The Red Thread – A Story Of Connection

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The Red Thread is the new book by WIBN Luton member Bina Briggs. A beautiful story about the connection that we as women build, both familial and through strong friendships.

A Chance Connection

This book is a tribute to her late mother who passed away in 2003, however, a chance connection through another WIBN member gave her the push she needed to actually write it. Bina was introduced to book coach and publicist  Mindy Gibbins-Klein by fellow WIB member Debbie Gilbert and instantly felt a connection. Fast forward just a few months and The Red Thread was a reality.

Why The Red Thread

A red thread is tied around the wrist in many cultures and carries significant meaning for the wearer.  In India, the red thread is known as Rakhi and is often tied around a brother’s right wrist by their sister to keep them safe. It also reminds them of the importance of who they are and what they stand for.

For Bina, born in Uganda to Indian parents, the red thread represents familial ties and a sign of connection. The Red Thread then seems the perfect title for a book all about the connection between herself and her mother and sister and the many other strong women she has met along her life journey.


You Never Really Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone

Bina recounts her mother often saying “Just wait until I’m gone, and then you’ll miss me”.

In 2003 when her mother passed away that could not have been more true. It was then that Bina began to reflect on the incredibly strong role model that her mother had been, and the influence that she’d had on her life.

“My mother had an incredibly tough life and taught me so many important life-lessons that have made me into the woman I am today”

Growing up in Uganda was a life filled with family, community and education, although life at home was often difficult.

In 1972 life in Uganda came to a crashing end when president Idi Amin, ordered the expulsion of the country’s Asian population, giving them 90 days to leave.

Bina’s family was forced to pack up their life and move to the UK, arriving in Luton on 7 October 1972, a day she will never forget. They were lucky, as they all spoke English which made the transition to life in the UK easier.

However, not long after arriving in the UK, Bina’s father left and went to India, leaving her mum to raise her and her sister alone.

Life In The UK

Being the strong woman that she was Bina’s mother carved out a life for herself and two children with determination to make it a success. Abandoning her education Bina took a job as a junior data clerk at Luton Airport. Later working her way up in a career in telecommunications and IT with BT and educating herself to move into a job in HR.

In 2009, Bina left the airport authority and joined fellow businesswoman Bronwen Philpott to start her own business, Plain Talking HR. They enjoyed building the business together and carved an excellent reputation in Luton. The business proved to be successful and although Bronwen retired a few years ago Bina has continued to build and grow the business.

Bina’s passion is inspiring other women – particularly Asian women and older women – to start and grow sustainable businesses.

Having started her business at a late age, much later than most entrepreneurs, She feels that her story proves you are never too old to start a business.

A Strong Connection

Bina puts her success and drive to succeed in business down to the strong connection she had with her mother and the incredible example that she set throughout her life.

She has also been fortunate enough to have many strong connections with other strong women in her life, both family members and the friends and colleagues she has met along her business journey.

You can read more about Bina’s story of her mother and her connection with the many strong women in her life, and order the Red Thread here