Knock, Knock… It’s Me Again! Yes, back to Downing Street but this time with the lovely Fiona Small; a force in her own right and co-conspirator in making positive changes to people’s experience of life.
I believe that once we have opened a door of communication with those who can help make a difference it makes sense to build the relationship and put forward ideas from the communities we work with and live in.
What was the discussion?
Having had some highly interactive discussions with women in the Launching Women In Business & YvonneB Ltd community I wanted to revisit and sow some more seeds around how Government can support businesses at a grassroots level in particular with:
- Working with us to create easy to access signposting to the initiatives Government put in place to help women into business
- Creating learning & development vouchers (that initial stepping stone of creating confidence from which to launch a business) thus helping with the funding issue. They have already launched Growth Vouchers for SME’s so this type of voucher would be to assist pre-start-ups or those needing to further their learning in business
- Ensuring the childcare support is voiced clearly & effectively. There are provisions in place but I am amazed how few people know about them (via Tax Credits and 15 hours free childcare per week)
These steps would go a long way to encouraging more women into business.
Fiona Small, who has a passion for impacting the life and wellbeing of young mum’s and the wider community, took the opportunity to share her story and journey into creating Young Mum’s Support Network; articulate, passionate and impactful. She is a true crusader for change and that came shining through on the day…
We had an excellent day together, both feeling more determined than ever to make a difference, collaboratively as well in our own day-to-day work.
The truth is if you want to see a change you have to be willing to put yourself out there and be part of it. Yes, you might get shot down and yes, be prepared for ‘thanks but no thanks’, but if your dedicated to the cause and realise it is not about you, it is essentially about others, the change will come… and that makes it worth the effort!
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” Gandhi