Friday, 16 May 2014

WiRE networking: helping women to grow their businesses

Burton-on-Trent WiRE monthly meeting

I really enjoy being part of the national Women In Rural Enterprise organisation - and especially running its Burton network group with Alison Bradley and Lorraine Holden.

Working together we organise 10 network meetings and two social events a year in Burton-on-Trent - always on the second Wednesday of the month, from 7-9pm.

It's a great way for women who are new to running their own business to start networking as the meetings are very friendly, affordable and informal.

You don't have to be a member of WiRE to come along to the meetings - but you do have to be a woman.

We welcome women who are just thinking of starting a full time or part time business as well as those who are employed, self-employed or who do volunteer work.

WiRE is a national not-for-profit organisation run from the Harper Adams Agricultural University in Shropshire - but it's not only for rural businesses such as farmhouse B&Bs. We have a wonderful mix of new businesses, established businesses and professional women attending our meetings each month including solicitors, accountants, HR professionals, photographers, therapists, beauticians, crafters, business coaches, authors and travel agents.

Images by Joanne Cooper Photography
Guest speaker at our May meeting this week was the West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire - who prompted one of the liveliest and most enjoyable question and answer session we've ever had. Thanks to Joanne Cooper Photography who captured some great images for us on the night.

As a WiRE member you do get the chance to visit other network groups around the UK and you sometimes get invited to speak at their meetings. On Monday (May 19), I have been invited to speak at the WiRE network group that meets in Stone, Staffordshire, about creating newsletters that get results for your business. We'll be working through some exercises that will help people set clear objectives for their newsletter, create the content that will help them achieve those goals and market their newsletter effectively. I'll share some of my tips about newsletter-writing in a future blog post.

Meanwhile, if you want to know more about Burton-on-Trent's WiRE network and its future meetings, you can visit our page on the national WiRE website here, or follow us on Facebook

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