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Why I love Lincolnshire

why I love Lincolnshire

I love living in Lincolnshire

I have lived in Lincolnshire most of my life, I had 3 years in Liverpool studying Zoology, which I loved and then returned to Lincolnshire.  I know the county well having spent most of my late teens and early twenties as a YFC member travelling around the county to sporting events, discos, meetings, public speaking competitions and balls.  From Brigg and Market Rasen in the North, to Spalding in the South, across to Wainfleet in the East and Caythorpe in the West, if there was an event on, members from Coningsby YFC would be there.

Lincolnshire is a large county and there is something for everyone.  I live on the edge of the Lincolnshire Fens, which are flat and consist of miles of fields of leeks, wheat, oilseed rape, cabbages and potatoes.  To some people the Fens aren’t as beautiful, as the undulating fields and country lanes of the Wolds, but I love the Fens, you can see for miles and you can’t beat a misty autumnal morning sunrise or a late summer sunset.  When I went to Uni many people didn’t know where Lincolnshire was, until I mentioned Skegness and then people knew where I was from.  Lincolnshire has beautiful long sandy beaches on the East coast, including the busy traditional seaside resorts like Cleethorpes, Mablethorpe & Skegness, however I prefer the quieter places like Sutton on Sea and Huttoft.  I also love Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve I spent a week doing some volunteering there when I left Uni, it is a great place to go for a walk and has a new modern cafe and visitor centre.

Cafe at Gibraltar Point

Cafe at Gibraltar Point

View from Cafe at Gibraltar Point

View from Cafe at Gibraltar Point, with stormy skies

I also love Hubbard’s Hills near Louth and Snipe Dales near Spilsby both are great places to go for a walk and I have many happy memories of taking my children for walks there.

Snipedales Lincolnshire

Snipedales, Lincolnshire

The county is full of history too.  In Lincoln there is the Cathedral and Castle, Museum of Lincolnshire life and the Collection, in the south near the beautiful Georgian town of Stamford, there is Burghley, a great Elizabethan house and to the west there is Belton House near Grantham.  Boston, although it tends to be known for negative things now, is a historic town with the beautiful and iconic Boston Stump.  In medieval times it was a busy port second only to London, but it is most well known for its connections with the Puritans in the early 1600’s who tried to leave England to go to America.

Belton House

Belton House

Another one of my favourite places is Woodhall Spa an Edwardian Spa resort, there is the Petwood Hotel,  Jubilee Park with its outdoor swimming pool and the Kinema in the Woods, a unique cinema.  I love going to the Kinema and have been going there to see films since I was a child.

I enjoy working with Lincolnshire businesses because they are so diverse and I get to travel around the beautiful county to work with them.  I work with charities that are working to make Lincolnshire a better place to live and who are supporting families in the county.  Then I work with food and drink producers to help them promote their produce in Lincolnshire and beyond, as well as working with tourism businesses, who are promoting all the fun and interesting things there are to do in the county.  I also work with other business women like myself that are building flexible businesses that fit around their children or other commitments that they have.  So if you are a Lincolnshire business and want to learn how to use Social Media to market and promote your business, please get in touch to discuss how I can work with you.

What do you love about Lincolnshire? Have you ever been to Lincolnshire for a holiday? Please leave a comment below.

Networking groups in Lincolnshire

Networking Groups in Lincolnshire

Networking groups in Lincolnshire

Attending local networking events is one part of my marketing strategy, it is a great way to get known locally and find out about other local businesses.  Networking can be time consuming, so it is important that you get the most out of the time you spend at events and that you assess whether attending local networking events works for your business.

Here are my top tips for attending networking events and some of the networking events I attend regularly in Lincolnshire.

