Welcome back to our regular feature of local Mums in Business. It’s really growing and we have lot of amazing little businesses lined up for the upcoming months. This week we look at Jane who runs a small but very special event/meeting place in Hove called Jane’s Place.
Tell us about you and your family
I’m Mum to my lively (!) fun 9 year old son Kye. I have 2 brilliant brothers who also live in England. My Dad lives in the Highlands. I lost my lovely Mum 6 months ago. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour and died 3 1/2 weeks later. It was such a shock. We were very close and I miss her desperately. It makes you really appreciate life and the amazing friends and family who rally around at times like this. I feel incredibly lucky to have such supportive people in my life.
Are you originally from Hove?
I’m originally from Scotland, although we moved to Manchester when I was 5 year old so I lost my accent pretty early on. As a family we then moved to Staffordshire and since then, I’ve continued to make my way South after spending 18 years in London and now Hove where I’ve been 10 years.
What’s your favourite thing about living on the South Coast?
I love the fact that you can get to the Downs and sea within 10 minutes. We’re so lucky to have both on our doorstep. I’m probably more of a country girl at heart so enjoy heading out and cycling in the Downs. I remember when I first thought about moving to the South Coast and everyone I spoke to gave glowing reports. Now I know why! I love it too. People’s outlook, the alternative activities and events you can easily become involved in. There’s a real sense of community where I live – a sense of belonging. I’d like to think that Jane’s Place helps add to that feeling too.
Hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy browsing around markets, car boots, vintage fairs & charity shops. Basically I love other people’s junk! Objects, clothes, furniture with a history – I’ve found some real gems. I also enjoy baking and expanding my repertoire of healthy sweet treats, as well as creating my own skin care creams, serums and natural bath products using essential oils. I love cycling and do so most days.
Tell us about your business, why you started and what drives you on?
Jane’s Place is a creative well-being event space based at my home in West Hove. It’s a room with many uses! It’s a flexible space, seating up to 14 & is perfect for coworking, meetings, workshops, company away days, supper clubs & fitness classes. It’s a growing community and attracts clients from local businesses, the health & well-being sector, creative’s and hospitality. People say it is an inspiring space which helps nurture creative thought. I also offer tasty, wholesome refreshments (my homemade raw chocolates are becoming increasingly popular!).
It all started quite organically. The room was used as a bedroom for language students but after I’d decided to have a couple of months off and redecorate, one of my neighbours, a yoga teacher asked to run some classes here. A mindfulness teacher who’d heard about the yoga then asked if she could run a course here and things started from there. The room is now booked most days or evenings.
I love all the people I get to meet through running Jane’s Place! It really is a growing community and I’m lucky enough to attend a large variety of inspiring workshops and events here. I support people the best I can to develop their own business by linking them up with others, promoting their events and being a sound board for ideas whilst in the planning stages.
I was the Support and Development Manager for an international development charity, Music as Therapy International until I left last month after 17 years! It is a brilliant charity (I’m now a Trustee) but I found my passions were increasingly drawn to developing Jane’s Place. I’m now looking to facilitate some workshops here myself drawing on my experience of managing projects, strategic planning, skill-sharing, supporting teams and developing communities.
Jane’s Place is a creative, well-being event space based at my home in West Hove.
Connecting people, growing communities and enjoying life…