August meeting – Anyone for Pimms?

PimmsSummer Networking Drinks

By the end of the summer hols there’s a fair chance you might be in dire need of some adult conversation too.

If so, then come along to our summer networking drinks on 31st August.

Nothing complicated this month – just meeting up in the pub for a good old-fashioned chat with other mums in business over drinks and tapas.

Come along! New faces are always very welcome. Click here for more info and to book.

PS There’s a small charge to cover the cost of our tapas.

PS II The attendee list will be sent round that morning so that you know who else is coming and can plan who you might like to meet or be introduced to.

How to grow your business

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Would you like to grow your business but are not sure how to do it or which direction to take? If you answered yes, then you’ll find this invaluable…

TW MIBs is running a daytime workshop on Tuesday 17th May in conjunction with local business school GrowthSteps.

Early bird and 2-for-1 tickets available until Friday 6th May.  Click here for more info and to book

What we’ll cover in this workshop 

  • Best Practice – what is best practice in the management of a growing business?
  • Current Position – exactly what have you achieved to date and why?
  • Clarify what is it you desire – what do you want from your business and how realistic is your ambition?
  • Opportunities – where will growth come from and how to prioritise the opportunities you have
  • Competencies – what are your strengths and what competencies do you need to add to your business?
  • Personal Qualities – what will help and what will get in the day of growth
  • An optional follow-up 15 minute one-to-one phone/skype call following the workshop to discuss any aspects of the workshop or your business.

In addition to thinking more deeply about these aspects, you’ll take away a simple worksheet and notes, that will allow you to easily apply what you have learnt.

At the end of this workshop you’ll not only be in a stronger position to grow your business but you will have the tools to put what you have learned into practice.

Early bird and 2-for-1 tickets available until Friday 6th May.  Click here for more info and to book

Here’s what’s coming up at TW MIBs in 2016

Hello and happy new year!

I’ve been busy planning our next few meetings and we have a wide range of topics and sessions organised:

Meetings are free for TW MIBs members and £15 for guests.  In addition to our speaker there is always time for formal and informal networking at every event too.

Christmas Raffle 2015

It’s that time again for the TW MIBs Fabulous Charity Raffle at our December Christmas drinks on Monday 14th December (click here if you’d like to come).  Our members and other local businesses donate prizes and all the proceeds go to our nominated charity Ellenor (formerly chYps), which provides at-home hospice care for Kent children.  And as we have so many amazingly generous members we usually have ridiculously good odds of winning something!

