Stroud Businesswomen's Network is one of the oldest-established networks in Gloucestershire, set up by a small group of local businesswomen in the early 2000s, initially as an informal gathering over coffee. Over time, the network grew, moving to larger and larger venues, and growing its membership and reputation.
We are a not-for-profit business group, run by a small volunteer committee.
We pride ourselves on creating an inspirational and supportive place for women in business to learn from each other, building confidence - and customers - while networking.
Everyone who attends an SBN meeting for the first time (whether in ‘real life’ or on Zoom) will tell you how amazed they are at the sheer range of businesses represented.
From solicitors, counsellors and therapists to HR specialists, web designers, accountants and artists; from photographers to professional chefs and from coppice workers to yoga instructors, between us we have a myriad of experiences and knowledge which we are happy to share.
SBN meets twice a month
We have a rolling programme of different styles of meetings
Meeting style 1: Local interest speaker: recent speakers include Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie, Lotte Lyster Connolly of the Prince Albert Pub, & Stroud Book Fesival’s Louise Brice and Caroline Sanderson.
Meeting style 2: Dedicated to learning new business skills and 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. Recent examples are Emily Gravestock from the UK Space Agency and extreme ocean rower Roz Savage MBE. Members also have opportunities to make brief presentations about their businesses.
Shout Outs - Within these meetings according to time we offer member 'shout outs' when members get the chance to tell everyone about their business and, hopefully, share some tips and useful information.
Our monthly newsletter
This is distributed to a database of around 200 Members and Friends. Members are invited to submit articles to raise their business profile.
SBN is organised by a small (but perfectly-formed!) team of volunteers, all local business women:
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.
SBN Aims, objectives and constitution
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 activitiesFind full details of our Constitution here.