Welcome New Member, Carly Newman, of Carly Newman Coaching, to the Single Mums Business Network

I’m delighted to welcome Carly Newman, of Carly Newman Coaching, to the Single Mums Business Network. Carly has a strong career background and has combined all of her skills and experience to help others. Here is what she says;

Hi I’m Carly, single mum to my 3 year old boy. I am certified life coach working with Mums, to help them get what they want in life. I am passionate about empowering Mums, especially single Mums to see their self worth and grow their confidence to really go after the things they want. I use a combination of coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or tapping) to help Mum’s start to transform their lives. I am also very passionate about the inequality that single mums experience and speak about this a lot in my work.

You can connect with Carly via her website and social media channels below

Instagram: Carly Newman (@carlynewmancoaching) • Instagram photos and videos

Facebook: Carly Newman Coaching | Facebook

Website: Coaching For Single Mums | Carly Newman Coaching

I have no doubt of the calibre of single mums in the UK. Hard working women managing a home, work and family despite consistent stigma and misconceptions. Many single mums end up in self-employment due to the genuine barriers to full-time work and the consequent adversity. Business is hope, business enables you to use your skillset, work hard when your children are in school and sleeping, and escape the state dependency you will often be forced into with part-time work. I celebrate and applaud every single mum who joins our network, doing all that she can to help herself, and help her family.

Welcome Carly to the SMBN x

Where solo women no longer fight solo

Look at this amazing woman! Welcome New Member Natasha-Dawn Ni Leighn [aka Ash] Founder of Dandelion Weatherstone: VEGAN, ANTIBACTERIAL AND FUNKY C-SECTION KNICKERS…

Look at this amazing woman! Welcome New Member Natasha-Dawn Ni Leighn [aka Ash] Founder of Dandelion Weatherstone: VEGAN, ANTIBACTERIAL AND FUNKY C-SECTION KNICKERS…
Yes we all need underwear! But we don’t always realise what challenges exist if you’ve had a c-section, are a pregnant transman or if you have had any kind of surgery that leaves you needing antibacterial high waisted knickers with soft fibres to avoid incision irritation! But just like me with the KIH Bed, Ash became aware of a gap in the market through her own experience and as a necessity entrepreneur with a ‘I can solve this problem for the masses’ attitude, embarked on her own journey of creating something for other people’s benefit, and she is infused with ethics and helping others from her eco chain to her anti slavery and vegan checking measures.. what a very cool lady she is! Here’s a few words from our newest member Ash…

Wow – my mind is blown! Welcome New Member Donna Easton – Joyologist and Founder of LifeShine! You have to see her website…

Wow – my mind is blown! Welcome New Member Donna Easton – Joyologist and Founder of LifeShine! You have to see her website…

Ever since setting up the SMBN I have been like a broken record talking about the amazing women out there doing this solo, and changing public stereotyping is an ongoing effort. I am blown away every time I meet yet another incredible woman, and then another one pops up! I just knew they were out there. I have a queue now of women to introduce who have joined lately, but one at a time – as they deserve exclusive PR and recognition! Meet Donna Easton – Donna is a Joyologist, a laugher, a performer, a people connector, a mindset coach, Founder of ‘LifeShine’, ‘WellMeOke’ (wellness cabaret show) and ‘The Selling with Heart Academy’. there is not much I can say except wow – just take a look at her website and see for yourself! @mylifeshines

Welcome New Member – Teri Chance. Owner of Teri Chance Boutiques, to the Single Mums Business Network

WELCOME NEW MEMBER – TERI CHANCE. OWNER OF TERI CHANCE BOUTIQUES, @terichanceboutiques TO THE SINGLE MUMS BUSINESS NETWORK. This lady is beautiful, inside and out. I began networking with Teri in 2014 at the beginning of my KIH Bed journey, and I have witnessed her incredible private and professional battles, so to welcome her now, with her business and spirit thriving, to the SMBN is really something else. Teri was one of the ladies who helped me build my own confidence so I know you are in safe hands when you shop with her! Here’s what Teri says;

Local Business Woman ‘Leading the Hospitality Industry’ in Flexible Working and Removal of Barriers to Work – Don’t ever believe you can’t make a difference because you can!

So today I’ve been having some fun, standing in the middle of the road having my pic taken with this amazing lady who is taking on the world of hospitality, showing true leadership, and doing her bit to create a better future for us all. Some of you will have seen my last blog, (or recent at least) where I was passionately upset about being reminded how we are locked out of so many customer facing roles that need weekend staff. My local landlady read my blog, and said ‘I want to do something about this Jules’ we had coffee – and this is what happened next!

