Her Business Brew, a busy year so far

Women’s networking and support group Her Business Brew had a successful inaugural conference to mark International Women’s Day.

Held at Epic Studios in Norwich, the Her Conference attracted women from all backgrounds, especially businesswomen and those interested in finding out more about networking or starting their own business.

Organiser Serena Fordham, who is behind Her Business Brew, said: “The HER Conference 2018 aimed to bring together women from different groups, businesses, backgrounds and locations across Norfolk and surrounding areas, and I feel we wholeheartedly achieved this.”

“The day showcased inspiring speakers, connected female entrepreneurs, provided educational and empowering masterclasses, as well as raised awareness and funds for women-focused charities.”

Her Business Brew members voted for Leeway as the charity of the year, and an optional donation can be made at each meeting, which are held monthly in four locations in north, south, east and central Norfolk.

Leeway has six safe houses and provides advice, support and information to any adult or child experiencing domestic abuse in Norfolk and Waveney. It was established in 1974 with the help of a £200 start-up grant from Norwich City Council. Over the past four decades, the charity has grown considerably.

Mandy Proctor, Chief Executive of Leeway, said: “We are delighted to be chosen as Her Business Brew’s charity of the year. I would like to thank them for supporting Leeway and showing a commitment to ending domestic abuse. The money that they raise will enable us to continue to provide a high-quality service to those experiencing domestic abuse and help Leeway to continue to raise awareness of domestic abuse within the local community.”

Serena added: “I am proud that myself and the Her Business Brew Team brought everything together to celebrate International Women’s Day with so many incredible local women. The event, which was sponsored by Trusted Law and East of England Co-op, was also in memory of my friend, Sarah Ellis, who left this world too early last year, and my main emotion when I opened the event to see so many faces smiling back at me, was sheer fulfilment of feeling Sarah’s legacy would live on through this event each year.”

Speakers at the conference included Mumbelievable blogger Ursula Taverner, Britannia café founder Davina Turner and Rachel Welch, who has been involved in a project helping Ugandan women with sanitary wear.

This year has also seen the launch of For HER, a new women’s Business, Body and Life Online Chat Show.

Serena said: “For HER is an online group focused around issues affecting women, in business, body and life, and is the home of the bi-weekly online chat show, where women discuss their viewpoints and opinions on women-related topics.”

“The group and chat show intend to raise and expose an array of issues affecting women in all aspects of their life, as well as to raise awareness of charities and social enterprise projects that can help and support women.”

“The idea of the For HER community is to keep the conversations from the chat show going, so that if women are struggling to keep going right now, they have the assurance that they are not alone.”

She has now also launched the For HER Revolution, a members’ subscription package, which offers lots of benefits to any women, on all aspects of business, body and life.

She said: “This project will help to fund the charitable projects, and hopefully later be able to provide grants to women entrepreneurs and social enterprises that aim to also help other women.”

A Her Fitness Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 19, 10am-3.30pm to raise more funds for Leeway, to help them to carry on supporting women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

For more information email Serena and the Her Business Brew Team via, love@herbusinessbrew.co.uk. You can also find Her Business Brew on Facebook or via its website www.herbusinessbrew.co.uk.

Also see www.for-her.co.uk.

Welcome to the First HER Conference

The first HER Business, Body and Life Conference 2018, was hosted at Epic Studios on 8th March, to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Serena Fordham, Founder and CEO of Her Business Brew opened the conference with the following speech.

For those who don’t already know me, I’m Serena Fordham, Founder and CEO of Her Business Brew, and around this time last year our women’s network celebrated it’s second birthday by hosting an intimate Posh Pyjama Party.  It is incredible how a year down the line, we are now celebrating our 3rd birthday with all of you amazing women in this amazing venue!

So much has happened at Her Business Brew in the last year or so –

  • We have grown from one meeting location to four
  • We have published Stories of She (a book about women-related issues)
  • We have hosted our first retreat, which brought together entrepreneurs to learn business related skills, as well as being lots of fun!
  • We have created the Her True Colours Calendar for 2018 (which the first 50 of you through the doors today should have received in your goodie bags)
  • We have launched For HER, which is a women’s online chat show, to connect, support and inspired women everywhere!

