Join us for our first ever woodland and community housing event on Thursday 29th October

Very excited to say that we have six great speakers and forty participants already booked on for our first ever woodland and community housing event. With over fifty people in the same zoom room ready to share their experience of community woodlands and housing we’re sure for some lively listening, talking and thinking. Can’t wait to share the space with you all! As with all our events it’s completely free. You just need to book via Eventbrite here and wait for the zoom link to come through. Speakers from Wood Knowledge Wales, Llais Y Goedwig, Undergrowth Housing Co-op, The Willow Bank and Ty Pren. See you there!

Wales first ever Community Led Housing Festival!

Very excited to be taking part in the first ever Community Led Housing Festival in Wales next week! We have a great set of workshops. All online. All free. All bookable via Eventbrite. Look forward to seeing you there. Why towns matter, Regenerating rural communities, More than housing: the role of CLH. More details and booking links here.

Mid-Wales Hack of Kindness coming soon!

Looking forward to being part of this great event later in the month. If you’re interested in social enterprise or just developing positive solutions with a group of like minded people this is a great way to do it. It’s a week long event run over several evenings and gives you a great opportunity to meet and work with other people to create change through enterprise. It’s all online, free and comes with support from Newtown Enterprise Hub, the Wales Co-operative Centre and Business in Focus. Hope to see you there! Free. Book via Eventbrite.

Join us for some top legal advice from community housing specialists Wrigley’s Solicitors

This week as part of our Learning Together series we’ve brought in Wrigley’s Solicitors, specialists in Community Led Housing to talk through legal structures. They will be looking at the differences between structures and the key things you need to think about when picking one. If you’re not use to legal language and the idea of setting up a legal structure it can all sound a bit daunting but all legal structures are there to make things possible and Wrigley’s are great at plain speaking and helping guide you through things step by step. Looking forward to this one very much! As with all our Communities Creating Homes webinar its free, you just have to register here. Thursday 13th August 2-3PM.

Join us tomorrow for our free Learning Together webinar on community led housing

If you’re interested in community led housing come along to this zoom webinar tomorrow to find out more. We’re specifically looking at different types of projects and the different legal models available to groups. Legal models help groups get things done, so its good to know what exists and how you can use them to create the home you want. I’ll be there with my colleagues tomorrow 2-3. Free event. Book here.

Join us for our monthly community housing meet-up Thursday July 30th

Every month at the Wales Co-operative Centre we bring people together to talk about community led housing. It’s a chance to chat to others about your project, find out what everyone else is doing, offer mutual support and hear interesting speakers. This week we have a guest speaker talking about One Planet Development and another about the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. Both are unique to Wales.

Do you want to learn how to grow your online business without sacrificing your values? Join me in conversation with Kayte Ferris of Simple and Season this Wednesday.

After talking with Shann Jones of Chuckling Goat, and Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot I’m very pleased to say creative business coach Kayte Ferris will be joining me on Wednesday in the third part of my three part series of webinars for Newtown Enterprise Hub focussing on online business models. Kayte Ferris has created the Simple and Season brand to promote her values based approach to running small business. Her podcast Grow with Soul is a reflective space for her to share soulful conversations with people who are reaching out on their own, trying to create a new business and a better relationship with their work. I think there’s something for all of us to learn from her approach, both in terms of how to make the most of our online content but also how to identify what you really want and work towards that rather than working towards what other people say are the shoulds. Join us on Wednesday between 2 and 3.30PM. Book here.

Join me tomorrow for my next Our Stories digital business models webinar

Excited to say that I’m interviewing Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot and Lizzie Spikes and Becky Barratt of Driftwood Designs tomorrow. This follows on from the interview and Q and A I did last week with the amazing Shann Jones of Chuckling Goat. Each interview looks at the experience of local entrepreneurs who have used digital technology to drive sales and revenue. The whole series is delivered through the Newtown Enterprise Hub and Wales Co-operative Centre. It’s free and you can sign up here. Hope to see you tomorrow between 2 and 3.30pm. On Zoom.

Join me for my interview with Shann Jones of Chuckling Goat on Wednesday July 1st

As part of my work with the Wales Co-operative Centre and Hwb Menter I got the chance to interview Shann Jones of Chuckling Goat a couple of weeks ago and I will be playing the interview as part of a series of digital business webinars on July 1st between 2 and 3PM. Shann, along with her husband Rich and a team of staff have grown their business from a smallholding in Wales to the point where they are delivering product to thousands of customers across the globe. During the Covid crisis the company have given away over £100,000 worth of product to people working in the NHS. Chuckling Goat are 100% online and have been fully equipped to deal with the crisis created around social distancing and lock-down. I wanted to create these webinars to give a helping hand to other people struggling to find their way through the ‘new reality’. We have a unique opportunity in Wales to deliver value driven enterprise to a much bigger market than we would have been able to do before the internet, and Chuckling Goat is a brilliant example of a business that has made a success and also transformed lives. Hope you can join!

Join me for new digital business models webinars – starting July 1st

Very pleased to be able to say I am launching three new digital business webinars this week featuring five Mid- and North-Wales entrepreneurs. The webinars, part of my work for the Wales’ Enterprise Hubs (Hwb Menter) and Wales Co-operative Centre, will help people struggling during Covid to make the most of online digital opportunities by listening to people who have already done it themselves. The five people I’ve interviewed are Shann Jones of Chuckling Goat, Lizzie Spikes and Becky Barratt of Driftwood Designs, Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot and Kayte Ferris of Simple and Season. Each enterprise combines what our first interviewee Shann Jones describes as a ‘heart based’ approach to business with a clever use of digital technology and strong social media presence. Every webinar includes about 40 minutes of interview, introduction and Q and A. The webinars will be between 2 and 3pm on July 1, 8 and 15. Book through Eventbrite on the links above. Look forward to seeing you there!

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