BrewStart: A free event for business start ups in the local area

Posted on - 23rd January, 2014 - 9:30am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Friargate, Preston City Centre, Reviews, What's On in Preston
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Daniel Fisher (left) and Jonny Gledhill (right), two of the team behind the BrewStart initiative

If you’ve got a great business idea, just started your own business or still in the early stages of growing your business then head for BrewStart.

BrewStart offers Early Stage and Start-Up business founders a unique opportunity to gain help with business challenges in a friendly, informal environment.

Led by Jonny Gledhill, Dan Fisher and Amy Blundell, successful local business founders and managers, state that those starting out on this journey are encouraged to share ideas and discuss challenges they are facing to find solutions from within this peer group. There are no fees or cost to attend and even free coffee and pastries thanks to a number of local businesses who have been generous in supporting BrewStart.

“The great thing about BrewStart” says Jonny “is there’s no competition between companies or pressure to buy products or services. Everyone’s in the same boat, facing the same highs and lows of starting or growing their business.”

Sharing these challenges, ideas, problems and solutions is one of the most effective ways to find the right direction or help your business needs. Many major cities now hold Start Up network meetings and have growing numbers as the effectiveness is felt among those who attend.

Jonny gave an example of how effective these meetings are “We had a founder recently who is overloaded with work but can’t afford more staff just yet, another member who’d had the same problem a few months ago passed them a phone number and contact name for apprentices and within hours they’d arranged to take help on … it’s as quick and simple as that!”

Come and share your journey, we’ve been there and know what you’re going through. At BrewStart you can find the answers you need or share your experience with others, you’re story could provide just the answer THEY need!

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Business ideas and support being shared around the tables in a friendly and informal manner at one of the BrewStart meetings

Paul Swarbrick and Gillian Lawson went down to a BrewStart meet-up onTuesday 21st January to see what actually goes on there. What they found was a group of very enthusiastic people who had one thing in common and that was seeking and offering business experiences and support between each other and gaining useful guidance and advice from the BrewStart team.

One of the most notable aspects of the meeting was how incredibly friendly and informal it all was and that everyone attending, including the BrewStart guys were all interacting on the same level, experienced business people and novices alike.

If you are considering going it alone or maybe not sure what the next level to take your existing business to should be, then BrewStart could well be the solution for you.

It must also be said that the free coffee, croissants and sandwiches, served up by the good people at Fanaki’s, were absolutely delicious.

BrewStart meetings are held at Fanaki’s Coffee House, Friargate, Preston, 8-9:30am every Tuesday fortnight,

The next BrewStart meet-up can be found on Eventbrite.

You can also follow them on Twitter @BrewStart

If you have already been or plan to go to a BrewStart meeting then let us know in the comments section below.

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