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Meetings & Events

SBN is currently holding its meetings, twice a month, online using Zoom. Zoom link details are emailed in advance. 

Our main Members' 'Old Lodge style' meeting (so named as in 'normal' times we meet at the Old Lodge in Minchinhampton) is usually held on the last Thursday of the month. 

It is open to SBN Members only, but anyone is welcome to attend one meeting for free, to see if it suits them! Our main meetings

include inspirational speakers, chances for Members to 'shout out' about their businesses and an opportunity to share information

and tips. Main Meetings open at 9.15am for a 9.30am start and finish at 11am. 

Our 'Curio style' informal gathering (so named as in 'normal' times we meet at the Curio Lounge in Stroud) is usually on the first

Thursday of the month. It is open to all - Members and Friends, and is a chance for a chat over a cup of coffee with fellow

businesswomen. Curio Meetings open at 9.45am for a 10am start. 

Keen to join SBN?  

Joining instructions are sent prior to all our meetings via email - simply join our mailing list or email us for details

Tips on how to use zoom can be found here.

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



Our meeting schedule for 2020:
see 'Upcoming Events' below for further details of individual meetings.

Informal Curio style meetings are currently held on Zoom 

12th November / 10th December

Main meetings (usually at the Old Lodge ) are currently held on Zoom

22nd October / 26th November / 15th December our planned Christmas Lunch (TBC)


Our meeting schedule for 2021:
see 'Upcoming Events' below for further details of individual meetings. 

We will revert to face-to-face meetings as soon as we are able.
Zoom joining details are sent by email. 

* Earlier in the month due to School Holidays
** Trade Fair / Informal meeting with cake

Download your copy PDF with 2021 dates here

Upcoming events

    • 28 Jan 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)

    SBN Zoom Online Meeting with Speaker 

    Natalie Ferrari from Start and Grow Enterprise

    Start and Grow Enterprise is here to help freelancers, entrepreneurs and new businesses to grow. Whether you’ve started your journey already, or you’re still mulling it over, our range of free support is designed to help you make intelligent, informed decisions.
    Since 2017, we’ve supported over 650 ambitious entrepreneurs in Gloucestershire to start businesses, solidify plans, and take their companies from budding to booming.

    Start and Grow Enterprise is a University of Gloucestershire programme, part-funded by ERDF.  Becoming part of the Start and Grow community will give you access to a myriad of free services including free networking events,  business coaching, training  expert guidance, co- working space and even more!

    Natalie Ferrari has been a member of the Start and Grow Enterprise team since the programme started in 2017. Natalie will be telling you all you need to know about the support that’s on offer with Start and Grow Enterprise, who it is relevant for, and how it can help you to transform your business.

    Our Zoom meetings throughout lockdown have been well attended and good fun.  We plan to have speakers and a training session all online since we cannot meet face to face at the moment.  We do hope you will join us!

    A limited number of guests are welcome to book for one free visit to try us out read on for details*.

    Meeting Details:

    Members Zoom Meeting Link
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88617655865?pwd=bVNGQ25DWDRJT2RUR3lwejlteEl6UT09
    Meeting ID: 886 1765 5865
    Passcode: 726726

    Hosted by our Chair Beth Whittaker

    • Sign in anytime from 9.15am to the waiting room - see zoom link below
    • 9.30am start meeting
    • Followed by round the Zoom introductions
    • 10 am - A short presentation by Ahrabella Heabe Lewis: 

    SBN Member Ahrabella Lewis will help us develop a positive mindset to take into 2021, and how to create a vision board for you, and your business.

    • Followed by our Main Speaker - Natalie Ferrari see details above.
    • 11am Close

    Visitors/Guests are invited

    *If you are a Friend of SBN perhaps you would like to try out a free introductory meeting at one of our Main meetings on Zoom to see how we work with a view to joining.  Our meetings are online for the foreseeable future being informative and fun.  We currently have 15 months membership on joining for the price of 12 months.  Drop us an email beforehand to enquiries@stroudbusinesswomen.org.uk  or join us on Zoom on the day.  We always do a quick round the "room" introductions where you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your business.  

