Exposure!

It’s been a great week at KIH Products aka #SMBN HQ – last week we were permitted to shout out about being a SmallBiz100 2019 and about the KIH Bed winning the Hotel & Spa Awards best pregnancy cushion with Lux Life Magazine. And this week we were featured in Day 179 of #SHECAN365. (You still have time to submit your story!) Tomorrow (6/9/19) is our Small Business Saturday ‘day’ and our Enterprise Nation shout out and we will enjoy continued exposure throughout the year.

The SMBN has always been about EXPOSURE, unashamedly. As I have been very open about my struggle against adversity to build the business since becoming a single mum in 2012 I always knew that lack of PR budget was really holding me back. All I could do was enter awards and make the most of social media and networking. Consequently, I have a love of networking. I learned about women supporting women and escaped isolation; but I always struggled with explaining my lack of availability out of school hours or desperate financial battle.

The SMBN is about good, ethical, honest networking where women really understand what it is to have a sense of #sisterhood, and to collaborate and not compete and despite only being a few months old we have had such a fantastic response, not only from Single Mums but also from other women in business, and men too. It is really important to highlight the fact that it is not being work shy that leads to tax refunds instead of tax contributions but archaic pay & high cost of living making it near impossible for a family to live on one income, as they used to.

As we enjoy the exposure that comes with effort, I would like to thank all of our members and ‘friends of the SMBN’ for joining without hesitation in trust of the exposure that would follow, and for actions that speaker louder than words of being non-judgmental about Single Mums.

I am also pleased to say that now September is here we have pledged to donate 5% of every membership to Gingerbread via Work for Good – a brilliant platform for giving.

During the next 12 months I will holding meetings throughout the UK for Single Mums in Business, and I also host the 1230 TWC Wye Valley meetings for ALL women in business, as well as regularly attending WiRE meetings and various other networks – there is something for everyone and I have no problem in signposting.

Please see the Facebook page for EVENTS – (casual meetings and formal gatherings) and sign up to the Newsletter to stay in the loop for major stuff. We have SMiB Awards in May and a Staycation in July to name a few.

Here’s who’s with us so far:

Lidia Peto Personal Trainer
Wellness Events and Retreats
Lidia will help you with all things health, click her card for info!
Lisa Berry Cheeky Little Prints
Personalised Silver Jewellery
Lisa will help you with all things personalised jewellery, click her card for info!
Michelle Molyneux Virtual Assistant 
MJM Virtual Solutions
Michelle will help you with all things virtual (proofreading, VA) click her card for info!
Cara Sayer
Snooze Shade
Cara will help you with all things business! click her card for info!
Catherine Gennard
The Sustainable Life Coach
WiRE Network Leader
Catherine will help you with all things life, click her card for info!
Amy Box Choir
Amy will help you with all things voice, click her card for info!
Heather Martin
Support for Businesses
Heather will help you with all things business, click her card for info!
Julia Hallewell
Tewkesbury Ladies who Latte
Forever
Julia will help you with all things life, click her card for info!
Zoe Chapman
Independent Mother 
Kiddiwhizz
Zoe will help you with all things networking & events, click her card for info!
Kylie Rea 
The Mum Boss in Kent
Kylie will help you with all things networking, click her card for info!
Bridget Daley
Parents in Biz
Bridget will help you with all things Biz, click her card for info!
Kay Hamblin
Eight Legal
HR Mate
Kay will help you with all things legal and HR, click her card for info!
Alison Holmes
Networking Coach
Peritia
Alison will help you with all things networking, click her card for info!
Kirsty Tyler
Chartered Financial Planner
Wyefield Wealth Management
Kirsty will help you with all things wealth, click her card for info!
Lisa Fisher
Personal Stylist
Lisa will help you with all things style, click her card for info!
Lucy Tarrant
Cognitive Law
Flexible Working Solicitors
Lucy will help you with all things legal, click her card for info!
Marie Hall
Empowerment House
Liverpool
Marie will help you with all things empowerment, click her card for info!

I would not be where I am today without The Fredericks Foundation and Purple Shoots – who gave me a lifeline where nobody else would, namely Mike. I will thank more in good time.

I have no doubt of the calibre of Single Mums in the UK and the SMBN is here to ensure that these ladies get the recognition and exposure they deserve, and the best possible opportunity to succeed in enjoying their families and achieving financial freedom.

Only you can stop you