STROUD BUSINESSWOMEN'S NETWORK
Who We Are
Stroud Businesswomen's Network offers businesswomen across the county (and beyond) the opportunity to network, share information, exchange ideas and tap into local resources. Our meetings are informal, friendly and welcoming. All types, sizes and stages of businesses are welcome, in particular women working as sole traders from home and including businesses at the development stage.
SBN membership costs just £50 per year - a bargain rate.
A regular meeting at The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton common.
Photo courtesy of Tamara (TammyLynn) Kwan from www.tammylynn.co.uk
Meetings are held monthly (except August) at The Old Lodge - Minchinhampton Common GL6 9AQ, usually starting at 9.30 am, with doors open from 8.45am for refreshments & registration.
A couple of times a year we hold our meetings in the evening, to enable businesswomen who are tied to premises or daytime schedules to come along. These are very social affairs with supper and wine, and are very popular!
And every Christmas we organise an "office Christmas lunch" so that those women who work on their own or from home don't miss out on the seasonal festivities. Our office lunch in 2012 was held on 6 December at The Old Lodge. 46 ladies met up to pull crackers and wear silly hats - great fun!
Shout about your business!
The Network's 'Shout About Your Business' slot is where members have five minutes to tell the whole group about their business. Members' business cards are randomly drawn three weeks before each meeting. If your name is selected, you will be contacted by email with instructions on how to 'shout'. If you are unable to attend that meeting, your card will be put back in for redraw. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
Don't Forget the SBN Showcase!
In addition to the 'Shout about your business' option, we also offer SBN members the chance to display your products or services at our SBN meetings. Berith Sandgren-Clarke of Limelight Image Consultancy is the person to contact; Berith ('B') is a highly–respected and popular image consultant. Participants must be SBN members and priority will be given to those who book in advance: Berith needs to know so she can arrange appropriate display space!
Contact Berith on 01453 753546 or email@example.com
Our showcase table :
Photo courtesy of Ruth Davey from www.look-again.org
***N.B. FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR MEETINGS AND/OR TO BOOK YOUR PLACE PLEASE VISIT OUR EVENTS PAGE.***
23 May 2013 8:45 AM • The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton GL6 9AQ
27 Jun 2013 8:45 AM • The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton GL6 9AQ
18 Jul 2013 8:45 AM • The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton GL6 9AQ
Our next meeting :-
Monthly Meeting 23rd May.
Chris Pockett from Renishaw will be speaking about its history, its future and its involvement in the local community. One definitely not to miss! There will also be an opportunity to network.
Our Meeting Schedule for 2013
23rd May 2013
27th Jun 2013
18th Jul 2013
29th Aug 2013
26th Sep 2013
24th Oct 2013
28th Nov 2013
12th December(Christmas Lunch)
Thoughts from The Chair
Catherine Green CatherineGreen@wspsolicitors.com
What a great meeting we had in April! It demonstrated just how different each SBN meeting can be. We welcomed lots of new ladies and the amazing Gill Chester ran a facilitated networking session with all 65 of us – speed problem solving! It was an immediate hit and will be resurfacing at future meetings after all the positive feedback it received.
Thanks to Jan Jones (SAGA), Sunita Punj (WSP Solicitors), Karen Whittaker (Karosa Jewellery) and Tracey Ayers (Jonti telemarketing) for their shout outs – a perfect combination!
Photo courtesy of Tamara (TammyLynn) Kwan
We had our five-minute AGM (yes it really was!) I took the opportunity to reflect on what a year it has been: we moved to the Old Lodge just before our last AGM due to increased numbers and they keep on increasing! This is testament to everyone in the network and a fact of which everyone should be proud.
In the last year we have had two great evening events featuring ice-cream, fondue and cocktail demonstrations and over 40 ladies sat down to a fantastic Christmas lunch. The Old Lodge are perfect hosts and of course help make SBN the success it is. We had one training morning with lunch at the end which was extremely well received and with Gill Chester, who is on the SBN committee’s extensive background in training, these events will continue.
We have had some amazing speakers over the last year who provided inspiring stories, tips and information about our local community. The shout outs from members showed how diverse our businesses are and just how successful we are.
Members were nominated for and won awards in the Stroud Life and Gloucestershire Women in Business Awards and no-one cheered louder on the night than the other SBN members.
SBN members have even recently started a radio show - Stroud Women at Noon (SWANS) every Wednesday from noon till 1pm on Stroud FM.
AGMs are a perfect opportunity to publically thank the ladies who make SBN tick. Thank you to Karen Blaylock (website), Stella Jensen (treasurer), Beth Whittaker (newsletter) and Gill Chester (training and minutes). You are an amazing committee and it is unsurprising that you were voted back on unanimously! Thanks also to B who runs the show case table and Caroline our administrator.
