Losing… to true winners

So, I lost out to those lovely ladies at Mum’s The Boss for the Best Business Support award at the Mumpreneur Conference last weekend. But you know what? I genuinely don’t think there’s a more deserving winner out there.

Mum’s The Boss epitomises the very term ‘business support’ – I first got to know Helen and Sam around this time last year. Sick of being invited to formal business networking events which took place at impossible times for most mothers (7am breakfast seminar anyone?), it was refreshing to find an organisation that accepted and actively embraced parental responsibilities. I found the meetings to be convenient, friendly, informal yet informative and practical: a professional crèche facility means I don’t even have to use my own precious childcare hours to cover my attendance.

I’ve met many outstanding business professionals through the MTB network and local meetings: I recently had my website redesigned by Susie of Wise Genius, Suzanne of Lawyers4Mumpreneurs handles all my legal issues and Vickie of Humbers Homemade keeps me fully-stocked on the spicy mango chutney front! I’ve hired the excellent copywriting services provided by Sam Thewlis, received exceptional business advice and coaching from Leigh Frost at True Silver and I’ve won valuable new business – from handling the launch of Helen Lindop’s brand new book co-authored with Antonia Chitty, to generating awareness of the first ever Bedford Wine Festival for Sarah of Swirl Wine Events.

Helen and Sam, MTB’s founders, have quite selflessly ‘been there’ for me (and many others, I imagine) on more than one occasion, often going above and beyond the call of duty, and I truly believe that the community they’ve created has dynamically shaped my business. Earlier this year, a simple off-the-record chat with them gave me enough confidence to persist with a challenging new business pitch… It paid off and I’m now in the throes of handling various DVD releases for NBC Universal, my biggest client to date.

The Mumpreneur Conference itself was a great day – well-organised, sociable and with some excellent guest speakers, it was a pleasure to attend and finally meet some of the amazing women I’ve been working with over the past four years.

The event’s main sponsor was Ryman and I’d like to share these words from boss, Theo Paphitis, which I feel not only sum up the great need for events like this, but are also quite fitting when applied to MTB’s Helen and Sam:

“I take my hat off to mumpreneurs who combine the herculean tasks of looking after a family and running a business… Mumpreneurs are inspirational because very often they are at the heart of their communities as well as their homes.”

 

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A new term at Mum’s The Boss

After what’s felt like a long summer, it was great to get back into the swing of adult conversation once again by spending the morning at my local Mum’s The Boss meeting in Bedford. Mum’s The Boss was founded two years ago to celebrate the twin achievements of motherhood and business and is a low-cost, informal, child-friendly network supporting mums who run their own business, work from home or would like to set up in business.

Personally, I’ve gained so much from them and can’t shout about them enough – it’s not just the cake I enjoy (though I’m sure my hosts, MTB founders Sam and Helen, will agree that I’m more than a little vocal in my appreciation of their baked delights each month!) but the fact that I get the chance to meet a real mix of mums and dads and make genuine, valuable connections. Today’s guest speaker, Kate Griffiths of Whole Self Leadership, explored a number of themes which had us in both fits of giggles and bouts of tears. It’s a powerful community and one I’m proud to have been part of for the past year.

I’ll actually be the guest speaker at a future Mum’s The Boss meeting in Hertfordshire and am looking forward to sharing PR advice with another inspirational group of business people.

Client story bags a full page in The Daily Mail

Bangers & Mash

Today I secured a full page in the Daily Mail’s Health section for my client, Keith Hern. Keith has twice survived the same cancer that Michael Douglas has recently been diagnosed with and he’s written a book detailing his journey (Bangers & Mash).

You can read the full feature, by Natasha Courtenay-Smithhere and find out more about Bangers & Mash here. I’m busy securing further exposure for Keith and his story over the coming months, particularly around Oral Cancer Awareness Week in November, so will keep you up-to-date through this blog.