Balsall Common based mums launch new company

Balsall Common based, professional coaches, Sally and Nishi, have set up a unique partnership ‘Career-Mums’ to help women relaunch their careers after having a career break.

Both Sally and Nishi have a background in coaching, training, HR and recruitment and run their own independent coaching businesses. They too are mothers and have faced the challenges of having a career break and understand how daunting it can be to make plans to re launch a career after having a gap in the work place.  Careermums evolved from meeting like-minded women who wanted to re enter the work place but increasingly faced multiple barriers.

The ‘Re-launch your career’ workshops are currently being run in central Leamington Spa. During these interactive sessions women are able gain more than advice and guidance and receive real tools and techniques to support and achieve their career plans, whether that’s returning to a job or starting up their own business. Participants are exploring what they want from their career, how they can fit this around their family life, learning confidence boosting skills and creating a return-to-work plan. Workshops are open to women who want to explore re launching their career break, whether that has been a short break after maternity or a much longer period. Women will get the opportunity to learn from career coaching experts and meet like-minded women.

Nishi from Career-Mums said: ‘‘We’ve just completed a series of workshops which have been great. Feedback from the women has been incredibly positive and constructive; one example is “thanks for the course. It’s useful for me to put some structure around what I’m doing in terms of planning my next move(s) and to think about what fits with my values, ideas and circumstances. It feels constructive and positive, thank you”. Another participant quoted “ I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. It’s helping me to focus on what I need to do to get where I want to be. I’ve made progress!”.

Career-mums are also working with businesses, supporting the management of maternity leave before, during and following. The benefits are both for the employee and employers. Maternity coaching through successful transition, improves staff engagement and retention ensuing an overall happier workforce.

‘Re-Launch Your Career’ workshops will be held in Leamington Spa on 20, 27 April and 4 May. Contact Nishi Mehta on 07912 944945 or Sally Dhillon on 07736 066262. Career-mums can be found at or on Facebook.

New Business Breakfast Club for Balsall Common

Balsall Common’s Business Breakfast Club met for the first time this week, Claire Turner reports on how it went:

The first meeting of the Balsall Common Business Breakfast Club was a great chance for local business owners and sole traders to meet up. Attendees shared information about their business, their local connections, and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of working for yourself. Hot local topics including flight paths and HS2 were also thoroughly dissected.

Guest speaker, Richard Hales, Chair of Kenilworth Chamber of Trade told the group about the Chamber, and the benefits of joining. They organise a few key events a year, as well as having an informal meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. They aim to allow local businesses to support each other. Membership is just £40 per year. They are happy to have Balsall Common businesses join, their website is for more information.
We also found out more about the British Legion and what it can offer local businesses in terms of events, room hire, and functions. They do great breakfasts too!

The next meeting of the Balsall Common Business Breakfast Club will be on Friday 19 September at 7.30 at the British Legion on Station Road.  For more information please contact Jill Bowman or join our new LinkedIn Group

Balsall Common Business Breakfast Club first meeting
Balsall Common Business Breakfast Club first meeting


Sainsburys Official Opening

The Solihull Mayor and representatives from Balsall Common Primary School, among others, will be in attendance at this morning’s official opening of the new Sainsburys on Kenilworth Road.


The official opening for the new operation on the site of the old Total petrol station takes place at 9:00am this morning.




Balsall Common business seeks to fill part-time vacancy

J Hubbard & Son on Waste Lane Balsall Common – the family-run business established in 1916 by John Hubbard – has a part time vacancy available in their shop and office.


The owners tell us that the successful applicant will be computer literate and have a good sense of humour!


J Hubbard & Son


Maple Field House
Little Beanit Farm
Waste Lane
Balsall Common


Tel: 01676 535269
Mob: 07860 946245