Networking hints and tips:

  • Be organised make sure you take a pen and business cards with you
  • Prepare your elevator pitch, work it so you can do it easily in 60 secs
  • If there is a delegate list take notes on the attendees when they do their elevator pitch so you have I idea of who you would like to chat with
  • Ask people open ended questions about their business and what they think of the event
  • Listen to people – use the time to find out about other people and their business
  • Follow up with people after the event, find them on LinkedIn or other social media sites and connect with them
  • Communicate with people between networking events
  • Organise to meet for a coffee and chat, with people that you think might be useful contacts

Networking events in Lincolnshire that I attend

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce local events

I have recently joined the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and attend their local networking events, the Boston Chamber (Boston Business Club) have breakfast networking meetings every other month and different local businesses host the events.  The 2 Boston events that I have attended so far have been well attended with 20-30 people attending.  The next event is the 26th of May check the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce website for details of networking events in your area.

Boston Business Club Networking

Boston Business Club Networking at Boston Audi

Imps Premier Plus

Imps Premier Plus is a free networking event on the 2nd Wednesday of the month 6-8pm at Lincoln Football Ground, Sincil Bank.  The event includes a free buffet and drinks, there is a chance for everyone to do their elevator pitch and a Premier Plus member will give a 15-20 minute talk about their business.  At the last 2 events I attended there were 25-35 business people attending, the next meeting is on the 11th of May, email jakelongworth@lincolncityfootballclub.com for more information or to book on to the next event.

Imps Premier Plus Networking

Nick Hargreaves of Hargreaves First Aid Training at Imps Premier Plus Networking

Lincoln 777 networking

Lincoln 777 networking is another free networking event, however this is networking with a difference, hosted and organised by Russell Payne & Co, 70 minutes, 7 speakers, 7 topics. It is fast paced and very interesting.  The event is held quarterly in January, April, July and September at BG University, Lincoln and includes free danish pastry and hot drink, it is well attended with 30+ people in the room.  The only down side is you don’t get an opportunity to stand up and do an elevator pitch, so you need to be able to work the room and get to talk to as many people as possible before and after the speakers.  Check out lincoln777.co.uk for more details.

Lincs Connect Networking

Lincs Connect Networking is held on the first Friday of the month at 6pm at a lovely venue, the Petwood Hotel, it costs £5 and you buy your own drink at the bar.  The Lincs Connect meetings are an extension of the Twitter #LincsConnect, it is great for meeting people in person that you follow on Twitter.  This event is quite informal and very friendly, therefore if you are new to networking this is a good place to start, attendance varies between 10-15 so it is good for having more in depth conversations.  The next meeting is 6th May 6pm at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa.

Link 4 Growth

Link 4 Growth has free networking events all over the country, in Lincolnshire there are events at Weston near Spalding, Bourne and Crowland, there are also events just across the border in Peterborough.  These are great informal and friendly events, just buy yourself a drink and start chatting with people.  The events vary in size, I tend to go to the event at Wimberley Farm Cafe, Weston near Spalding, which has recently had about 20 or so attendees.  No delegate list or elevator pitch just chat with people.

There are other networking events in Lincolnshire but these are the ones that I attend, so feel happy commenting on, as I attend new events I will edit this post and add the details.

Online and in person Networking in Lincolnshire with Lincs Connect

Networking with Lincs Connect

LincsConnect-Twitter

When you are starting out on Twitter it is sometimes difficult to get going with it, especially if you aren’t getting anyone retweeting your tweets or chatting with you.  Finding a local Twitter networking group with other local businesses and people to tweet with is very useful.  Networking hours are good but can sometimes be full of self promoting automated tweets rather than people chatting and retweeting.  Also it maybe difficult to attend if the hour clashes with other commitments, so using a hashtag such as #LincsConnect, which is 24/7 is a great alternative.

Lincs Connect started out on Twitter and the idea is to follow @LincsConnect then use #LincsConnect in your tweets and some people will retweet your tweets.  If you retweet other peoples tweets with #LincsConnect in then you are more likely to get retweets and people are more likely to chat with you.  Below you can see that these tweets have been retweeted.

