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What’s On in April

Everything you need to know about what’s coming up with BIPC Devon this January: Grants, Workshops, Time Management Masterclasses & more…

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March High Street Hero: The Tribe

Stacey Sheppard is founder of The Tribe in Totnes. Stacey is a freelance writer, journalist and professional blogger. In 2019, she started to work from home, alone, and quickly realised just how isolating and lonely that can be. She went in search of a local coworking space but couldn’t find one that made her want to leave the comfort of her own home and start commuting to work again. Having watched the emergence of design-led and women-only coworking spaces popping up in cities around the world, Stacey had hoped for something similar in rural Devon. Knowing full well that this was unlikely to happen, she decided to take matters into her own hands and open her own work hub. She knew that with her background in interior design she could easily create a beautiful and welcoming coworking space and open it up to other women in a similar situation. In January 2020, after just four months of preparation and planning, she opened The Tribe, a small boutique coworking space in central Totnes, designed to offer a sense of community, connection and collaboration to local women in business. BIPC Devon talks to Stacey about her small business journey… The beautiful space

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What’s On in March

Everything you need to know about what’s coming up with BIPC Devon this January: Grants, Workshops, Time Management Masterclasses & more…

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May 2022 Newsletter

May 2022 Newsletter That’s a wrap! BIPC Devon’s Women in Business Course has been a real hit with Devon’s female entrepreneurs and we are so excited to find out what they do next! Our Women in Business Course ran from March to May with over 70 hours of content and events on subjects from wellbeing, relationship management and public speaking to branding, digital marketing and accounting. We ended this week with our last of over 30 events since March 2022, this course was designed and run by Devon’s female business champions. We’ve met over 100 inspiring women from all over the county, through our webinars, networking events, workshops, panel events and talks. We’ve even launched successful free pop-up coworking days at Exeter Library, soon to be rolled out at Barnstaple Library! We will celebrate the end of the course in June with a collaborative networking event with Six Degrees marketing. Look out for an email in your inbox! What’s Next? So what’s next for BIPC Devon? Well, you can still access all the recorded content from our previous courses by visiting our website. We have dozens of hours of webinars as well as access to data, expert advice and more!

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How to Build a Community around your Business

Join Stacey Sheppard to find out how to build a loyal and engaged community around your business Some of the most successful brands today are the ones who have managed to build a loyal and engaged community around their business. Customers who support your business, help you to build brand awareness and provide important feedback for your business are one of your most valuable assets that any business can possess. In this webinar we will explore the following: • The benefits of building a community around your business • The importance of having a community building strategy • Practical tools and resources to enable community building • How to harness your community for business success You will leave this webinar with a deeper understand of how to build a community around your business and what tools you can use to make this possible, no matter what stage of your business you are at. . About Stacey Stacey Sheppard is a freelance writer and multi-award-winning interior design blogger. She started her blog, The Design Sheppard, in 2009 and it is has ranked as one of the top interior design blogs in the UK every year since 2012. As an interior design

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How to Create a Strong Brand for Your Business

Join Stacey Sheppard to find out how to build a strong brand identity for your business How to create a strong brand for your business Your business’ brand is one of your most valuable assets. It sets you apart from your competitors, makes you memorable and builds trust with your audience eventually turning them into loyal customers. When most people hear the word brand they immediately think of logos, colours and fonts. But your brand is far more complex and powerful than a simple visual identity. In this webinar we will cover the following: • What is a brand? • What is branding? • How to define your brand identity? • How to position yourself in the market? • How to communicate with your customers? • How to build brand awareness? Upon leaving this webinar you will have a much greater understanding of how a strong brand will allow you to build relationships with your audience and eventually turn them into loyal customers. You will be equipped with a strategy for defining your brand identity and using it to communicate with your customers. About Stacey Sheppard Stacey Sheppard is a freelance writer and multi-award-winning interior design blogger. She started her

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Networking with Lyme Bay Ladies

Practice your networking skills with an establised female led networking group. Are you nervous about networking? Do you want to polish your pitch? Over the past 3 months, the BIPC’s Women in Business programme has had a number of webinars designed to help you gather your thoughts, provide hints and tips, and uplift your confidence when it comes to networking and pitching your business. Whether you have attended these webinars or not, we have the perfect opportunity to practice those skills and meet likeminded women in a relaxed setting. Lyme Bay Ladies is a well establised networking group for women, led by Lisa Eastwood. Usually their networking sessions are for members only, so this is your unique opportunity to join us at Exeter Library. Refreshments will be available to purchse at the Owl & the Pussycat Cafe in the library. We look forward to meeting you!

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Women in Business: Finding Finance – Essentials for Business Loan Approval

Learn how to write a winning funding application, with Clare Lenihan-Thomas of SWIG Finance Often, accessing finance and loans can feel like a huge barrier to starting a business. But loans don’t have to be scary and there are plenty of ways to access the finance you need as you start or grow your business. Join Clare Lenihan of SWIG Finance to discover what you need to know as you apply for business loans, for the very best chance of getting your application approved. About Clare Clare is Business Manager at SWIG Finance, a social enterprise providing small business loans to SMEs and start-ups across the South West. Booking/Joining information Zoom webinar – details will be sent to you 2 hours before the session via email. The session will be recorded for BIPC Devon’s archive. You are free to leave your cameras on or turn them off as you prefer. There will be a chance to ask questions during the session, which you can do via video/audio or by using the Zoom chat function. If there is anything we can do to help you access this session more easily, please do get in touch at bipc@librariesunlimited.org.uk.

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Women in Business Networking Session

Exercise your networking skills and meet likeminded business owners! Find yourself daunted by the prospect of networking, nervous about promoting your business, overwhelmed with everything your feel you need to do to launch your service? BIPC Devon through Libraries Unlimited has got you covered. Our Women in Business programme provides the opportunity to gain the skills required to successfully get your business moving, we’ll enable you to build a great pitch, plus gain confidence so promoting your business feels better. We have a range of business tools and experts on hand to release your potential and now we have created a networking event to bring like-minded entrepreneurs together, share experiences, collaborate and support women in business across Devon The Women in Business Network starts 1pm on Friday 1st April, 2022 at Exeter Library – Register by 12pm on the day to attend.

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Women in Business: Starting your Market Research

Discover the range of resources available to help you start your market research, all free of charge through BIPC Devon Understanding your market can make the difference between success and failure in a business that’s starting up. In this session, we’ll look at How market research can help your business Key resources through BIPC Devon (and the wider BIPC network) Primary research – the next step. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to ask questions throughout. About Rachel Rachel Oakes is BIPC Devon’s Information Specialist. A Chartered Librarian, with a background in business information in both academic and public libraries, she has also run her own small business. Booking/Joining information Zoom webinar – details will be sent to you 24 hours before the session via email. The session will be recorded for BIPC Devon’s archive. You are free to leave your cameras on or turn them off as you prefer. There will be a chance to ask questions during the session, which you can do via video/audio or by using the Zoom chat function. If there is anything we can do to help you access this session more easily, please do get in touch at bipc@librariesunlimited.org.uk.

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