Angelique and I are two stay at home mums who fit Snoob life around domestic duties, and occasionally one gets well and truly in the way of the other. A clash of commitments that most mums, working or not, will be familiar with.
After nearly two busily chaotic and fun years of establishing a primarily UK presence (interspersed with washing endless football boots), Snoob now wants to spread its wings worldwide – an exciting, ambitious and slightly scary prospect. So exactly how do we achieve that?
So bright and early on Monday morning we attended a (free) session that we hoped would tell us exactly how to go global, organised by the government’s Business is GREAT campaign, Gatwick Airport and Barclays. On the way there we had the usual mixed chat about friends/kids/work. The merits of swimming lessons at 8.30am on a Saturday blending seamlessly with the challenges of launching the Snoob in, say, China.
You’d think the morning might be a bit dry – but not so. The experts and entrepeneurs speaking were actually.…people! They knew how to laugh and how to tell a good story, they searched for but couldn’t always find the right words, Stuart Rock (of Business is GREAT) was wearing a bright Union Flag waistcoat - they were all HUMAN! And these experts wanted to help SMEs just like Snoob. They didn’t expect us to know it all, especially not all the financial jargon.
But life as a mum is always in our minds, and as I drove, Angelique read out Lucy Kellaway’s recent article about motherhood not being a job but a management role. Which made us think - is Snoob a job or work, is motherhood a job, or a constant challenge? Does any of it matter or is it all just semantics?
UKTI: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-trade-investment So much help there if you want to go global.
http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk - the Britain is GREAT campaign.
https://www.enterprisenation.com - we admired Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation - another way to access a stack of advice and support.
Women in Business: https://www.prowess.org.uk provides a huge amount of information and help for women in business, championing the economic case for women’s enterprise.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/11181071/Female-homepreneurs-drive-growth-in-kitchen-table-firms.html - homepreneurs or kitchen-based businesses represent 50% small businesses, contributing £300bn to the economy each year, and 64% of those are run by women.
http://buildabusiness.notonthehighstreet.com the book Snoob (and friends) is currently dipping into for inspiration!
http://www.irishtimes.com/business/work/lucy-kellaway-bringing-up-children-is-not-a-job-and-never-was-one-1.2148897 - Lucy Kellaway’s article on Motherhood NOT being a job.