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Event: Getting To Grips With Finance Workshop

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Where: O2 Workshop, 229 Tottenham Court Road , London W1T 7QG

When: 12 June 2012 from 10:00 to 14:00

How much: £65.00

Johnny Martin has extensive experience turning around businesses such as Baring Venture Partners, JO Hambro and Monument Trust.

Mr Martin will be leading the Getting To Grips Workshop, offering financial advice for setting up a business, working with accountants, raising capital, and cash flow management. Attendees are asked to bring their laptops!

To book your place, visit: (Note that for £65, you will not only get to attend the workshop, but you will receive a few added extras and bonuses!)

Sarah Cressall: The Creation Station

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

On 29 March of this year, Sarah Cressall was announced as “Woman Franchisor of the Year” at the 2011 Encouraging Women Into Franchising Awards.

Sarah Cresswell is a true inspiration for female entrepreneurs for so many different reasons.  In 2002 she came up with the idea of setting up The Creation Station, aimed at nurturing children’s creativity through fun arts and crafts activities with their parents/carers, and in such a way that minimises any stress or burden for the parents/carers.  Since 2002 Ms Cresswell has successfully overcome various obstacles (such as suppliers going bust) in order to develop her business into what it is today.  In an interview last year she stated, “You can either look at things as challenges or opportunities”.

While we commend Ms Cresswell for successfully setting up and running her own business, Off To See My Lawyer is especially impressed by the nature of her work.  She explains, “We run different types of workshops…   We also run art and craft birthday parties, events for organisations like the brownies, events and fetes for charities.”

While offering valuable services for parents bringing up their children, The Creation Station is now a franchise which offers parents the opportunity to become franchisees of the business and generate their own income.  Ms Cresswell says, “It’s designed specifically for mothers.  It’s flexible. There are some mothers with six-month-olds who do two mornings and others whose children have started school and may want to work four or five mornings.  The business allows time for family life. As they grow and get more confident, franchisees can employ people to run the business.”  Franchisees are given assistance and training to help them run their business, and are supplied with arts and crafts materials, session plans (based on government educational guidelines), a uniform, an admin pack, a web page and materials such as bags and stationery.

If you have an existing business which you wish to develop and expand into a franchise, please consult Jo Tall at jo@offtoseemylawyer.comOff To See My Lawyer does not only deal with start-ups!  Similarly if you are thinking of becoming a franchisee and need legal advice, Jo will be only too happy to assist.

Social Media Strategy Workshop

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Social media such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and You Tube have proved invaluable as conduits for successful on-line businesses.  Julie Hall (founder of Women Unlimited and Springmedia), will be running a workshop aimed to introduce you to this subject, and provide you with basic operational know-how – so perhaps you too could become a social media entrepreneur!

The workshop will take place on 15 May 2012 from 10:00 to 16:00, at O2 Workshop, 229 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7QG; and costs £125.

If you are interested in attending, you can book a place via this link:

Event: The Vintage Festival

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Location: Broughton House, Northamptonshire

Date: 13-15 July 2012

Businesses may be saved the expense of rent and overheads by trading on-line, but some business owners prefer the traditional idea of renting real estate and creating a physical presence on the high street.  Many such traders are enjoying the fact an increasing number of buildings are becoming vacant as a result of commercial chains closing their branches in the high street.  It is becoming increasingly possible for small businesses and entrepreneurs to rent spaces for a short duration in order to set up a temporary shop, for the purpose of helping establish their brand and attracting customers.  Thus a new culture of small “pop-up” shops is being generated.

Co-founder of the fashion business Red or Dead Wayne Hemingway enthuses, “we are seeing a renaissance of a variation of the serendipitous market.”  Since 2007, Mr Hemingway (alongside his wife and the HemingwayDesign team) have run an annual festival which celebrates the history and influence of British creativity.

This year’s Vintage Festival will take place in July, at Broughton House, Northampton.  At the festival Mr Hemingway wishes to recreate a “vintage high street” as “a place to promenade, shop, watch street artists, eat and drink and just sit and take in the magic of the high street, with the authenticity of a film set, in the middle of a wonderful landscape” and thereby ignite a new enthusiasm for the traditional British high street.

For more information, visit

The Richmond Business Expo

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

The “Richmond Business Expo” is due to take place at Twickenham Stadium on 19 April 2012.

Up to 100 different businesses will exhibit their products and services between 1pm and 8pm, in what promises to be “a hive of creativity, ideas and inspiration”.  In addition there will be seminars lead by entrepreneurs (at 11.30am with Nigel Botterill, and later between 4.30 and 6pm with Bev James and Warren Knight).

A networking drinks reception will take place at the bar between 7 and 8pm.

Ever heard of speed-mentoring?

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

This year the Southbank Centre hosted a Women of the World festival in celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March).  One particular networking event took its inspiration from the concept of “speed-dating” – a so-called “speed-mentoring” event.

The combined number of mentors and protogées (referred to for the purposes of this event as “mentees”) reached around 300.  The mentors were women from all walks of life, sat in a semi-circle facing outwards.  Once the bell sounded, the mentees would take it in turns to go and speak to a mentor for exactly 15 minutes before moving on.  Each mentee was allowed to speak to four different mentors.

We like this idea at Off to see my Lawyer, and will keep you informed of any similar speed-mentoring events we hear about coming up in the future!

Selling the Easy Way

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

On Monday 16 April 2012, Women Unlimited will be hosting an evening (venue TBC, but in Central London) presented by Jo James, whose experience in sales spans the pub, health and recruitment industries.

Ms James will offer advice on how to expand your business and improve your selling techniques.  At this event you will also have the opportunity to network with other business women.  Tickets cost £20, available online:

Future Proofing for Success

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

If you work in the communications industry, and are interested in strengthening your business’s brand, you may be interested in attending a training event on 16 May 2012, at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG.

Speakers include Shelly Lazarus (Chairman of Ogilvy Worldwide), Louise Mensch (MP), Daryl Fielding (VP Marking for Kraft Foods), Fru Hazlitt (CEO of ITV), Debbie Klein (CEO of Engine), Alex Cole (Director of Corporate Affairs for Sainsbury’s) and Travey Follows (of VCCP).

You will be able to attend a workshop on one of the following subjects: Speed Mentoring; Work/family life balance; Investing in your future; Networking; and Change.

At £425 plus VAT per ticket, this event is not cheap; but if you book by the 31st March, you can get the early bird discount and pay £385 plus VAT.

March Event:

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

The Stylist Network will be hosting a “Be a Wellness Entrepreneur evening in March.  This will comprise of business stories and advice related by various entrepreneurs in the so-called “wellness” industry; a Q&A session; and an opportunity to network with fellow female entrepreneurs.

Venue: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, London W1J

Date: Tuesday 27 March, 18:30-22:00

Tickets: £45 (unlimited availability)

Book now at:

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Mothers of Invention

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Did you know that this March will be International Women’s Month?  Its purpose is to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future.

The British Library will be hosting an event entitled “Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Mothers of Invention” for female entrepreneurs, on Monday 19 March 2012, 18:15-21:00.  It will take place at the British Library Conference Centre, and the cost of a ticket is £10 (concessions £7.50).

An opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs, this event also offers the chance to listen to talks by successful female entrepreneurs such as Kamal Basran (founder of The Authentic Food Company), Sophie Cornish (co-founder of, Rosie Wolfendon (co-founder of Tatty Devine) and Christina Richardson (founder of The Nurture Network).

To book your place, either contact the BL Box Office by telephoning 01937 546546, or visit the British Library website: