Six month business boost for Sidmouth competition winner

One lucky winner will get a business boost of six months’ free membership to the The Lighthouse Sidmouth. The prize is being offered as part of he community interest company’s first birthday celebrations.

The winner will be able to separate work from home, with access to the shared workspace in Mill Street up to two days a week. In addition, they will be able to attend all Lighthouse events and monthly masterclasses free of charge.

The Lighthouse Sidmouth was set up by two local entrepreneurs, Cathy Debenham and Louise Thompson. It will reach the one-year milestone on January 6.

Cathy said: “We’ve both had our own businesses for years and wanted to work with other people, but didn’t want to have to drive to Exeter every day. We had both independently thought about setting up a shared workspace in Sidmouth, and once we met each other, things really got moving.

“Our aim is to encourage and support entrepreneurship in the Sid Valley and provide a shared workspace where start-up businesses and self-employed people can work productively, build a community, share their knowledge and expertise and learn from each other. We want to celebrate our first year in business with this competition to win a free membership.”

Louise added: “We’ve had an amazing first year. We’ve attracted members with a wide spread of businesses, including web development, human resources, hypnotherapy, social media, accountancy and IT advice. We’ve also been joined by some Exeter commuters who like to have the option of working in Sidmouth a couple of days a week, which we didn’t anticipate.

“We are particularly proud of the monthly masterclasses which have been a great success. They have covered a range of topics useful to people starting out alone in business, such as how to use social media for business, how to build a brand, and how to work with a graphic designer. Facebook – and how to use it effectively – both for advertising and otherwise has been a particularly popular topic.

“This year will bring a wider range of masterclasses and events to the Sid Valley, encouraging more local people to build their own business, and growing a supportive community where people can share ideas and expertise and businesses can thrive.”

The competition will end on 19th January 2020. And the winner will be announced on 20th.

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Sidmouth Lighthouse

About The Lighthouse

The first of its kind in the area, The Lighthouse aims to build connection and community, reducing the isolation felt by many small business owners, and to foster inclusivity and productivity.

Based at 44 Mill Street (just opposite the BUPA dentist) The Lighthouse is ideally situated in the heart of Sidmouth and provides a light-filled, contemporary workspace where members can log in and get down to business.

The Lighthouse is a not for private profit Community Interest Company (CIC).

There are three levels of monthly membership available – affordable for even the smallest of small business. A social+ membership (community events + half a day a week at The Lighthouse) at £15 per month, a part-time membership for the workspace and events is £35 per month and fulltime membership is just £75 for those wanting to make the space their main office base.

Potential members can come and see the workspace for themselves at regular open days or by contacting Louise or Cathy.

2020 Masterclasses

15 January – How to get your business stories in the local news

13 February – Build a Facebook Page that works for your business

18 March – Turn your hobby into a business

They all run from 6-8pm at The Lighthouse

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