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Village Connect, the original community magazine, bringing local business to local villages

Bringing local business to local villages


Welcome to Village Connect, the original independent village community publication, bringing local business to local villages since April 2005.


Village Connect is published bi-monthly and hand delivered free of charge to more than 18,000 homes and businesses in 71 selected Northamptonshire villages, and has established itself as the premier notice board for businesses in the area.


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A business development group for women in North
Northamptonshire is soon to start its second term after a
successful start in January.

The Bird Table is a monthly term-time group for local
women running small and medium-sized businesses,
based on the concept of small group coaching. The
group, based in Thrapston, is led by professional coach
Claire Burgess, founder of Soar Development.

The aim of the group is to challenge members to think differently, set
tighter goals, share ideas and grow their business. It provides valuable
time to think about their business in a confidential
and ‘safe’ environment, where members can be themselves, ask for help,
without having to sparkle and shine as in some networking groups.

The Bird Table is a fast-growing network of business development groups, hosted
across the country. They were founded in Northamptonshire by local coach Aly
King-Smith and currently a number of groups are running successfully. The
next set of Thrapston sessions will run from Thursday 7th May at
The Bridge Hotel. Please note that attendance is by prior booking
only. Claire also runs a group in Peterborough, meeting once a month on a

The Bird Table groups are confidential, warm, challenging,
supportive, affordable and effective. The members of
the first Thrapston group have shown amazing progress towards their
business goals and also enjoyed the support and collaboration offered by the
group, which many women lack when working solo on their business. Claire is
passionate about helping women to reach their potential and the group is a
great way for this to happen.

A Thrapston group member explained how she arrived
full of nerves to her first session; by session three, she walked
away smiling, feeling positive and ready to take her business to the next level.

Anyone interested in joining the group or in receiving more
information can email Claire on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,
call 07921 383502 or visit her website


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