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corinnaCorinna Hartwig Biography

Corinna Hartwig was born in 1967 in Munich, Germany and has lived and worked in France. She comes from a line of family-run businesses: her maternal grandfather was baker in Colditz and she worked in her father’s video post production business, as a member of the management team. She went on to become managing director of a sister company. After moving to the UK in 1998 she set up several small businesses – each relevant to her stages in life at the time. She shares with clients her experience of what it takes to make a project or business succeed.

With a Masters in Media Marketing and experience in the fashion industry, she likes to think “outside the box” and be creative, both in practice and thought, whilst keeping her feet firmly on the ground. She helps clients to think creatively to find solutions to their needs.

She lives in East Hertfordshire with her partner and their 3 children and is always volunteering in her community.

 For better Business

Corinna has created and run a series of successful small businesses since 1998: – from freelancer in video post production to cake maker, from funding adviser to business support consultant.

She is now ready to pass on her passion to those who are thinking about working for themselves, wanting to give it a go, or for those who are looking to fine-tune their enterprise. She has a great affinity with mum-preneurs and mature women.

She has been a mentor to a number of start-ups such as mobile hairdresser, yoga studio and architects. She can be a great sounding board for business planning, has practical experience in marketing, customer care and social media.

Since Summer 2014 Corinna has supported over 100 new businesses to set up, in her role as associate trainer for Wenta, a business support agency.

She has also delivered a multitude of training days for business start-ups, including Social Enterprises whilst at Support 4 Community Projects.

Corinna has a SFEDI accredited Certificate of Recognition in Enterprise Mentoring and is member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.

 For stronger communities

In 2010, as a core members of Stanstead Abbotts playground committee she supported the project in raising £75,000 in cash and a further £25,000 in value from donations of labour, equipment and expertise. She project-managed and even helped to install a highly successful new playground. As a result of this successful project she was often asked to help other projects, and decided to establish her own enterprise.

She now runs Corinna Hartwig Consulting – supporting business start-ups. And, known as the “Funding Doctor” she helps community groups find funding faster (websites currently under construction).

Corinna has personal, practical experience with developing funding strategies, researching funding opportunities, implementing and managing community projects, both as a volunteer and as a consultant working with a range of community organisations at grass roots level.

She has supported well over 45 projects for parks and open spaces with bespoke funding advice and has, for example supported Puckeridge’s volunteers group Slide Into Action to shape a winning Biffa application. She has run a multitude of funding workshops and 1:1 advice sessions for Village SOS, the Big Lunch Extras Regional events, at several funding fairs and for the Association of Local Council Clerks. Corinna also contributed to the top funding tips for the Big Lunch website in 2013 and 2014.

For 2015, she has been asked to deliver workshops for the charity Keep Britain Tidy as part of the Love Parks Programme whilst continuing with the Big Lunch Extra Regional events in the South East of England.

She completely understands the practical challenges that volunteers face, working with the community and finding funding in this difficult environment, and draws on her expertise to help groups find funding faster.

Corinna holds a Certificate in Fundraising Skills (ncfe accredited). She gets regular up-dates regarding the 3rd sector from the NCVO (National Council of Voluntary Organisations) and the Fundraising Standards Board.

She is also Spaceshaper trained, a practical toolkit developed by CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment to measure the quality of a public space before investing time and money in improving it.

Using this tool she has facilitated a tricky community consultation for a controversial project for Barking Borough Council that has led to refining the design so that the whole community and different stakeholders could achieve agreement. The project has been realised and implemented.