Business Mum Week was created to inspire the growth of UK mum-owned enterprise. The week was the idea of a fellow business mum and founder of MumsClub, Jane Hopkins MBE with the aim of creating local media interest in mum run businesses and to create more mum-owned businesses.
Our very own Janet Bebb, mum of two who set up Social Progress Ltd in 2011 and almost one year on is celebrating its success has been nominated in the category of “Serial Social Media Queen” in The Business Mum Awards 2012
The vision of Social Progress is a world where all understand the fantastic possibilities that electronic networking, forums and social media provide. We achieve this by providing a service that is tailored to the needs, objectives and environment of each & every client – whether these are professional or personal. Social media is not just for fun – clients have sourced jobs, build strong and sustainable connections, secured vital support and business through cost-effective services.
The business was started as a direct result of Janet’s own personal circumstances changing this time last year. Janet worked as a Business Adviser for Business Link Yorkshire. Leading up to the closure of the national service in November 2011 Janet was using LinkedIn, a professional online social portal used by businesses to engage with other businesses and their professional workforce.
Janet explained “I found that jobs were posted on LinkedIn that are not posted anywhere else and so I managing to get interviews with fewer competition. I also found that I was able to understand the intricacies of this platform with ease and was then asked to support my colleagues in the use of LinkedIn which also led to them finding positions. This sparked an idea and the business was formed.”
With Mark Zuckenberg only today announcing that there are now more than one billion people using Facebook each month and LinkedIn having over 10 million users in the UK (that’s 4 out of every 5 professionals) businesses that aren’t online are missing a trick.
It can be challenging working on your own, juggling work and home but having the support of family, friends and other mums around can help enormously. “I try to attend a range of networking opportunities in the area” explained Janet “it means I’m linking up with other local businesses, share ideas and supporting one another. It can be a very lonely world if you’re working on your own and not seeing people on a regular basis”
MumsClub founder, Jane Hopkins was awarded MBE this year for services to entrepreneurship she says “Being self employed is the perfect way to combine family life with generating a second income. Women now have the freedom to get paid to do something they love. Business is great for household finances, great for self esteem, great for work-life balance. Mum owned businesses generate £4.4billion a year for the UK economy, but there is little help and support out there for these ‘part time’ business owners, so starting up from home is a low cost, low risk and incredibly rewarding option. Business Mum Week demonstrates that with support from each other, a small group of like minded people can quite simply achieve great things.”
Social Progress has established itself as a dependable and enterprising business. In just under a year this entrepreneurial business has found its place in the local marketplace and has built its reputation from nothing to a well-recognised, honest and credible business. They’re working in collaboration with other local like-minded businesses and despite all the doom & gloom the future looks promising.