Our ethos – No person should fight solo. We all have the ability to lift others. We are stronger together.
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! You can also join as a professional single mum to join the sisterhood of like-minded women. We are proud of our strong work ethic alongside managing a household solo.
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.
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 professional women and women in business who 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, Michael Ray, Yorkey Dads , Whole Man Academy, Dads Unlimited and there are more!
We also welcome ‘Friends of the SMBN’ which is open to all businesses who offer support to the SMBN whilst benefitting from affordable exposure all year.