After every event we get lots of emails and lovely comments flying around Social Media telling us what new ideas you have put into action and how many dates you have gained in your diaries.
We know it works, but don’t just take our word for it.
Great Chelmsford meeting on Wednesday,what a buzz round the room..and so busy. Claire Jakes, Pampered Chef Team Builder
BWN events are always good value. BWN’s aim is always to provide us with the tools to ensure we have successful businesses. Today we considered how we can use the power of storytelling to market our businesses. Bridget applied her expertise to each of our individual businesses to demonstrate how we can use this in practice in our own business. We also learnt about exciting new BWN developments for 2012, including the webinar on 9th February on how to love your phone and make successful phone calls. Jenny Wilding Research Plus+ Norwich Events.
Thanks for hosting an awesome networking event yesterday
What a spectacular event it was yesterday! So much talent in the one room. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning in Colchester with you and the other very welcoming entrepreneurs. I am so inspired and I’m signing up for the Premier Pack. The BWN is such an asset for women like me who have just taken the very scary step into self employment and running their own business. Maggie Johnson, Executive Virtual Support Essex Events
BWN has been a fantastic source of inspiration to me and I look forward to each event.
The BWN is a great tool to network and meet other business women who have opportunities to offer. It is also a place where you can meet new people and make new friends whilst at the same time increasing your business sales!
I’m just getting to know BWN but I’m sure you’ve been beneficial to so many people so keep up the good work!
Yes — I really appreciate what BWN has done for me so far!
You have fantastic enthusiasm – its contagious
I’m so glad I joined the BWN, last week I had a call from a business woman who needed a database and had found me on the BWN website. This network certainly works for me.
Elene Marsden, Corazon IT Suffolk Events
Great networking event and really beneficial to have such fantastic speakers and presentations. I will definitely be attending more in the future.
Sadie Hopson, Euthenia Touch.
Thanks very much, I enjoyed the event….lots of positve energy. I’m looking forward to meeting more business partners in the coming months. Maureen Ogbu, Organa Gold
”Thoroughly enjoyed this mornings meeting in Chelmsford – met some lovely ladies and the speaker was very informative – thanks everyone!” Karen Broughton, Enchanted Childcare. (Essex Events.)
I had a great time and found it very useful and inspiring. Lucy Partridge, Make My.
The Power of Networking with BWN
I was searching for an altenative networking group to replace one I had been a member of for some time and having attended a couple of BWN events, I was impressed by how vibrant the meetings were; I always came away feeling uplifted having met several like-minded business women in a friendly and genuine atmosphere, not to mention having the opportunity to listen to some fantastic guest speakers.
Not long after I had signed up for the Business Premier Pack, Mandie (Suffolk Coordinator) had put my name forward to appear on BBC Radio Suffolk to discuss how, at 50, I had overcome previous difficulties and set up my own Life Coaching Practice. Not only was this a great opportunity to explain all about coaching but soon after the interview, I was approached by a local film documentary maker. We met for coffee and discussed the possibility of working on a film documentary to show how coaching had helped 3 of my clients to move on successfully in their lives. Just recently I was approached by the young, freelance cameraman who filmed the documentary and he is now a client of mine!
One cannot underestimate the power of networking ; not only might you gain business and recognition for what you do, but you also get the opportunity to meet other business women who are in a similar position to yourself. At BWN, unlike other groups I have attended, there is no hidden agenda. You are encouraged to be yourself and are accepted for who you are and given the chance to share your own business journey., with all its ups and downs.
Pavlenka Small, www.smallstepscoaching.co.uk
The BWN events have not only enabled me to meet and build relationships with like minded business women but the friendly informative events have also helped me to grow and develop my own personal skills and confidence for business and networking.
Melanie Yates, Birkett Long LLP (Colchester Events)
What has The BWN ever done for me???
Well, apart from the encouragement to stand up in front many strangers (soon to be friends) and chatter about my business, at a moments notice.. ooo scary but boy did I feel brilliant afterwards.
Then there is the behind the scenes help, like the way they will instinctively know who would be a great synergy for your business, and introduces you to each other.
