All change at UK Jelly!

A year on from launching this website, the time has come for me (Jan Minihane) to pass on the reins. Work and family commitments have been conspiring against me for quite a few months now and I’ve been badly neglecting the UK Jelly online presence.

My vision when I started the UK Jelly website, Twitter account and LinkedIn group (for Jelly organisers) was to provide a way for any homeworker, freelancer or other business person to find out more about Jelly, find their nearest one or get more help to start their own.

Ultimately, I wanted anyone who needs a change of work scene or wants an informal business support network to have one, on their doorstep, wherever they lived and whatever their means.

In some ways this has been achieved, in the last 18 months the number of UK Jelly events has exploded from 13 per month to now over 70 (that I know of!), the UK Jelly twitter account has over 1,000 followers and the buzz about Jelly events in the UK (and worldwide) continues to grow.

I also knew that this was not ‘mine’ to hang on to forever, it is something buy adderall in los angeles that should be passed forward – that time has now come. I will still be working hard to continue to grow Shropshire Jelly and will continue to promote UK Jelly events whenever I see them.

I am absolutely delighted to announce that Jim Drew, host of Norwich Jelly, is taking over the reins. Jim was the first person I thought of to take over, he absolutely ‘gets’ what Jelly is about – a free, collaborative tool to help bring businesses together.

I must say a massive thanks to both Lee Cottier for introducing Jelly events into the UK and Judy Heminsley, a genuinely wonderful person who helped grow the UK Jelly movement and still a brilliant promoter of all things Jelly.

Finally, I have met truly incredible people on my UK Jelly journey. Big thanks to everyone that has either blogged about Jelly, written editorial for us or in any other way supported UK Jelly – you know who you are and you rock, period. Keep up the good work!!

So, quite literally, over to you Jim and good luck, the Jelly community are very lucky to have you!


Ever wondered what Jelly was all about?

Shropshire Jelly Avatar by who knows me knows I could talk about the joy and benefit of Jelly co-working til I was blue in the face – but here it is from an entirely different angle – and as you’ll see it’s not just homeworkers who can benefit….

Eve from Virgin Balloon Flights came to her first Jelly event at Enterprise HQ in Coalport, Shropshire – and it’s safe to say she liked it! You can read her fabulous write-up from the day here, it’s a must read!

Jelly has changed the way thousands of homeworkers, business owners and office based workers in the UK work, order real adderall online interact and build relationships with other businesses – to be a part of it just go and find your nearest Jelly on the ‘Find a Jelly’ page. If there isn’t one near to you, why not think about starting one – find a venue with free wifi & space and you’re off! There is a plethora of brilliant advice on starting your own Jelly on Judy Heminsley’s website.

If you have written a blog about your Jelly experiences, please do add them to the comments below and I’ll build up a blog roll 🙂


Are you challenging or changing the way you work?

big society, jelly, coworking, changing workAs a small business owner & homeworker, I’ve been amazed at watching and being involved in the sea change in the way people work. From working in a traditional office structure with all your staff around you to now virtual agencies and businesses popping up all over the place – why employ when you can sub-contract out to the plethora of homeworkers/micro businesses taking full advantage of the digital/mobile age in which we now live.

Personally I’m seeing very powerful business relationships coming out of Jelly co-working events (and no, I don’t mean the wobbly stuff) – it’s unnetworking in that you’re not there to sell, you’re there to do your own work for a day, just surrounded by like minded business owners. There is a growing buy generic adderall online support network between the Jelly attendees (locally, nationally and internationally) and is invaluable for signposting business owners to support and advice they may need. It’s also very cheap (no charge for wifi or the venue, usually small cost for drinks/food) and gets you out of your normal work environment into something much more dynamic and motivating.

Could Jelly be the new business support framework small businesses really need in the time-starved world we now live in (very Big Society me thinks)? It’s these kind of issues I’m looking forward to discussing at The BIG Jelly this month in Shropshire.

How do you think they way we work will continue to evolve over the next decade, I’d love to know??

Jelly – what’s not to love – a year on!

So nearly a year on from starting Shropshire Jelly, I wondered if my original blog post on the benefits of attending Jelly after hosting the first Shropshire Jellyin April 2010 still held true and what’s changed.

I would love to hear what your thoughts are as each Jelly has such a different dynamic and will evolve in a different way.

Jelly has been amazing for:

* Beating those isolation blues
* Meeting new people in an informal way
* Getting free advice
* Getting free support
* Reduce distractions of working at home
* The possibility of finding collaboration partners
– see this recent article on one Jelly success story.

What I didn’t foresee a year ago is:

* Being part of a support network – there is a very strong bond & great support being shown between all Jellyers, especially the regular attendees.
* Being part of a referral network – I’ve seen over the last year that people are now getting work as a result of who they know through Jelly as their relationships have been advanced and there is trust building rapidly between them, especially where they use twitter to reinforce relationships formed at Jelly.
* An opportunity for corporate & public sector people to work in a different environment – I think this will be a big growth area for Jelly over the next 12 months, such a powerful way to bring together different people from the same (or different) organisations, it really could be very powerful stuff!

And even ….

