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4 Free new courses for women preparing to set up their own business

Chris Satori


The Growing Club has received funding to run 4 pre-start-up courses for women in Lancaster and Morecambe who would like to set up their own business and become self-employed, and who are deemed to be socially disadvantaged due to one or more of the following circumstances:

  • In low paid work
  • Living on benefits
  • Disabled
  • Lone parent
  • Leaving domestic violence
  • Leaving prison

Founded by Lancaster Ethical Sales Trainer Jane Binnion, the 'Growing Club' trains women in the knowledge needed to bridge the gaps in their business education that put them at a disadvantage.  Normally there is a fee for a year's membership, but these courses are free. Called 'The Sowing Circle' they will deliver a series of 4 half-day sessions (morning, afternoon, or evening) for any women who consider themselves socially disadvantaged and would like to consider the option of becoming self-employed.*

The courses will look at;

  • your skills
  • what it means to run a business
  • available support

Women completing the course who are ready to start a business can then feed into The Growing Club for 12 months of taught input and support from other women running businesses to make sure that their business has the best possible chance of growing.

When and Where?

Group one will run in Lancaster starting on Friday September 15th. This will run at Cornerstones, Sulyard St LA11PX  from 10am to 12.30pm for 4 weeks.

Group two will run in Morecambe  starting Wednesday October 4th. This will run at Lothersdale Hotel, 320-323 Marine Road Central, Morecambe, LA4 5AA from 10am to 12.30pm for 4 weeks.

Group three will run in Lancaster from 1st November and group four will run in Morecambe in January

How to apply

If you are interested in finding our more about this, or want to register to join please either fill in the contact form at,  email Jane at or call 01524 752723.

*Jane: Please note that self-employment is not about zero-hour contracts, but learning to run a sustainable business that will enable you to come off benefits and contribute to the community’s economic growth.