Final #BOSSIT event scheduled as interest in Self Employment continues

Final #BOSSIT event scheduled as interest in Self Employment continues

#BOSSIT aims to help people living in Bournville, Coronation, Oldmixon, the Potteries and Town Centre consider how their talents, skills, interests or entrepreneurial outlook might help them become their own boss or earn money doing what they love. In many cases this can be on top of existing income or benefits.

Friendly and informal workshop events give those attending the opportunity to discuss their ideas or questions, find out about the free advice that exists to support them, gain help to overcome any barriers they face and hear from inspirational local people who are successfully being their own boss.

The campaign has proven so popular that organisers are planning an additional event to take place on the morning of June 28 at Weston Museum.

Recent events have featured speakers including Holly Law, an award-winning businesswoman from Weston-super-Mare who turned her interest in healthy tasty food into thriving retail store Replenish, and local business owner Clare Morris, who owns and runs Coco’s Canteen and manages The Waterpark beach front café in the town. Both were able to share their experiences of starting and running a successful business and talk from personal experience about the rewards and challenges of being your own boss.

Feedback to the events has been extremely positive with participants commenting that the workshops deliver “a relaxed environment where a wide range of things are covered in an easy-to-understand way” and that they have taken away “a much better understanding of what I need to go away and do”.

At the most recent events, prospective business owners have been helped on their business journey by having a surprise chance to win a Fire7 tablet, simply by attending. Steph Withers, who joined in the event at St. Andrews Bowling Club to find out more for her health, beauty and nutrition business idea was thrilled to be handed her tablet by Liz Gjoni from North Somerset Enterprise Agency.

Angela Hicks, Chief Executive of North Somerset Enterprise Agency (NSEA) which is spearheading the campaign in conjunction with Skills4Work and Westonworks and the support of a further 12 local organisations, is delighted with the interest generated.

“The #BOSSIT campaign, which is being funded by the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund, has already seen people gaining valuable qualifications, businesses being started and jobs being created. In addition, people attending are picking up skills and knowledge that will stand them in great stead for the future, whether they choose to go forward with their business idea or not.

“In addition, we are finding that people are enjoying the camaraderie of sharing ideas and being able to explore, in a very relaxed way, what self-employment has to offer them. “We are delighted to be planning a further final event in the summer to help bring the campaign to a very successful conclusion.”

For more information on #BOSSIT and the June event please contact Hazel Wintle at NSEA on 01934 418118 or visit https://northsomersetenterpriseagency.co.uk/bossit.