What we're about

Are you an Indie Business Owner, Founder, Entrepreneur or Content Creator? Do you run an independent creative business, project or want to?

My name is Hannah Cox, and I have worked for myself for over a decade. In 2019 I was shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year at the Made in Manchester Awards for my work building Creative Business Events and encouraging people to create a life they love with the foundations of independence and social wellbeing.

I believe we should all enjoy everyday life through our work, friendships, travel, and adventure. There are solutions for making our lives better; we just have to be willing to seek the answer and work hard! Through betternotstop, you will find a community of like-minded people in our Nationwide Meetup Groups (https://www.meetup.com/pro/betternotstop) and practical help and advice on making a life you love.

betternotstop events are for anyone looking for community and support. Meetings with different themes and speakers every month to inspire our members to create a life they love. We also run free coffee mornings and evening dinners to meet other founders and creators in a much more relaxed setting.

Our goal is to create a community of people that can collaborate, support and be inspired. To provide help, advice or maybe motivation and direction on your latest project.

These meetups are an opportunity for you to meet new people in a nonjudgmental, honest and open environment. Whether you are working on a side hustle or work on your business full time this is a place to meet like-minded people. Maybe you are just looking for new ways to be inspired or to meet a new group of friends!

This event is for everyone but can be especially helpful for people who are self-employed, freelancers or run their own business and looking for a group of people who understand what it feels like to create their own career path.

Our head office is based in Manchester, but we travel around the UK and Europe hosting social events because we know that building a supportive community in real life is much more important than what we put out on social media. We believe in community over competition, and that by connecting and supporting each other all our businesses and ideas can thrive.

This is for people that are writers, doers, and makers or just those that want to be motivated and inspired to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. If you are unsure if this meet up is for you - just get in touch and we can have a chat :)

Upcoming events (5+)

February Creators Meal | Dishoom Manchester

Dishoom Manchester

Following attending some great dinners organised by other Indie Business Owners and Meet Up Groups, I have decided to start hosting monthly dinner parties in Manchester and the North West as a way for Indie Business Owners, Founders, Entrepreneurs and Content Creators to enjoy good food and meet like - minded people! Join Alex and me for an incredible group feast at the newly opened Dishoom at Manchester Hall. For those of us that work alone, or own their own business, it can be a struggle to meet people who understand the pressures and decision making involved with working for yourself. These evening meals are a way to connect with others in a relaxed setting. Our reservation is for just 12 people, and Alex and I will be on hand to help everyone get to know each other. We want to keep things informal and give everyone the chance to meet some new people while sharing ideas and possibly even advice! When you arrive, ask for Hannah or Alex. The menu is below – please let us know in advance if you have any allergies or intolerances. Dishoom will be serving us a Thaal feasting menu for £36.00 per person. In the unlikely event we run out of Naan, Raita or Kachumber, it will be their pleasure to bring more. Any drinks will be at your own cost, and there is a small £5 fee from betternotstop to join us, but nothing will need to be paid until the evening. DINNERTIME FEAST (NON-VEG) SMALL PLATES Keema Pau (S) • Okra (V) • Bhel (V) (N) GRILLS Chicken Tikka (S) • Lamb Boti Kebab BIRYANI Chicken Ruby • Jackfruit Biryani (V) HOUSE BLACK DAAL (V) A Dishoom signature dish. It is cooked over 24 hours for extra harmony (V) SIDE ORDERS Freshly-baked Naans (V) • Tangy Kachumbers (V) • Cucumber & Mint Raita (V) PUDDING BOTTOMLESS MEMSAHIB'S MESS Fresh cream, crushed meringue and strawberries with rose syrup and gulkand. A never-ending portion: if you’d like more, you need only ask. (v) ***Dishoom is a non-reservation restaurant, and they only take reservations for over 10 people, so if you are unable to make the meal please ‘unRSVP' as soon as you can, as last-minute cancellations and no-shows will mean we may struggle to put on this event in the future.

