Meet The Founders
“All lasting business is built on friendship”Alfred A Montaper
THE COLLECT!VE was founded by Helen Hoile and Abby Smith in Summer 2018.
“Our shared ethos and approach to life of friendship, support and collaboration lie at the heart of The Collective. Our desire is to redefine networking. We want to build a thriving, supportive community of like-minded business owners and freelancers. A community that can Connect, Inspire, Inform and Collaborate as well as Celebrate themselves and their business.”
The Collective was born out my feelings of isolation working as a professional Photographer and the overwhelm of trying to be an “expert” in everything in order to run my own business. Finding a balance between work and life is hard. It’s all too easy to become consumed by your business and to neglect physical and mental wellbeing. Every monthly evening Mingle is curated to support our members Mind, Body and Soul to help them to actively build on their business knowledge and encourage them reflect, relax and celebrate their achievements.
The Collective is our passion. I am not a natural ‘business networker’ but my background in Public Relations and Marketing makes me a natural champion of people, wanting to shout about their business story. We strive to create as many opportunities as possible to shine a spotlight on our members, their expertise and amazing talent. Whenever possible we collaborate with our members to feature in our Mind, Body and Soul line-up at our monthly Mingles. And at our twice-monthly Coffee Catch-Ups, members can ‘Tell Your Business Story’ or hold an ‘Expert Surgery’ that showcases their know-how.