I started my business in September 1994. It was immediately apparent to me that I needed to have links with a networking club and I looked at those which were on offer at that time. I attended some networking breakfast meetings but as a woman setting up in business for the first time felt that I needed something more friendly and supportive that that on offer. It seemed to me at that time (and have things really changed?) that an all female networking club would have advantages and go some way to counter the pub/club/sports networks which serve men so well…
The reasons that caused me to conclude that I needed networking links were first that I wanted the company of others in a similar position to me as working women and second as a woman in business I needed to know what was going on in my local area in the business world. I had the idea that if women with different skills and knowledge met together we could help each other in obtaining information outside our own areas of expertise and could also improve awareness in that world of our own skills and availability – hence the setting up the Wednesday Club with the help others in 1995.
We were a small group during the early years, but a loyal and committed association. Quite surprisingly, in spite of considerable growth in numbers, the original atmosphere and spirit of friendship and co-operation does not seem to have diminished. I have benefited directly (by increasing my business opportunities) and indirectly (by receiving support and encouragement from other members) by being a Wednesday Club member – and I am sure you will do too.
Now that I have reached retirement age (well actually a little over) I can look back and evaluate the benefits of membership of the Wednesday Club and would like to thank all members for their cheery support over the years to me personally and the Club.