Why set up these meet ups?
When I started my own business back in 2015 in the UK, attending similar events really helped me and my business.
On a personal level, they helped me get out of the house, dress up and show my face.
It allowed me to meet other business owners, and make connections.
At the time, I was fairly new to the world of self-employment, and my friends and family were for the most part, not self employed. Meeting people who understood what it was like running your own business helped me more than I could say.
They were also a great excuse to go out for cake and a coffee 😉
On a professional level, attending these meetings and events had numerous positive points. Networking with fellow creatives in the wedding industry lead to many new opportunities in my time as an Events Florist :
- From other suppliers with whom I would collaborate with on photoshoots,
- finding a workshop space for my floristry in a shop of a supplier I met at a wedding fair,
- suppliers that would end up recommending me to their clients leading to more enquiries and bookings,
- to other florists who would come and freelance for me when I needed an extra pair of hands and vice versa,
- and even just to making new friends.
Attending these events would also lead me to feeling motivated and inspired on new projects, and get to work the moment I got home!
Living + Working in Rural France
Since arriving in France in 2018, although my family and I have settled well into our rural French living, one of the things I have missed the most is meeting up with people who see business the way I do. Meeting people who inspire and support each other, and help each other move forward. It’s been on my mind for a long time, and the Business Meets Ups finally saw the day in September 2021.
What to Expect
The Meet Ups may vary a little from one to the other, but on the whole, it gives you an opportunity to introduce yourself and your business to other local business owners, and to mingle.
If you have a venue and you are happy to host a Meet Up, please do get in touch with me on : email@example.com.
There is a small charge of 5 euros per event, per person to cover administrative costs.
This does not include food and beverages at the venues hosting the meet up. Kindly note the venues may request a mininum spend per person, ie: 5 euros mininum spend (normally covered by a coffee or two, and a slice of cake). Details for each meet up will be share in advance.
Training / Workshops
I am looking to organise specific training workshops on topics relevant to running a business such as a workshop on creating a website, and wellbeing advice whilst running your business. If you would like to participate and make a presentation on your area of expertise, please contact me on : firstname.lastname@example.org.
There might be an additional cost for these events.
By attending a Meet Up, you then get access to the private Facebook group. This allows you to connect with the people you met at the event, as well as with those who have attended previous ones.
In this group, we will continue to support and inspire each other in between meetings.
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I look forward to seeing you at the next one!