Successful Launch of Woodstock Homeworkers Group
The launch of the new Woodstock Business Group on a sunny June morning 14 June was a joyful and well-attended event. Fourteen homeworkers and small business owners from Woodstock, Wootton, Bladon, Kidlington and, as far afield as Chipping Norton, turned up for breakfast at the King’s Arms.
The idea for the group grew from a chance meeting between Catharine Arakelian, the ORCC Community and Business Links Worker, and Sheena Patterson (pictured on left), a professional garden designer, at a winter networking event in Oxford. Catharine had spoken about her work with informal groups of business people getting together for mutual support in rural areas. Newly arrived in Woodstock and wanting to get to know local people, Sheena suggested she would be willing to give it a go. Finding people to join a group is always the first hurdle. Together they distributed posters and flyers in Woodstock and the surrounding villages, contacted parish clerks and local businesses and tried to let people know about the meeting by word of mouth.
Finally, having generated enough interest, Sheena felt she was ready for a first get together. Having decided a date and venue, Catharine tweeted the event on OxonRuralBuzz which reaches about 500 Oxfordshirel businesses and OTCN’s Iain Nicholson included a notice about the launch event on Jack FM in the daily small business bulletin.
The meeting kicked off with introductions, and a lively discussion about the future of the group. There was a short talk and Q and A on IT and The Small Business by Howard Aiken from Oxfordshire Computer Services, one of the local members. As the meeting closed, all agreed the group had a rosy future and looked forward to spreading the word to local homeworkers.
The Woodstock Group will meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 9.15 - 10.30 at the Kings Arms – with a “kitty collection” of £3.00. The next meeting will be on the 12th July. New members are very welcome.
Tags: Rural economy Village Business Groups