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Old socks, naked calendars and business networking fun

PUBLISHED: 07:34 14 March 2019 | UPDATED: 08:53 14 March 2019

BWN founder Mandie Holgate visits 10 Downing Street in 2017 as part of Small Business Saturday
Picture: BWN

BWN founder Mandie Holgate visits 10 Downing Street in 2017 as part of Small Business Saturday Picture: BWN

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The Businesswoman's Network is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a birthday bash at the Jobserve Community Stadium in Colchester.

Members of the Businesswoman's Network took part in a `nude' calendar when fundraising for the Farleigh Hospice in 2011
Picture: SALLY PARKINSONMembers of the Businesswoman's Network took part in a `nude' calendar when fundraising for the Farleigh Hospice in 2011 Picture: SALLY PARKINSON

Founded in Colchester by Mersea-based business coach and international best-selling author Mandie Holgate, the BWN now has branches across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and North London.

The group aims to offer a nurturing and inspirational environment where people get together, develop friendships, learn from each other and grow their businesses.

But it is not just about women – once a month men are invited along as well.

In the last 10 years the group has raised thousands of pounds for local charities, sometimes using quirky fundraising methods including posing for nude calendars and wearing odd socks.

The BWN was launched by best-selling author, business coach and speaker, Mandie Holgate, in 2008. It offers effective and focused networking for all women in business. 
Picture: MANDIE HOLGATEThe BWN was launched by best-selling author, business coach and speaker, Mandie Holgate, in 2008. It offers effective and focused networking for all women in business. Picture: MANDIE HOLGATE

Mandie Holgate said: “The most amazing thing about the BWN is how much fun everyone has. The businesswomen who come to our events have such big hearts and throw their weight behind local causes and each others’ success. The businessmen who attend keep telling me they feel at home and learn something new every month. Everyone feels it’s great to meet others in their position.

“I am thrilled the BWN has reached this milestone – it wouldn’t be what it is today without our members who come to our events every month, learn from each other, develop friendships and offer advice that pushes the BWN further on to success.”

Alongside hosting more than 1,000 events at as many as 20 locations across the region, she has seen her book, ‘Fight the Fear, How to Change Your Negative Mindset and Win at Life’ become an international best-seller and translated into five languages.

The BWN even has its own manual – ‘The BWN Success Manual’, which is available for anyone to buy.

BWN member Jenny Joseph with her daughter
Picture: JANE LLOYDBWN member Jenny Joseph with her daughter Picture: JANE LLOYD

The BWN 10th birthday event will be held from 10am until 12.30pm on March 15 at Jobserve Community Stadium, Colchester, with speaker Paul Hutton, stalls, networking, a visit from Mary Poppins and of course, cake.

BWN events are now hosted in Colchester, South Essex, Ipswich, Norwich, Tendring, Bury St Edmunds and North London.

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