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Fabulous testimonial – thanks so much!

fabulous testimonialJust received a fabulous testimonial from Yuliana Topazly – watch this space – Yuliana is going places!

“Jackie is a real champion of women-entrepreneurs and the most connected person I have ever met. She helped me to create amazing opportunities for my business to move forward quite rapidly and saved quite a lot of my time which I would have spent looking for resources and advice I needed.’

Thanks so much Yuliana!



handbags, businesswomen, wallet, purses, shoulder bags, clutch bags, India, China, leather, Harris Tweed, cosmetic bags, travelIf I were to ask the question – “We all love handbags, don’t we?”  I get the feeling I’d be deafened by a resounding “yes”!  So when I heard that 1230 Select Guildford Member, Shona Easton of Shona Easton Design Studio was to give a talk about her production line, I was intrigued, to say the least.

And I wasn’t disappointed.  Shona took us from her idea, to drawing, materials (beautiful leather samples and Harris Tweeds) factory briefings, costings, varying import duties, deciding on quantities to order, maintaining stock and the finished beautiful article.  I just love the idea of a transportable “inner” bag which will hold all the essentials, including a key ring attachment – just move it from handbag to handbag!

From my early days of working in a shipping office (everyone did in those days) I know about Bills of Lading; needless to say I learnt much more from Shona’s talk and experienced Shona’s generosity with some lovely leather goods too.  Watch this space for a 1230 TWC something leather from Shona’s Designs.

The 1230 Select Guildford meeting was such a pleasure to be included and to meet such vibrant dedicated businesswomen.  Welcome 1230 Select Guildford to 1230 TWC!  I look forward to the next meeting on 6 June

Life’s Ups ‘n’ downs

roller coasterDo you find that life is full of ups and downs?  You work hard, things go well, maybe not so well – that’s life.

Over the past few weeks, in addition to my usual day-to-day, I’ve made connections with other businesswomen whose own business network went down.  The up is that I’ve made some fabulous contacts and these great businesswomen are now part of 1230 TWC  and I’ve learnt lots from everyone that I’m fortunate to meet.

I had a bit of a “down” moment this week, but that was quickly followed by more ups – spent time with my family, got soaked in an unexpected downpour of rain, heard that my friend and neighbour’s daughter has just had a beautiful baby boy – they’ve been having a tough time, so thrilled for them all.

And now, I’ve just been paid a wonderful compliment and the writer wants to write a more expansive testimonial, so up again – and onwards!  Hope your life is full of ups too!

Networking Vulnerability

Today was full of surprises and not all of them pleasant.  The least pleasant was to hear of the sad demise of The Women’s Networking Company Ltd t/as The Women’s Business Clubs.  As I read details of the immediate cessation of the business and subsequently the regular meetings of  businesswomen, it struck me how vulnerable businesses can be when the support, advice, fun, expertise and opportunity of business growth are whisked away like a magician’s cloth – the items on top of the cloth can so easily crash to the floor.

Why would you want to book into a networking event?

Word of mouth referral is responsible for 70% of business taking place!  That is 70% of business activity is down to people who get to know you and like you, whether or not they have bought your products or used your services, they feel comfortable in recommending or referring you.

So that would seem a pretty fool-proof and economical way to grow your business; to make money.  Yes, but it doesn’t happen overnight – it takes time and effort – by you!  Effective and successful networking isn’t just about “the money”.

It’s about learning from your peers, sharing experiences and support.  Which in turn all add to your well-being and that of your business!

If you are going to be successful in business, face-to-face networking is an essential part of your business’s marketing strategy.