Welcome New Member, Fay Victoria Durrant, Owner of Wellness & Wilderness, Self Care for Wilder Women Online or In Person ‘Retreats in the Spanish Mountains’ – I am very excited to welcome Fay – You HAVE to look at her website!!

I am delighted to welcome Fay Victoria Durrant, Owner of Wellness & Wilderness – Self Care Sessions
Health & Wellbeing for Wilder Women online & in person on retreats, to the Single Mums Business Network. Fay offers Mindset Movement * Menopause Support *Nature * Yoga * Pilates *Plant Based Food Online & In person on Retreats in the Spanish Mountains. Read more….

Welcome New Member – Chrissie Lowery, to the Single Mums Business Network. Chrissie is a Crafty Entrepreneur, Author, Radio Presenter, Owner of The Cuddle Bed Company and Founder of shophandmade.co.uk!

WELCOME NEW MEMBER – CHRISSIE LOWERY, TO THE SINGLE MUMS BUSINESS NETWORK. CHRISSIE IS A CRAFTY ENTREPRENEUR, AUTHOR, RADIO PRESENTER, OWNER OF THE CUDDLE BED COMPANY AND FOUNDER OF SHOPHANDMADE.CO.UK! – If you sell Art and Craft please do take a look at Chrissie’s platform to help you increase your sales! Read more…

Do you want to be a Single Mum in Business? – Check out the Salary and Job Description (and join the SMBN if this sounds like you!)

Do you want to be a Single Mum in Business? – Check out the Salary and Job Description (and join the SMBN if this sounds like you!)
Hours – 119 to 126 per week (must not expect Sundays off)
Salary – £2.30 per hour OTE £30K +
Holiday Pay – No * Sick Pay – No * Perks such as Gym Membership or Costa – No
Bank Holidays – No * Annual Leave – Sorry, No (needy springs to mind)
You must be driven, able to work autonomously, and free to carry out emergency childcare (without taking any time off) in case of pandemic, 13 weeks of school holidays, in-service days or sickness.
If that sounds good so far and you meet the job description below (read on) – you may want to join your comrades in the SMBN!

Welcome New (old) Member, Esther Nagle, a copywriter from South Wales who helps ADHD and addiction coaches attract clients through engaging blogs, articles and web copy!

WELCOME NEW (OLD) MEMBER, ESTHER NAGLE, A COPYWRITER FROM SOUTH WALES WHO HELPS ADHD AND ADDICTION COACHES ATTRACT CLIENTS THROUGH ENGAGING BLOGS, ARTICLES AND WEB COPY! I am really pleased to be able to welcome Esther, from ‘Be here write now’ back to the SMBN! I never take offence if somebody leaves for a while, life does that to us, what I really love is that she came back, after knowing what it looks like on the inside! and just in time for the Spring issue of the SMBN mag! super duper..
Read more….

Social Impact Review Report

You can download the Social Impact Review Report (special first edition with typos) pdf HERE, but I have copied the content below for ease of … Read More

2020 – The Year We All Made History. 2021, The Year of Imminent Fun

We have all fought this year. We all have our own personal challenges and triumphs. The main thing is that we are here to tell the tale. We all know the dance isn’t over, but we all know it will be soon. Whatever you have survived for 9 months, you will survive for 3 more. The human timescale for rebirth and readjustment. A future that learns from the past..

SMBN Awards 2021 – New Sponsor – Laura Callahan, Willow HR

When Laura joined the SMBN in 2019, I could not have imagined how supportive she would be. She has offered guidance, coaching, she always wants to find ways to support me and my other members, and I have a had a front row seat as she has expanded her own business, and supported so many families through such a difficult year. She not only won the Family Employer of the Year category 2020, she has now pledged her support for the 2021 Awards by sponsoring the same category. Membership fees are so low for the SMBN, at only £5pcm, and without any charitable status or Grant support, outside of my own income I am cannot express my gratitude for sponsors enough

I should never have been on benefits, but lack of flexible working cost the tax payer thousands…

I SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ON BENEFITS, BUT LACK OF FLEXIBLE WORKING COST THE TAX PAYER THOUSANDS…

I was blissfully unaware of issues surrounding flexible working in my 20’s and early 30’s. As I was blissfully ignorant and judgemental around benefits. I had been quite happy for 20 years in my 9-5 (or more like 8-8), and short of wishing it was a four day week, so that I could get things done, like mortgage phone calls and fridge deliveries or electrician appointments etc, I wasn’t too troubled, as at least I could swim at 7am and visit the gym until 9pm.. it was when I became a single mum, I realised I was living this crazy world of presenteeism, that actually destroyed so many people!

