Local MP Steve Brine dropped into a new business venture with a difference this morning in the heart of Winchester.
Maven coworking was set-up by Natalie Harmer who transformed her formal bridal business into a unique boutique workspace exclusively for women.
Joined by his 12-year old daughter, Emily, Steve spent time chatting with Natalie about her idea and the opportunity Winchester has as a result of changing work patters in the wake of Covid-19.
Natalie says on her website; "From Woolworth’s to Harvey Nichols, bridal boutique to co-working space, I’ve always had business in my blood. After graduating with a degree in Textile & Business Management, I combined my love of fashion and business to rise through the ranks at Harvey Nichols, styling celebs like Jon Bon Jovi (kinda hot, actually) and managing 100’s of people – I was in my element.
"But… something was niggling away inside me. Little did I know, it was the bug of entrepreneurship! Despite forwarnings that ‘people go there to die’, I relocated myself and my newly aquired husband to Bournemouth, where my luxe bridal boutique was born! 10 years, a new boutique in Winchester and lots of business decisions later, I birthed my second business baby – Maven."
Steve added; "This is the right idea at the right time and I know it's going to fly. Winchester should be a dynamic, attractive work destination and there has never been a better time to grasp this reality as we emerge from Covid. We need the City Council to step and show leadership. I'm not holding my breath."
Pictured; Steve with Natalie Hamer at her base in Winchester.
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