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Forward Ladies networking

Our Story

Forward Ladies was founded 15 years ago with one single vision in mind – to unlock potential in professional women. 15 years on and we are still going strong! We wanted to create an environment and community where women could feel heard, seen and able to develop themselves. 

However, after a few years our membership exploded and it became clear that we needed to spend some time creating different offers for the different women in our membership. We have start-ups, heads of large companies, successful small businesses and women on boards – all in our membership so we’ve decided to create something especially tailored to each one of these groups. 

We offer a range of services and benefits that members can access to connect, learn and do business; all in an environment that is inclusive, non pressurised and welcoming while retaining a professional focus. We believe that Forward Ladies represents the best value and most relevant women’s network in the UK.


We provide our members with a range of opportunities to meet, both in person and through online communities. Our events range from informal gatherings to business focused meetings with high profile speakers. We also run the annual Women in Business awards in several regions and organise business breaks. Our website provides opportunities to profile your business and engage with like minded women through our online communities.

Learning and Development

We understand that to be good at what you do you need to continuously develop your knowledge and your skills. We provide members with access to training & development, coaching, mentoring and peer support that helps you to grow in your career and build your business. Because of our special relationship with leading trainers and top level speakers, members can access a wide range of development opportunities at a fraction of the cost you would usually pay as well as 24/7 access to valuable business tools via our online business resource hub.

Promotion and Business Opportunities

We believe in creating as many opportunities as possible for our members to do business with each other and with the wider business community. Members can list their businesses on our Members Directory, promote offers and discounts, promote events, interact within our online community, access discounted advertising/promotional opportunities, network and profile raise.

A Voice

Driven by a commitment to support women in business, we tirelessly work to promote equality, opportunity and a platform for professional women. We are listened to by a number of top level change drivers including government ministers, campaigners and the media and are widely considered one of the most influential professional women’s networks in the UK.

Moving with the times

Back in 2000 when forward ladies was started, all women needed was the space to get together to get support and share experiences. Today its a different world and simply connecting is not enough. So, we’ve listened to members and are working hard to make sure that our membership offers real value to the members and the online experience and accessing membership benefits is as simple and straightforward as possible. Over the years we have listened to our members and created awards, programmes and peer support groups.

So watch this space as we are still hard at work developing new programmes – all for the very forward thinking woman.

Joining Forward Ladies gives you access to the combined knowledge and experience within the current membership.  Our commitment to our members is to continually enhance the service and support we offer.

For less than £2 a week you’ll receive  

- 30% discount on networking events

- High-level fully funded skills training for female business owners 

- Access to inspirational role models

- Networking both on a local and national level

- Access to trade missions through our partnership with UKTI

- Option to join a structured local Power Breakfast Club

   (these meeting are business focused and for those who want to develop new business)

- The opportunity to attend certain events free of charge 

- Invitation to member-only events 

- Priority booking for headline events such as the Women in business awards  

- Access to the members only area of website for profile building and networking

- Local Book Clubs

We aim to be inclusive but certain services and clubs have strict application process to help us create a good balance so that the value we offer to our members is maintained. From time to time we may limit the number of members in any particular service.