Welcome New ‘Friend’ of the SMBN, Clare Griffiths, Founder of the Thrive Effect

I am delighted to welcome Clare Griffiths, University Entrepreneurship Educator, Advocate for Female Founders and Women in Business and Founder of The Thrive Effect, as a friend of the Single Mums Business Network. I met Clare through her Thrive Huddle, and was really impressed with the way she supports fellow women in business, and so it is a real pleasure to celebrate her via the SMBN. Clare is based in Brighton but facilitates networking and events on-line as well as in person so it really doesn’t matter where in the UK you are based!

You do not have to be a single mum to join, we have friends of the SMBN too. Every time a new member joins she is not only helping herself but helping every other member and friend of the SMBN, we welcome you x

Catfish UK are looking for people who have been chatting to someone online for quite some time but have never met up in person or even seen each other on video chat. A ‘Catfish’ is someone who lures a person into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona, something that annoys me greatly, as I am consistently approached by ‘fake’ Gerrard Butlers, Leonardo Dicaprios and Single Dad Soldiers!

I don’t normally talk about dating through the SMBN, it is a business network, and it is for single mums only as I want it to remain a professional network where members are unlikely to hit on each other (I am primitive I appreciate what is natural). I do signpost men where I can, as is evident on the first page of the SMBN, but our group is girls only..

I cannot count how many message requests and connection requests I have had from fake Gerrard Butlers, fake Leonardo Dicaprios and fake Single Dad Soldiers. Now I can send them to Catfish UK to investigate further…

Welcome New Member, Trupti Dudhia, of Consept Accounting Solutions to the Single Mums Business Network

I am delighted to welcome Trupti Dudhia, of Consept Accounting Solutions, to the SMBN. Consept Accounting Solutions is a Watford based, independent accountancy firm specialising in supporting business start-ups. Providing financial and strategic advice specially tailored to you, providing key insights and ideas to transform your business.

Members enjoy exposure to their business with every visit to the SMBN and associated PR. Please don’t hesitate to join us if you are a Single Mum working hard to pay the bills alone, we are here to help you. You do not have to be a single mum to join, we have friends of the SMBN too. Every time a new member joins she is not only helping herself but helping every other member and friend of the SMBN, we welcome you x

Welcome New Member, Aruna Bansal, Founder of the Asian Single Parents Network CIC, to the Single Mums Business Network.

I am delighted to welcome Aruna Bansal, Founder of the Asian Single Parents Network CIC, to the Single Mums Business Network. It is so rewarding to connect with a fellow single parent who can offer support to a community that I do not have experience of, around divorce, legal advice and stigma. We had a very good meeting a few weeks ago and it was so refreshing to be able to ask questions and understand more about arranged marriages, how they differ to forced marriages, and not to feel like our different experiences and understanding has to divide us, when coming together is so much better to support all UK single parents. I am very proud to help raise awareness of the Asian Single Parents Network.

@AsianSinglePar1 @asp.network

Members enjoy exposure to their business with every visit to the SMBN and associated PR. Please don’t hesitate to join us if you are a Single Mum working hard to pay the bills alone, we are here to help you. You do not have to be a single mum to join, we have friends of the SMBN too. Every time a new member joins she is not only helping herself but helping every other member and friend of the SMBN, we welcome you x

Welcome New Member, Jane Marney, Cupcake Express, to the Single Mums Business Network

I am delighted to welcome Jane, of Cupcake Express @Cupcakeexpress1
to the Single Mums Business Network.
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. Members enjoy exposure to their business with every visit to the SMBN and associated PR . Welcome Jane x

Special Award – Friend of the SMBN – A must read!

SPECIAL AWARD – FRIEND OF THE SMBN – A MUST READ!
[…] There was no way that I was going to let this go unrecognised, so without having to be nominated or nominate herself, I awarded Marie Hall, of Empowerment House. Best friend of the SMBN for 2020. I hope she puts that award somewhere she always sees it, so if ever she’s having a tough day or doubting what a difference she makes, she remembers how incredible, appreciated and loved she is. ..

Welcome New ‘Friend of the SMBN’ – Fiona Scott of Scott Media – Journalism, Public Relations and Media

I am delighted to welcome Fiona Scott, of Scott Media, as a Friend of the SMBN’ I have known Fiona for a number of years and have worked with her when she helped me launch the business and I am so proud that she has joined as a friend, to further support the network. Fiona Scott is a journalist of more than 30 years’ experience and has run her own media consultancy for the last 12 years, working with business large and small. She offers both training and service delivery in PR, marketing strategy, animation, videography & social media management. She started her career in newspapers and Hospital Radio, went into television and has worked on programmes including The One Show, Flog It!, Dispatches & 100s of regional tv programmes. She set up her own business and now is a PR/journalist hybrid.

