An event with plenty of fizz for businesses

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STRAWBERRIES and cream and sunshine holidays. They’re the topics on the agenda at a Hartlepool business networking group’s meeting with a real difference.

The Hartlepool Women What Do organisation is planning its “summer social” meeting on Friday, July 18 - back at the venue where the organisation first met three years ago.

Top of the agenda will be a discussion on how business bosses can get away from it all in the summer, knowing their company is still in good hands back at home.

The female-only group is inviting women entrepreneurs to get together from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Place in the Park, in Ward Jackson Park.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “It’s that time again when we all try and squeeze a few minutes here and there to watch Wimbledon, find excuses for long lunches in the sun and, this summer, try to escape the World Cup.

“It’s also the time when we all think about a well-earned rest and getting away to exotic destinations for our jolly holidays.

“It all sounds great but holidays do come with their issues for the self-employed and for businesses. Who looks after the business whilst I’m away? How do I manage staff holidays? How do you truly switch off those mobiles and tablets?”

Experts from travel agents Dawson and Sanderson, who won the Retailer of the Year title at this year’s Hartlepool Business Awards, will be on hand to share their top tips.

There will also be a chance for delegates to network with other like-minded businesswomen.

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 is open to women who own or manage a business; are self-employed or freelance; work in their family business; is a manager a voluntary sector organisation, including charities and social enterprises.

It is also open to people who work within the public sector but who have an interest in economic development and/or business issue; or are thinking about setting up a business or are in the process of setting it up.

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