I quite often say that I never think "oh no I’ve got SBN tomorrow". However busy I am and whatever I have going on in my life I know SBN will be fabulous and it never disappoints. I have everyone in SBN to thank for that.
I look forward to seeing you all on 23 May when Chris Pockett from Renishaw will be speaking about its history, its future and its involvement in the local community. One definitely not to miss!
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If you would like to know more about our members or the services they offer please look in our Member Directory
Special offers and events in our regular monthly newsletter
Our regular newsletter includes news of events, offers, networking opportunities, exhibitions, fairs - to name but a few! See our Latest News & Offers page (above left) for more information.
If you would like to hear more, then sign up for our newsletter or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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Stroud Businesswomen's Network have members working in many different product and service areas. They work in and around Stroud, Gloucester, Cirencester, Stonehouse, Nailsworth, Tetbury and throughout Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties.
Our members' products/services include:
Accountancy & Bookeeping , Advertising & Copywriting , Art Services , Beauty & Hairdressing , Building Services , Business Consulting , Business Training , Catering & Event Management , Ceramic Restoration & Repair , Children's Theatre ,
Complementary Health , Counselling & Coaching Services , Curtains & Blinds , Employment Agency, Financial Consultancy , Garden Services ,
Graphic Design , Hypnotherapy , Image Consultancy , Interior Design , Insurance Brokering , IT Services , Jewellery , Journalism , Lingerie , Marketing , Mortgage Advising , On site Chair Massage, Office Support , Photography & Photographs , Picture Framing , Retail , Telecomms & Utilities , Travel Agent , Website Design, Hosting & Marketing , Wedding Accessories , Will Writing , Writers & Publishers
Caroline Aistrop, Helen Appleyard, Leonie Asquith, Sarah Atthey, Cass Baxendale, Claire Beeley, Faye Best, Leanda Bickley, Karen Blaylock, Dianne Bradshaw, Melissa Briggs, Vanessa Brookes, Catherine Burge, Liz Chapman, Fiona Chatham, Imogen Cheese, Gill Chester, Sue Cook, Rachel Corby, Emma Cosstick, Tanya De Leersnyder, Cathy Dean, Janet Dedman, Caroline Denny, Lesley Duro, Fiona Eadie, Gill Edwards, Gill Few, Sonja Fletcher, Jean Foley, Jane Forey-Amante, Jane Forsyth, Sharon Freeman, Emily Gardner, Jenni Gardner, Christine Gaut, Jennifer Gillespie, Jacke Godwin, Madhu Gohil, Catherine Green, Jane Gregory, Claire Griffiths, I-Lan Hamilton, Helen Harrison, Lorraine Harrison,Jane Harvey, Tricia Hay, Bev Hayward, Ahrabella Heabe-Lewis, Sheila Heath, Cressida Hemmings, Karen Hensman, Jane Hill, Giulia Holland, Annabel Hollis, Andrea Hope, Sally Jackman, Clare Janik, Stella Jensen, Jan Jones, Nicola Jotcham, Kim Kendell, Emma Kingscott, Tamara Kwan, Linda Lawrence, Jo Lawson, Rebecca Lazell, Bryony Leatherbarrow, Rachel Levay, Katherine Macbeth, Carol Maguire, Sadie Malin, Jane Mann, Jane Manning, Rachel Markwick, Christine Markwick, Vicky Martin, Pauline Masters, Lynda McGill, Pamela Miri, Jilly Newham, Sue Newsome, Ros O'Neill, Jenny Nixon, Pam Paradise, Jackie Peet, Simone Pennie, Karen Pepper, Diane Phillips, Tricia Prince, Alison Pritchard, Sunita Punj, Angela Railton, Rachel Ramos, Rosie Reyonolds, Ali Richards, Shelley Rider, Catherine Roberts, Jane Rock, Susanne Rosch-Iles, Stella Rose-Williams, Sophie Ross, Kim Rowden, Berith Sandgren-Clarke, Claire Sharp, Nikki Simpson, Linda Smith, Tina Smith, Lisa Snell, Caroline Staunton, Fiona Stoddart, Heather Stopher, Dawn Swinley, Caroline Tatham, Annemarie Thurgood, Gunilla Thor-Finch, Claire Thomas, Wendy Thomson, Kathryn Wallace, Sarah Whiddett, Beth Whittaker, Karin Whittaker, Carolyn Williams-Camp, Katherine Walker, Margie Burnet Ward, Sally Whitman, Jenni Willis, Helen Wood, Millie Wood
Please visit our Member Directory for more information.