What a great turnout for the AGM at La Collina on Wednesday September 25 – another sold out event. And great food to boot!
This year has been quite an extraordinary year, with our membership at its highest level for 5 years, now numbering 50. We have also had almost 300 attendees at our various events, a 35% increase over the previous 12 months.
Over the last year, we have held 12 events:
4 coffee networking events, 5 lunches including our spectacular Xmas event at the Sculpture Gallery, a fundraising event for MK YMCA, a member’s only event, and an afternoon tea.
We’ve also heard from some great speakers: Professor Lynette Ryalls from Cranfield School of Management and lead on the MKU project; ACC Nikki Ross from Thames Valley Police and the former High Sheriff, Milly Soames, as well members who have spoken at events and shared information on our news feed. Launched last year, we have had 27 different pieces published. It’s a great mix of successes, advice and info updates as well as information about members events outside of the monthly organised WiE events. To see what we have shared, please click here: http://womeninenterprise.co.uk/category/news/
And we want to keep sharing your stories so we can celebrate our success, talents and efforts so please keep sending your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will always also share on our Facebook and twitter pages.
As well as being known for being friendly and welcoming, we openly support one another, recognising that this has the power to make a real difference to each and every one of us. As part of this, we announced that we plan to offer more opportunities for skills swapping and mentoring between our members over the next 12 months. So, if you think you can assist with this, or you want to know more about a topic, then speak to a member of the committee or email us on email@example.com.
We’d also like to encourage you to “bring a friend”. Remember, we have no lock out so everyone is welcome. The more people we have attending events, the wider the skill set we have.
Finally, we are also keen to make our group work for its members, so if you have any ideas or suggestions on how we can improve, please drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org speak to us at one of our monthly events.
But we are not just about networking. As a not for profit organisation, we also raise money at all our events for our chosen charity, Milton Keynes Community Foundation Women’s Fund. Detail of what we have helped fund this past year can be found in our News feed here: http://womeninenterprise.co.uk/a-big-thank-you-to-us-all-from-the-mk-community-foundation-and-the-womens-fund/
Lastly, the AGM was a time when we said good bye to 2 long standing committee members, Julia Rogerson and Carol Hill. Whilst both have decided to step down from the committee, we are delighted that they will remain as members and so you will still see them at events. We also welcomed a new committee member, Sarah Sibley of Got2Jot. Over the next few weeks, we will send out detail of exactly what each committee member does.