Here’s how to make networking work for you:-

    • Networking is about developing trust and relationships over time – so you need to attend regularly
    •  Be prepared to give and help others – what you give will come back three-fold – see where you can make connections for others
    • Show a genuine interest in people and really listen – you never know who they know!
    • Always follow up contacts, by phone or email
    • Arrange 1:1s – to find out more about each other and business opportunities – so always take your diary, whether paper or electronic, with you
    • Invite business contacts to experience a networking meeting – spreading the word extends opportunities for everyone
    • Circulate – don’t stay in your comfort zone
    • Be prepared – have plenty of business cards, perhaps an A5 flier, and certainly have a 1 minute talk (let me  know if you’d like a copy of the 1230 TWC 1 Minute guide) – it’s your moment to let your business shine in the spotlight.
    • Treat your network like gold – don’t abuse your contacts

 “Today’s preparation determines tomorrow’s achievement” anon

Networking is not about selling, it’s about building relationships.  Follow the above  consistently and it will work for you.

Lastly, if you, or someone you know, has been affected by the closure of The Women’s Business Clubs, please get in touch – we’d like to offer you a free 1230 TWC membership and all its benefits until your TWBC renewal date.  Come and try us out – I’m sure you’ll love us!

Women through Time – their gender their strength

women, businesswomen, gender, strength, London, City, Boudica, Margaret ThatcherThe networking started in earnest at 10.00 am City Business Library over coffee and biscuits, I’d caught the 9.13 am from my local station, but those business women travelling from Canterbury, Herne Bay and Hythe, left considerably earlier at 7.10 am!  Tina, our City of London Guide – Miss B Takes a Walk – was already there, such a pleasure to meet her for the first time.  The 1230 TWC “walkers” were soon joined by Mikaela Ioannou and her photographic team from University of East London who were to document the day for their forthcoming Exhibition “Power to us” (working title).

Gathering our coats and scarves around us against the cold, off we set; Tina leading us onto our “Women through Time – their gender their strength” walk in celebration of International Women’s Day.  In and around Paternoster Square, King Edward Street, Gresham Street, Cheapside, Guildhall Complex, Poultry, Mansion House and Royal Exchange we walked – brrrr it was getting colder, so we huddled together listening to Tina’s every word, near various hot-air vents, oh joy – but it was so worth it!  Cameras clicking all the way.

We learnt about Dame Mary Donaldson 1st female Lord Mayor, Margaret Thatcher and Alexa Wilding, Elizabeth Fry, Emmeline Pankhurst, Boudica, Capt John SmithPocohontas, Isabella Beeton, Madona and Evita and Isabella Queen of England to Edward II.  Oh to have been a “fly on the wall”, maybe to have joined Boudica I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to be an adversary, all such tremendously courageous, inspiring women of their time.

Quick hop and warm-up on the Tube onto Mayfair Exchange for lunch, finding out more about each other and how we can work together accompanied by lots of – “cheers!”  Can’t wait to see our recorded interviews with film crew.  Eventually, we had to make a move back to the office – no… too late, back home.

Thanks so much Tina for an amazing journey with amazing women – can’t wait until the next time!

Beckenham Businesswoman Star Award of the year

Poised with finger on camera button last night at the Beckenham Business Association meeting last night waiting for the announcement of the winner of the inaugural Beckenham Businesswoman Star Award of the year, I was bowled over when my name was announced! Impossible to take a photograph of myself, I believe Saj Maharaj of Big App Bromley will be sending through a couple of pix with evidence of this very special occasion.

With a head banging with cold I don’t think I said anything coherent, but I’m extremely honoured to have even been nominated and to have won in what I understand was a very strong list of well-deserving nominations is such an awesome privilege!

Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me – at the moment the Award is sitting on the mantelpiece of my living room, but I’ll move it into the office as a constant reminder of how lucky I am to have your support – again, thank you so much.

Thank you so much to everyone who attended last night’s BBA meeting http://goo.gl/kHJmQ – to Lakis of Big Breakfast for sponsoring and hosting the event, to our brilliant speakers Jackie Barrie and Saj Maharaj and to the Beckenham Business Community for your continuing support – BBA is yours!

Negative Networking

So, you have a business, you’ve joined one or two networking groups and maybe you’ve joined a networking group on the internet – an on-line Forum.  The reason you’re there is to hand out your business card, solicit business, go home and wait for the phone to ring or your shopping cart to become overflowing with orders – yes?


