I’ve been lucky enough over the years to work for, meet with and work alongside some fantastic businesses in the big cities of Manchester and London, as well as attending numerous networking events and conferences.
I thought I’d have a HUGE shock to the system moving back to my little old hometown of Cleethorpes and shock I did have……in a good way! I have been pleasently surprised by the business community of Cleethorpes (and surrounding areas).
The business community here is thriving, with compaines such as Siemens Gamesa, Orsted etc. growing their hubs here in North East Lincolnshire as well as lots of independent businesses growing within the town.
I have had the pleasure of meeting with a number of these so far both at individual meetings as well as at networking events like the Fluent Coaching event I attended this morning. Fluent (https://fluentcoaching.com/) run a monthly event at Forest Pines, it’s really informal (which I love) and they also run their AoSBO (Association of Small Business Owners) session which are fantastic for people who run their own business but want that support and community. Definitely an event to check out if you’re local. John Borland is particularly engaging with his talks at the end of the sessions, this week it was getting us all to think about our cryptonite.
The Business Hive (https://businesshive.net/) are also a great resource for businesses. I met with Jo Taylor their Deputy Manager a little while ago to find out more about what they do and it’s clear they are passionate about local businesses. They offer a number of services to local businesses and recently opened a hub in Scunthorpe. The Business Hive also hold some fab events for non-members around different sectors which are always really informative and interesting.
I also visited Alfred Enderby (https://alfredenderby.co.uk/) recently and their owner Patrick Salmon (yes that’s his real name) was kind enough to give me the tour! Honestly, go down for a visit it is very impressive. They recently joined forces with another local success Docks Beers this Good Friday mooring their ‘Ro Ro’ boat serving their yummy fishcakes to Docs customers. It’s fab to see local businesses collaborating and working together.
That is definitely one thing that has stood out to me in the business community around here, the support that companies give each other, really wanting each other to do well and succeed. It’s fantastic seeing how the town is growing and that there is a strong business community here, one I am proud to be a part of!
I am always open to attending new networking events in the town so if you know of any please do let me know about them!