Two Oswestry businesswomen launched a monthly business networking event for women running their own businesses.

Louise Idoux, Herbalist and owner of The Herbarium in Oswestry and Katie Millard, Happiness Club Trainer/Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, founded the group Oswestry Business Queens to help connect self-employed women locally.

“After the Pandemic, lots of local networking groups either ceased or moved completely online,” said Louise, “but there’s nothing quite like face-to-face networking and it seemed such a shame it had all stopped.”

Katie added, “We put our heads together and decided to set up our own monthly event to help businesswomen not only form new connections, but also feel supported and access some brilliant guest speakers.”

The group has been running since May 2022 and launched full steam in to 2023 with their first meeting of the year on 9 January. Local marketing specialist Ruth Martin of Martin & Jones Marketing was guest speaker, imparting her knowledge and expertise to the group.

Having a good network is well known to be extremely useful for businesses. Not only does it provide an essential support network and safe place to bounce ideas around, but you never know who someone might know. It could be that link to an organisation you have been trying to make for a long time.

The monthly meetings are held in Oswestry Memorial Hall, on the first Monday evening of the month at 7.30pm.  All meetings include free time for attendees to talk about their business and make new contacts, along with a guest speaker who will talk on a specific topic – from marketing to mindset, accountancy to social media.

Spaces are free to book via Eventbrite. A £5 donation is requested from each attendee on arrival to cover refreshments and room hire.