The Local Business column with Christine Brown.

Angela Langton, owner of Angela Bare Boutique on Quay Road.
Angela Langton, owner of Angela Bare Boutique on Quay Road.

Year on year, the East Riding is seeing an increase of women entrepreneurs and that’s great news for any woman who is thinking of starting her own business knowing there is support available through different channels.

Female entrepreneurs were often perceived as establishing ‘hobby’ or ‘lifestyle’ businesses, but that, predominately, is no longer the case.

Christine Brown, Business Adviser at Bridlington Business Centre

Christine Brown, Business Adviser at Bridlington Business Centre

Over the past 12 months, local business networking groups have seen female membership rise from around 10% to 35% in what was traditionally a male business owner dominated area.

The recent Coastal Opportunities Gateway Project, run by the council, offered free business workshops on topics such as building a website, marketing, social media for business and finance.

The attendance statistics showed that 80% of the attendees were women already running or thinking of starting their own businesses.

There are many examples of women in the Bridlington area running their own successful business.

Angela Langton, owner of Angela Bare Boutique, on Quay Road, is one of a select few stockists of Irregular Shoes and is an example of a High Street retail shop embracing the ever-growing online retail requirement.

Back in 2014, whilst recovering from a serious leg injury, Angela spent her time researching dresses she could buy and then sell on her business Facebook page and found retail premises in Quay Road.

Angela contacted the Bridlington Business Centre for support in securing a start-up loan to help with stock and premises deposit. She has now celebrated her three year anniversary, made the final payment on her start-up loan and has nearly 20,000 followers to her Facebook page.

Julie Arliss runs a successful driving school in Bridlington, with several cars on the road providing a valuable service to the area.

As a frequent visitor to Bridlington Business Centre, Julie always takes time to speak with the advisers to keep up-to-date with any developments and advice that may help support future business development.

Hayley Garnett, a partner with Pinkney Grunwells, was one of the founder members of the local Women in Business group and now encourages other female members of staff to attend these meetings and develop networking skills to take forward in their future careers.

Humber Business Week takes place between 5 and 9 June with an excellent programme of events for business people to attend.

The week culminates with an exciting new event called The Business Day at Bridlington Spa which will feature guest speakers, including prominent business woman Baroness Karen Brady of Knightsbridge CBE.

Tickets are still available for this event and can be booked at www.TheBusinessDay.com.

During Humber Business Week, any woman looking at starting their own business or who already runs their own business can attend a drop-in session at Bridlington Business Centre on Wednesday 7 June, from 9.30am to noon, where business advisers will be on hand to answer questions and offer support.

From discussing a start-up idea right though to growing and expanding your business, East Riding of Yorkshire Council Business Investment Services is on-hand to help and support as well as provide free workshops on business planning, marketing and selling, finance, social media for business and HMRC regulations.

For more information contact the Bridlington Business Centre, on 01262 401399 or email Bridlington.business.centre@eastriding.gov.uk