New network launches to support female entrepreneurs.

A new female-focused network supporting local businesswomen, entrepreneurs and creatives has launched in Hull.

The Standout Set aims to bring together entrepreneurial women in the area who currently run their own business, are juggling a ’side hustle’ or are considering taking the leap into self-employment.  

The group will provide practical support in the form of online resources, before expanding with workshops, non-traditional networking events, socials, coaching, co-working opportunities and more. 

The network is growing online and is open for new members now; the first TSS events will be held in early 2019.

Anyone who becomes a member of the free-to-join group will gain access to:

  • free resources and recommendations to help grow their businesses and develop ideas
  • regular prompts and tools to help increase accountability and productivity
  • a sounding board of fellow members, to share challenges and ideas 
  • a regular newsletter featuring additional tips and resources
  • a ready-made network to help promote each business within the group

To join the group, visit 

The Standout Set has been created by Laura O’Donnell, a writer and business owner who has run a PR and communications consultancy in Hull for the last six years. 

Laura said: “For many people, working for yourself is the ultimate goal, and there are brilliant new businesses launching here all the time. I know from my own experience that while running your own business can be great, it can also be tough – it can be lonely and it can become all too easy to doubt yourself and not reach your full potential. 

“Traditional networking is often formal and old-fashioned and not necessarily aimed at women. 

“I want to create a group that provides practical advice while also establishing a supportive community to help minimise all of the unhelpful ‘noise’ that can stand in your way as a female entrepreneur.  

“I believe there’s huge potential for The Standout Set to change the local business landscape, as well as people’s mindsets when it comes to starting up on your own. We’re here to say that it can be done!”

More information about The Standout Set can be found at

[Laura O’Donnell]