Looking forward to the next year –

  • We will be holding our next retreat on 28th to 30th September, which is open to all women, either in business or not, as there will be something for everyone!
  • We will be launching our additional new website for-her.co.uk which will be aimed at all women, and will be the new home of the HER Conference, Retreat, Stories of She Book, Her True Colours Calendar and the For HER chat show. This means that www.herbusinessbrew.co.uk will focus more towards increasing meeting locations and membership, as well as connecting entrepreneurs and creating more business opportunities.
  • We hope to host this HER Conference again next International Women’s Day, and we hope you can join us again!!

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to say a few thank yous before we begin the day, so thank you to:

  • All our event sponsors – Especially our headline sponsors Trusted Law and East of England Coop
  • Our speakers – Davina Tanner OBE, Ursula Tavender and Rachel Welch
  • Our masterclass hosts
  • All our stand holders
  • Linda Thursby and all at Epic Studios for letting us take over this incredible space for the day
  • Our events team for today – especially Natalie Chapman, Lorraine Brooks, Kerry Groves, Natalie Davies, and the Inspired Youth Sparks Team
  • Special thanks to Ros, Rebecca and Kerri (who have worked hard with me behind the scenes to bring all this together!)
  • Thank you again to Linda Thursby who has also donated a voucher for Barn Therapy Centre for our ticket prize draw, which you can join in with on the Her Business Brew stand near the entrance. We will draw this after the event and announce on social media.

Thank you to you all for supporting Her Business Brew, Norfolk’s fun and friendly women’s network.  You can find us online at www.herbusinessbrew.co.uk.

Happy International Women’s Day from myself and the Her Business Brew Team!

You can find out more about the first HER Conference (#HerConfNorfolk) HERE

My Journey into Tropic

I started to use Tropic products two years ago and fell in love with them from the moment I tried the travel set!

I soon got a collection of the skin care and then gradually replaced my make up as I knew two Ambassadors selling Tropic so tried to support them both.

The first Tropic roadshow came to Norwich, and of course I went along to learn a bit more about this lovely company.

Then this year’s roadshow in January was right near were I live so I went along again, and I was so inspired by the Ambassadors who sat on stage telling their stories on why they had become Ambassadors and why they loved there jobs so much.

It was while I sat listening that I decided that I could become an Ambassador as I loved the products and the whole ethos behind the brand.  Susie Ma (the Founder) is an inspiration, and she has a real passion for her products.  I knew I would feel confident enough to sell to my family and friends, and I am a lady who loves pampering, so thought it would be a great job for me!

I went to my training meeting and ordered my kit, and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.  In the meantime I was contacting people and telling them what I was going to be doing, and inviting them to my launch party, and asking if they would be interested in hosting a pamper for me, or having a facial done so I could get some practice in before my launch party.

People were happy to support me and help; even the people who had never taken care of their skin before, or who didn’t have the money to spend.  Some of these ladies have now fallen in love with Tropic and are becoming regular customers, although I’m not allowed to tell their husbands!

I had my launch party which was a great success, and did my first pamper, and was loving my new career.  I was hitting my leap aheads and sailing along nicely.  I had my heart set on getting the white bag to put all my kit in, and had 30 days to achieve this, but then we had the bad snow week and my hostess cancelled her pamper the day before, and to say I wasn’t disappointed would be a lie (but I also understood why).

I had two days to hit my final target as I really wanted that bag – I then pleaded and begged, gave 10% discounts to get that bag I’d set my heart on!

I got some orders and bought a Deluxe Skincare Collection myself, and it was while I was putting the order through the system crashed (I could have sworn) – thinking it was my device, I then turned on another IPad I have and that was playing up too.

Thinking this is not meant to be and my time was running out, as I had about 4 hours to get this ordered, I messaged my Manager Nicola, but knew she was doing an online event herself so she may not get back to me.  But she did (bless her) and she found out the system had crashed and no one could get orders through either – I was not alone and I felt I had the support of my Manager and I knew that everything would be OK.

Eventually the system was back up and running my order was put through and I hit my target and got my bag, plus my new products for free!

So far it’s been an amazing start to my new business and I’m getting reorders and new customers, and pamper party’s are steady.  I’m loving having my home full of lovely Tropic products and feeling fulfilled from introducing them to other people so they can enjoy them too!

This blog is by Lorraine Brooks – to find out more about her journey or Tropic Skincare please contact her through my Facebook group HERE