Hampshire mums reap the benefits from networking

HELPING HAND From left, Karen Currie from Priness K Fitness, Emma Weatherstone and Sara Guiel at the Mumpreneurs Networking Club. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14161-322)
HELPING HAND From left, Karen Currie from Priness K Fitness, Emma Weatherstone and Sara Guiel at the Mumpreneurs Networking Club. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14161-322)
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JUGGLING everyday life with bringing up children can be tough.

But imagine running a successful business at the same time.

Emma Weatherstone does just that, and says she has benefited hugely from a networking group for entrepreneurial women.

This week was the first meeting of the Emsworth and Havant Mumpreneurs, at The Brookfield Hotel, in Emsworth, with Emma as the leader.

It attracted dozens of women.

Emma, who runs life coaching and property businesses, said: ‘It was a brilliant start with a record number of attendees.

‘It was set up to get mums together who run businesses and have busy lives.

‘We run our meetings at 10am so it enables people to carry out family commitments, then they come and meet like-minded women to inspire, to network, to connect.’

She added: ‘It’s about talking to people, connecting people, and also recognising what other people have to offer.’

Karen Currie, 51, from Hayling, set up a pole dancing business four years-ago, Princess K Fitness.

It has gone from strength to strength and she puts her success, in part, down to networking at Mumpreneurs.

She said: ‘One of the benefits of Mumpreneurs is that you reach an audience that you wouldn’t necessarily reach.

‘It could be mums, women, friends of friends.

‘People know people. It doesn’t necessarily mean the mums at the event want to use my services but they may know somebody who does.

‘It really is excellent.’

Mumpreneurs was established in 2009 by Nicky Chisholm and Sara Guiel in Brighton.

In its first year it inspired almost 1,000 businesses across the south.

To find out more about the group go to agoodgossip.co.uk or call Emma on 01243 378797.