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We’re turning two! Join us in celebrating our second business birthday

As Inside Out Communications Consulting turns two years old, here’s what we’re doing to celebrate and give back.

After a busy first quarter for the Inside Out team, we’re extremely excited to be celebrating our second business birthday!

The past year has seen us expand to a full-time team of four (plus two furry, tail-wagging interns), work on exciting new projects for our clients, and explore more internal business development than ever before. And we can’t forget attending our first awards dinner and bringing home two Awards of Excellence from the Central and North Region Institute of Internal Communications Awards!

And while we’re thrilled that the last two years have been full of growth for Inside Out, as we hit the two year mark, we know that up to 40% of businesses who set up at a similar time have already ceased trading. We also know first hand that the past two years have been far from the dream scenario of an entrepreneur setting up solo for the first time, and we want to give back.

This is why for our second birthday, Inside Out founder Danielle Phillips has teamed up with Nicola Halse, the founder of Riverside Marketing Solutions (whose business also turned two this month!), to bring you The 2020 Club - a peer networking and business support group for Covid-era entrepreneurs.

“Having both launched our businesses in early 2020, Nicola and I are well aware of the many challenges start-ups have faced during these uncertain times,” said Danielle Phillips, founder of Inside Out. “Us Covid entrepreneurs have had to figure it all out as we go, often with little guidance, so now we want to be that helping hand for others.”

The 2020 Club will host lunch events every other month in locations around the North East, which will focus on peer to peer advice and support to new business owners. The group will also bring in specialists to help with common new business headaches, such as accounting, recruiting, workload and resources, while giving people the opportunity to chat with fellow business owners facing similar issues.

“This group is about bringing those brave souls together who dared to give it a go during the most testing of times. We want to create a strong network of like-minded business owners who are willing to share and learn from each other as we continue to build and develop our businesses,” Danielle added.

Nicola Halse, who set up Riverside Marketing Solutions a week into the UK’s first lockdown commented, “From my own experience, when you’re working on your own, you often feel you don’t have that support network available to you. There can be times you want to ask somebody a question about running a business or at least know that other people are experiencing the same challenges as you. The 2020 Club will provide the support us start-ups are looking for.”

The group’s launch event and first lunch takes place at Stirk’s Restaurant in Sunderland on Friday, 29 April from 11:30 - 13:00.

If The 2020 Club sounds like the right network for you, and you’d like to join a supportive group of like-minded, resilient, business owners, book your place via Eventbrite or by contacting Nicola or Danielle.

Inside Out Communications Consulting is an award-winning internal communications consultancy. We specialise in communicating digital transformation, major IT change and cyber safety to your people.

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