Savvy Walden business women share their wisdom

PUBLISHED: 17:25 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:28 15 March 2017

Brittney Skeates who runs groups in Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow and Stansted

Brittney Skeates who runs groups in Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow and Stansted


Business women from Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow, Stansted and Braintree have been putting their heads together to launch their own businesses and share their wisdom.

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.

Elika Erasmus, from Saffron Walden, set up her own coaching business after working in London for nine years and deciding to work with her immediate community.

She said: “The group of savvy business women within WIBN are now my ‘colleagues’. It’s wonderful that I have the support and guidance of both new and experienced business women who care equally about the welfare of my family as they do about the profitability and success of my business.”

Cheryl Slater, a florist and member of the Dunmow group, saw her faith restored in her business after joining up.

She said: : “I became very stale with my business and was at the end of my tether and ready to give up until I joined WIBN.

“I have supplied flowers to my fellow members which has helped me to get my name out there and gives people a chance to see the quality of my work to enable them to use me and to recommend me through word of mouth which is powerful marketing.

“The best thing I could have done was networking as its opened lots of new doors for me and my business. The future is looking brighter.”

The Saffron Walden group will be celebrating its first anniversary on Tuesday, April 18 at The Saffron Hotel, Saffron Walden and the Great Dunmow group its third on Tuesday, May 9 at Saracens Head Hotel, Great Dunmow.

Members will be celebrating the progress their businesses have made and the thousands of pounds each group has helped local businesswomen generate.

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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