Durham women get digital advice on setting up in business

AN online marketplace for independent retailers and creative businesses is coming to Durham to urge more women to start their own firms.

Sophie Cornish, left, and Holly Tucker, right
Sophie Cornish, left, and Holly Tucker, right

AN online marketplace for independent retailers and creative businesses is coming to Durham to urge more women to start their own firms.

The e-tailer notonthehighstreet.com is backing efforts to encourage more mumpreneurs to turn their ideas into businesses.

Catherine Clark, new business manager at the multi-award winning company, will be the guest speaker at the Make Local, Sell Global event being held on Wednesday.

Organised by Durham Creatives, a free programme of mentorship, practical workshops and support aimed at firing the imaginations of talented people in County Durham, the event takes place at Durham Town Hall.

Organiser Meryl Dodd said: “We want to give people the support and practical advice they need to turn their dreams into a reality and set up their own businesses, whether that’s in photography and fashion or cottage crafts.

“It’s for anyone in County Durham, from a mum who wants to be more creative and fit work around her family life, to someone who wants to turn a passion or hobby into a successful business.

“It’s fantastic to be working with notonthehighstreet.com which is a hugely successful fast growing brand and one which is all about working with creative businesses who can offer original and thoughtful products.”

Notonthehighstreet.com was set up by mothers Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker from a kitchen table six years ago and today has almost 100 staff and works with 3,000 small businesses across the UK. The two friends have detailed their experiences the book Build A Business From Your Kitchen Table.

The website acts as a portal with one shopping basket, for people seeking original and creative products from hundreds of businesses selected to appear on the website.

Catherine Clark said: “We’re very excited to attend this event. Notonthehighstreet.com is always looking out for creative businesses and this is a great initiative to discover the next up and coming creative entrepreneurs.”

Durham Creatives has been set up with the target of supporting the start-up of 60 creative businesses in the next couple of years. It was launched in September and plans to organise a number of enterprise events in the county. It is being funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) money, the County Durham Economic Partnership and Durham County Council.

To register for the event on November 21 go to www.durhamcreatives.co.uk


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