LincsConnect-TweetsLincs Connect has now expanded and has a monthly networking meeting at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, usually on the first Friday of the month from 5.30pm.  However this month it is on the 11th of July at The Petwood 5.30pm onwards.  It is a really friendly group and helps you get to know the people behind the Twitter names and build relationships with those people.  It is also good fun and we have a laugh.

There is a great mix of people that attend and support Lincs Connect from small businesses like myself, to volunteers from various Lincolnshire charities, crafters and bloggers.  Some people have lots of followers on Twitter and some are fairly new to Twitter.  So here is a bit more about some of the great tweeters that attend:

Mandarin-Leisure

Mandarin Leisure

 

@MANDARINLEISURE Martin knows a lot of people and is a great supporter of Lincs Connect regularly attending the meetings and retweeting people’s tweets.

Maple-Tree-Cottage-Southrey

Maple Tree Cottage Southrey

 

 

 

 

The lovely Ann @SouthreyCottage is a keen gardener and tweets about what is going on around Lincoln.

 

Lives-HQ-Lincolnshire

Lives HQ

 

 

@LivesHQ regularly attends the Lincs Connect meetings if he isn’t busy around the county saving lives.

Aggie-Moore-Twitter

 

 

 

@AggieMoore is a very busy lady also tweeting for @WoodhallSpaShow, a keen photographer and baker of yummy cakes, regular #LincsConnect & #clubhectare tweeter

 

The-Manor-House-B&B

 

 

@themanorhousebb Christ is a generous and positive retweeter, great supporter of farming and Lincolnshire #clubhectare #LincsConnect & #LincsHour

 

 

Other lovely people you might meet at a Lincs Connect meeting are:

  • @RuralPics – James a rural farming and agricultural photographer
  • @suddenadultdeat – Teresa a dedicated volunteer and mum raising money and awareness about Sudden Adult Death
  • @WoodhallSpa1 – Country Girl Katie lovely local with her finger on the pulse of what is happening in Woodhall Spa
  • @GaryBosworth – Horse behaviour expert
  • @SamCollins100 – lovely lady who makes fantastic vintage button necklaces
  • @thelocalprinter – Woodhall Printer Michael can help you with your business stationary and much more
  • @pmountainmbe – Pauline a lady who is passionate about helping Lincolnshire carers
  • @GinzandTonic – Gini a poet blogging on WordPress for a year or more?
  • @CVleaflets – Leaflet distributer based in Lincoln covering the whole of the East Midlands
  • @Sunshinecoach – Wendy Tomlinson who can help you live the life you want

There are lots of other lovely people that attend and you don’t have to be on Twitter to come along and network.  So why not join in the conversation at #LincsConnect on Twitter and pop along to The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa on Friday 11th July 5.30pm, for a drink and a chat.  Lincs Connect putting the Social into Social Media.

Social Media training and networking event – Boston

Are you getting the most from Social Media?

We are constantly told that Social Media is a great way to market our business but what if you don’t know your facebook from your twitter? Or your hashtag from a share?
The secret to successful social media is quality interaction, interaction is a 2 way street, so how do you get people to interact with you?
Do you have a blog and want more people to read it?
Social media is a great way to promote blogs, websites and products, however you need to get the right mix of promotion and interaction.
So if you would like to find out how to promote your business using Facebook and Twitter, come along to the Business Mums Lincs Social Media training and networking event on Tuesday the 17th of Jan 10am-12pm at the Black Sluice in Boston, £10 per person.  If you have time to stay on for lunch at the Black Sluice Cafe, I will be available over lunch to chat some more.
Let me explain how to get the best out of social media in the most time efficient way.
So what will you learn at this event.
  • Do your clients use Twitter or Facebook? How to decide which platform to use.
  • The basics of Twitter and Facebook, shares, likes, tweets, retweets, hashtags
  • Why you should have a business Facebook page not a Group.
  • How to get more likes and interaction on a business Facebook page.
  • How to share content via Twitter and Facebook.
  • How to get retweets on Twitter
  • Why too much automation is not a good thing
  • Why you don’t need to play the numbers game
I love Social Media and blogging and have found so many useful business contacts and information through Facebook and Twitter. Since starting at the beginning of this year, my twitter account @GreenAspiration has 534 followers and my tweets regularly get retweeted. My Green Aspiration facebook page has 288 people that like the page and gets regular interaction from the people that like it. So I want to pass on the my skills and knowledge about Social Media to you.
For those people that attend the event I will follow and interact with them on Twitter and Facebook.
So if you would like any more information or to book your place contact me either via the contact form. Or if you would prefer to speak to me, call me on 01205 280256.