Single Mums Business Network Awards and Covid-19 – This is what is going to happen!

We had planned to celebrate with the first UK National Awards for Single Mums in Business on May 23rd 2020. Due to Covid, we played it safe and postponed the Awards until November 21st 2020, but following today’s announcement by the Prime Minister about events closing down, likely for another 6 months, we have had to succumb to the virus and make alternative plans! But challenges never stop us, and we always reflect on the positive! So here’s the GOOD NEWS….

Member success story – single mum in business created three female breadwinners, and has now hired a new member of staff who is pregnant

To try and articulate how immensly proud I am to share Laura’s story seems to great a task. Not only is she a single mum who faught to make work work for her and her family, she sustained, she grew, she employed, and during Covid-19 when the self-employed partners lost work, she created and sustained three breadwinners. To add icing on the cake she has now employed a new member of staff who is pregnant. That story will follow. I always wanted to showcase the single mums who dispel misconceptions that single mums are work shy living on benefits to get a free house. We are women, and amazing women at that! Here is what Laura says:

SMBN MEMBERSHIP – PROFIT OR PURPOSE?

For our children, we work together, for change, for a better life. PARENTING SHOULD NOT CARRY A FINANCIAL PENALTY, We NEED to create tomorrow’s carers, nurses, shopkeepers, vets, cleaners, administrators ETC. We have to continue the life cycle! and we SHOULD not be dismissed for doing it!

Genny Jones – Happiness and Wellbeing Consultant

Genny Jones has been working in the accounting profession for 25 years in various roles. Over the years she has overcome a period of work burn out, depression and low self esteem to developing her unique happiness and wellbeing sessions aimed at businesses to help employees manage their stress levels so that they can be more productive.

Welcome new ‘Friend of the SMBN’ – Carol McIntyre, Exec Pro VA

I’m delighted to welcome Carol McIntyre, Exec Pro VA @execprova as a ‘friend of the SMBN’.

The mission of the SMBN is ‘To help self-employed working mums in the UK who are fighting solo to be financially independent whilst there for their families’. Friends of the SMBN are valuable in helping us gain this exposure and benefit from very affordable exposure with every visit to the SMBN.

Students in Mind..

SMBN Member Sarah Harvey joined the network when her business idea was in its infancy. She has since supported other members, coordinated meetings in Liverpool … Read More

Welcome New Member, Claire Harris, Pets 2 Places (a great franchise opportunity!)

Welcome New Member, Claire Harris, Pets 2 Places (a great fanchise opportunity!)

Members enjoy exposure to their business with every visit to the SMBN and associated PR. Please don’t hesitate to join us if you are a Single Mum working hard to pay the bills alone, we are here to help you. You do not have to be a single mum to join, we have friends of the SMBN too. Every time a new member joins she is not only helping herself but helping every other member and friend of the SMBN, we welcome you x

Catherine Gladwyn, ‘Friend’ of the SMBN, runs a successful virtual assistant business, has published an award winning bestselling book, mentors other business owners, and, lives with Addison’s disease and recurring pituitary tumours… she shares because she cares!

Catherine Gladwyn, Friend of the SMBN, runs a successful virtual assistant business, has published an award winning bestselling book, mentors other business owners, and, lives with Addison’s disease and recurring pituitary tumours… she shares because she cares!

Welcome New Member, Shannon Andrews, Lettering Artist, to the Single Mums Business Network..

Welcome Shannon Andrews, Lettering artist living is Surrey specialising in bespoke notebook cover designs. Each notebook is hand lettered to order with an inspirational uplifting quote or personalised with a name of your choice – making them the ideal gift for yourself, a friend or loved one. Want your own saying or favourite quote? Get in touch…anything is possible!

Welcome new ‘Friend of the SMBN’ – Hannah Edwards, Empowered Virtual Assistant

I’m delighted to welcome Hannah Edwards of Empowered VA as a ‘friend of the SMBN’.

