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Somerset Ladies in Business (SLiB) was founded by Kim Philpots and Fiona Marlow back in 2016 when they realised how isolating business and professional life can be when you are self-employed. Over the last few years the group has grown in strength and definitely in numbers. The first meeting held had 12 business women attend, and now it is common to have a room full of women attending each month.

The networking group is for South West entrepreneurs and business women who work in a large variety of vocational areas. It is a relaxed and friendly group who believe in getting to know each other, vital in order to be able to recommend other’s businesses in good faith. During the meetings the atmosphere is often charge with motivational positivity, plus a decent helping of laughter and fun.

SLiB have a professional guest speaker at every meeting, delivering information on the most vital aspects of business to help facilitate the learning and improving of all their skills. A valuable aspect of each group is the sharing of knowledge and experience from one another, to help build friendships and business relationships through an informal networking setting.

Somerset Ladies in Business has been such an enjoyable success and it continues to grow each month. They are some rather exciting goals planned and Fiona and Kim are excited for what 2020/2021 will hold, not just for the business itself but all its amazing members.

Kim – I have spent the last 12 years working in the Apprenticeship Industry within the Business Skills sector. I moved to Richard Huish College in 2016 as an Apprenticeship Recruitment Adviser, and in October 2017 I joined the Business Skills Assessing Team. Having been an Apprentice myself, I soon discovered the amazing opportunities which learning can provide, since then I have completed further qualifications which have enabled development within my career.

Fiona - From 2012 to 2017 I was self-employed. Previously to this I worked for many years teaching and assessing within the Business Skills Apprenticeship Industry. In 2018, by choice, I commenced working for Somerset Business Agency as a Business Adviser, and in Sept 2019 I started as a Digital Trainer with Cosmic, Honiton. My passion is helping and enabling people to start and grow their own businesses. Over the last few years I have learnt many new skills relating to developing and organising a business. Kim and I passionately believe in continuous development and hope that we encourage this in others, by facilitating learning within our networking group.