If you are reading this, I hope you have had a wander through my lovely website. Gorgeous, isn’t it?
In November 2017, I got the opportunity to build my own website in conjunction with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Ingenuity.
I discovered this initiative by accident when I was checking the bin collections on the Antrim and Newtownabbey website. I was really surprised to see the amount of help and advice available to small businesses within the borough. As a very recently established small business I thought “What have I got to lose?” So, I rang the number detailed on the website.
After a quick chat to Amy at Ingenuity, she emailed me the application form, which I promptly filled in, sent off and waited.
I really didn’t think I would get on to the programme, so I was delighted to receive the email confirming my place.
The program was divided into four workshops, which outlined the most important aspects of building a website and each small business had 10.5 hours with a dedicated mentor.
I have to admit that the first two workshops were hard work, there was a lot to take in and If you are anything like me, this technology malarkey can scare the bejesus out of you. But I decided that no matter how busy I was I would at least look at my website dashboard once a day. This really helped me to find my way around the website and decide what would serve my business best.
Once the mentoring sessions in my studio started, I began to relax and felt a lot more confident working on the website. This was due in no small measure to my mentor Amy Chestnutt, who had a great “Roll your sleeves up and get on with it” style of mentoring. This encouraged me to spend more time looking at both my website and other websites and with Amy’s help and advice I feel that the website can grow and evolve as my business does.
To anyone thinking about taking part in this program in the future, my advice is “Go for it, you won’t regret it”.
I am so grateful to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and to Ingenuity for this amazing opportunity.
What a great start to 2017 for Grain-Line Design.