Category Archives: Member Events

Getting to know – Larissa Clarke

In order to get to know the Bedfordshire BusinessWomen members better, we have been asking them 10 probing questions because it is always useful as business women to find out what wine they prefer, whether they are morning people, and who their ideal dinner guests are.

Larissa Clarke, Transition CoachingLarissa Clarke is one of Bedfordshire BusinessWomen’s most recent recruits and her new business venture, Transition Coaching is already getting the women of Bedfordshire fit and healthy.

  1. Money or fame?
    Neither are a huge driving force, although now with my new business money is more of a focus than in the past.
  2. What was your first job?
    At 9 years old I was chief chocolate bar pricer upper as my parents ran a newsagents.
  3. Early bird or night owl?
    Early bird, I’m hopeless after 9pm and known for falling asleep at inopportune moments form friends houses to the cinema to lectures to the back of a motorbike!
  4. What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
    Don’t wait until that magic moment when you feel ‘ready’ just go for it!
  5. Red or white wine?
    Depends on mood, weather, food. Love both! Also gin and Bourbon.
  6. What is your dream holiday destination?
    I love travel from a road trip to Norfolk to an Amazon jungle adventure, but right at this moment any tropical beach with a cocktail and a hammock would be bliss.
  7. Bond or Bourne?
    Bourne – more real, more rugged.
  8. You can invite 6 famous people, dead or alive, to dinner – who would you choose and why?
    I’d have to include fictitious in that too:
    Johnny Lee Miller’s Sherlock Holmes-fascinating and entertaining
    Guy Martin for his complete lust for life and passion for everything
    Frank Sinatra to hear his Rat Pack Vegas tales and croon to us whilst we eat
    A good chef to prepare the feast – I can burn toast
    Brandon Flowers (Killer’s front man) I’m a self confessed groupie
    Bear Grylls – to teach me ssurvival skills and entertain us with tales of adventure
  9. Winter or summer?
    Summer, Britain in a good summer – perfect
  10. Top fitness tip for busy business women?
    Schedule your workouts into your diary and treat them with the respect you would a business meeting. A healthy body will make you a much more productive business woman and help achieve a positive balance in your life.​

Bedfordshire BusinessWomen – July Event: ‘Because We’re Worth It!”

We live in an ever-changing, fast-paced world, where work is nearing a 24-hour commitment, especially when running your own business. Throw in family life and the running of your household, and it’s a wonder how we manage. For most of us the thought of taking a day out of the business is just not an option – but it might be just what’s needed.

Bedfordshire BusinessWomen (BBW) has decided to hold its July networking event in a more tranquil location at Wyboston Lakes. The aim of this event is for you to get the balance right; taking the time out of your busy and hectic schedule to work on your business rather than in your business, or to simply just relax.

We are often so concerned about being the best sales person we can be, winning new clients and that all important proposal and getting caught up in the day-to-day running of the business, that we overlook the strategy and planning. Reassessing your business and marketing plan is crucial to how your business grows and expands.

Use this event as an opportunity to analyse your business from a different perspective; bounce ideas off one another and share in each other’s experiences in a relaxing setting. It is truly amazing what you can get form just a chat. People looking at your business from the ‘outside’ often see things in a completely different light. You are sure to discover the key to moving your business to the next level.

This is set to be a brilliant event and you may find that it’s the ‘time out’ you’ve been in need of. Take the initiative and join us on 17th July at Wyboston Lakes from 8am until 10:30am. The cost is £20 for guests and you can simply register online.

Bedfordshire BusinessWomen and guests have also been given the opportunity to use the Y spa at Wyboston Lakes at a very special rate. You can unwind for 3 hours in the thermal spa for just £30 or you can ‘Escape for the day’ for just £47, which includes a 2 course lunch, use of the thermal spa and a treatment. If this is something that you are interested in you will need to book prior to the meeting, simply call 0333 7007 667 and quote “Beds Business Women” for this amazing offer.

For more information about Bedfordshire BusinessWomen or to book your place, please visit We look forward to meeting you!

March Network – The Importance of Video for Business

Date: Thursday 20th March 2014
Venue: Basepoint, Luton

Guest post by Karen Chamberlain, KC Learning & Development

It was a pleasure to attend as a guest at last week’s BBW event at Basepoint’s Business Centre flagship site in Luton, attended by approximately 25 BBW members and guests.

I was excited and intrigued about the topic “The Importance of Video for your Business” run by Carys Dayne, Specky & Ginge Social Media Management and the lovely Jacqueline Jardine of Jardine-White Consulting.

Upon arrival at the impressive facilities and a warm welcome by the BBW ladies, I enjoyed some informal networking and a chance to catch up with faces old and new over a welcome coffee :o) Continue reading

February Network – Afternoon Tea & Business Surgeries

We have 2 reveiws of the Bedfordshire BusinessWomen February Network, held on Thursday 20th February at the Watermill Tea Rooms, The Olde Watermill, Barton Le Clay. One is from BBW member, Marie Haywood and the other from Joanne Tillin, a guest new to networking.

Marie’s view

I was not really looking forward to BBW this month as I have undertaken a weight loss & personal trainer plan ready for my W.A.R challenge at the end of April but I really was well behaved and didn’t get too tempted by the enormous scones, lovely cakes and treats on offer at The Olde Watermill. Continue reading

December Network 2013

Mince Pies & Mingling

Date: Thursday 19th December 2013
Venue: 25 Restaurant, Bedford College, Bedford

Sandra Dartnell, Make Design HappenGuest post by guest Sandra Dartnell from Make Design Happen

I attended the Bedfordshire Business Women’s Christmas lunch as a guest. It was my first time. I found out about the network via social media. In particular I noticed that many of the people I connected with during the course of 2013 were followers on Twitter and the BBW LinkedIn group. Continue reading