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Coronavirus (COVID-19):

At the SMBN we are acutely aware that self-sufficient Single Mums in Business are in dire straits and we are doing all that we can to liaise with the Government, the Banks and the Press to raise awareness of this issue. We know that without salary protection or full / any access to benefits that many of you are struggling alone at home with your children right now. We know that help lines and web pages for new applications are crashing on you. I have been in this situation before and I know how extremely vulnerable you are when fight or flight kicks in. I also understand that when you have faced adversity you cannot get a credit card, or loan, do not yet have savings and that now more than ever the banks will charging you and you will feel vulnerable to homelessness. This is not your fault, please please stay safe and calm and trust that we are working on this around the clock. Please do not let your pride get in the way if you need to ask friends and family for food. Jules x

The primary objective of the SMBN is to help you gain exposure to your business whilst reducing stigma and dispelling misconceptions that single mums are work shy. It is the passion of founder Julie Hawkins to raise awareness of the real issue being that work is not in sync with school and wages are not in sync with inflation.

The root cause of benefits in this Country is that parents are constructively dismissed by society for needing to work within available childcare hours, or being pushed into low paid work for the ‘privilege’ of working in school hours; this leads to a life-long dependency on benefits, due to the lack of pension, decent career and opportunity to lift oneself out of relative poverty. Until work and pay harmonise with parenting the SMBN will help you by increasing exposure to your business.

The SMBN is not a networking group. Whilst some members act as County Coordinators and host meetings for members in their County this is not the primary objective of the SMBN.

Whether you are new to self-employment, just setting up a company or a seasoned business woman who understands the SMiB journey, we welcome you to join the network, because you know how important it is that we support each other and dispel misconceptions, and paying it forward is one of the most rewarding things that a girl can do!

When you join the SMBN as a member you will benefit from continued PR throughout the year, as well as free or discounted tickets for events.  The SMBN is a collaboration.  A network of women in business who have some unique challenges and are supporting each other.  I do not compete.  If you run networking please join and advertise your network with the SMBN, EVERY woman, and man, needs their own tribe. The SMBN is not open to Single Dads because a) I do not know what it is like to be a single dad and b) this could easily turn into a dating site and it is far from it. But, there’s plenty out there for dads! Take a look at OnlyDads and Michael Ray

Please always check by calling 01452 471819 or e-mailing smbn@singlemumsbusinessnetwork.co.uk if you want to check the authenticity of an advert, product or service using the logo or name of Single Mums Business Network aka SMBN.

We also now welcome ‘Friends of the SMBN’ which is open to all businesses who offer support to the SMBN whilst benefitting from affordable exposure all year.

New to self-employment and not sure where to start? Take a look at Gingerbread… https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/information/working/self-employment/