And what about promoting my business even when I am not in the same room as them.
To running fantastic workshops, ones you want to attend, and the coordinators follow up to make sure you continue to get the full benefit, even after the day.
To sum The BWN up – Committed to your business, Ever so friendly, Passionate about life
BWN – Refreshingly different type of networking.
Do I promote The BWN to all the business women I network with, you bet I do. What do I like best about BWN? Come and go as I please, no pressure, can turn up when there is space in my working day. Choose when I go, which workshop will benefit me…make sure I get along to the ones that really do catch my imagination. Siobhan Parker, Utility Warehouse (Essex Events)
“The Businesswomans Network has been a breath of fresh air to the networking circuit in Essex (and beyond). I have attended lots of different groups around the county – some very formal, some very informal but with The BWN has got the balance just right.
The networking opportunities are relaxed and friendly – ideal for the shy first-time networker – but also productive. The presentations are always relevant, useful and often very innovative, but the USP has to be Mandie Holgate herself. She never fails to inspire, her enthusiasm is infectious and her dedication to supporting women in business is second to none.” Louisa Steel, Essex Business Libraries. (Essex & Suffolk Events.)
I am more than happy to recommend the BWN. There is always a great atmosphere at the events, and as well as meeting some really lovely business women, it has given me some great ideas for my business. Now that there is the opportunity to promote my business for free on Linked In, its even better! I certainly never expected to end up on YouTube. If you haven’t been along to an event, then you should make sure that you do soon. Lorraine Dale, Rightway Accounting (Essex and Suffolk Events.)
I was an early adopter of BWN signing up to the Premier Pack after the first meeting I went to.
It was clear that Mandie had hit upon a winning formula to combine her passion for coaching and business networking for women together. I am not able to get to all of her meetings but am always impressed by the strong calibre of speakers she is able to obtain and the wide variety of topics covered. I remain a strong supporter of the work she does and admire the inspiration and loyalty she generates amongst her followers. Another strong captain for the good ship networking!
Sue Hall, Maid 2 Clean. (Suffolk Events.)
”A boundless energy, enthusiasm and genuine passion for all things marketing, sales, business and networking related, I would highly recommend Mandie and her network as a great starting place for any woman in business.Good support networks are so crucial in business growth and Business Womens Network offers this, many many learnings and so much more! Keep up the good work Mandie!”
Karen Fiddes, Elan Marketing. (Colchester & Ipswich Events.)
I joined the BWN a year ago this month. I went along nervously to see what it was all about and if I am honest the idea of a room full of women wasn’t high on my list of ‘must do’s’!
I had just come back into the workplace after having two children so felt quite out of the loop and really apprehensive about the whole thing. You see, I had a preconception that a bunch of women chatting over coffee would probably be a waste of time for me personally, and for business.
Looking back I can’t believe how wrong I was! From day one I was made to feel welcome and the other business women were truly interested in what I had to say.
I have benefited from not only an increase in business through joining the BWN, but also a place to learn and try out new business skills and more importantly, for me, I have found a group of like minded people who are not ‘fluffy’ about their businesses, they are passionate about ALL BWN businesses.
Mandie Holgate is one of the most inspirational people I have had the fortune to meet and because of her magnetism the BWN are inundated with exceptional speakers. I would recommend that every business woman try the BWN. What have you got to lose? So you see a room full of women drinking coffee isn’t such a bad thing.
Samantha Fricker, Framewerks, Colchester. (Colchester and Chelmsford Events.
“I thoroughly enjoy attending Mandie’s BWN events. She is an inspirational woman with drive, ambition and encouragement for all the ladies who attend her events. She is interested in the person behind the company. Through BWN I have met lots of interesting women and it has really helped my company grow so thank you!”
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value
Julie Binder, J Binder Design. (Essex Events.)
“Always a great atmosphere at the BusinessWomens Network events. I Look forward to those excellent speakers you have lined up” (Colchester Events.)
“The BPP is good value, especially for me just starting out, loads of expert guidance” Kathryn Ebdon, Ebdon Management Systems. Colchester & Ipswich Events.
