For the fourth consecutive year, Bedfordshire Business Women have been crowned FSB Bedfordshire’s Networking Group of the Year! Thank you!
We believe it is because we are so much more than just a networking group, and that our values and ethos are simple: we try to offer support, meetings and other services that give women in business so much more for their money. We will always be a not for profit organisation and we make sure to reinvest any surplus funds back into the group by adjusting our membership and meeting fees wherever possible, as soon as possible, so that current members benefit.
And we continue to ask for new ideas to make our meetings even better. In the next few months we will make sure we act on the feedback from our current survey, and of course we will continue to raise funds for our charity of the year: FACES.
The BBW legacy is one that each President in turn makes sure to continue, and is remembered through our annual awards, our meetings and our involvement in the wider community.
This award really is a testament to all members, past and present, who have contributed to BBW’s continued success. So thank you all!
It was another successful night of recognition and success for Bedfordshire BusinessWomen, as we were crowned Best Networking Group at the FSB Bedfordshire Business Awards 2015. The evening was held at Centre Parcs Woburn Forest and had all the glitz and glamour of any Hollywood awards ceremony. It was a fantastic showcase of business talent from across the county with several members amongst the finalists, including Emma Garrett from The Kiosk in the Park and Philomena Watton of Watton Recruitment Ltd.
Bedfordshire BusinessWomen are crowned Best Networking Group at the FSB Bedfordshire Business Awards 2015
Tamsin Bromley-Rahlke, BBW President expressed her thanks to all the members of the group, and added “BBW has been going strong for nearly 28 years. We are truly passionate about helping our members to be successful and to share in each other’s journeys along the way, and last night’s success is to be celebrated by every member, past and present, who has come along to a BBW event and helped to make it as successful as it is. Together, we really can help to make Bedfordshire a better place to be in business.”
Amidst the Marston Moretaine Forest with the sun shining BBW held its November Monthly Network Meeting – Self Promotion is Not Crucial (unless you want to get ahead!)
Arriving at 8am I grabbed a much needed cup of tea in order that I could “get ahead!” and began to mingle. What I immediately noticed since my last network meeting was as well as those members I did know, there were a number of people I didn’t know or recognise and I saw this as an opportunity for them and me to introduce and promote ourselves.
This month’s overall theme was awards and so our one minute pitches also included sharing an award that we had won and were most proud of.
It was great to hear the varying achievements (from lying to achieve the Brownies Home Maker badge, ladies I won’t divulge names, to completing marathons and winning business awards) amongst the 40 or so women gathered. What was also very interesting was how faced with this task a lot of us played down our award or said “I don’t think I have won an award…..”
To ensure we then did promote ourselves, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis engaged with each one of us to share what she did every time she took a telephone call.
Helen explained that whatever we do, we must:
- Be authentic;
- Be consistent with our strategy/message;
- Showcase our value – extrapolate our experience and share it with others
- Engage with the person we are seeking to influence
- Talk with authority; be graceful yet confident
- Have faith in ourselves
- Learn from failure and be courageous
- Be disciplined and always have a “Plan B”
Therefore following in Helen’s footsteps, I won’t be apologetic or feel guilty in promoting my session “Maximising your Future Potential” at the i-Kan on 4 December at 9.30am – you can book a place online following the link. However, I will gracefully thank Emma Garrett, President of BBW for the opportunity to promote my workshop, myself and Jardine-White Consulting and I will “think big” and look forward to a sell-out session at the i-kan on December 4th. The cost of the session is only £5 and this goes to the very worthy cause of The Primrose Research and Education Fund at Bedford Hospital which I am very pleased to support”. Best wishes Jacqueline.