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Fearless Fridays Newsletter | Loneliness Awareness Week , The Summit Podcast & Small Business Spotlight

Welcome back! This week, we're highlighting our thoughts on the New HMRC Investment Figures, sharing three awards you should enter, event updates, and spotlighting one small business that's caught our eye. As always, we hope this adds a little value to your venture. Enjoy!👇

Welcome back! This week was Loneliness Awareness Week. We want to highlight some key statistics and mental health tips for founders dealing with loneliness and spotlight a fantastic small business that caught our attention!

As always, we hope this adds a little value to your venture. Enjoy!👇

Loneliness Awareness Week 2024

At Fearless Adventures, we recognise that founding a business can be a lonely journey at times, whether you are a solo founder, co-founder, big team, or a very small team. Bearing the weight of responsibility and risk can feel isolating.

That's why it's important to dedicate time to and prioritise human connection to support your wellbeing and, subsequently, your personal and venture performance.

Here are some ways in which you can buffer against loneliness as a founder:

Build a Support Network: Surround yourself with mentors, peers, and advisors who understand your journey and can offer support and guidance.

Join Founder Communities: Participate in online or local groups where you can share experiences, seek advice, and connect with others in similar situations. At Fearless Adventures, we are focused on building out a supportive and authentic founder community that we would love you to be a part of.

Schedule Regular Social Interactions: Carve out pockets of time to nurture relationships with family and friends and engage in social activities.

Seek Professional Help: Don't hesitate to talk to a therapist or counsellor who can provide a safe space to discuss your feelings and develop coping strategies.

Practice Self-Care: Engage in activities that are meaningful to you and support your wellbeing, such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies you enjoy.

Set Boundaries: Ensure you have and implement clear boundaries, and ensure you are resting and recovering to avoid burnout and maintain healthy relationships.

Entrepreneurship is not an easy journey, but it doesn't have to be a lonely one.

We have listed some insightful The Summit Podcast episodes for you to watch or listen to!

Master Your Work-Life Balance: Oliver Bristowe, Founder of Pets Purest | Natural Pet Care

https://youtu.be/cZTGjPrfZGQ?feature=shared

Being the visionary leader of one of the UK's fastest-growing companies Oliver takes us through everything from leading a team for the first time to managing his work-life balance AND gives us a sneak peek into the exciting future of Pets Purest.

Breakdowns Create Breakthroughs - Stephanie Elswood On Her Mental Health And Sobriety

https://youtu.be/JOzgYT3rzw4?feature=shared

Steph shares her personal mental health journey, from her battle with her body image and saggy knees through to the realisation moment that she needed to seek help. Steph is the founder of the Enough App, providing hints and tips for healthier, happier women who can appreciate that they are enough exactly as they are. Steph has also launched the non-alcoholic, mood-enhancing drinks brand Carouse.

Building LoveRaw® w: Sneaking Into Whole Foods HQ And Finding Mindfulness As A Founder

https://youtu.be/ncd7s3pdMtc?feature=shared

Rimi and Manav Thapar are the Co-founders of LoveRaw, producing vegan chocolate that tastes like chocolate. They speak to David and Dominic about the challenges of trying to start a food business in Spain, approaching retail buyers and the challenge of facing The Dragons' Den.

Small Business Spotlight: Grace & Green

Introducing our small business spotlight Grace & Green . One of the UK's first organic, independent period care companies.

Founder Frances Lucraft Lucraft decided to start the company after a decade of working in water and sanitation, witnessing firsthand the devastating impact period products have on our water systems. This experience led to the creation of Grace & Green, with its mission founded on three pillars: sustainability, access, and education.

Grace & Green is a world-leading B Corp that produces zero-waste reusables and consciously crafts tampons, pads, and liners with organic materials, prioritizing both your body and the planet. In addition to building an ethical and sustainable period product brand, Grace & Green also fights for access, inclusivity, and education, dismantling barriers to essential care because dignity shouldn't come with a price.

To find out more about Grace & Green visit them here https://graceandgreen.co/