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Our Mission

"Promoting and celebrating the engagement and participation of women in economic success by enabling women to be more confident in life and business through knowledge, support and friendship."

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About us

Forward ladies - Business networking Forward Ladies is the UK's premier destination for enterprising and career minded women. Women often encounter specific challenges in achieving business success and at Forward Ladies we understand this.

Founded by Etta Cohen in 2000, Forward Ladies began as a small group of professional women meeting and sharing experiences.

Since then, we have grown with our members driving us forward and we’re now one of the UK's leading women’s networking and business support organisations supporting over 13,500 women throughout the UK.


Our members are made up of women in all stages of professional and business growth. We have online forums, training days and events to help members support each other whilst also developing their own skills. We are the only organisation offering both corporate members and individual sole traders and opportunity to meet and engage with each other.


We also run the most popular and widely advertised event in the North of England called the Women In Business Awards. The Forward Ladies’ Women in Business Awards recognises the achievements of professional business women in the North West of England, the Isle of Man and Yorkshire & North East. Join in with the largest celebration of female led business success throughout the UK and book your place at this year’s ceremony.

Conferences and events

We run local events and conferences throughout the UK which are regularly sponsored by various partner organisations. We have our signature International Women Day events which have attracted world class speakers like Cherie Blair, Germaine Greer, Chakrabarti and others. We also have Positive Women's Days which deliver training to our members.


We work closely with a number of bluechip companies to develop their female staff and also help them engage better with their female customers.

What makes us different?

Forward Ladies membership is made up of professional women from all sectors and stages of professional life offering a community for women to learn, share and encourage one another in a supportive environment.

We run over 400 events/programmes a year from business development workshops and inspirational speakers to networking lunches, award ceremonies and trade missions.