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Network and Grow Flicks the Switch for Wigan Electrical Firm
Friday 11th June, 2010

Network and Grow Flicks the Switch for Wigan Electrical Firm
Janet Green of DOC Electricals

A WIGAN company is taking part in a national competition to win £50,000, thanks to a free programme available to all businesses in the area.

Many local businesses are thriving thanks to Network & Grow, designed to help the region’s entrepreneurs beat the recession.

The Network and Grow programme series of events is an invaluable source of advice, training and contacts to help businesses in the Wigan and Leigh area.

Janet Green, who runs DOC Electricals together with her husband Derek, went to one of the events in January, and since then their business has gone from strength to strength.

Since embracing networking through Network & Grow, Janet and Derek have discovered a world of opportunities, including the Barclays ‘Take One Small Step’ competition.

The couple have put forward their plans to expand into solar power micro-generation, and are competing against hundreds of other businesses across the UK to win £50,000 in funding for their venture.

Janet said: “We were looking for opportunities to expand and diversify. We’re now going ahead with what we believe is the way forward for us to grow and give us a unique selling point, and we wouldn’t have got to this stage without Network and Grow.

“It has been an absolute eye-opener for me. The whole networking arena is full of vibrant people looking to talk about what you’re doing, swap stories and support other people who have been through it. It’s a fantastic resource for us, and we’ve already got an awful lot out of the events.

And now other local businesses can discover the power of networking with the Network & Grow Networking Masterclass in June, which will be followed by a tabletop exhibition so local businesses can show what they’re made of.

There’s also a series of other events, including workshops on how to close a deal, and a session focussing on essential employment law.

Working alongside Actif, an enterprise consultancy, and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the council is offering the programme as part of its strategy to help regenerate the area’s economy.

Participants can either complete the whole programme or dip in and out of the scheme depending on which events and workshops they feel will benefit them the most.

The networking masterclass is from 2pm-6pm on June 24 at Haigh Hall & Country Park, Haigh, Wigan. The event is open to people from the Wigan and Leigh areas who run, or want to start up, small to medium-sized businesses and attendance is completely free.

To see what else is on offer, or to book a place, call 0845 481 8148 or visit www.networkandgrow.co.uk.

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