Do you strive to be as successful as ‘dragon’ Deborah Meadon, or as influential as Syco Entertainment co-owner Karren Brady? Well, now a Yorkshire-based business is supporting and connecting businesswomen across the world to help them achieve their career goals.
MPWR, previously known as Women Mean Business, has recently relaunched, creating an online space where members can learn and develop their professional skills. Their focus is on encouraging women to grow their business in a way that suits them.
Women in business
The business was originally created by Tracy Burleigh in 2016. From her base in York, she organised face-to-face networking events for female entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the York area. She was joined last year by Kerry Perks of Perks Marketing in Huddersfield and the business is now an online global success.
The MPWR community is free to join for businesswomen who simply want to connect with each other. They are able to share their own business stories, their triumphs, and their challenges, as well as receive and give advice. And there’s a business club membership that offers a wide range of resources and training to help women grow their business.
Support offered through the MPWR community
Business club members can, for example, attend practical workshops, learning skills such as how to put together a 90-day plan, how to develop a positive mindset, or how to create a vision board to help maintain the focus of their business and where they want it to go.
There is also a series of masterclasses. These typically focus on how to use online tools to members’ business advantage, for example how to engage consumers on social media platforms. This month in a further resource – inspirational talks from successful women in business – members can hear Emma Godivala at York Gin discussing how she set up the brand from scratch.
In addition to all this, members can join a monthly book club, where each month they sit down with relevant and insightful books, which aim to help women in their careers.
Online international networking meetings occur twice a month, providing women with the opportunity to chat with other businesswomen around the world. Non-members can also join these MPWR networking meetings for £5 a session.
Post-covid recovery for businesses
The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on UK businesses. It was reported that 77 percent of female business owners found managing their business during lockdown stressful. As the UK begins to open up again, MPWR aims to combat and channel those feelings into a creating a successful working environment. Ms Burleigh says:
“Our goal is to encourage women to fulfil their passion and dream, even though times are tough. Everything we do encourages women to create their own income and do it in a way that suits them and their lifestyle, making a positive out of this pandemic.”
As the roadmap begins to ease out of lockdown, plans are in place for MPWR to offer a hybrid model of support, with the virtual business club supplemented by face-to-face networking and events when safe to do so.
To sign up or for further information on MPWR, you can visit their website here.