ENTREPRENEURIAL parents met for their first networking event in Hale.

The organic wine boutique Tour de Belfort, opposite Hale Railway Station, hosted the inaugural ParentPreneur networking event.

ParentPreneur was founded by Angela Roberts as a way of returning to work after having children, but avoiding the rat race and spending more time with her family.

Mrs Roberts said: "The idea is to get together with local parents who also happen to, or aspire to, run their own business. Parents face some unique challenges when trying to attain that perfect balance of work and home life and these events are a place to share our experiences and help each other grow our businesses in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and at a time that suits parents."

Lynne, guest speaker and owner of Face Values kicked the event off by telling her inspirational story.

After battling through a tough recession and bringing up two children, Lynne’s skills have recently won her the North West Beautician of the Year award resulting in her services being highly sought after and a record year for the Hale beauty salon.

The event welcomed an eclectic mix of local business owners, from hat maker to carpet cleaner.

Stories were shared, products showcased, business cards swapped and some real value taken away from the morning.

As a further bonus to the teas, coffees and pastries, the owners of Goose Greens' cocktail venue Traders Tiki Bar were in attendance sharing their story and vouchers for free cocktails!

One prominent topic was juggling a business, running a house and bringing up children is not a small task.

To have the ease of a local networking event, at the right time with friendly and welcoming people was a breath of fresh air.

The Altrincham and Hale ParentPreneur event will be monthly, the next one again at Tour de Belfort, Broomfield Lane, Hale on Tuesday, June 23, from 9.30am to 11.30am.

For details, contact Angela at info@parentpreneurnetworking and to be kept up to date with all events and news, like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ParentPreneur-Networking/1378719692456830