WiRE at Holiday Inn Burton

New venue as WiRE women’s group continues to grow

A new chapter has opened for the Burton WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) women’s networking group as it moves to a new venue.

One of WiRE Burton’s three volunteer leaders Elaine Pritchard, said: “We’ve had two wonderful years at the Brewhouse arts centre and we’ve seen the number of women attending our monthly meetings increase steadily throughout this time.

“In fact, we’ve grown so much that we needed to find a new venue in the town with space to continue growing and we’re delighted to announce that from January 2018 we’ll be meeting at the Holiday Inn Express on the Centrum 100 estate.”

Alan Northern, general manager of the hotel, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the women of Burton’s WiRE group to the Holiday Inn Express and we are delighted that they are making their new home with us. They have done some important work in the past six years helping local women develop skills and confidence and start or grow their businesses.”

The first meeting at the new venue was held on January 10 when international speaker Sue Tonks entertained and informed a packed audience with her take on how to make a great first impression at networking events.

The next meeting takes place on Valentine’s Night, Wednesday February 14, from 7pm to 9pm. Appropriately, the meeting will be on the theme Love Your Business and will feature brief talks from three local women who have fallen in (or even out) of love with their businesses. There will also be lots of chance to work on ideas for how to overcome the things you DON’T love about your business.

Women who work for others,. for themselves, or as volunteers for charities and not-for-profits are welcome to attend.

The WiRE Burton leaders, Elaine, Alison Bradley and Lorraine Holden, have also decided to move the monthly networking meetings from the last Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday of the month.

Alison said: “This will help us to avoid clashing with a number of school holidays throughout the year, so we hope that makes it easier for women who go away with their families at Easter and half terms.”

Lorraine added: “We will continue our tradition of having 10 networking meetings at the hotel, but in August and December we’ll have a social night out at a local restaurant – and raise some money for our 2018 charity of the year, which is the LoveInspire Foundation.”

It costs just £8 for non-members to visit WiRE Burton, or £5 for members. For more details, and to book a place, for February’s meeting go to www.wireuk.org/events/love-your-business

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