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

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