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Women’s business networks are thriving. There have never been more and they’ve never been more in demand. And there’s a very good reason: most women in business find that other women in the same position are their most valuable form of support, inspiration and business connections. If you’re not already a member of a network, maybe now is the time to give it a go?

Networks vary in their approach and atmosphere and you might need to try a few before you find the one that’s right for you. Most charge fairly modest fees, but some referral networks can be very pricey; be sure that this approach to networking is right for your business and go along as a guest a couple of times before you sign-up.

Below we’ve listed a wide range of women’s business networks across the UK and also a few networks in other countries. All of those groups have regular local meetings. For up-to-date information  about locations, events and fees click through to the website of the network you’re interested in.

UK Women’s Business Networks

Association of Scottish Businesswomen  The umbrella organisation for business and professional women’s clubs throughout Scotland.

Business Women’s Link is a friendly network of women who both working for themselves or as part of a larger organisation. Regular social and corporate events across Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.

Business Babble passionately supports and empowers women in business in the Royston and Hitchin areas (Hertfordshire). Fun, friendly and affordable. Look on www.businessbabble.net for details and keep an eye for more Babble groups coming soon.

Cambridge Businesswomen’s Network  Monthly meetings are open to women from all sectors of the business community and professions, small businesses and start ups to corporates.

East London Creative Women Business Network  Peer to peer network set up to grow and sustain women business leaders in the arts & creative sectors in East London, meets monthly. Free/ minimal cost.

Fabulous Women  “To inspire, inform and motivate women in life and in business.” Meetings in Surrey, London, home counties.

Flying Start  offers women in Birmingham specialist social enterprise business support through masterclasses, mentoring, peer support and 1-1 advice. Network meetings are held in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Forward Ladies   Networking events for women in business across the North of England. Over 350 events a year.

Handbags and briefcases. Monthly events for members and guests in south Manchester (Wythenshawe, Timperley and Altrincham). Training and support for fledgling and growing female entrepreneurs.

Highflying Divas  A not-for-profit mentoring forum for professional women in their own business or a career, with meetings in Essex and London.

Networking Women is a collaborative organisation offering networking opportunities for women running small businesses in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Norwich Business Women’s Network  Friendly monthly business networking for businesswomen and women in corporate roles in Norwich and Norfolk.

Rural Women’s Network  A network of 10 women’s business networks across Cumbria.

Surrey Chambers Business Women hold regular meetings in and around Surrey and celebrates business women in the county and beyond.

Sussex Women In Business Sussex Women in Business is a not-for-profit, non-political, voluntary network for women in business.

The Athena Network   A national referrals focused network which is managed by local franchisees.

The Women in Business Network    A referrals based network, which has around 70 groups managed by local franchisees.

1230 The Women’s Company  London and Kent.  Franchise based networking meetings and events.

Vale  Women’s Business Network   For women in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

WiRE  Women in Rural Enterprise – the national business club for rural women in business.

Women in Business Hull  is a networking organisation for decision-making women in Hull, East Yorkshire and North/North East Lincolnshire.

Women in Business NI    Network for women in business across Northern Ireland.

Women in Business (NW)  Networking, training and awards for women in the Merseyside area.

Women in Management network (WiM) offers a varied programme of events across the UK. WiM London regularly hosts events in the City encouraging the discussion of issues affecting the women managers of today and the future.

Women Mean Biz  For professional women in Bristol, Bath and North Somerset.

WIN  Networking events and awards for women in the North East of England.

Women Outside The Box Business Club for freelancers, entrepreneurs and corporate women runs monthly in Bristol for training and networking. Festival of female entrepreneurship in October each year.

Women Unlimited Events and workshops for women in the London area.

Women What Do Hartlepool based network for women who are starting or run their own business, freelancers and third sector female leaders.

Women’s Business Zone  Networking groups and business support for women in York, Selby and Northallerton.

International Women’s Business Networks

CanadaCompany of Women is an organization that connects and supports women in business. We provide monthly events in seven cities across Canada, as well as an annual conference and online publications.

Canada and Ireland – The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) hosts professional development and networking events in 8 cities including Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, as well as in Dublin, Ireland.

Other networks and women-friendly business support

If you can’t find a network in your area, have a look at our business support map – it includes women’s business organisations, which often also provide networking opportunities.

We’re keen to make the Listings even more comprehensive: if you run a network and would like to be added to the Prowess Women’s Business Networks Listing, please get in touch.

For tips on how to enjoy networking and get the most out of it, read this great article: How to network.

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6 Responses to Women’s Business Networks Listings

  1. Sarah Ainslie February 20, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    This is a great post; it’s good to see that women have access to a number of sources of support for their business and for their personal development as well. At Forward Ladies we find that our members gain real value from the support they get from other like-minded women who are running businesses or developing their careers (we welcome both). We also find that women’s needs are often different from men’s and that they seek a range of types of support including skills development, peer support/mentoring, online resources and access to listen and speak to inspiring women, as well as ‘pure networking’.

  2. Jane Horwood October 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    I have been running http://www.cambridgewomen.co.uk since 2005. No membership fee. Just the cost of lunch. Informal and friendly but a great a way to ‘do business’ and meet other like minded women.

  3. Jacqui Burke (@jacquiburkefp) January 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    RT @WomensBiz: Women’s Business Networks Listings http://t.co/e3j76jeQ

  4. Anna B. Sexton August 22, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    I have just discovered your post and thank you for including East London Creative Business Women Network in as we are newbie in a list of strong and long set up networks.

    Thanks for including us – we grow more each month and are in the position now to set bigger more academic and higher profile partners to sustain us! Yeah!

    ELCBWN

  5. Emma Thorpe June 9, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    This is a very useful site for women in business!

    I have been running MidKent LadiesWhoLatte for 3 years now in Chatham, Kent.
    It’s a great group of business women who meet for 2 hours on the 2nd Thursday each month at 9.30am for £3.
    We have helped so many ladies move on with their businesses. No booking necessary, just turn up!
    Two of our ladies do their business presentations each month, which helps them practice and hone their presenting skills. We then go round the room talking about everyone’s events, then it’s open networking. We get between 20 and 30 ladies every month.

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