• Time to Think: Retreat for Freelancers and Small Businesses

    10-12 May 2024

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    We know finding time for thinking or planning is one of the hardest things for a busy freelancer or small business. But not giving yourself time can lead to loss of direction, unpleasant surprises in cashflow or the bottom line, fire-fighting, missed opportunities and regrets.

    Not giving yourself time can mean losing sight of what you were trying to achieve. Why don't you give yourself some time to think.


    What would you do with a few days to focus, being looked after, with no chores or distractions, and expert advice on hand?


    You choose how you spend your time:

    • Think about your next steps?
    • Nail those cash projections?
    • Research new markets?
    • Write the copy for your website?
    • Start or review your business plan
    • Walking and thinking in nature
    • ....................fill in the gap

    Spend time thinking or working on your own with access to experienced business women to talk things through with. Get help if you get stuck, or feedback on your ideas. Or you may want to come as a team and have space to think and plan together.


    Book here and complete our short booking form.


    What's included?

    • 2 nights in your own room in a beautiful country house
    • Private one-to one time with a business coach or adviser
    • Informal adviser and peer support sessions
    • Full board with delicious vegetarian meals and some wines.
    • Wine o' clock at 6pm each day or Kombucha alternative
    • Payments by instalments possible.

    We keep our retreats small (8-12 people) to attend to individual needs.


    How much does it cost?

    £575 inclusive of all of the above
    £495 for Early Bird Bookings made by 31st January 2024
    We have a monthly instalment plan available if booked with £100 deposit by 31st January 2024
    Please check our terms and conditions for booking.

    Book here and complete our short booking form.


    Where is it?

    Nanpantan Hall, a private estate in 30 acres of Leicestershire countryside. 2 miles from Junction 23 of the M1 and 2 miles from Loughborough Mainline Railway station. All the rooms we are using during the day are on the ground floor and there are accessible bedrooms including one fitted for wheelchair users.



    Our first retreat of 2024 will be Friday - Sunday 10-12 May.


    Booking Process

    1. Complete our booking form by clicking 'book here'
    2. We'll send you an invoice
    3. Pay deposit of £100 and balance by 10 March, or pay by instalments, if booked prior to 31st January.
  • Book to reserve your place and we'll be in touch soon.

  • Who are we?


    Emma Torrance MBA SFEDI - I co-ran THiNK, a meeting room hire, gallery and cafe in the centre of Nottingham and now we're running business retreats, workshops and events. I'm an independent SFEDI qualified Business Adviser with over 10 years experience providing business advice and mentoring to freelancers, small businesses, social enterprises, charities and business support organisations including The Big House and Nottingham Trent University. I co-run the Blue Stockings Women's Network & previously managed and ran organisations for over 20 years. I particularly enjoy making things practical & easy. I help people understand how to run their businesses, even the bits they thought they would struggle with like the finances! For more info on me, please see my linked-in profile.


    Jeanne Booth MBA FRSA - Over twenty years I've had retail, events, education and business conultancy businsses, two art galleries and a cafe. I have also worked freelance developing small business, employability and entrepreneurship programmes with universities, colleges and business support agencies in the UK and abroad. I particularly enjoy talking to people about their ideas and aspirations and teaching business skills in interesting and memorable ways. I combine extensive practical understanding of the everyday challenges of being a small business with knowledge and insights from other business owners and business schools. Use a text section to describe your values, show more info, summarize a topic, or tell a story. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore.