The Northern Affinity Partner Meeting – 29th January 2021

We were thrilled to have so many of our partners together for the first time since November (virtually of course). Thank you to everyone who came along; brilliant to see so many faces in what is a really exciting time for all of us at The Northern Affinity. 

The latest from The Northern Affinity. 

A lot has changed for us in the last couple of months. We’re so excited to be expanding The Northern Affinity community into Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire in the coming months. Spaces are limited on these launch events so if you haven’t already, please make sure you’ve booked a place. There will be a number of webinars courtesy of our partners as well as plenty of opportunities to connect with others throughout the day. 

A huge thank you to Anna Short and Andy Hogg who will be taking charge of these new areas. We can’t wait to see new partners connecting and growing their businesses. 

As well as our community, our team is expanding too! Sarah Small will be on board to help us with the operational side of things as we move into this new period of growth. The Northern Affinity was also approved to take part in the government’s Kickstarter scheme; an opportunity to help a young person access work. We look forward to introducing the successful candidate when the time comes. 

Our partner platform has now migrated from Workplace to Mighty Networks. We hope by now you’ve managed to log in and get to know the platform. We’d love any feedback and ideas on how to get the most out of the new system. 

Finally, a quick thank you to all the partners that took part in The Northern Affinity Podcast. Lots of great conversations and insights. We’re excited to get cracking creating more content for you. 

But enough about us!

Thank you Rachel Mather who spoke to us about successful bids and accessing funding. In the current climate, this was useful information for everyone. Rachel is a relatively new partner to The Northern Affinity. Her business, &mather was born in 2020. Rachel wanted to push boundaries, reach new audiences and help more businesses succeed through secured grants, funding and contracts. Welcome Rachel!

With so many of us currently balancing working from home, home schooling and other responsibilities, hearing from our next speaker was very timely indeed. Anyone who has worked with Sarah Small knows she is a process wizard. Sarah showed us what to think about when outsourcing to a VA or another service provider and some useful techniques for juggling the current pandemic work-life balance. It’s safe to say we’re very happy to have Sarah as part of The Northern Affinity team going forward! 

We’re looking forward to having you along for the ride. 

Over the past year, when in so many instances it’s felt difficult to connect, we’re immensely proud of the community within The Northern Affinity. It’s more than networking. It’s a supportive group of people who have found genuine connection over shared passions for business and making things happen. 

Our next steps are incredibly exciting. We can’t wait to see how our community grows and the people we’ll meet along the way. Make sure you don’t miss the next partner’s meeting on Friday 26th February. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to drop us a message.

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