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Nadine get’s in on the act and we love it!

It’s not just our members that call us their business school (as well as their network organisation.) Our coorindators also love that they get to learn new skills to grow their own businesses.

We often get asked to look at blogging for business and how to get people;

  • To read blogs
  • Action on them
  • And get people to buy.

So to see our very own Nadine Gamble from Utility Warehouse create her first blog we had to share it (Well some of it, to read her first full blog head over to her new website here.)

So, as you may have already guessed my name is Nadine, and I thought it’s about time I hauled myself into modern day times and delved into this new fangled world of blogging!

I’m going to be honest here, it’s something that’s been on my ‘must get this done’ list for at least a year now, yes, you read that right, twelve whole months of pondering how to even get started in this mysterious world of which I have managed to successfully avoid up until now!

Not that I had gone out of my way to avoid it, rather that I have never actually known exactly what blogging is, or how to go about it, so perched very happily within my comfort zone I have been shooting the occasional glance over my shoulder into the blogging world, but never dared to venture further!

I’m also involved with a fabulous group of ladies who make up The Business Womans Network, hosting my own events for local business women in my area (Tendring) to come together to learn and support each other in a nurturing environment where friendships and business relationships can flourish. Empowering women to live their best lives is something I am passionate about, and I love that more and more women are finding their own way in the world, challenging the prehistoric beliefs that it is only men that can have it all.

Now I’m guessing that you’re probably going to get a little bored of reading all about me, so I’m going to sign off now, and each week I will be sharing with you not only some of the randomness that goes on inside my head, but also some really excellent information about how I help people save money, make money, and grow their businesses. I would really appreciate it if you could share my blog site and if you would like any further information about anything that I do, or even just some random questions, please feel free to get in touch!

Thanks to Nadine for letting us share her first blog. You see as women in business we never stop learning and to see our coordinators jumping in and going for it, is awesome. If you wish to learn new skills and network with like minded business women in a relaxed environment do join us. We would love to share your blog articles too!

  • May 29, 2019

Find out more about our new Golden Ticket member – Debra Glover

Debra has been a member of The Business Woman’s Network, South Essex, for the past year and recently became a Golden Ticket member. Her reason for becoming a member is because “we are nuturing community with some excellent speakers at each meeting. The BWN is passionate about member’s successes and actively promotes its members.”

We spoke to Debra to find out a bit more about why she set up in business. 

What made you set up your Company?
Having worked for 23 years as a Consultant Clinical Scientist in Cancer and Leukaemia diagnosis, I wanted to have more time at home with my family. My youngest son (I have 4 boys!) started school 3 years ago and so I was looking for an opportunity to set up my own business that allowed me to work around my family. Utility Warehouse is a perfect fit for busy parents, youngsters who want an additional income and a Plan B and even those who are retired who want to supplement their pension. There are no products to buy or sell, in fact you are saving households and small businesses money on their essential everyday services (energy and telecoms) by recommending them to the Discount Club.

How many years have you been in business?
21/2 years 

What do you love most about running your own business?
There are many advantages of running my own business!  Firstly I dictate when and how much I work, I have the flexibility to arrange my work around the demands of family life. I am responsible for the the success of my business and it is my effort that decides the results. I no longer have trouble finding holiday childcare cover and I can have as much holiday as I see fit

What do you hate most about running your own business?
I’m accountable to myself which is at times difficult! The annual tax returns are also a pain (even though I have an accountant who submits them).

What benefits do you get from networking?
Networking has introduce me to other like-minded entrepreneurs who are a great source of support in my business and I have also gained clients and team members too.

What do you see the future holding for your Company?
The company has a massive future – we currently supply 5 services but our aim is to be a 12 service provider in a few years. Currently 2% of the UK are Utility Warehouse Customers so there are 98% of the UK still to talk to. As UW don’t waste money on expensive advertising, most people only hear about our award winning company via word of mouth referral. 

To find out more about Utility Warehouse and follow Debra click here.

Meet Debra at our event at The Harvard Inn in Stock on Valentines Day for her masterclass on understanding colour personalities to engage your clients and aid success book here.

If you would like to become a Golden Ticket member, contact Jenny Sjollema on 07903 347782 to find out more. 

  • January 31, 2017

So Happy I Brought The Business, Twice!

Following our new series of interviews with BWN member’s (to be a member you just have to turn up every month. Learn more here ) here we meet new Saturday North Essex Coordinator Dawn Moss.

What made you join Utility Warehouse as a partner?

I signed up as a customer with Utility Warehouse (The Discount Club) in March 2014 having just started my first home based business (Your Interview Coach!) because at the time it was extremely important for me to reduce my outgoings. I was so happy with the savings and service that I decided to join The Discount Club as a Essex business woman Dawn Moss Utility Warehousepartner because I wanted to share all the benefits with my personal network.

I immediately saw the benefit of a business model that builds a residual income. Longer term this residual income will create more time for me to do the things I’m really passionate about (volunteering, coaching, training, horse riding, travelling across Europe and beyond!!)

I’ve always enjoyed supporting people to improve their lives in some way – so for me it was a no brainer to show home owners how they too could reduce their household bills with little effort on the services they already use – so they can spend their hard earned income on the nicer things in life (holidays, weekend’s away, family days out, meals out, etc).

How many years have you been in business?

I’ve been a business partner with Utility Warehouse since September 2014.

What do you love most about running your own business?

I like meeting new people and its rewarding being able to share the benefits of the business with my friends, family and business associates alike and there are lots of benefits – Savings, Simplicity, & Award Winning Customer Service.

What do you hate most about running your own business?

I’m not very good at cold calling – luckily there are lots of other options to grow a business that don’t require making those dreaded calls most people hate receiving!

What benefits do you get from networking?

I really enjoy building long term relationships and getting to know people in both formal and informal environments. For me networking is the best and most effective way of building trust and credibility. I’ve also been lucky enough to make some very good friends through networking.

What was the reason that you decided to be a member at The BWN?

The BWN has gained a very good reputation over the years (all credit to its founder Mandie Holgate) and I’ve always heard good feedback from the women who have attended the events.

What really works for me is that there is the right balance between having a structured format and time to have genuine conversations and network informally.

There’s always a slot for personal development and a chance to gain valuable information for running your business from the wonderful expert speakers.

The BWN events also offer a variety of options to promote and present your business – from a 60 second promo slot, to sponsoring an event or having your own stand.

There is also a guaranteed warm welcome to everyone attending the events – I like that too!

What do you see the future holding for your business?

I’m very excited about the future (putting the BWN Saturday Networking Events aside!) I’m very much looking forward to growing my business and showing as many people as possible the benefits of joining the discount club and I’m also very focused on recruiting more driven and enthusiastic people to join my existing team.

And if like Dawn cold calling makes you wish your spleen would burst and get you out of the office, you may benefit from this short blog article by Business Woman’s Coach, Mandie Holgate

All members are welcome to answer these 7 questions and feature in our blog along with on our social media and you may even get a mention in our newsletter too. Just send your answers to us at info@thebusinesswomansnetwork.co.uk

  • July 21, 2015