The Women in Business Network is set to launch its first groups outside the UK, thanks to the recent signing of new franchise agreement in the Republic of Ireland.
The expansion follows a period of significant growth for the Women in Business Network (WIBN), a supportive networking organisation which helps members gain new business opportunities through word of mouth. In the last four years, the network has grown from eight to 22 franchises with recent launches in Manchester, Wilmslow, Leeds, Liverpool and Southport and further groups opening in Wakefield, Sheffield, London, Horsham, Chichester and Dublin over the coming months.
Lindsay Loxley, Managing Director of WIBN, said: “We are really excited to be expanding beyond the UK. WIBN has been a successful networking organisation for a decade but we’ve seen rapid growth in franchises over the past few years and a real appetite to expand into new locations at home and abroad.”
The first Dublin groups will launch in Ballsbridge in January under the leadership of Siobhán Fitzpatrick, who is also a member and chair of the Clapham, London WIBN group and runs her own successful coaching practice. “Following a recent move back to Ireland, I felt there was a real opportunity to offer female Irish entrepreneurs access to this fantastically supportive network,” said Siobhán. “Equally, the expansion will help extend the reach of UK members into Ireland, which is currently experiencing strong economic growth. I’m really looking forward to launching the first international groups and working with like-minded women who want to grow their businesses.”
Originally set up in Hertfordshire in 2005, WIBN has grown from a small group of entrepreneurs to a network of nearly 3000 members across the UK. With ambitious growth plans for 2016, the network is going from strength to strength.
Lindsay Loxley said: “The growth of WIBN is a reflection of its successful networking model – where business relationships are built through the development of strong connections within and between the groups. We’re about encouraging and supporting people to grow their businesses rather than hard selling to each other. Our members look at how they can add value to the group, rather than what they can take from it – sharing experience and knowledge as well as making valuable business connections.”
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