A networking group has been launched for businesswomen in Tameside.

Tameside Women in Business has been set up by Carol Parker, marketing associate at Bromleys.

The group has no membership fees and will hold regular meetings which are free to attend.

Its first event at the Puccini Ashton Italian restaurant attracted 40 women from across the borough.

Among the guests were representatives from the property, retail, charity, education, banking and financial services sectors as well as a range of small and medium-sized businesses.

They were treated to drinks, a buffet and a prize raffle, and went home with goody bags donated by Boots and Santander.

Carol said: “There are limited networking opportunities in Tameside and we have set up this group as a way of giving back to the business community.

“It’s designed to be an informal way for women to meet, with the aim of getting to know each other, doing business together and recommending one another’s products and services where appropriate.

“The event itself could not have gone better. The feedback has been superb and we are already looking forward to the next event in September.”

The guest speaker was Claire Smith, head of business development at outsourced communications provider Moneypenny, who is from Stalybridge.

She spoke about how Wrexham-based Moneypenny’s workplace culture has been recognised five times in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list, including top five rankings in 2015 and 2017.

Claire discussed how a fantastic work environment helps companies to deliver a better customer service, leading to happier clients and business success.

Moneypenny is a leading outsourced communications provider, delivering telephone answering, live chat, switchboard and multichannel customer services to a range of UK businesses, including handling two million calls a year for over 950 law firms.

Claire said: “It was a great honour to be invited to be the guest speaker at the launch event. The turnout was amazing, the format and setting were perfect and provided an ideal way to meet like-minded businesswomen from across Tameside.”

To find out more, contact Carol via or 0161 694 4148.

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