Yesterday, Rachael and I had the pleasure of attending our first meeting with the Women in Business Network over at the Iris Restaurant in Wakefield. We were welcomed along as guests and couldn’t wait to attend! We had heard about the membership organisation a while ago and thought it sounded like an amazing network to be a part of. Created for women who wish to gain new business opportunities through word of mouth, the network has a huge diversity of businesses that work together to share business contacts and opportunities and even collaborate to help each other. As most of our business comes to us through word of mouth, we thought it would be a great helping hand for us and provide the opportunity to meet with some amazing business women.
We were welcomed with open arms by the lovely Paula who ran the meeting and introduced us to the other ladies in attendance. There was such a huge range of business women from the gorgeous Ewa Jasinski a specialist interpreter and translator, to the hilarious Allison Taylor – Allison works in Accountancy but you might just recognise her from the popular TV show ‘Too Many Cooks!’ And the lovely Melanie Cossins who offers music tuition with a difference at her company, Cossins Music School. We met many, many more lovely ladies from all types of business including, but not limited to: Marketing, Property, Furniture, Financial Services, Business Systems and Processes and Insurance. The great thing about the Women in Business Network is that it hosts over 100 groups over 22 counties in the UK and Ireland, but one of the main selling points is that there will never be more than one business type allowed to join the group in each area. This means that they steer clear from any direct competition in the group, and give you a great head start to smart networking.
The meeting was a couple of hours long and within that time, we got to pitch our businesses to one another, eat a delicious lunch (Rachael and I chose the braised blade of beef with butternut squash puree and truffle and parmesan chips and it was beautiful!) and also hear more about the Wakefield Hospice and their current charity events which was delivered by Keeley Harrison. She told us all about their Bubble Fun Run that will be taking place on the 10th July at Pontefract Park to raise money for the hospice – think Ibiza foam party and you’re halfway there! (Take a look here for more details and to sign yourself up!)
One of the biggest treats at the meeting was given to us by the lovely Amy Russell who makes bespoke cakes over at Spotty Cakes – she had kindly made a beautiful rose topped cupcake for each of the attendees! Rachael and I brought ours home to share with John and enjoy with a cup of coffee in the gorgeous sunshine. If anybody is looking for beautiful cakes that both look and taste amazing, Amy is most definitely your girl! She also makes gorgeous cake toppers too which are perfect for adding those special touches to your upcoming celebrations.
We both left the meeting feeling inspired and excited and absolutely loved chatting with all of the lovely ladies who attended. We can’t wait to continue to network with you all and spread the news of your fantastic services! Thank you again to Paula who welcomed us with such warmth and made us feel completely at home.
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