March FREE Indie Biz Coffee Morning | betternotstop Manchester

Islington Mill Studios

Get motivated for the month with our FREE coffee morning every first Friday of the Month at our new Studios in Islington Mill! Join Alex and I for a cuppa to discuss your plans for the month and meet other creative business owners. As a self-employed indie business owner and blogger, it's super easy to get overwhelmed or stressed when trying to prioritise the best thing to do for your business. Let's create a community to support each other this year! I find meeting up with other business owners and helping tackle each other's problems is a brilliant way to keep motivated and accountable and to 'Get Shit Done'. This is a chance for you to meet up once a month with other creative business owners and set yourself goals or get help with challenges you are facing from a nonjudgmental, friendly environment! Bring your own Mug, and have a cuppa, cake or whatever you fancy, and leave feeling driven to continue to grow and succeed in your business. These will usually be held out our new Studio Space at Islington Mill, with this first event being held in the common area at Islington Mill. Come to the Main Entrance, end of the Hall, up the stairs!

March Creators Meal | Chaat Cart Marple

Chaat Cart

£30.00

Following attending some great dinners organised by other Indie Business Owners and Meet Up Groups, I have decided to start hosting monthly dinner parties in Manchester and the North West as a way for Indie Business Owners, Founders, Entrepreneurs and Content Creators to enjoy good food and meet like - minded people! Join Alex and me for an incredible group feast at Chaat Cart – a hidden gem in the heart of beautiful Marple – who’ll be serving up a menu of small plates packed with flavour and goodness, in their traditional South Indian Streetfood style! For those of us that work alone, or own their own business, it can be a struggle to meet people who understand the pressures and decision making involved with working for yourself. These evening meals are a way to connect with others in a relaxed setting. Our reservation is for just 12 people, and Alex and I will be on hand to help everyone get to know each other. We want to keep things informal and give everyone the chance to meet some new people while sharing ideas and possibly even advice! Chaat Cart will be serving up a delicious selection of their signature small plates across three courses, inspired by regional dishes from India, Persia and beyond, and you'll also receive a complementary welcome drink on arrival. All this for just £30.00 per person. ***Please let us know in advance if you have any allergies or intolerances. Each guest will receive a complimentary welcome drink, but any other drinks will need to be purchased at your own expense. When you arrive, ask for Hannah or Alex! We’ll be sharing the menu with you shortly, so sign up and await the tasty details! In the meantime you can check them out here > http://www.chaatcart.co.uk/

March Creators Meal | Randall & Aubin Manchester

Randall & Aubin Manchester

£30.00

After attending some great dinners organised by other Indie Business Owners and Meet Up Groups, I have decided to start hosting monthly dinner parties in Manchester and the North West as a way for Indie Business Owners, Founders, Entrepreneurs and Content Creators to enjoy good food and meet like - minded people! Join Alex and me for an incredible group feast at Randall & Aubin, Bridge Street – the Anglo-French brasserie famous for their sumptuous menu of British seafood and meat dishes. For those of us that work alone, or run their own business, it can be a struggle to meet people who understand the pressures and decision making involved with working for yourself. These evening meals are a way to connect with others in a relaxed setting. Our reservation is for just 12 people, and Alex and I will be on hand to help everyone get to know each other. We want to keep things informal and give everyone the chance to meet some new people while sharing ideas and possibly even advice! You'll be met with a complimentary welcome drink on arrival, and the wonderful team from Randall & Aubin will be serving up an incredible selection of canapes to start followed by two delicious courses, and plenty of opportunities to rub shoulders with business owners and founders from the Manchester area – all this for just £30.00 per person. ***Please let us know in advance if you have any allergies or intolerances. Each guest will receive a complimentary welcome drink, but any other drinks will need to be purchased at your own expense. When you arrive, ask for Hannah or Alex! We’ll be sharing the menu with you shortly, so sign up and await the tasty details! In the meantime you can check Randall & Aubin out here > https://www.randallandaubin.com/manchester/

Past events (11)

February - Free Indie Biz Coffee Morning

Islington Mill Studios

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