Fylde coast mums' award-winning advice

A pair of working mums who set up an award-winning business are to deliver a networking and advice session for small and micro businesses on the Fylde coast.

Thursday, 18th January 2018, 11:04 am
Updated Thursday, 18th January 2018, 11:10 am
Cate McNeal and Jenny Hardman of Hardman McNeal

The duo from Hardman McNeal based in Wesham will be running the workshop at Booths in Poulton later this month.

Mum-of-five Jenny Hardman and mum-of-one Cate McNeal work with the likes of the council’s Blackpool Unlimited, Boost & Co, EKM Systems and Learn Direct to provide as much funded support as possible to those who fall in between the catchment for other funded business support.

Their core program is 12 months of coaching sessions aimed at those new in business where they aim to help them every step of the way.

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The duo won the Special Recognition award at the Wyre Business Awards and this week were invited to Brussels by Facebook for a training event thanks to the success of their online group.

Speaker at the Poulton event, on January 30 from 7pm to 9pm, will be Simon Iredale, founder of Motion Lab in Preston, who will speak about the importance of solid business plans and marketing plans, breaking down tasks and tackling them one at a time.

Jenny Hardman said: “We actually started more than two years ago, but Hardman McNeal was officially born six months ago.

“Cate had set up a ladies networking group aimed at mums in business. I joined the group and things developed from there.

“We have both been in business for more than ten years in various roles and were coaching people.

“Some had been made redundant and wanted to start out for themselves others had come back after having children. We have both been through that and understand exactly what is needed.

“Many of the schemes are good for one particular subject but people often need follow up and additional coaching and that is what we do.

"We keep the costs low so the people who really need it can get access, rather than charge £300 for a training session since people who can afford those sorts of prices probably don’t need the training anyway.

“We like to think of ourselves as a little hub where we bring everything together into one place and wrap it up with a little bow so it’s easier to find and understand.