What we're about

WHAT IS THE THRIVE MEETUP?

The Thrive Meetup for Female Founders and Women in Business is managed by The Thrive Effect (https://www.thethriveeffect.co.uk). The Thrive Effect is a membership-based, business support organisation in Sussex for female founders and women in business.

We host monthly Thrive Meetups in Brighton and Hassocks.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are hosting all our Thrive Meetups online.

Female founders and women in business from across the UK are welcome to attend!

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A THRIVE MEETUP?

During the first half of the Thrive Meetup, members listen to an informative talk delivered by a female founder or woman in business who shares relevant expertise with the group. In the second half of the meetup, members participate in a peer support session during which members identify practical solutions for each other’s business challenges.

WHO ATTENDS?

Our Thrive Meetup members come from a range of industries and their businesses are of different ages. If you are tired of the more “traditional” networking activities, then join us at a Thrive Meetup to feel the benefit of being part of an extremely supportive community of female founders and women in business. Women who attend our Thrive Meetups tell us our meetups are inspirational, informative and a great place to make new connections.

Free drinks and nibbles are provided.

OUR PARTNERS

We are grateful for the support we receive from our community partners and supporters. We run our Thrive Meetup in Brighton with the support of Barclays Eagle Lab which houses co-working and maker space facilities as well as dedicated offices for local entrepreneurs.

Our Thrive Meetup in Hassocks is led by Thrive+ member, Abi Lock. Abi has a background in recruitment, sales, marketing, business development, account management and HR in a variety of industries from healthcare, events, dental, construction and property. Abi joined the Thrive Meetup in Brighton in 2018 when she was at a crossroads in a corporate career that was not matching her desire to fully smash something out of the park. Coming to the Thrive Meetups enabled her to ignite her passion for learning, starting up and being something new and true to herself. This was all very exciting and daunting, but with the belief, support and resources from peers at Thrive, and brilliant friends and family, Abi has founded a healthcare recruitment business (Lock Healthcare Recruitment - launching soon!), works part-time for a building contractor, is Co-Founder of a local market and is Charity Trustee for her village hall. Abi is the lead for our Thrive Meetup in Hassocks which takes place on the second Tuesday of the month.

OUR PURPOSE

Currently, only 20 per cent of small businesses are led by women (Parliament UK, 2018). As a business for good, our purpose is to increase the number of female-led small businesses in the UK so that it is at least equal to the number of male-led businesses.

OUR MISSION

The mission of The Thrive Effect is to give our members the inspiration, knowledge and connections they need to build a business that lasts.

We create opportunities for our members to learn and connect with other female founders and women in business via our events and our digital platform ( https://www.thethriveeffect.co.uk ).

OUR VALUES

We pride ourselves on following a "no-bullshit" approach to business support.

We deliver practical business support which is inspiring, informative and accessible to a diverse range of female founders and women in business. We are proactive, and most importantly, authentic.

OUR VISION

By 2025, we want to have supported over 10,000 women — via our events and our digital platform — to start, develop or grow their own business.

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How to Make Your Business Work for You

