Who are Business Women in?
We’re one of the most supportive and effective women’s business networking groups there is – whether that’s online as a member of our Facebook community, or in person at one of our monthly Meet Ups or legendary BIG Events. Started as a solitary Facebook group in 2014, by entrepreneur Michelle Eddahar, BWi now boasts over 10,000 members across 46 UK counties.
Why are we called Business Women in? Because we reflect a nationwide community of business women working in diverse roles across a wide range of business sectors. Business women in Wiltshire, in Manchester, in London; in marketing, in catering, in events. You get the idea?
What makes us so good?
You! From Aberdeen to Cornwall, our community is diverse, inclusive and supportive. We know how to network without judgement. We also know how to collaborate, build working relationships and share knowledge.
Powered by volunteers.
We’re all about community, and not about making money. That’s why BWi is powered by an awesome team of volunteers who donate their skills and time for free. Why? Because each and every one of them believes in the power of giving back. And, whilst we don’t pay them, we do publicly celebrate them in other ways whenever we can.
Our members are women like you.
Either corporate or self employed, established in business or just starting out. Also like you, they are either confident or lacking confidence; flying high or in need of direction. In other words, whoever you are and whatever stage you’re at, BWi is for you!
In short, our ethos is simple: to provide a tolerant, safe and welcoming networking and learning community that’s inclusive of ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age and anyone who identifies as female.
How can you get involved?
Start by completing a FREE Member’s Business Directory Page before checking out our Workshops and Networking Events. Next, head over to Facebook and join as many groups as you would like. Finally, start reaping the rewards of being a BWi Member.
Of course, if you love the community as much as we do, you could always become one of our awesome volunteers! Get in touch to find out more.
Maternal Balance has been built for new mums struggling with anxiety. Whether it’s developed during pregnancy, post childbirth or you have always experienced anxiety and having children has brought it back. The website was founded during Lockdown 2020 by BWi member Helen Hyde who herself suffered with anxiety following the birth of her daughter despite being very lucky with her mental health before having children. Maternal Balance is a totally free resource full of tips, techniques, stories and advice for coping with anxiety. All of our resources are designed for women who are pregnant or have recently given birth and include mindfulness, meditation and exercise. Everything has been provided by experts in their field who understand and work with new mums and pregnant women on a daily basis.
We Are All Smear Ready is a social media campaign to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening (smear tests) in the prevention of cervical cancer. The NHS cervical screening programme saves an estimated 5000 lives every year, yet 1 in 3 women or people with a cervix are skipping appointments. It addresses embarrassment and body image, two of the biggest barriers to attendance through a relatable and supportive ‘big sister’ approach, encouraging people to make mini pairs of pants to ‘drop in public’ during the two national awareness weeks in January and June each year.
The culmination of attendance rates hitting an all-time low, the death of a friend to cervical cancer and attending a cervical screening herself, motivated marketer & designer and former PSHE teacher, Helen Baker, to create the campaign in 2017 which has been featured in a BBC4 documentary and has sister campaign groups internationally.
All Yours provides period boxes to women, girls and people who have periods in our local communities who are struggling to access or afford period products each month. The project also provides period education workshops to schools and community groups. Starting in West Berkshire, the project now covers Wiltshire, South Oxfordshire, and north Hampshire too.
Their VISION is a society where period products are free and universally available to everyone who needs them, along with high quality period education in schools and available in the community.
Their MISSION is to relieve period poverty in local communities and advocate for better period education in schools and community organisations. Everyone should have a choice over the period products that they use, and they strive to offer a range of period products – both disposable and reusable – so people can select what best supports their circumstances, personal preferences, and menstrual health.
Their VALUES of respect, compassion and choice help them to keep individuals’ personal circumstances, gender identity and lived experiences front of mind whilst working to remove the stigma and shame around menstruation.
Their SUCCESS is delivering over 8000 period boxes since we started the project in December 2020, partnering with many community partners and public services. We have also delivered successful period education workshops into schools and community groups.