    Here is also a useful tutorial link for using Zoom for the first time: Zoom Tutorial plus PDF tips for Zoom here.

    Accessing the meeting:

    Grab your favourite beverage, set up your device and use the link to sign into the waiting room.  Don't worry, even if you've never done this before, it's easy and fun!

    Please note that you may need to wait for a moment or two in the waiting room before joining and that on occasion we will ask to take a screen shot of our Zoom meeting attendees; you have the option to decline if you so wish.

    • 11 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)

    Informal Catch Up for all our Members and Friends!

    We have now opened up our Curio style meeting to all our Friends as well as our Members.  Join us for networking, support, social and business chat.

    Stroud Businesswomen's Network is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Join the SBN Coffee Catch-Up Meeting with this link:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82041918343?pwd=TkpmOGZWNnQzZVUxdm54Qkcyb1ZFZz09
    Meeting ID: 820 4191 8343
    Passcode: 312312

    9.45 Get set up and use the link, wait for start time.

    10.00 ZOOM meeting will begin

    10.15 Welcome and round the ‘room’ (or should that be ZOOM!) introductions

    Followed by chat and discussion points hosted by Tammy Kwan

    11.00 Close

    Here is a useful tutorial link for using Zoom for the first time: Zoom Tutorial plus PDF tips for Zoom here.

    Accessing the Meeting:

    Set up: 9.45am for a 10am start.

    Settle down in a comfy chair at 9.45am, grab your favourite beverage.  Don't worry, even if you've never done this before, it's easy and fun!

    Please remember

    • you may need to enter your name…
    • you may need to wait for a moment or two in the waiting room before joining
    Please note that on occasion we will ask to take a screen shot of our Zoom meeting attendees; you have the option to decline if you so wish.

      We look forward to seeing you there!



      • 25 Feb 2021
      • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)

      SBN Zoom Online Meeting with Speaker

      Siobhan Baillee - Stroud MP  

      It’s your chance to hear from - and question - Siobhan Baillie, MP for Stroud.

      Siobhan tells us that since her election just over a year ago, she has “recruited a team, set up Westminster and Stroud offices, progressed local projects, learned the weird and wonderful world of the Houses of Parliament, tackled a global pandemic and had a baby.”   

      Before getting into politics, Siobhan worked in law for 17 years, starting as a legal secretary and working her way up to become a family law solicitor specialising in divorce, children proceedings and domestic violence work.  

      She’ll update us on what she has been working on over the past year and will then take questions from SBN Members. So, get your thinking caps on and prepare some questions for Stroud’s first female MP.

      More about Siobhan:

      In 2016 Siobhan became Head of Policy at a charity that specialises in supporting separating families.  She has also served as a councillor and school governor. Locally Siobhan says she “is dealing with everything from business grants, new railway stations and hospitality restrictions to campaigning for our wedding businesses, high streets and a Fusion Power plant.”  In Parliament, she is “working on a national Early Years review, reforming Further Education and preventing anonymous abuse accounts amongst other roles.” She tells us  

      she is a huge fan of the Stroud Businesswomen’s Network and hopes the meeting will be an opportunity for Members to hear about how government is focusing on small and medium sized business and talk through how we can work together rebuild post Covid.  

      Our Zoom meetings throughout lockdown have been well attended and good fun.  Read the details below * if you are a non-member who would like a free introductory meeting to try us out.

