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Women’s Day 2018: UK Networks, Events and Inspiration for Your Career

Posted on 08 March 2018

All over Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland women are banding together to support, inspire and create their own and each other’s careers. In honour of Women's Day 2018, we have rounded up some of our UK team’s favourite networking groups and events and inspiration.

Scotland

Glasgow is home to Scottish Women in Business (SWIB), a business-focused, friendly and supportive network that provides the opportunity to communicate, connect and collaborate and do business and have fun while enjoying good food at interesting venues. As well as organising regular training events, SWIB holds networking events on the second Tuesday of every month, most in the evening with one event every quarter held at lunchtime.

Business Women Scotland is an independent contract publishing and network company that also runs networking events and masterclasses for women in business. Their Business Women Scotland Magazine is available to buy online > here.

Northern Ireland

Women in Business is the largest and fastest growing business network for female entrepreneurs and business leaders in Northern Ireland. The network’s mission is to: to equip women with the skills they need to start, and grow, their own business or develop their careers, rising into senior manager and leadership positions. By positively impacting all its members, WIB aspires to Create a New Economy; whereby all females in Northern Ireland significantly contribute to the economic success of our society.

Inspired by the book, @LeanInBelfast wants to offer support and opportunity to women and men together in Belfast. The aim of this circle is to provide support and encouragement to all members so that we can help each other achieve our dreams and overcome our challenges to be the best that we can be.

Wales

North Wales Women’s Business Network organise regular events aimed at giving women an opportunity to make new connections and share good business practices in an informal atmosphere. Keep an eye on the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce website for events near you.

Spring is a not-for-profit organisation run by a committee of dedicated volunteers. They connect entrepreneurial women who want to benefit from each other’s skills and experiences and support the strengthening of business and personal relationships in a collaborative atmosphere. They say “From start-ups to established businesses, women at all stages of business are welcome. We encourage the exchange of skills and ideas from a vast variety of backgrounds and experience”.

England

Girls in Tech London is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Adriana Gascoigne founded GIT in 2007 to create a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEM fields.
GIT is not just for professional women. We exist for anyone with an interest in technology, startups and providing women with a platform for growth. But we operate with the spirit of the girl within all of us—fearless, lively and determined.

Looking for something outside of London? The helpful crew in TechWorld have put together this handy guide to female-led tech meetups in the UK > view it here.

GirlCrew actually has groups all over the UK, including London, Liverpool, Sheffield and Manchester. GirlCrew is a platform for women to make new friends. Not keen on going to a concert solo? Find a crew with us. Want to book a vacation but your friends are all coupled up? Find a group of awesome girls to travel with here. Whatever you can dream up, you can do with the crew. Find out more.

For even more career inspiration, read about the Female CEOs, directors, and senior figures driving some of Wales’ most successful businesses who are speaking out as part of International Women’s Day. The heads of Techniquest, Wales Millennium Centre, Oil 4 Wales, Watkins & Gunn solicitors, Cardiff Bus and Blackfords are coming together to celebrate the achievements of women across the business industry as part of the annual initiative.

Stock up on books packed full of motivation and career advice, like:

  • Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg, a must read for any woman in any career.
  • Shop Girl by Mary Portas, one for anyone working in retail or communications and looking for a little inspiration on how to build a career.
  • My Story by Jo Malone tells Jo’s story in her own words. A story about how she went from dyslexic school girl to a household brand that is adored worldwide – and all because of her sense of smell!
  • Women In Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories is a 2016 anthology written by Tarah Wheeler, an entrepreneur, keynote speaker and scientist. A great read for any woman on the technology career trail.

Finally, you can’ go wrong with Ted Talks. This playlist has 16 brilliant Ted Talks by strong women leaders. Enjoy.

 

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