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FreelanceHER programme Begins in North West England

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FreelanceHER programme begins for real, supporting women who are working to launch and grow sustainable businesses in the media, digital, technology and creative sectors in North West England...

FreelanceHER 100Late last year, we featured the launch of an innovative female focused programme by IN4.0 with The Landing aimed at helping female freelancers in the North West.  Now, the FreelanceHER programme has started for real and is giving an unparalleled opportunity to 110 women, 10 more than anticipated due to the high volume and quality of applications, to succeed in these challenging times.

For the next 12 weeks, weekly workshops and peer to peer mentoring conducted by some of the UK’s best female micro-businesses and freelance professionals will empower participants to create, innovate, learn and grow. 

Peer to peer mentoring will be led by experts including Viv Parry, Board Advisor & Finance Director of Daletech Electronics, and Annette Joseph, Diverse & Equal Founder and Agile Coach.

FreelanceHER 100 ambassadors include Sarah Townsend, Author of Survival Skills for Freelancers, and Tina Boden Co-Founder Micro-biz Matters Day & Micro Business Expert.

Community and diversity are at the heart of FreelanceHER 100; the accelerator empowers women who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic to be strong leaders, create powerful enterprises, and influence and shape the world through their companies.

With access to The Landing’s facilities, networking opportunities and equipped with skills, self-belief, and confidence, they will be able to pursue their ambitions as freelancers and benefit from collaboration, community and innovation.

FreelanceHER-100-logo-RGBBy the end of the programme, the aspiring freelancers will have catalysed their entrepreneurial career change. With the help of workshop leaders and mentors, participants will experiment with freelancing business ideas by building traction before pursuing them full-time, launching their early-stage businesses, focusing on growing them or securing funding. 

Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 Group, operator of The Landing, said “We have made a commitment to supporting those who have been impacted by the pandemic. FreelanceHER 100 will champion and help make real the dreams of entrepreneurial women many of whom are from a BAME background, the demographic hardest hit by the pandemic, in the challenging task of setting up as freelancers and business owners. Many have lost their jobs to COVID but have turned adversity into opportunity, which we will help them realise.  

Naomi Timperley, FreelanceHER 100 Programme Director and Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK Technology 2020, said “I lost my full-time job during the first month of the first lockdown and went back to freelancing. Working as the programme lead on FreelanceHER 100 has been a labour of love. I relate to everyone who has signed up for the programme and I am extremely excited to start. I look forward to welcoming the cohort and helping them start their freelancing careers.” 

We look forward to reporting back on the success of the first programme.

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Published on: 8th February 2021

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