Business networking for professional women
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
- Option to join a structured local Power
(these meeting are business focused and for those who want to
develop new business)
- The opportunity to attend certain events free of
- 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.