Jacqui Frampton, WIBN South & South WestJacqui Frampton recognised the value and power of structured networking whilst building a business within the male dominated construction industry, and was amazed to find a similar format employed by WIBN. The big difference was, of course, that it was directed at, and attracted women - women who were serious about utilising such a powerful marketing tool for their own business growth.
Following visits to WIBN groups along the M25 corridor Jacqui felt there was massive potential for replicating the formula closer to home, and invested in a franchise of five groups.
Her first group was launched in Christchurch in 2009, quickly followed by Bournemouth, Poole, Yeovil and Exeter.
Realising that there was also scope further afield in Hampshire Jacqui launched a further 2 groups in the Southampton area, extending the initial franchise to seven.
The sudden success of WIBN within the south & south west region meant that valuable women in business were being “locked out” by the one profession per group rule. Nevertheless Jacqui felt that the expansion her own operation was likely to compromise the quality of service she is able to offer members.
Detailed discussions followed with WIBN founder Jan Ibbot, and it was agreed that Jacqui would pilot a scheme within the region in 2010 whereby groups would be launched and then run under license by existing WIBN members
The pilot scheme resulted in the successful launch in early 2011 of WIBN Ringwood and Southampton Waterside, followed by Bath, Bridport and Winchester West; Taunton and Wincanton followed later in 2011.
2012 & 13 has seen WIBN south & south west expand into Wiltshire with the launch of WIBN Salisbury (February, 2014) and make further inroads into Hampshire with the launch of Southampton City in March, bringing the total groups to 16.
Jacqui's ambition is for 20 groups in the region, and under consideration now are further new groups for Petersfield and Weymouth. The outstanding success of this licensing model means it will now be rolled out across the UK.
Lindsay Loxley, The Women in Business NetworkWIBN is owned by Lindsay Loxley, a successful businesswoman in her own right and a champion for women in business everywhere.
Lindsay purchased the business in October 2011 from its founder, Jan Ibbott, who had made a success of the business since its launch in 2005, expanding her business model into more than 18 counties.
Having been involved with WIBN since 2006 as a pilot of the original franchise scheme Lindsay already manages groups across the London and Essex Region and is wholly supportive of the continued development of WIBN South & South West. Lindsay recognises that in so many areas women remain undervalued in business and in the workplace. She will continue to grow the network and seek new opportunities to ensure that WIBN becomes the UK's destination for women's business networking.
Visit the national WIBN website at www.wibn.co.uk
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