Twenty businesswomen from Northumberland have been selected to benefit from a springboard programme that will help them to maximise the opportunities that access to super-fast broadband and digital technologies present.
The programme comes under the Northumberland Be Digital - Women and Broadband Challenge, part of a national programme of support for women in business and returning to work, funded by Government Equalities Office.
Applications were invited from women running their own businesses in Northumberland who are interested in growing their enterprises through a training and support programme. All applications were received digitally, either by email, an online form or in a YouTube video, and were scored by the Be Digital panel of Fay Cooper and Anita Nicholson from Northumberland County Council and programme delivery team Pascal Fintoni, Norma Foster and Leon Howe.
The successful candidates are: Paula Ansley of Paula Rosa Photography (Felton); Helen Barlow of One Line (Tweedmouth); Kim Scott of These Girls Can Run (Cramlington); Beverley Moffitt of Sew Canny (Widdrington Station); Christine Duffy of Pretty Doolally (Morpeth); Rebecca Vose of Art by Rebecca Vose (Cramlington); Jo Storie of Jo Storie Hand Knit Patterns (Rothbury); Jessica Smith of Jessica Catherine (Allendale); Sarah Anne Jamieson of Pictorial Photography (Berwick upon Tweed); Karen Scrimshaw of Marilyn & Melrose (Alnwick); Liz Walker of Noted PR & Media (Morpeth); Emma Scott of Emma Bunting (Morpeth); Katharine Paterson of So To Company Ltd (Capheaton); Tracey Wilkinson of Dapa Designs (Blyth); Gillian McCowie of Ampersand (Morpeth); Madelaine Rossi Ryle of Pinny Princess (Earsdon); Susan Edwards of Lets Manage North East Ltd (Ashington); Jo Lennon of Mellie Green (Stakeford); Lesley Scott of Doodle Bugs (Cramlington); Lucy Sharp of Allura Lingerie (Morpeth).
The Springboard Programme will include mentoring, masterclasses covering a range of topics, meet-ups with speakers and coaching and a monthly online Mastermind meeting.
Fay Cooper, from the Be Digital team at Northumberland County Council, said: “The programme will be bespoke to meet business needs, with activity areas that range from making the most of social media, to film making, to developing your digital marketing and business growth plans and strategies. It will be an exciting and varied programme delivered by experts in their fields to a small, collaborative group of like-minded female entrepreneurs. It will be challenging, rewarding and lots of fun.”
The programme will be delivered by Pascal Fintoni, Norma Foster and Leon Howe all of whom have extensive experience of delivering business support, and will run from the end of this month until March 2015.
Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “The council is very pleased to be delivering this innovative programme to businesswomen from across Northumberland. As a council, we want to celebrate the achievements of Northumberland’s women in business, while also recognising the emerging culture and importance of ‘digital’ both in our workplaces and in our enterprise growth.
“In addition to the support the selected candidates will get from Pascal, Norma and Leon, you will also be supported and accompanied along your journey by the Be Digital team at Northumberland County Council.”
This announcement follows the successful launch of the Northumberland Be Digital Programme at The Alnwick Garden in September. It was attended by more than 100 women in business in Northumberland and featured guest speakers Michelle Mone, Layla Welsh and Tanya Garland.
You can find out more about Be Digital at www.bedigital.org.uk The website includes a directory of women-led businesses; details of networks and groups supporting women in business in Northumberland; access resources including handy video clips; Be Digital business support materials; useful links and inspiring stories from women who run their own businesses in Northumberland.