The children are back in schools and many of us have been away for a well earned break over the Summer.  Over the last two weeks it’s certainly felt like small business owners and freelancers have returned back to their day jobs with a renewed vigour and enthusiasm.  This has been apparent in some of the guest numbers and engagement levels that I’ve noticed across Altrincham in Cheshire.  

On Saturday our town welcomed 50,000 visitors as the Tour of Britain started the Manchester stage on Shaw Road, taking in all of the City’s boroughs and finishing on Deansgate.  The atmosphere was electric with the business community in Altrincham all pulling together to put on an impressive show.  It was amazing to see so many local businesses decorate their shop fronts and windows displays to create a great impression of the town.  

Following on from this stage the networking scene locally has reached a new scale with our events now attracting really large numbers.  The SUBS event on Friday at Cresta Court attracted 50 guests whilst our FSB Networking Event on Monday welcomed 20 business people who really enjoyed the opportunity to mingle in a casual environment.  The talk on the evening about DIY market research has encouraged some really positive feedback.  

The growing number of entrepreneurs and freelancers in the North West clearly enjoy the opportunity to socialise across a wide variety of settings.  I’ve recently learned of business ‘walks’ and more niche networking groups starting up that support this sentiment.  We like to chat, share challenges and learn about others.  This after all is one of the reasons why it’s so great to work independently.  The last month has illustrated that the ambition to work outside of our homes and workspace is growing and we’re welcoming the chance to casually meet and be inspired by our peers.