Working women are invited to lunch

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Working women are being invited to a special networking lunch by the Burton branch of a group that was recently praised by Chancellor George Osborne.

The Burton group of the WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) organisation meets on the last Wednesday evening of each month at the Brewhouse arts centre and cafe bar, in Union Street, and since it was formed in 2011 it has helped many women grow in confidence, build their businesses and increase their profits.

Now it is holding a special networking lunch in the town on Wednesday March 2, from 1pm to 3pm at the Brewhouse to reach out to women who may not yet have discovered the help and advice that is available through local business groups such as Burton WiRE.

One of Burton WiRE’s three volunteer leaders is Burton Business Club member Elaine Pritchard, from Stretton, who was introduced to Chancellor George Osborne at a national Small Business Saturday event in London in December. When the Chancellor learned that Elaine was involved with WiRE he told her he knew all about them and thought they were a wonderful organisation.

Elaine explained: “WiRE has been helping working women outside of major UK cities since 1996 when it identified that female entrepreneurs were coming up against a number of barriers, including lack of access to finance, lack of confidence, not being taken seriously, rural isolation, and lack of business support. One of its strengths is a network of 60 local groups, including Burton WiRE, run by volunteers who organise a programme of inspiring guest speakers and events where women can find new ideas for generating more income and work-life balance.

“We’re very fortunate in this town because as well as Burton WiRE there is the LoveLBG: Ladies Business Networking Group and the Women In Business networking forum, run by Burton & District Chamber and its partners. We all know each other and support each other’s events and some of them will be attending our lunch so that women new to networking can see the variety of meetings available locally.”

Guest speaker at the March 2 lunch will be Fiona Davies (pictured below right) from WiRE’s head office in FionaDaviesShropshire, who has been central to the success of WiRE nationally since 1999.

There will also be a number of stalls on the day selling greetings cards; health and beauty products, fashion accessories and more from local women.

Elaine said: “We’ve deliberately kept the price low as we want to encourage as many women as possible to attend including those thinking of starting a business in the future. Women who volunteer for local good causes and charities are also welcome as they may make useful business connections.”

The cost is just £8 (£7 for those who are members of WiRE) which includes a buffet lunch.

Pre-payment is essential. Book online at

Deadline for bookings is Wednesday February 24.

If you have any questions, please email 



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