New group for entrepreneurial parents will be a boost for Cirencester and provided a great PR opportunity for the Growth Hub:

A free monthly support group to help mums and dads who are juggling parenting and running a business is being launched this month at Cirencester Growth Hub.

A Mum and Dad Preneur group was piloted last year at the Growth Hub – a business support centre, located next to the Royal Agricultural University – and is now set to become a monthly fixture, with the first group meeting on January 22.

The free event is open to all parents who are juggling work with childcare, and runs from 10 to 11.30am, so during school hours and avoiding the school run.

Author and entrepreneur Angela De Souza, who set up the Women’s Business Club, will be talking at the first meeting, about starting a business while bringing up a family, based on a chapter from her book ‘I did it in my pyjamas’.

Yesim Nicholson, Growth Hub Centre manager, said: “The Mum and Dad Preneur meetings are a chance for business people to come along and meet others in a similar position to themselves, to chat and share ideas, frustrations and resources whilst enjoying a cuppa and a pastry.”

The Growth Hub, in the newly-built Alliston Centre next to the RAU, is part of a wider Gloucestershire Growth Hub network. It offers business support to Gloucestershire businesses, providing an environment where they can collaborate, network and exchange ideas. Growing Gloucestershire businesses can tap into a range of fully funded business support services, including one-to-one business support, workshops and events.

Other events in January include a workshop on ‘How to get more done in less time’ on January 16; an ‘Inspire Me’ session from Adam Starkey, who is founder and CEO of Green Gourmet, an award-winning food company based in Gloucestershire, on January 23; and on January 30 an ‘Introduction to business insurance’.

For more information about Cirencester Growth Hub, visit, email the team at or call 01285 889890.