Females needed at a focus on finances

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THE founder of a networking group has called on women to attend a meeting where vital advice on finances will be given.

More female entrepreneurs are needed for this week’s meeting of the Women What Do group, held this Friday from 5.30pm in Cafe One77 in York Road, in Hartlepool.

The network was set up for female entrepreneurs across the town to get together and discuss business matters in an informal way.

The latest meeting will look at funding and support for companies.

Co-founder Pam Hargreaves said: “There will be representatives there from lots of groups such as Job Centre Plus, Tees Valley Skills and Tees Valley Unlimited.”

Sheila Watson will be there to discuss employment relations and representatives of the Hartlepool Adult Education scheme will talk about apprenticeships and the support available.

A delegate from Tees Valley Workforce Skills will explain more about free training for employees.

Pam added: “People have signed up but we want more.”

The cost of taking part is £5 for members, and £10 for non-members which is payable on the door. Light refreshments will be available.

Anyone wanting to confirm their attendance should e-mail getinvolved@womenwhatdo.biz

Women What Do provides an informal place for women involved in business to meet each other, discuss common issues, share ideas and build up a local network of support and contacts.

It first held a meeting at The Place in The Park, in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool, in the summer of 2011 and attracted 20 people but numbers have grown since then and the search is on for more.

Its events are designed to be informative, friendly and informal. The Forum is open to women who:

l own or manage a business.

l are self-employed or freelance.

l work in their family business.

l manager a voluntary sector organisations, including charities and social enterprises.

l work within the public sector but who have an interest in economic development and/or business issue.

l are thinking about setting up a business or are in the process of setting it up.

To find out more, email getinvolved@womenwhatdo.biz