The purpose of networking groups is to establish relationships with others.  Networking situations are not meant to close sales, they are designed to establish relationships and create referral opportunities.  In order to be really effective in a networking situation, try being interested in the other person.

Really listen.

When was the last time you felt really listened to?  How did it feel to be heard completely?  Good – I’d bet!

Imagine how wonderful your prospective client or customer will feel if you really listen to them.  Do you think you’ll make an impression?  Guaranteed!

Making a solid impression is the purpose of 1230 The Women’s Company groups.  Utilize them correctly and you’ll be surprised at the opportunities that come out of them.


My special Friday

I’ve had the most amazing day!

The first appointment in my diary today was a photoshoot with The Breast of Bromley Team at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.  Thanks to Jenni and the theatre-goers we had managed to raise an amazing £2,000 for Breast Cancer Campaign.

I then had lunch with my lovely granddaughter and then onto my second meeting of the day.

This was a bit of a mystery.  I’d received a phone call last week from my friend Heather Bond who had asked for a spare hour to meet me in The Glades today, but wouldn’t say why, except that I would love it.  Heather is one of the few people I would trust for such a mystery meeting.  But the intrigue and suspension were killing!!

So waiting outside Costa’s, Heather eventually told me – she had generously entered me into a competition being run by The Glades – The Glades fairy shop mother prize – and her entry had won!!!  Just then appeared a photographer, The Glades Marketing staff, and The Fairy bearing gifts from The Glades shops – how lucky am I!  So much excitement for one day.

Huge thanks to Heather, The Glades Marketing, the shops and of course my fairy!  Photo to follow

Over breakfast today

Catching up with the news and “interesting bits” over breakfast this morning, the last read was an interview with Dhani Harrison, George Harrison’s son, by highly commended Live magazine writer Louise Gannon.

It’s an interesting article and finishes with what I feel a profound quote which will be referred to many times – let me know what you think.

On missing his father  (George), Dhani says “When he died I remember thinking we’d left nothing unsaid and that was good.  But then you get older, and there have been so many times I miss my dad.  Getting married, going on your stag do – pick any moment and you wish he was there”.

Dhani continues and says his life has been marked by losing heroes.  As well as his father’s death, he cried at those of Ayrton Senna and Kurk Cobain.  “Death crushes you.  but that’s what forms you – you get hammered and hammered and they heat you up and hammer you, heat you up and hammer you, and eventually you’re a sword.  You’re brave, you’re ready to be your own man.”

Louise concludes, “His father would be proud”.

Do You know?

What value is “free” for your networking meetings?

* Do you know that if you bring a girlfriend/client with you to a 1230 TWC meeting and they book and pay on-line, then your meeting is free? Why not split the cost with them – win-win.

* Do you know that ALL 1230 TWC meetings are a mix of diverse businesses.

* Do you know that ALL 1230 TWC taster workshops are free?

* Do you know that ALL 1230 TWC meeting attendees are able to give a 1 Minute talk about their business?

* Do you know that ALL 1230 TWC regular monthly lunch-time meetings enable you to grow your business with successful structure in a relaxed, productive,  informal atmosphere?

* Do you know that ALL 1230 TWC meetings are attended by focused, savvy and sassy businesswomen or career women?

* Do you know that ALL 1230 TWC Members are able to give a 10 mins (Take10) talk at a meeting?

* Do you know that 1230 TWC launched in August 2002?

* Do you know that ALL 1230 TWC meetings include a meal?

* Do you know that ALL 1230 TWC meetings have a special price for your first meeting?

* Do you know that 1230 TWC Members have huge on-line opportunities too?

* Do you know that more information and booking can be found on www.1230.co.uk

* Do you know that you will ALWAYS receive a warm welcome at 1230 TWC meetings?

* Do you know that 1230 TWC Members are first in line as 1230KISS guests?

* Do you know that 1230 TWC Members are first in line for…   everything ….. ?

* Do you know that 1230 TWC meetings offer much more?  Check it out here

* Do you know that 1230 TWC bends over backwards to support its Members and help their business growth?

See you soon!