Just wanted to give you a pat on the back for this morning’s meeting! A great presentation and a great formula for networking. I hope you got lots of people signing up and understanding what BWN can do for their businesses.See you next week in Chelmsford” Jacqueline Long, Whatever, Whenever. Chelmsford Events.
“Thank you for organising such an excellent event! So many inspiring women in one place to connect with – great to meet everyone! See you soon.”
”I really enjoyed, tuesdays event, the speakers were inspirational. Everyone was so friendly, it gave me the confidence to carry our business forward, knowing that I’m not the only one juggling several things at once.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed myself yesterday, thanks and a couple of the girls have already made contact with me”
“What a wonderful time we had with you this morning and so informative. We really enjoyed the speakers and learnt a lot which we hope we will be able to apply to our business.”
“Mandie I believe you are creating a real legacy with BWN and I’m so thrilled to be part of it. The new comfort zone grows everyday.” Norfolk Events.
“Just a quick email to thank you for the networking event this morning. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be in touch about coming to the next one”
“Just a note to say thank you for today’s event. I am sorry I missed the first part. I thought the format was excellent and will certainly aim to come along again.”
“As a woman who has forged a career in the hospitality industry and seen many of my female peers succeed in their own businesses or as an employee in someone else’s business, I know there is a massive seam of talent out there that we need to be tapping into. The Business Woman’s Network supports this opportunity.
The Business Woman’s Network gives me information, contacts, development opportunities, access to a wealth of expertise, a forum to share my views and learn about others and above all, the inspiration to keep going when the going gets tough.
I have found The Business Woman’s Network to be tireless champions of women’s enterprise. To be able to give women a sense that starting out on their own is daunting but exciting, is challenging but rewarding – that is what The Business Woman’s Network does as well as supporting established, but growing businesses.” Joanne Stewart, Suffolk Events.
The Business Womans Network is a fabulous organisation on a variety of different levels.
I am not able to attend regularly for a variety of reasons, but by not being a subscription only organisation, I am able to dip in and out of the group as time allows.
The quality of the speakers & the depth of their knowledge & advice has been superb. There is always plenty of opportunity for interaction with the speakers to be able to find that bit of expertise that is relevant for your particular business. The issues that are covered have always been practical & very relevant.
It is very supportive, but also very much geared to ways of finding business opportunities, and the network leader Bridget & founder Mandie are fantastic connectors of people & businesses and are very imaginative at finding solutions to problems/opportunities.
It is often said that no-one is as enthusiastic as you are about your business, but the BWN certainly gives you a damn good best business friend.
I would definitely recommend the BWN as part of your business networking/support.
Co-Director at Ethical Trading Co Ltd, t/a The Living Rooms
I have been involved with the BWN since Bridget first brought it to Norwich and have been to virtually ALL the meetings! There are several things I have found about the BWN that makes this networking organisation stand out for me:
- The time of the meeting, 10 until 12 fits in perfectly for me as a working mum.
- Cost, very reasonable at £15 which includes tea/coffee as well as a lovely location.
- Speakers – well the speakers have been absolutely exceptional. We have had millionaire mindset, business strategy, NLP, Social Media Gurus – (many of which normally charge hundreds of pounds per hour for personal coaching) to name but a few! I have always come away from EVERY meeting learning something new that was extremely useful for helping me growing my business.
- Support – this is probably the overall reason why I actually decided to join the BWN rather than just turn up for meetings (which of course you can). The support I personally get from the BWN has been phenomenal and goes way beyond the meetings I attend. I now attend the Woodbridge meeting as well as the Norwich one and have been filmed (more than once!) which has been tweeted, Facebooked etc. This in itself increased my confidence so when recently asked to participate in a national competition to produce your own short film – I did – and came second, winning a fabulous prize in the process as well as giving me the know how of marketing myself in this way.
To sum up, I love the BWN, always fantastic business people to network with and a great morning away from the office to share ideas and learn something new.
We look forward to welcoming you and learning what you gain from The Business Woman’s Network