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About SBN

SBN is moving its meetings ONLINE

In line with the latest Government and NHS advice re: Coronavirus, the SBN committee has decided to postpone future face to face meetings until the situation improves.

We are continuing to meet twice each month for both the Curio style meeting and the Main meeting online using  ZOOM. It is fun and a great way to stay in touch and can be a good way to stay in contact with clients, family and friends as well as you will see if you join us.

The main meeting is scheduled for 9.15 for people to join to get set up/adjust volumes cameras etc with the agenda starting as usual at 9.30 .  Further information on how to use zoom can be found here.

All of our meetings are open to members and guests - but we ask that for our main meetings if you wish to join us for a second meeting you join our network and benefit from all that it offers.

Please feel free to ask for, or share, business tips on our Facebook and/or  LinkedIn page 

For the latest information on Coronavirus and how it might impact on your business see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses

Upcoming events

Our Main Monthly Meetings 

Join more than 30 local businesswomen at our welcoming and supportive network meetings.

Meetings are held monthly, usually on the last Thursday of the month, starting at 9.30 am, with our ZOOM waiting room open from 9.15.

Your annual membership fee of just £60 covers ALL the monthly networking meetings (not the evening social events) as well as a monthly newsletter emailed out to more than 120 businesswomen, which you can use to promote your business and events.

We have a rolling programme of different styles of meetings, to suit all tastes!

  • Meeting style 1: Local interest speaker – examples of recent speakers Martin Bundy of John Lewis Cheltenham, Doina Cornell the Leader of Stroud District Council, and extreme ocean rower Roz Savage MBE.
  • Meeting style 2: Dedicated to networking: helping members meet each other using structured and informal networking techniques, so people get to know each other better, and gain more confidence in networking generally
  • Meeting style 3: Inspirational businesswomen: one keynote business speaker, usually a successful and inspirational businesswoman from in and around the Stroud district, sharing ideas and aspirations – and one member ‘shout out’ 


Our meetings often include fascinating and inspiring talks from local guest speakers and also give SBN members the chance to ‘shout out’ about their businesses, display their products on the Showcase tables – as well as taking advantage of the great networking opportunities offered.

5-minute shout-outs

All members’ names are put into a random draw to win the chance for a 5-minute ‘shout out’ at a future meeting (you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to, but most members enjoy the chance to tell the meeting about what they do in more detail).

Product showcase (SUSPENDED CV)

Members are also able to display their products on our Showcase tables. All you have to do is get to The Old Lodge by 8.45am as the Showcase is first-come, first-served.

Banner display (SUSPENDED CV)

Members who don’t have products to display on our Showcase tables are welcome to bring a pull-up banner, but we are limited on display space, so please email to book your space.


SBN informal meetings

We also hold informal monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month,  all you need to do is turn up, with a coffee and start chatting! There will be an opportunity to introduce your business and talk about business news - as well as a social chat. 

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SBN in the evening

A couple of times a year we hold our meetings in the evening, to enable businesswomen who are tied daytime schedules to come along. These are very informal, social affairs often with delicious food (which SBN subsidises for its members) and even a few drinks (not subsidised!), and are very popular!  

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SBN’s Summer refresher

Each summer we host a relaxed Summer Refresher event to give those of our members who have health, wellbeing and beauty businesses a chance to show off their products and their skills. ‘Have a go’ sessions in yoga and relaxation techniques, plus mini-makeovers, head massages and jewellery-making have proved popular in the past.

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SBN Christmas Lunch

At Christmas we organise an SBN "office Christmas lunch" so that those women who work on their own or from home don't miss out on the seasonal festivities.  

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Want to know more? Please contact our administrator Diane Young enquiries@stroudbusinesswomen.org.uk 

SBN Committee

Debbie Bird (Chair) Beth Whittaker (Ambassador) Tammy Kwan (Event Organiser)
Front row, left to right:  Stella Jensen (Finance)   Catherine Green (Former Chair)  Karen Blaylock (Website)  Lynda McGill (Former Chair) 

SBN is organised by a small (but perfectly-formed!) team of volunteers, all local business women:

·         Beth Whittaker (interim chair) bethwhittaker58@gmail.com

·          Karen Blaylock (website) karen@spearsouthwest.co.uk

·         Stella Jensen (finance) stella@jensenaccountancy.co.uk

·         Tammy Kwan (event organiser, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) tammy@tammylynn.co.uk

     Our volunteer committee meets regularly and each member has a specific roles. The committee organises speakers as well as running and promoting our meetings and social and training events for the benefit of all SBN members and guests. In return, committee members receive free SBN membership and free tickets for up to two SBN event meals and one training session a year. SBN also pays a part-time administrator to assist with members’ and guests’ queries, maintain the database and process members and guests before and after meetings.

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SBN Aims and objectives

The Stroud Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) is an award-winning membership organisation supporting businesswomen who run their own business or work for others, at whatever stage of their business or career. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for members to network, share information, ideas and expertise, and to do business with each other in a supportive environment. SBN welcomes members from across Gloucestershire and beyond to our meetings in Stroud and Gloucester.

Our main objectives are to:

  • Help members to gain more business through networking and development activities
  • Support members’ personal development as professionals
  • Provide a nurturing and supportive network for our members
  • Support and raise the profile of our members
  • Represent the views and needs of members in the Gloucestershire business community.

Find full details of the SBN Constitution document here.


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SBN Members

SBN members work in many different businesses in and around Stroud, Gloucester, Cirencester, Stonehouse, Nailsworth, Tetbury and throughout Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties.

Our members' products/services include:
Accountancy & Bookkeeping , 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 , Office Support , Photography & Photographs , Picture Framing , Retail , Telecomms & Utilities , Travel Agent , Website Design , Hosting & Marketing , Wedding Accessories , Will Writing , Writers & Publishers

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