Networking group BizMums, which supports mothers in business, to be launched in Thetford

Billie Lawler, here with her daughter Erin (3), is starting her own Bizmums group in Thetford. Pictu

Billie Lawler, here with her daughter Erin (3), is starting her own Bizmums group in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A networking group to give help, support and advice to mothers in business is being launched in a Breckland town.

Billie Lawler, here with her daughter Erin (3), is starting her own Bizmums group in Thetford. Pictu

Billie Lawler, here with her daughter Erin (3), is starting her own Bizmums group in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

BizMums started in 2012 with a focus on bringing together women in business who might feel isolated and unsupported working from home.

There are now 80 groups across the country - two in Norfolk - with another in Thetford beginning on September 5.

Having attended BizMums groups in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill since February, Billie Lawler felt women in Thetford could benefit from the group.

Miss Lawler, who works in network marketing, said: 'It is nice to meet other like-minded ladies. I felt really welcome in BizMums and thought it would be nice to do something in my hometown and inspire them.'


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The groups are child-friendly and Miss Lawler's three-year-old daughter Erin will be joining her.

'Children are part of most people's lives and it is important for women to realise they don't have to stop building their business,' said the 45-year-old. 'With young children you might not grow it as quickly but you can work with your children at your feet.

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'It is important for me that my girl sees that mum is going out and doing what I can.'

At each meeting there will be a quest speaker, 60 seconds for each attendee to speak and a longer five minute section for one member each meeting to showcase themselves.

Women will be able to network, share experiences on being a working mother and how to achieve a work-home life balance, and show support.

'People are in different stages in their business journeys,' said Miss Lawler. 'Some ladies will have been in it for years and will have some good advice and newer ladies can use that advice or offer some new and fresh ideas.

'From my point of view the friendship that has come from the groups is as useful as the business aspect.'

Miss Lawler added: 'I just feel so at home with the concept, the ladies I have meet and the hosts. I feel I have been a BizMums member for a very long time.'

The Thetford meeting will be held on the first Tuesday of the month at Grand Central from 9.30am until 11am.

Miss Lawler can be emailed at bkins1971@gmail.com

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