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Two fabulous groups have launched in Oxfordshire, led by my two wonderful new associates – and they both are in this blog post, to tell you more about their exciting first sessions. 

Bicester Group – with Sharon Strickland-Clark 

“I was so excited to become a Busy Women associate to head up this new group - and when we found this gorgeous venue to host the Bicester launch meeting, I couldn’t have been happier. Our first meeting was held on 14 January at the Manor Country House Hotel, and we had such a fantastic session: the room was full of ladies who were either brand new to Busy Women, from the local Bicester area, or Busy Women members at other groups, who’d come to help spread the word about the role that BWN has played in their business growth. 
“We had a spotlight from the BWN founder, Aruna Rao. She had some excellent tips for those who are new to the networking game, as well as some advice for those of us who’ve been coming for a while. 
“Some really exciting collaborations were created during one to ones at the meeting, and two founding members – Dee Lockhart of Honest Blends, and Sharon Whitehead of Honey Legal – were confirmed as well. Our February gathering was equally vibrant, and we’re looking forward to welcoming lots of new ladies to our March meeting. We’re off to a wonderful start in Bicester, and can’t wait to see more collaborations and referrals coming in each month!” 

Banbury Group – with Sue Chalmers 

“I’m delighted to be the Busy Women Associate for the brand new Banbury group. We launched on 13 February at The Kitchen, in Farnborough – it’s a wonderful venue, full of quirk, charm and incredible food, in the most beautiful rural setting. The layout is perfect for showcasing some of our members’ beautiful products, and we had a rail of gorgeous Captain Tortue clothes from Jacky Alder, a showcase of photography from Laura Laws, and a table of Willow and Hen delights as well, which I was very happy to bring along! 
“We had a great mix of businesses in the room, ranging from ladies who’ve been in business for years, to those who are just starting out on their own. There was lots of laughter, and even a couple of surprise reconnections between people who’ve not met for years! 
“After a truly delicious buffet lunch, Aruna gave us her Busy Women spotlight. It was wonderful to hear about how far the network has come, and how it all began. There were already a raft of referrals and collaborations coming out around the table at the end, and it was great to see everyone mixing, meeting and sharing experiences. Our visiting members gave our new ladies such a warm welcome, and I’m looking forward so much to our second session.” 
Many thanks to Sharon and Sue, and to all the visiting members who made our new ladies so welcome at these launches. I can’t wait to see what the coming year holds for these groups – and for the other two launches we have coming up! 
We are due to launch Rugby next, under the Associate leadership of Samantha Cameron, followed by the London branch at a gorgeous venue in Moorgate, led by Ali Moore, our Bedford Associate. The coronavirus situation means uncertainty for all of us, so we will be posting the dates for these launches as soon as we can. If you would like to visit either of these to support the launch, or become a founding member, I’d love to hear from you! 
While we're not able to hold physical gatherings, we are still getting together for our regular group meetings online, when we follow the same format for our networking, and are still there to support each other, which we all need now more than ever. You can join as many groups as you like, as well as visit other groups, as long as we don't have your profession already covered. Please do get in touch if you'd like to find out more. 
If you are in business and are interested in coming along to any of our face to face or online meetings simply click here, complete the short form and we will get back to you. 
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