Last night we went along to the Eagle and Child in Brentwood for our first experience of the @brentwoodtwtup. We got to meet up with other independent business owners and local councillors, over a glass of wine or in my case, diet coke, (I know how to party!). I didn’t know what to expect, as this whole business lark is very new to me, so I was a bit nervous. There was no need to be though, because everyone was so friendly and welcoming. The main premise of the monthly meeting is to get to know the local business community, share ideas and have a bit of a social life too.
I don’t know if anything like this takes place in other areas, but if it doesn’t, it should! The enthusiasm from people is infectious and leaves you feeling connected to the outside world, which is fantastic. Up until now, the process of setting up Chicken and Frog has been quite insular in some ways and very daunting if I’m honest. We’re moving away from the safety nets of our previous jobs to set out on a whole new venture and although I feel ready to hand in my interactive white board pen after sixteen years of teaching, it’s still a massive step. However, I honestly believe that the support of the local community is a massive boost for our confidence and know-how.
So thank-you to the rather wonderful Laurie Edmonds for her hard work and vision. If you are local to Brentwood, I recommend that you come along. And if you’re not, why not set up something similar? The support of our communities is more important than ever in these difficult times.