attention.

Visit our events page for a more detailed overview of each workshop and to book via Eventbrite.

Growing Club Events

Slow Fashion Lancaster - The Art of Individuality

Slow Fashion Show

Annual Event, Lancaster

An afternoon of workshops and market place, with an evening catwalk showcasing local seamstresses, makers and designers.

 

If you would like to host a stall, run a workshop or submit your designs for the next catwalk, please look here or email: corkerryl[@]outlook.com. Organised by Gabriella Bavone of Artisan Bazaar.

 

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FSB Networking

Networking online & in Lancaster

Meet with like-minded business owners from across Lancashire & Cumbria Women in Business Group, established to support women who work within a business, run their own business or are considering setting up a business at some point in the future.


You can find out more about the FSB here. Regular online networking events can be booked through the FSB.

 

Jane Binnion joins the panel at this year's North West International Women's Day Celebration (click to book!), 1pm 11th March 2021.

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Angel's Den

Annual Event, Lancaster

You’ve watched Dragon's Den on TV. Now come and see… Angel's Den!

 

The entrepreneurs are coming to the end of their Start Up training and are ready to launch their business with the support of an Angel. Join us for an exciting evening of entertainment, a fine buffet and the opportunity to network in great company.

 

 

Weekly Drop In and Coaching Sessions

The Growing Club holds weekly drop-in sessions every Thursday between 12.30 and 14:00. The drop-in is open to all women for general support, so do come and say hello.

We offer support, advice and guidance - or just a brew while browsing our selection of business books in the hub library. Every Thursday volunteers are there to help with general support and put the kettle on.

If you're looking for specific support, or some business coaching, you can book a free, funded 1 hr 1-2-1 coaching session with Rebecca Batstone below. Alternatively, if you're looking for specialist finance or admin support, our specialists are available each month.

Ask the Accountant

Every first Thursday of the month is 'Ask the Accountant' with Christine Harwood of Account Matters. Drop-in to get some financial advice or support.

Ask about IT support

Every Tuesday between 12 and 2pm we have a general IT support session with Alex Dickson. Email admin@thegrowingclub.co.uk to book a 30 min slot and get some IT help!

Book a 1-2-1 Coaching Session

Meet Rebecca Batstone MBA

Rebecca originally trained as a pharmacist, qualifying in 1995.

 After having her son she set up her own branch of the Women in Business Association, running a number of women’s networking events across the East Midlands, supporting women at all stages of their business journey from start-ups to well established businesses. This was the role, which really sparked her interest in coaching and she started informally coaching a number of women in her groups, and found that she was quite good at it!

After moving back to Scotland in 2012 she joined Scottish Enterprise and further developed both her business and coaching skills, supporting a range of businesses mostly in the life and chemical industries sector. She also broadened her international horizons becoming the team lead for everything to do with EU engagement, spending a lot of time in Brussels. In 2018 she cemented her long-standing interest in coaching by training as a Personal and Business coach with one of the leading coach training organisations in the UK.

Her coaching style is  supportive, facilitative and friendly supporting individuals to reach their true potential and will gently and respectfully push clients beyond their comfort zone to achieve positive, lasting results.

Supported by funding from The Galbraith Trust.

"The ladies I have met through the drop in and meet ups are amazing, so encouraging and supportive and it's great to be able to speak to others who are facing or have faced the same struggles or troubles along their journey. I'm very early on in my journey to success and I'm grateful to have Jane and The Growing Club to turn to."

Artwork: “Just a girl who decided to go for it” by Textile Candy