However, the other reason for my lack of posts is a new and exiting chapter in the Miss Polly business. I was recently accepted onto a business mentoring programme, Entrepreneurial Spark, funded by Sir Tom Hunter, a leading Scottish businessman who has a great passion for supporting young Scottish businesses and helping them succeed. I am part of a team called the West Coast Hatchery and we are called chiclets - we need nurturing and mentoring and guidance, all of which Sir Tom and his team provide in abundance. The premises, the phone lines, wi-fi, even the tea & coffee are all provided for us, but it is the knowledge and the business leadership that is the key to helping us get our business off the ground and that is all free too.
I have a set time on Thursday for what is called Ideation - a one-to-one discussion about what Miss Polly is all about, where I want to go with the business and I am open to any and all suggestions my mentors have to give. This is an amazing and exciting opportunity and I have met so many lovely people and it's only been one week into the project!
Everyone is in this for the same thing, to make our businesses succeed, and everyone is so supportive of each other as we all have a great wish to see others doing well too. So as well as our mentors, we have this immediate support network of fellow chiclets who are on hand, either at the office, or via twitter, to offer support and advice and that is just fantastic. There has already been some great progress made by some chiclets and that is going to increase every week as everyone works so incredibly hard.
Tuesday night is pitch night. I have my pitch written, am I brave enough to stand up and pitch to everyone? I actually think I am.