Online event

£10.00

'HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS WORK FOR YOU' is part of the ‘HEALTHY BUSINESS’ WORKSHOP SERIES - a new series of workshops brought to you by THRIVE and sponsored by HATCH (https://hatchenterprise.org). Build a sustainable business that supports your life goals. Instead of working longer and harder, learn how your business can work for you! You probably didn’t start a business so you could work all the time and have less money. Although working for yourself gives you more control, you’re responsible for everything. By the time you’ve paid all the bills, there’s not much left over. It feels as though the only way to earn more money is to work longer hours. No! In this interactive, online workshop, you’ll learn how to build a sustainable business that supports your life goals. Instead of finding ways to work longer and harder, you’ll discover how to create assets that work for you. HERE'S WHAT WE'LL COVER: - Aligning your business with your personal financial goals; - Using automation to improve profitability; - Diversifying your income with digital products. Through short talks, discussions, and group work, you’ll realise the true potential of your business. BY THE END OF THE SESSION, YOU'LL HAVE: - A clearer sense of your financial goals; - Practical insights on streamlining your business; - A wealth of ideas for diversifying and increasing your income. ABOUT THE FACILITATOR Catherine Pope has enjoyed a diverse career as a web developer, university lecturer, and financial coach. She’s now bringing it all together by helping small business owners to build a sustainable income through technology. You can find out more at https://catherinepope.com. WHY WOMEN ONLY? This workshop is open to anyone who identifies as being a woman or a non-binary person. This workshop is part of a range of business support initiatives delivered by Thrive - a business support organisation on a mission to bring together female founders so that they gain the knowledge, connections and resilience they need to grow a healthy, small business - whatever their growth ambitions. TICKETS Tickets are priced at £10 per person. (The Zoom link for this event can be seen by those who purchase a ticket). Please note, these tickets are subsidised thanks to the generous sponsorship of Hatch. N.B. Tickets for this event, are also being sold via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-make-your-business-work-for-you-tickets-127187245475 REFUND POLICY Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the event.

The Online Thrive Meetup for Female Founders and Women in Business

WHAT'S THE AGENDA FOR THE ONLINE THRIVE MEETUP ON 25 NOVEMBER? At our next Online Thrive Meetup, on Wednesday, 25 November from 6pm until 8pm, Coach and Business Doctor, Sandra Murphy, will deliver a practical workshop on 'How to Find Your Purpose and Stand Out from the Crowd'. In this workshop, you'll identify and reflect on: - Your purpose; - Your business goals and readiness for 2021; - Your competitive edge and how you differentiate from your competition. After Sandra's talk, you will have the opportunity to network with other female founders and women in business, and participate in two peer support sessions during which you will discuss your business goals and explore potential solutions to each other's business challenges. This session will be facilitated by Sandra Murphy. Sandra has extensive experience of working with businesses of all sizes to develop strategies and plans to grow and thrive, through good times and bad, aligned to detailed action plans to ensure excellence in execution. TICKETS WILL INCLUDE a free, one-to-one follow-up consultation with Sandra to talk through, confidentially, any business challenges you are currently facing or expect to face in 2021. WHO IS THE ORGANISER OF THE THRIVE MEETUPS? The Thrive Meetups are organised and facilitated by Clare Griffiths. Clare is the Founder of Thrive - a business support organisation in Sussex that creates powerful learning and networking opportunities for female founders and women in business. Clare is an award-winning entrepreneurship educator with 17 years' experience offering business support and advice to start-ups and growing ventures from a range of industries in London and the South East. For more information about Clare's work and Thrive, go to https://www.thethriveeffect.co.uk WHO ATTENDS THE THRIVE MEETUPS? In terms of our face-to-face Thrive Meetups, our attendees come from a range of industries and their businesses are of different ages, and our online meetups during the COVID-19 pandemic are attracting a similar audience. Many are solopreneurs, i.e. the owners of small businesses, working on their own. If you are tired of the more “traditional” networking activities, then join us at a Thrive Meetup to feel the benefit of being part of an extremely supportive community of female founders and women in business. Women who attend our Thrive Meetups tell us our meetups are 'inspirational', 'informative' and 'a great place to make new connections'. OUR MISSION AND PURPOSE Our mission is to bring together female founders so that they gain the knowledge, connections and resilience they need to grow a healthy, small business - whatever their growth ambitions. Our purpose is to boost female entrepreneurship in the UK by increasing the number of female-led small businesses, so that it is at least equal to the number of male-led small businesses. In 2018, only 17% of SMEs with employees were led by women and 23% of SMEs without employees were led by women (Parliament UK, 2019). OUR VALUES I pride myself on following a “no bullshit” approach to business support. I design and deliver practical business support initiatives which are inspiring, informative and accessible to a diverse community of female founders and women in business. For more information about my work and Thrive, go to https://www.thethriveeffect.co.uk

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