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Women In Business & Networking

Starting your own business is daunting in itself but to be a woman starting out can be even more frightening especially if you work from home and don’t have a “office/work place” to go to.  It can be very lonely and isolating.  

When I started my business I had no idea the amount of support and networking events that are out there.  Some are specifically catered to women,  others are more corporate businesses, business clubs etc.  There are too many to name.  

In my first few weeks of setting up I received a lot of help and advice from The Tameside Business Family run by the local council in Tameside.  This was great in getting to know the practical side of things like tax, book-keeping etc but didn’t really help with connecting to other people in business.

Whilst attending one of the Tameside Business Family events I met Sue Willett.  Sue introduced me to a lovely group of ladies who meet once a month in Uppermill, Saddleworth at The Riverside B & B .  The group has been meeting now for nearly 2 years and I have been lucky enough to be a member.   We all come from different sectors of business from tax, insurance, solicitors, marketing, holisitic therapy etc.  We meet once a month to discuss, plan and see what we have all been up to what we can do to help each other.  It’s a very relaxed and informal meeting and there is never any pressure to bring business to the table as is the case in some networking groups and that is one of the main reasons I like going to the meetings.

Yesterday afternoon we held a open evening and invited other women in business to join us for an informal meeting.  It was a great success as we had over 40 women come along.  Below are some of the photographs of the ladies who attended and a group photograph (not all members present) taken by Tiger Photography.


Riverside Ladies

L-R: Shilp Mistry,  Deborah Davies, Me, Julia Sheard (our leader),

Claire Holland,  Tracy Barlow, Amanda Longden, Christina Aspinall,

Dot Birchfield, Rebecca O’Donnell.

Riverside Ladies Network Open Evening 2

Riverside Ladies Network Open Evening 1

Riverside Ladies Network Evening 3

As you can see from the photographs the event was a huge success.  

5 Responses to Women In Business & Networking

  • This was a great event, thank you. I enjoyed meeting contacts I have seen but not talked to in depth before, and meeting some lovely new people too, with such interesting businesses and lives! It was initially daunting with so many women in one room until we got the other room after the late diners at Riverside Cafe, but enough space then to move around and say hello. Thanks again. A good event and look forward to more in future.

  • Great event, fantastic group. Hope to see everyone again very soon!

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  • Christina Aspinall says:

    Hi Anita,

    The photos are amazing, they are extremely professional and an absolute credit to you. I think I speak for all of us when I say -a huge thank you for going the extra mile to support our wonderful networking group and encouraging women in business. Keep up the good work!!


  • Hi Anita,
    I’m loving the new website! You’re so right about support. As you know I took the plunge into working for myself earlier this year and there are so many people ready to support you out there. You are a great support to me and a real inspiration! I look forward to seeing you again soon. Love the blog!

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