Two friends who spotted a niche in the market have launched a women’s networking group, and insist they are not “ladies who do lunch, but ladies who do business”.

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Anna de Soissons and Tanja Wright, of Southrepps, began the group in March last year with five members and have seen it grow to about 20.

And their aim is to exchange ideas and experiences to expand their business knowledge.

Mrs de Soissons, who runs Help Unlimited and English Families Agency, said they wanted to begin a group in north Norfolk.

She said: “There seemed to be a lot in Norwich and not enough regular ones around this part of Norfolk.

“We wanted to get something going here.”

The group meet monthly in the Saracen’s Head, Wolterton, where each member gives a one-minute talk about their business for the benefit of new members.

A short presentation, discussion and sandwich lunch then follows.

Ms Wright, a wine merchant and owner of TFW Fine Wines, said: “I believe that networking with like-minded people helps the growth of the business and is a great way of sharing and problem solving.

“As a business owner you tend not to take time out to do that — there is always something more important to do.” Although they welcome new members, the group is restricted to one person from each profession.

Ms Wright said: “It makes it more exclusive.

“We can put people on a waiting list — some people might find it too far to travel or their circumstances might change.”

There is no age limit to the nonprofit group and no fees apart from the cost of lunch.

Ms Wright said: “We all leave feeling very energised and positive, it is really growing.”

The next meeting will be on March 12.

For more information contact Mrs de Soissons at info@helpunlimted.co.uk.

5 comments

  • What utter rubbish. ....One person from each profession , how dare they then say ,it makes it more exclusive .More like an old girls club. I think they meet up and slag their rival bussiness . Not enough regular ones in and around norfolk . More like not enough utter snobbery in that part of norfolk for them

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    JamJar

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Are these really businesses, or just a way to keep bored psuedo-upper class North Norfolk ladies occupied?

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Sounds like as good an excuse as any for a once a month wine and dine club. Is it news - I doubt it, lots of folks meet down the pub, probably more than once a month.

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    richard black

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • What utter rubbish to say only one person from each profession is aloud to join . To say there seemed a lot in Norwich but not enough in there part of Norfolk . Sounds more like not snobby enough for them ,so they created their own little club .

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    JamJar

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • What a load of patronising nonsense...women are so pathetic that we need a support group?? Rubbish...I'm doing just fine...if I need a support group for my role in the workplace, its support for the industry I'm in & the challenges I face in that sector...I do not need support based on my gender...groups like this do more harm than good...by saying we need support, its like admitting we are not as good as men...utter garbage...

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    merrydancer

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

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