Monday, 29 February 2016

Networking awards success for Caittom Publishing

I was surprised and delighted to be nominated by connections and clients for three categories at the 2016 Tamworth, Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield Business Networking Awards.

Then came the news that I'd been shortlisted in TWO of the categories. On Saturday I'll be very proud to take my place alongside a host of other West Midlands businesses who are finalists in a total of 12 categories.

My Caittom Publishing business is shortlisted for both Business to Business and the Extra Mile Award,

The competition, now in its fourth year, recognises the achievements of business networking group members across the region.

Almost 200 nominations were submitted from which 48 finalists were chosen by a panel of judges to vie for the top honours.

I was eligible to be nominated because of my involvement with the Tamworth-based Connect networking group, and I am looking forward to sharing a table on awards night with fellow Connects networkers Xodos Aesthetics, Maison Grace and Abacus Driving School. Good luck to everyone nominated and shortlisted.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Networking lunch to inspire working women

Along with local businesswomen Alison Bradley and Lorraine Holden I am a volunteer leader of the WiRE Burton networking group for working women.

We usually meet on the last Wednesday of every month at the Brewhouse arts centre and cafe bar. But on Wednesday March 2 we're planning an extra, one-off event from 1pm to 3pm at the Brewhouse.

Many of our regular visitors and members are already booked in to enjoy networking over a buffet lunch - but we're also hoping that a lunchtime event will attract women who can't make our usual evening meetings because of family commitments. We're keen to show them how networking can help them build their businesses and develop their careers and we're inviting along some other local networking groups that do meet during the daytime so they can find out about other opportunities that might fit in with their lifestyle.

Fiona Davies of WiRE
We're very excited that Fiona Davies, from the head office of the not-for-profit national WiRE organisation will be our guest speaker.

We'll also have stalls selling products from local women and a chance to win a bottle of bubbly in a networking bingo game.

The cost is just £8 (£7 for those who are members of WiRE) which includes tea or coffee on arrival and a buffet lunch. 

We were keen to keep the cost as low as possible so that there were no obstacles to prevent women attending whether they work for themselves, or others, or volunteer for local charities and good causes.

We'd particularly welcome women who are THINKING about turning a hobby into a part-time or full-time business. Networking is a great way to tap into the shared wisdom of women who have walked that road before and can help you with some great advice and connections.

To join us on March 2, you need to book and pay online at by the end of Wednesday February 24 (which is also the evening of our next regular WiREBurton meeting - more details here: wire-burton-achieving-a-personal-goal

The lunch is not going to be a 'hard sell' for WiRE, but I did find out last year that it's an organisation that's a favourite of Chancellor George Osborne for the help it gives women entrepreneurs. Read more about that here on the WiRE website.

If you have any questions about upcoming WiRE Burton events, you can contact me or email