      Meeting Details:

      Members Zoom Meeting Link:
      https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88617655865?pwd=bVNGQ25DWDRJT2RUR3lwejlteEl6UT09
      Meeting ID: 886 1765 5865
      Passcode: 726726

      Hosted by our Chair Beth Whittaker

      • Sign in anytime from 9.15am to the waiting room 
      • 9.30am start meeting
      • Followed by round the Zoom introductions
      • 10amSpeaker Siobhan Bailee Stroud MP - followed by questions
      • 11am Close

      Visitors/Guests are invited:

      *If you are a Friend of SBN perhaps you would like to try out a free introductory meeting at one of our Main meetings on Zoom to see how we work with a view to joining.  Our meetings are online for the foreseeable future being informative and fun.  We currently have 15 months membership on joining for the price of 12 months.  Drop us an email beforehand to enquiries@stroudbusinesswomen.org.uk  or join us on Zoom on the day.  We always do a quick round the "room" introductions where you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your business.  

      Here is also a useful tutorial link for using Zoom for the first time: Zoom Tutorial plus PDF tips for Zoom here.

      Accessing the meeting:

      Grab your favourite beverage, set up your device and use the link to sign into the waiting room.  Don't worry, even if you've never done this before, it's easy and fun!

      Please note that you may need to wait for a moment or two in the waiting room before joining and that on occasion we will ask to take a screen shot of our Zoom meeting attendees; you have the option to decline if you so wish.

        • 11 Mar 2021
        • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)

        Informal Catch Up for all our Members and Friends!

        We have now opened up our Curio style meeting to all our Friends as well as our Members.  Join us for networking, support, social and business chat.

        Stroud Businesswomen's Network is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

        Join the SBN Coffee Catch-Up Meeting with this link:
        https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82041918343?pwd=TkpmOGZWNnQzZVUxdm54Qkcyb1ZFZz09
        Meeting ID: 820 4191 8343
        Passcode: 312312

        9.45 Get set up and use the link, wait for start time.

        10.00 ZOOM meeting will begin

        10.15 Welcome and round the ‘room’ (or should that be ZOOM!) introductions

        Followed by chat and discussion points hosted by Tammy Kwan

        11.00 Close

        Here is a useful tutorial link for using Zoom for the first time: Zoom Tutorial plus PDF tips for Zoom here.

        Accessing the Meeting:

        Set up: 9.45am for a 10am start.

        Settle down in a comfy chair at 9.45am, grab your favourite beverage.  Don't worry, even if you've never done this before, it's easy and fun!

        Please remember

        • you may need to enter your name…
        • you may need to wait for a moment or two in the waiting room before joining

        Please note that on occasion we will ask to take a screen shot of our Zoom meeting attendees; you have the option to decline if you so wish.

        We look forward to seeing you there!



        • 25 Mar 2021
        • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)

        SBN Zoom Online Meeting

        Our Zoom meetings throughout lockdown have been well attended and good fun.  Read the details below * if you are a non-member who would like a free introductory meeting to try us out.

        Meeting Details:

        Members  Zoom Meeting Link:
        https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88617655865?pwd=bVNGQ25DWDRJT2RUR3lwejlteEl6UT09
        Meeting ID: 886 1765 5865
        Passcode: 726726

        Hosted by our Chair Beth Whittaker

        • Sign in anytime from 9.15am to the waiting room 
        • 9.30am start meeting
        • Followed by round the Zoom introductions
        • TBA
        • 11am Close

        Visitors/Guests are invited:

        *If you are a Friend of SBN perhaps you would like to try out a free introductory meeting at one of our Main meetings on Zoom to see how we work with a view to joining.  Our meetings are online for the foreseeable future being informative and fun.  We currently have 15 months membership on joining for the price of 12 months.  Drop us an email beforehand to enquiries@stroudbusinesswomen.org.uk  or join us on Zoom on the day.  We always do a quick round the "room" introductions where you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your business.  

        Here is also a useful tutorial link for using Zoom for the first time: Zoom Tutorial plus PDF tips for Zoom here.

        Accessing the meeting:

        Grab your favourite beverage, set up your device and use the link to sign into the waiting room.  Don't worry, even if you've never done this before, it's easy and fun!

        Please note that you may need to wait for a moment or two in the waiting room before joining and that on occasion we will ask to take a screen shot of our Zoom meeting attendees; you have the option to decline if you so wish.

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