Maidstone’s meeting last week was the first of our birthday month meetings, and we had a sense of déjà vu as we sought to cram as many people in the room just as we did at our first meeting in Faversham 12 months ago.
What a way to kick off our celebrations! Joining us were members that were there at that first meeting, guests and visitors that have dropped in on us over the year, and ladies that were coming along for the first time to see what all the fuss was about.
Taking stock and looking round at all the women in the room, we’ve been part of so many entrepreneurial journeys, and seen so many businesses grow and become a success, and so many women developing and really coming into their own. Another year awaits us, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.
So, onto the business for the day, we kicked off proceedings with Nathalie Banaigs from Kent Creative Arts who talked about injecting more creativity into our businesses, and showing us that even if we don’t have a creative bone in our body, there’s ways and means of differentiating ourselves from competitors and standing out from the crowd, whether it’s through photography, logos, telling the story of our business, or using celebrities. There was SO much for us to take away and digest, and a fascinating perspective on how to look at our business.
Our member slot was from one of those women that were there with us back in November last year, in fact, she was our first collaboration slot all those many moons ago, and that was Louise Pepper from Bespoke Financial Planning. This time, Louise took us on a very personal journey of how she began her own financial planning consultancy. She was only four months into her business as we began, and we’re delighted that she’s made a huge success in that time and has really made her mark on the Kent business community.
Although there was lots of celebrating, we were being good this month and enjoyed Herbalife shakes and bars in our break, whilst we caught up with old and new acquaintances alike.
Amanda Holges then fed back on her collaboration slot. Her investment into a motorcycle helmet business had us all hooked last month, it’s such a great idea, and we were keen to see what the next steps were. So we were pleased to hear that there have been some changes to the website to bring some of the human aspect/storytelling to the copy, a social media campaign in the offing, and fingers crossed many more opportunities which will result from crowd funding. Good luck Amanda with it all, and keep us updated.
Our host for the day Ali Hollands then was seeking our help and advice about how to plan a hypnosis/motivation online product, and what that might look like. I think the personal favourite around the room was an idea for the dulcet tones of Ali Hollands gently waking you up in the morning! Seriously, there were some fantastic ideas for apps, etc. so can’t wait to see which ones will be progressed by Ali.
So, all in all, a fabulous meeting, we were delighted that so many guests and members took advantage of our birthday offers (which for those who haven’t seen the emails, there’s a huge discount on all membership prices at all November meetings). But with two meetings in Faversham (20th) and Dartford (27th) still to come, if you haven’t booked your places yet, we advise you to book now (through our events page here), as there’s huge interest to snap up these birthday offers.
And of course, we want you to join us to help us celebrate our first 12 months as Metis Women, and hope you will continue with us on our journey for the next 12 months.