A membership was donated to Fiona Scott’s Silent Christmas Auction which she runs every year in aid of Ainslie’s Pavilion project, which she set-up in memory of her friend Ainslie, who lost her life to Breast Cancer in 2015. I try to support this most years and this year Hannah made a donation and was the lucky winner of the annual SMBN membership. Read more…

Welcome New Member – Chel Dowdie of Translation Well (French * English) to the Single Mums Business Network

Welcome New Member – Chel Dowdie of Translation Well (French * English) to the Single Mums Business Network

Chel specialises in translation services to the education, journalism and legal sectors

I have no doubt of the calibre of Single Mums in the UK and the SMBN is here to ensure that they get the exposure they deserve to help them succeed in making work work alongside of caring for their family

Welcome New Member – Nehaya Zitawi – Hiya’s Healing, to the SMBN

I am delighted to welcome Nehaya to the SMBN, a professional network of Single Mums in Business in the UK. Nehaya works from Bristol and I met her at our Bristol meeting this week, she is absolutely amazing with her journey and sincerity towards helping other. Here’s what she says:

Welcome New Member, Tanya Gebhardt, to the SMBN, Tanya specialises in Permanent Make Up and is based in Malvern

I am delighted to welcome Tanya Gebhardt to the Single Mums Business Network. I will confess that reading Tanya’s introduction made me cry. So many of our members share stories of walking down the isle or starting a family in a loving relationship and never expecting to be a ‘single mum’, but alas we are and we are coming together to not only support ourselves, but support all Single Mums in Business throughout the UK, read what she says here;

Welcome new member Jane Scanlan, Cherish, Transform, Upgrade

I’m delighted to welcome Jane Scanlan of Cherish Transform Updgrade to the SMBN, a UK wide network for Single Mums in Business. Jane is based in Bournemouth and she may well be announced as the County Coordinator soon! Watch this space! Here’s what Jane says;

Welcome New Member – Charlotte from The Marketing Barn – to the SMBN

I would like to welcome Charlotte England, from The Marketing Barn to the Single Mums Business Network. Charlotte is based in Somerset but works with clients Nationwide. Charlotte is not only now gaining exposure to ‘her’ business but she is helping all Single Mums in Business in the UK (members) gain exposure to theirs. Thank you Charlotte for joining the SMBN

Award Entries now OPEN

The awards are FREE to enter and the event will be kept as cost. The event is early evening for parents AND children. We already have some great prizes and will continually look for support to make sure amazing memories are created for these children watching their amazing single mums!

Dealing with Copycats and your own wellbeing

I recently had an experience with a Copycat that inspired me to share a blog about it [….] I was then able to move to the next stage which was to listen to the advice I give others – ‘collaborate don’t compete’ ‘competition is healthy’.

Liverpool SMBN Speaker confirmed as TEDx Marie Burns

Marie Burns – Business Psychologist, producer of world class content events to include ThinkingDigal, SMBN Speaker, ThinkingDigitalWomen, TEDx Liverpool, TEDxManchester, Northern Power Women Conference and Awards.

Welcome new ‘Friend of the SMBN’ – Kay Hamblin, Eight Legal and HR Mate

We welcomed Kay Hamblin, Director of Eight Legal to ‘Friends of the SMBN’ a few months ago.

She recently joined us for coffee at our Gloucester SMBN meeting and I was really impressed with what I heard and asked her to do a special blog post to share with you all what she shared with us over coffee…. this is what she said:

Holiday Blues & ‘Broken Families’ – Expections hurt..

The most important thing to remember as a single parent is that we are the ones with preconceived ideology about what Christmas and the holidays should look like. We are the ones who have been sold the 2.4 dream and we are the ones who …

Welcome new member, Sarah Harvey, SMBN County Coordinator for MERSEYSIDE

I would like to welcome Sarah Harvey – to the Single Mums Business Network. Sarah has taken on the role of County Coordinator for MERSEYSIDE! – Sarah is a very competent business woman and I am delighted that she is representing the SMBN in the City of LIVERPOOL and County of Merseyside!

Welcome new members, Rachel Shilston, Lucinda Dore and Kirstie Preece

Welcome new members to the SMBN – Lucinda Dore Solicitor, Rachel Shilston Creative Director, Kirstie Preece Utility Warehouse and County Coordinator.

It is a pleasure to welcome three brilliant ladies to the network who each have so much to offer us all.

Thank you for supporting the SMBN

Thanks to our speakers…

Thank you to our speakers and delegates for a wonderful first UK Conference supporting Single Mums in Business or Self-Employed. Fighting for work and family.

Exposure!

The Single Mums Business Network
Fighting for Family and Financial Independence

Welcome new ‘Friend of the SMBN’ – Lucy Tarrant, Cognitive Law

On the back of support from wonderful business people who are not single parents, I created ‘Friends of the SMBN’.  And I would like to give a warm welcome to Kirsty Tyler of Wyefield Wealth Management, who will now benefit from exposure to her business with every view of the Single Mums Business Network.