Savvy Braintree business women share their wisdom

PUBLISHED: 09:30 15 March 2017

Deb Harrison from the Braintree group

Deb Harrison from the Braintree group


Business women from Braintree have been putting their heads together to launch their own businesses and share their wisdom.

Zelma Holt from the Braintree groupZelma Holt from the Braintree group

The Women in Business Network (WIBN) has groups across the country that encourage women to meet and share ideas on how to grow their companies, whether they be self employed or members of larger organisation.

Event planner, Zelma Holt, of Zelabi, is a member of three groups, including the Braintree branch.

She said: “I have been able to meet remarkable women through WIBN.

“The support was phenomenal when I went through a rebrand of my business. Not only have these structured and effective WIBN groups complimented my business, but I have also connected with so many like-minded business women who have helped me to create opportunities for my business which have paid off immensely.”

Deb Harrison, a web designer who is part of the Braintree group, has actively grown her business and confidence after becoming a WIBN member.

Deb, of DHV Design, said: “I joined WIBN two years ago when I was new to networking. Two years later, I feel my confidence has increased dramatically and I can now speak up to promote my business, even on the radio.

“I can honestly say that 50% of the projects I am currently working on have been as a result of networking.”

The Braintree branch will be celebrating its third anniversary on Tuesday, March 28, at the Green Dragon, Great Leighs.

Members will be celebrating the progress their businesses have made and the thousands of pounds each group has helped local business generate by bringing women together.

Brittney Skeates, who runs groups in Braintree, Stansted, Great Dunmow and Saffron Walden, said: “I feel very privileged to be surrounded by so many inspirational and very successful business women within my networking groups. We are always learning from each other and I’m very proud of the supportive and positive approach of our members which make our business-focussed meetings really special.”

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