So, here’s a list of this year’s prizes, which I’ll update as I receive them…

  1. A 90 minute massage worth £58 from Victoria at Serenity Therapies 
  2. Free place on a Do4Kidz Danceworks holiday club workshop, worth £25. from Chloe
  3. A bundle of beautiful Christmas and occasion cards designed by Agatha of Dream Love Create
  4. Acupuncture session worth £45 from Elma at Acupuncture Space
  5. Champagne and a financial health-check worth £150 from Katie at Equinox Wealth
  6. An hour of personal on-site gardening or design advice worth £40 in the Sevenoaks/Tunbridge Wells area, including note from the visit, from Alison Marsden of Gardening by Design 
  7. Free place on Christmas holiday 3 day Football or Multi-Sports course worth £48.00 from Carl and Glyn at M-Sporti.
  8. 10 hand-made chalkboard letters favours worth £70 from Estelle at Dilly + Diti
  9. Silver ‘Spot the Missing Stone Studs’ earrings worth £48 handmade by Catherine of Catherine Hills Jewellery
  10. Winter plated container from Alison Marsden of Gardening by Design
  11. One hour career coaching session with a qualified career coach worth £100, from Rhian at Careerworks
  12. One place on a colour workshop worth £120 from Rebecca Randall (workshop date is 27th January in Tunbridge Wells)
  13. One month’s membership of Fit4Less worth £21.99 from Charles at Fit4Less Tunbridge Wells
  14. £50 gift voucher for le petit jardin in Chapel Place from Tia at
  15. Mums in Business Survival Kit from Karen McClure Garden and Landscape Designer
  16. Family portrait photography session which includes an 8″x6″ print from Heather at
  17. One free hour of personal styling advice or shopping worth £55 from Lynne of Styling Matters. Lynne can also offer the winner a special Half Price hourly rate if additional hours are taken to make up the session with her to a Half Day (4 hrs) or a Full Day (7 hrs). A Half Day is sufficient for a Wardrobe Edit or a Personal Shopping trip, a Full Day is usually enough time for both, and both sessions include a colour, shape and style analysis.
  18. Half day bespoke business/lifestyle management support worth £100 from Annie of Bijou Concierge.
  19. Cut and Blow Dry from The Chapel
  20. Two tutoring sessions and an individual consultation worth £52 from Arthur and Stephanie at Bright Young Things
  21. Platinum-plated heart necklace worth £76 from Ileana at Alecsandra Grace
  22. Necklace from Sharron at Ilse Jacobsen
  23. Hypnotherapy session from Karen at Hypnotherapy Kent
  24. £30 wine vouchers from Carolyn of Waggatails and The Secret Cellar
  25. Set of 3 French/English bilingual books and music CD worth £40 from Mandie at Les Puces 
  26. Professional Headshot Photography Session worth £50 from Chelin Miller
  27. Cut & Blow Dry with Artistic Director worth £59 from Claire at Design A Head Tunbridge Wells
  28. Champagne Hamper from Boo at Clever Little Cake Kits
  29. One hour of stress management coaching worth £60 from Kate at Personal Change Therapies
  30. Vocabulistic! to support with reading, spelling, sentence building and grammar worth £25, from Suzanne and Jo at Yoohoo resources
  31. Choice of 2 hours of cleaning or 4 hours of evening babysitting from Charlotte of Marvellous Mums
  32. Chocolate tower from Carol at Term Time Teachers
  33. Pottery painting for two from Samantha at Slap n Dash
  34. Bottle of Vodka from Sam of Elizabeth Henry Nannies
  35. A”Gift of Time – 2 hours of Personal Assistance/Business Support worth £50 from Jen of Business Tree Virtual Assistance.
  36. £50 gift voucher for a hand/foot casting from Christine and Babyprints
  37. Something from me but I’m not sure what yet!
  38. Champagne from Laura at Lilyflair
  39. Interior design consultation worth £250 providing inspiration and mood board for a room in the winner’s home or business from Nicky Percival.
  40. Place on a sewing workshop or 3 hours of one-to-one tuition worth £45 from Jane at Alphabetty
  41. £50 voucher for business or family photography from Janet Penny
  42. Hamper from Julia May
  43. 90 minute individual yoga consultation, practice and relaxation session from Francesca at Enjoy Yoga
  44. Mini marketing audit – 2-hour meeting going through the winner’s marketing tools (website, branding, stationery, brochures etc) and making suggestions for improvement from Emma at Turner and Two

Can you donate something to add to our list please?  If so please email

Pop-Up Business School for Start-Ups

Business School for Start-Ups

Early bird ticket offer applies until next Monday 21st September!

We’re pleased to announce a further collaboration with Mark Ballett of Inspired Business Advice, who delivered an excellent Business Growth Workshop for us earlier in the year.  This Autumn we are offering you the chance to go back to school and enrol as a student in our Pop-Up Small Business School.  Anyone hoping to start up or in the early stages of business will find it relevant and extremely useful.

Over 5 consecutive weeks you can learn how to best select and start a new business that is most likely to work for you.  Each week there will be a 2 hour lecture during school hours, followed up with some homework (Yes, it really will be like going back to school!) on the following topics:

  • choosing the best business for you
  • small business marketing
  • small business finance
  • collaboration and working with others
  • preparing a simple business plan.

You can either sign up for the whole course or individual sessions, it’s up to you.

The course starts straight after October Half Term on Tuesday 3rd November for 5 weeks, during school hours between 10-12am in Tunbridge Wells town centre.

Places are limited.  Click here to book yours.

April meeting + daytime workshop – How to Grow your Business

Business growth workshop Tunbridge Wells Mums in BusinessWhen and where:

  • Daytime small group workshop – Friday 15th May during school hours
  • At the Tunbridge Wells Hotel on The Pantiles

What’s planned:

This month we have plenty of time for networking plus guest speaker Mark Ballett talking about How to Grow your Business – a question that most business owners start to ask themselves shortly after setting up.  Mark is a local business advisor, non-executive director and author of Amazon bestseller Build Your Ultimate Business in 100 Days and the Better Business Blog (available at and on Kindle).  You can find out more about him below.