* Environmental impact – during the weather particulary you have (say) 20 people using one room & facilties, rather than everyone at home using their heating, lighting, kettle, oven etc. There is car sharing that now happens too so overall I think our carbon footprint is a good one.
* The challenge – who misses being challenged intellectually by people if you used to be in an office environment – you get it in spades at Jelly, can you buy generic adderall online some really lively (and just the odd trivial) conversations and debates take place.
* Finding a supplier for your wedding – I kid not, anything is possible at a Jelly – here’s a story from Ludlow Jelly attendee Charlie Oakham:

“I must hold the record for being the latest person to visit a Jelly! I arrived a full 6 hours late for Ludlow Jelly – three hours after lunch, which Heather Noble of Salt Solutions was kind enough to leave out for me. I had arrived for the last hour and a half and quick met and chatted with everyone in the room. I would not have gone if Heather hadn’t said she’s left out my lunch. In fact it was a long drive to Ludlow from Chester and I could have quite easily left my excuses and headed home.


But I am glad I went, because at the Jelly was Tanith Harvey-Smith of Masque Boutique. Tanith makes amazing Venetian masks – the kind my fiancée and I were looking for, for our wedding next year! Tanith sat with me and we looked through the collection of masks she had made and the masquerade balls she helped organise. I was very glad I went in the end!”

At a time where there is so much doom and gloom abut the economy and how tough times are, break away from that negativity and get a shot of inspiration and motivation at a Jelly event near you (and if there isn’t, just set one up!). There are ‘virtual agencies’ full of like-minded people springing up all over the UK, and worldwide.

Please share what benefits you have found from Jelly and how you think it could evolve – the main reason for doing ‘The BIG Jelly‘ in March is to continue to raise the profile of Jelly in the UK and bring 300 like-minded people together for one very special day.


First Shropshire Jelly ‘Social’ announced, in collaboration with Shropgeek

Shropshire JellyAs a result of the growing community spirit and friendships that have developed and are developing through the Shropshire Jelly co-working events, we’ve decided to hold a Shropshire Jelly ‘social’ – just a relaxed meet-up at The Boathouse, Shrewsbury, on Fri 28th January 2011, from 7.30pm (til late).

We’re kicking it off by joining forces with ShropGeek run by Kirsty Burgoine and Zach Beauvais. ShropGeek is a group of like-minded Shropshire people , some of whom are regular Jelly attendees, who meet once a month to chat and share ideas.

This is very buy adderall australia online much a social event; turn up, have a drink, have a chat, meet friends and meet new people – it is not a networking event. Anyone is welcome, whether you’ve been to a Jelly or ShropGeek event before or not.

So if you fancy a chilled night out meeting some like-minded people, then do come along, we’d love to see you – please contact Jan Minihane or Kirsty Burgoine just to let us know if you are interested in coming so we have a feel for numbers.

See you there!

The power of Jelly – a new business collaboration….

Since I’ve started running Shropshire Jelly co-working events, I’ve seen many new business relationship develop; many have now gone one step further and started collaborating. Here’s one success story from two Jelly attendees:

Michaela Hardwick, Business and Performance Coach and HR Consultant, Kay Heald, are to run their first joint venture in January 2011. Using their complementary skills, they will be providing Shropshire business owners with accessible workshops, coaching and teambuilding sessions, packed with practical tips and ideas to help grow their businesses through the development of their staff.

Michaela and Kay met at Shropshire’s very first Jelly event, held at Enterprise HQ in Coalport, near Telford in April 2010. Michaela was already an experienced Twitter user, but Kay had only just been ‘dipping her toe in the water’, thanks to encouragement from Jelly organiser and Business Advisor, Jan Minihane.

The Jelly event not only enabled them to put names to faces, but gave them a valuable opportunity to find out more about each other’s line of work, how they operated and how they wanted to grow their businesses – simply from chatting over their laptops whilst working! They quickly realised that they had a very similar set of work values. Both agreed that their paths were unlikely to have crossed without attendance at the Jelly events, as they lived in different cheapest place to buy generic adderall parts of the county and had, up to that point, not attended networking events in the same area.

Nearly nine months later, they are preparing for their first workshop collaboration.

“I had wanted to offer group development opportunities to my clients and other local businesses for a long time, but simply had not had the confidence to put anything together on my own!” Kay admitted. “I had forgotten how important it is to seek out collaborations with other people, particularly those with different, but complementary skills – unfortunately, networking events can be rather rushed, making it difficult to really find out about people.

Michaela added “Being a relatively new business, it has been great for me to be able to collaborate with Kay who has spent many years developing an excellent reputation and relationship with her clients. It also gives me a great feeling to know that I can help enhance the service she provides to her clients. Jelly has most certainly been instrumental in helping us to develop the strength of relationship and trust needed to work together in this way. If you haven’t tried Jelly yet – why on earth not?”

If you would like to see this joint Jelly-inspired venture in action, please Tweet, call or email either Michaela Hardwick or Kay Heald, for further details.

The BIG Jelly – a national event to bring home workers and micro businesses together – 25th March 2011

Today sees the release of tickets for ‘The BIG Jelly on Friday 25th March 2011. It will be a very special day bringing home workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, micro business owners and business leaders together from all over the UK.

It will be a powerful day full of keynote buy adderall philadelphia speakers, an expo of tailored products and services for the home workers/micro business sector, breakout advisory sessions, Q&A Panels and some very useful business gifts to take away.

For more information visit ‘The BIG Jelly’ page.