5 minutes with….. Sharon MacArthur – Red Handbag

Sharon MacArthur is our fabulous host at our Blyth Colleagues on Tap venue’s. It was great to find out more about Sharon and her successful business Red Handbag.


Tell us all about Red Handbag…..

I set up Red Handbag to help women in business get their power back. When you manage other people, doubt and fear can creep in. This  can mean you don’t take action and feel stuck. People issues left untouched rarely ever go away but have a nasty habit of growing bigger.

I help take the mystery out of day to day leadership, providing practical no nonsense support through one to one coaching, mentoring and training. I specialise in helping accidental and middle managers, transform how they work which adds value to bottom line by ensuring, happy, motivated, productive teams are the norm.



So what made you decide to work for yourself?

In 2013 I was made redundant after nearly 30 years of being employed full time, I had no plan of what I was going to do.

After attending several interviews I found nothing seemed to fit the person I had become so I took the brave decision to set up my own business and Red Handbag was born. Being my own boss has given me the opportunity to live my values and make a difference to others, which in turn makes me happy.


What are your biggest achievements so far?

Mastering the art of networking and social media to get my business off the ground allowing me to treble my turn over in less than 1.5 years.

Getting involved with Chartered Management Institute and becoming a member of the Regional Board for NE and Cumbria. Helping to plan, organise and deliver events for Women in Management.

Creating time in my own business to offer free business coaching and mentoring support to charities, schools and young entrepreneurs and causes I value.

Red Handbag were also Finalists in the North Tyneside Business Awards 2015 which was a great achievement.



Tell us three things you’re pleased you’ve learnt since you started out in business?

  1. Patience, not everyone operates on the same timescales as you so don’t waste time on stuff you can’t control.
  2. Every day is a new one, full of possibilities. Keep looking forward the past is the past you can’t change it.
  3. You can’t do it all and there are some things you’re  not great at, get experts to help you, rather than waste time trying to do it all.



How have Coworking Days helped you and your business?

I have met some great people co working. Having the opportunity to spend the day out of the office and work with a room full of like minded people is motivating and energising. The amount of informal help and support you get is invaluable, there is always someone in the room who seems to have the answer to your question.

I always get loads of work done that I would usually put off and have build up really good relationships with the people that attend.

Finally the spot chat sessions have allowed me to learn from others and apply this to my own business, sometimes hearing the reality of when things don’t work as well as when they do.



Thank you, Sharon!

If you would like to find out more about Sharon MacArthur and her business please visit her website www.redhandbag.co.uk


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