What we’ll cover:

  • How all businesses grow in exactly the same way;
  • The things that he believes are essential to building any successful business
  • Introduce a step-by-step approach to growing your business which you can take away and do for yourself
  • Formal and informal networking time
  • Click here to book

Supplemental workshop

As this is such a key subject, in addition to the 60 minute taster talk at our networking meeting we are also holding a more focused, small group daytime workshop on Friday 15th May for those of you that would like to explore this subject further and work with Mark to make a specific plan for growing your own business.  There is also the opportunity to have a follow-up one-to-one consultation with Mark to help you put your plans into action or review the steps you have taken after the workshop.  Click here for more info and to book up for this workshop.

About our speaker

Mark has managed many businesses, in several different industries, over 30 years and now acts as a business advisor and non-executive director to a wide range of growing businesses. He says he has yet to meet anyone with as wide a range of business management experience, in so many different sectors. He is fascinated by why one business can be so much more successful than others and he enjoys helping people not only understand the fundamental reasons why this happens but also showing them how they can do it too.

Mark lives in Wadhurst where he also leads the Wadhurst & District Business Association that is open to anyone who wants to build a stronger business and to network with the Wadhurst business community.

Click here for more information and to book your place

As always, new and old faces are very welcome, we’re a friendly lot with a huge variety of businesses in all sorts of stages, and mums of children ranging from babies to grown-ups so you’re sure to fit in perfectly.

March meeting – Networking + the FSB and other useful businesses

Another month has whizzed past and our next meeting is less than a week away so don’t forget to book ASAP (there will be goody bags this time so we need to know if you’re coming as soon as possible).

When and where:

  • Wednesday 25th March – arrive 7.30 pm for an 8pm start
  • At the Tunbridge Wells Hotel on The Pantiles

What’s planned:

We’re going to be doing something a little different this month.  We have a hand-picked selection” (sounds posh!) of businesses which could be of use to you, who will be explaining what they do and how they can help your business.  We will follow this with longer networking time for you to explore opportunities with them and catch up with one another – it feels like a while since we’ve had plenty of time to chat.  Our presenters include:

  • The Federation of Small Businesses (quite a few of you have asked if we could have them along)
  • Tunbridge Wells Events
  • Tunbridge Wells Kids on the Go
  • Stamp It
  • The Times of Tunbridge Wells (TBC)

Click here for more information and to book your place

As always, new and old faces are very welcome, we’re a friendly lot with a huge variety of businesses in all sorts of stages, and mums of children ranging from babies to grown-ups so you’re sure to fit in perfectly.

DIY Photography Workshops

We’re very excited to launch a series of small-group photography workshops designed specifically for mums in business, which we’re running in conjunction with the lovely Janet of Janet Penny Photography.

What we’ll cover:

  • How to use the key functions of your own camera
  • Making the most of light
  • Styling, framing and composition
  • Detail and contextual images
  • Help to overcome problems you’ve encountered until now
  • Basic image editing using free software
  • Follow-on support via a Facebook group.

Our workshops:

1. DIY Interiors Photography – Thursday 30th April – suitable for interior designers, stylists, furniture and soft furnishings businesses with beginner & intermediate photography experience. £98.00 FULLY BOOKED – if you’d like to know when the next workshop is please click here to register your interest

2. DIY Product Photography for Digital SLR and Bridge Cameras – next workshop in June, date TBC – suitable for anyone who makes or sells products online with beginner or intermediate photography experience.  £98.00 Click here to register your interest

3. Family Photography – Date TBC – Click here to register your interest (this will take you to an external website)

4. Using Photoshop and Lightroomto edit your images – Date TBC – Click here to register your interest (this will take you to an external website)

Who are the workshops suitable for?

  • Suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Limited to 6 participants so that you get the support and attention you need
  • You will need to bring your own camera (and your own products to photograph for our product workshop)

When and where:

  • During school hours in Tunbridge Wells in an environment appropriate for the workshop subject.  The address will be confirmed after booking.
  • Arrive from 9.30am ready to start at 9.45am.  Finishes 2.15pm to allow you plenty of time for the school run
  • Places are limited and advance booking is necessary

Cost:  £98 per workshop

Click here to book