Craven College

Enterprise Champions:

Alison Stone

Susan Hargreaves

Home Enterprise Day 2009

On Friday 20 November 2009, Susan Hargreaves from Craven College, in partnership with Sophie Wild from WorcNet and Debi Hawkins from Business Link Yorkshire ran an inspiring home working event at Herriots Hotel in Skipton. Friday 20 November was Home Enterprise Day, the last day of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009, when organisations in over 80 countries ran thousands of events to inspire people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity.

Local and national award winning speakers shared their home enterprise journey and there were practical workshops on subjects including how to start a business from home, registering your business and marketing tips.

One of the highlights was a keynote speech from Libby Nightingale, a successful entrepreneur from the North West, who started a business, “Chromasia” as a photoblog with her husband four years ago. Standing at the front cradling her eighth child – two week old baby Teagan – she amazed and inspired the audience with the story of how a blog set up to keep family and friends up to date has led to commissions that take them all over the world and awards such as Winner of the Northwest Women In Business Award 2009 and Most Popular Photoblog 2008 in the Photobloggies 2008 Awards!

The event was attended by over 40 people, comprising a mix of college students, WorcNet members and other individuals interested in starting or developing a home business. It was supported by organisations including PRIME, the organisation that supports people aged over 50 who want to be self employed and HMRC who can help with everything from tax to record keeping. One of over 400 events taking place in the region during Global Entrepreneurship Week, our event was supported by Enterprise UK, formerly Make your Mark as their key ‘high impact’ event in the region on Home Enterprise Day.

Feedback was excellent with comments such as ‘The event has given me a focus and some practical information on how best to move forward’, ‘I feel more encouraged about starting up’ and my favourite part of the event was ‘seeing Libby and her amazing hobby that blossomed into a business’.

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