Ms Granville, who is also a member of the West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum that provides strategic advice to Advantage West Midlands, deliverers training for start up businesses through the adult education service. She also provides business consultancy in the Caribbean and Africa and has worked as a businesswoman in the United States and Canada.
“There is a lot of emphasis on the number of new start up businesses but a very high proportion of enterprises fail within two years or at best never progress beyond the subsistence phase,” said Sandie Granville.
“All too often when the initial support programme ends businesspeople are left on their own. Running a business can be a very lonely place and when the going gets tough there is often nowhere to turn.”
To help tackle the problem she is launching a start up business club on Monday, April 7, at The Custard Factory Gallery in Digbeth, Birmingham starting at 6pm and meeting thereafter on the first Monday of each month.
“I hope we will have at least 200 members. The format will be informality and a mix of practical advice, inspiration and networking. Each time we will try to include a presentation from an entrepreneur who has made it and can show what can be achieved,” added Sandie Granville.
“The best help entrepreneurs often need is to share experiences and meet with others who have faced and overcome similar problems. The company of like minded people able to offer practical advice and even a shoulder to cry on can make all the difference. Businessmen and women need emotional support as well as practical and technical advice and information.”
Mohammad Nazir, chairman of the West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum commented that the Forum advises Business Link and other agencies of the importance of on going support.
More information about the club can be obtained by visiting www.sandiesbizstartupclub.co.uk or telephone 07960 158004.