We have been members of the Ladies That Do networking group for over a year now. It was the brain child of Lesley Bee a local photographer who could not find a business group that met her needs, so she started up her own. The group originally started on Facebook in 2012 and now has over 30 members and a waiting list to join. The members come from a wide range of businesses but all have one thing in common, they are all ladies.
Each month Frances and I take it in turns to go along to the meeting, which is in fact a ladies that lunch meeting but there is also a lot of great business advice and support available. There is a tremendous range of business from high street retail, financial and legal, therapists and wellbeing instructors. copy writers and editors. You name it we probably have a representative in our group of ladies.
Each year the group choose a charity to support and amazingly this year the group has managed to donate £500 to Rainbows Hospice to support their valuable work with local children and young adults who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. If you are interested in finding out more visit Rainbows.
In addition to the charity work that the group has done it is a fantastic opportunity to meet with other hard working business women who are happy to share their experiences and offer a helping hand when needed. Frances and I have both been on training courses to improve our IT and social media skills ran by ebusinessclub. The courses were fantastic, local and free and without the knowledge sharing of the other ladies we would have missed out on that amazing opportunity.
I don't think that we will be setting the business group on fire with the ins and outs of the wipe clean tablecloth world but since starting in business we have learned so much it is nice to have a forum where people freely give and receive information and support each other. Long may it continue.
Photos by: Lesley Bee Photography