Business Mums Lincs First Networking Event

Calling all Mums in Business in Lincolnshire, would you like to attend Networking Events tailored specifically to mums. Networking events that fit in around school hours, well Business Mums Lincs is just what you have been looking for.

On Wednesday 23rd November, 10am till 12pm at the Healthy Hub, Lincoln, Business Mums Lincs is hosting it’s first Networking and Social Media training event. The Healthy Hub is a fantastic venue and has a lovely cafe, where people can continue networking over a yummy wholefood lunch or fairtrade coffee and cake if they like. I will be staying for some lunch, so would it be lovely to have a few mums to chat with.

Are you getting the most from Social Media?
We are constantly told that Social Media is a great way to market our business but what if you don’t know your facebook from your twitter? Or your hashtag from a share?
The secret to successful social media is quality interaction, interaction is a 2 way street, so how do you get people to interact with you?
Do you have a blog and want more people to read it?
Social media is a great way to promote blogs, websites and products, however you need to get the right mix of promotion and interaction.
Let me explain how to get the best out of social media in the most time efficient way.
So what will you learn at this event.
  • Do your clients use Twitter or Facebook? How to decide which platform to use.
  • The basics of Twitter and Facebook, shares, likes, tweets, retweets, hashtags
  • Why you should have a business Facebook page not a Group.
  • How to get more likes and interaction on a business Facebook page.
  • How to share content via Twitter and Facebook.
  • How to get retweets on Twitter
  • Why too much automation is not a good thing
  • Why you don’t need to play the numbers game
I love Social Media and blogging and have found so many useful business contacts and information through Facebook and Twitter. Since starting at the beginning of this year, my twitter account @GreenAspiration has 415 followers and my tweets regularly get retweeted. My Green Aspiration facebook page has 273 people that like the page and gets regular interaction from the people that like it. So I want to pass on my passion for Social Media to as many Mums in Business in Lincolnshire as possible.
So why not come and join me and 18 other lovely Mums in Business on the 23rd of Nov at the Healthy Hub. It is my first Business Mums Lincs event so the introductory price is a bargain at just £10. Online training courses for 2 hours social media training vary from £35-£50. I also guarantee to follow and like all the mums pages and share and retweet some of their content.
To book your place please use the Contact Page above and I will contact you with further details. I look forward to meeting you on the 23rd November.

Welcome to Business Mums Lincs

Hello Everyone and Welcome to Business Mums Lincs the new place to find out about networking opportunities and advice on running a successful business for mums (and dads) in Lincolnshire.

I am Jackie and have been running my own business part time for over 2 years, I am a mum to 2 gorgeous children and have lived in rural Lincolnshire most of my life. Since starting the business I have done some traditional networking events such as breakfast clubs, however they tend to be full of people in suits and can be a little daunting especially if you don’t know anyone there. I don’t attend the events regularly because normally when they are on, I am busy getting my 2 children ready for school.

So I have started Business Mums Lincs to provide networking opportunites for mums

  • who want to network with like minded people, who are dealing with some of the same issues as they are.
  • who want local events, so you don’t have to travel to the other side of the County.
  • who want events that fit around school hours.
  • who want events that are friendly, fun, informative and supportive.

Please leave a comment if there is anything you would like information about or if you would like a Business Mums Lincs Event in your area.