The South Wales Ladies Business Club was launched in December 2006 by Rebecca Collins of Handelsbanken, Alison Hazledine of Kilsby Williams and Melanie Hamer of Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice. The club was set up to provide an informal and relaxed forum to give female professionals the opportunity to build a network with like minded ladies for the benefit of their businesses.
The club started with just 20 ladies and now has 550 influential business women on its database. The club continues to grow and the success is clearly attributable to there being a strong demand for business ladies to network in a relaxed and friendly forum.
Six events are held per annum. There is usually no formal agenda enabling Ladies to maximise the time for networking and there are no requirements for formal membership and no annual fee. Any business ladies can attend the networking events on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.
We know that many ladies have a busy working life, so attendance is not expected at every event and Ladies are free to attend as few or as many as suits their diary.
The Club saw a gap in the market in 2006 for a female networking club as an alternative to the normal networking events which are sometimes dominated by men. However, many of its attendees and its organisers also attend the usual mixed networking events and this is most definitely not a feminist splinter group!
Its organisers are Sharon Hubbard, Lucy Lloyd and Rebecca Knight whose details can be found in the Profiles Section.