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Get connected – new members join women’s business network


Stroud Businesswomen’s Network – one of the longest-established business networking groups in Gloucestershire – has welcomed two new members onto its volunteer committee.

The not-for-profit group has continued to meet online throughout the pandemic, supporting fellow businesswomen, sharing ideas and hearing from a host of inspirational speakers.

SBN Chair Beth Whittaker and about 25 Members welcomed Sam Collins and Kirstie Preece onto the committee.

After passing the Bar to become a barrister, Sam joined St. James’s Place Wealth Management, working with the company and training as a Financial Adviser. Sixteen years later, she is still at the firm, becoming an Associate Partner in 2019.

SBN Committee 2021 | Get connected - new members join women's business network
Stroud Businesswomen’s Network’s 2021 Committee (left to right): Kirstie Preece, Beth Whittaker (Chair), Sam Collins, Tammy Kwan, Karen Blaylock and Stella Jensen TammyLynn.co.uk

After 16 years working in childcare, Kirstie decided she needed more flexibility to juggle being a mum and work. She discovered network marketing and is now a partner with Utility Warehouse.

Beth Whittaker, who took on the role of Chair of SBN last Autumn from Debbie Bird, said: “We’re delighted Sam and Kirstie agreed to join the committee to help us grow our successful group even further.

“2020 was, of course, a really challenging year for many of our Members, especially those who are self-employed. Others, however, have come through virtually unscathed, embracing new ways of working through virtual meeting technology. But despite everything the year has thrown at us, SBN Members have continued to meet virtually, laughing a lot at the same time as working very hard.

“We pride ourselves on creating an inspirational and supportive place for women in business to learn from each other, building confidence – and customers – while networking.”

The speaker at the annual meeting was Lotte Lyster Connolly from The Prince Albert pub in Rodborough who hit national fame in Tom Kerridge’s hit TV series Saving Britain’s Pubs. She shared the fascinating rollercoaster journey of the pub’s story through 2020 and into 2021.

Stroud Businesswomen’s Network meets twice a month, currently on Zoom. New Members can get 15 months’ membership for the price of 12 months – £60 – until the end of May.

www.stroudbusinesswomen.org.uk and on Facebook

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