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We have a lot of high profile talk at the moment about the #housingcrisis and a lot of amazing people trying to solve the issue of high private rents – encouraging the building of more affordable homes to enable people to work, and enjoy a decent standard of living, without being cripled by rising living costs and stagnant archaic wages.

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Even living wage is not enough to enable people to live their lives every week, month, year, without worrying about meeting the rent or mortgage, and without being penalised by the banks or utility or insurance companies for having to pay monthly. 

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‘It doesn’t pay to work’.  This is something I have heard for many years and the words have caused me great discomfort.  It is often perceived that living on benefits is a comfy lifestyle option, and with great analysis I have reached my own conclusion, which of course I am sharing as we all know I love to put the world to rights, as I see it.

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Single Mums Business Network SMBN - Affordable Exposure for Self-Employed Single Mums in the UK
EXPOSURE

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.

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Passion, Purpose & Pride

For 20 years my journey was full-time employment, home ownership, marriage, credit & socialising whilst blissfully unaware of what it meant to need to turn to the benefits system and what it must be like to be a single mum.

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Helping Single Mums working in sch
Why I help Single Mums – Some inside info..

Now there are some serious gamechangers out there, who promote flexible working for real pay, and here are the ones I know about:
2to3days  923  Ten2Two  WorkingMums  Women like us  and  Capability Jane

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MLM – Sitting on the fence and rules for SMBN Members

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Virtual Assistant
Michelle offers Virtual Assistance, namely General Administration, Audio Transcription and Proofreading and editing.

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Benefits as a Single Mum. Holding your head high.

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Single Mums Business Network Blog
Business Networking for Single Mums – what’s it all about?

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Fighting for Family and Financial Independence

When you want to work but society constructively dismisses you and then penalises you for it

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SMBN Founder Julie Hawkins

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Exposure!

I would like to welcome Sarah Harvey – to the Single Mums Business Network. Sarah has taken on the role of County Coordinator for MERSEYSIDE! 

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I would like to welcome Anne-Marie Jones, of the Presentation Refinery.. ‘I became a single mum to two amazing boys when my husband tragically took his own life in 2018. To say that life since hasn’t been plain sailing would be an understatement’

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I would like to welcome Rebecca Ingram – Wear Your Crown, to the Single Mums Business Network. Not only has Rebecca joined as a member but she has also taken on the role of County Coordinator for WORCESTERSHIRE

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I would like to welcome Claudette Webb, the owner of The Design Webb, an Interiors and Soft Furnishings business based in SE London to the SMBN.

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Meet our County Coordinators! Business Networking for Single Mums

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Thanks to our speakers…

Our first conference was fantastic – thanks to the venue, our delegates and speakers…

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I would like to give a warm welcome to Kay Hamblin, Director of Eight Legal to ‘Friends of the SMBN‘ who will now benefit from year round exposure to her business, because she supports the Single Mums Business Network.

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I would like to give a warm welcome to Lucy Tarrant, Founding Partner and Managing Director of Cognitive Law, Cognitive Law was founded in September 2014, after a very brave decision to create a law firm where everyone could manage their own time in a way that suited their lives.

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I would like to give a warm welcome to Bridget, Bridget has created a fantastic platform, and a magazine, to help all Parents in Biz and I am delighted to welcome her as a friend of the SMBN

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SMBN now supports GINGERBREAD via WORK for GOOD!

It is no secret that I am a big fan of Gingerbread. They are, as far as I am aware, the only UK charity whose sole existence is to support single parents. When I became a Single Mum in 2012, I had NO idea, what to do or where to go, or what help I could get, if any. 

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Kirsty really impressed me with her knowledge and ethics when she recently gave a presentation at a Malvern WiRE meeting and I am delighted to welcome her as a friend of the SMBN

Kirsty is a highly qualified and experienced financial adviser. Whether you need savings, investment or pension advice, Kirsty can help.

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Award-Winning Best Selling Author and Virtual Assistant Catherine Gladwyn shares inspiration at the Single Mums Business Network Conference 2019

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Single Mums Business Network aka SMBN
AE = Affordable Exposure – When you are a self-employed Single Mum in the UK finding a PR budget can be really hard, and so the SMBN is here to provide that crucial affordable platform

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Do you want to shout out to your mum who was a single mum in the 60’s 70’s 80’s? (or any year!) Drop me an e-mail and photo to..

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Alison is a fantastic Networker and Trainer and I am delighted to welcome her as a friend of the SMBN – Read all about her and PERITIA …

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Marie is a Powerhouse and I am delighted to welcome her as a friend of the SMBN – Read all about her and EMPOWERMENT HOUSE …

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Lisa always looks great and she certainly knows how to help others look and feel great too –
Look Great, Feel Fabulous – Be The Real You

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Julie Hawkins is a NATIONAL FINALIST in the ‘Leadership’ Category of The Positive Awards

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Thank you to Rebecca Hardy at Edge21 for creating this PR VT for the SMBN
and thank you to Alison and Ed at Forest Hills Golf Club for providing a great location.

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A Virtual Assistant is your right arm, your confidant, your back bone, your spokes!

Michelle Molyneux of MJM Virtual Solutions is just that…

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 For pet owners looking for a truly special memory/gift, our stunning range of sterling silver jewellery showcasing your pet’s unique paw print is a must! With 10 years’ experience we are ideally positioned to advise you on the best gifts, keepsakes and jewellery designs,

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In 2018 Amy founded Business Choir, a networking phenomenon which combines the joy of singing with the benefits of relaxed networking.

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I believe businesses don’t know what they don’t know and I help them navigate and engage with all the often FREE support which is available, but is not easily located.’

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Welcome New Member – Julia Hallewell – Network Leader & Forever Living

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Single Mums Business Network
The SMBN (Single Mums Business Network) if for mums in the UK who are fighting for family and financial freedom

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Lidia has kindly taken the time to share her very personal story with us – I have to be honest, I couldn’t get through it without crying, and some of it was so familiar that it made me realise that the SMBN is about so much more than business

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Having been through a very difficult few years I found myself a single mum back in my home town and feeling like I had hit a plateau which I wanted to rise above. I sought the help of a life coach and made such amazing progress with my goals. I discovered that all my skills and passions would be put to fabulous use as a life coach myself.

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Lidia is a passionate proud single mother, a holistic personal trainer, inspirational blogger, transformational life coach, mindfulness and gratitude advocate and travel enthusiast born and bred in South Africa.  Lidia always dreamt of achieving great things in life however, circumstances like bereavement, poverty, abuse and trauma changed her life dramatically and she ended up taking a different journey than the one she wanted or chose.

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Cara is a multi award-winning entrepreneur who’s much more at home sharing the real life struggles of trying to run a business (and a life) than reeling off her accolades.

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Zoë has kindly shared an in-depth blog which you can read below, and she is actively organising events to help all Single Mums aka Independent Mothers –

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Are you a Single Mum in Business in the UK? The SMBN needs YOU

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Kent Networking for Single Mums
This Kent based networking group is designed to help (all) mums grow in confidence and be supported in following their dreams- while still being ‘Mum’!

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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.

Welcome new FRIEND of the SMBN – Bridget Daley, Parents in Biz

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.

Welcome new FRIEND of the SMBN – Kirsty Tyler, Wyefield Wealth Management

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.

Award-Winning Best Selling Author and Virtual Assistant Catherine Gladwyn shares inspiration at the Single Mums Business Network Conference 2019

Catherine started her Virtual Assistant business while still employed, with a daughter at college, no pension and no savings.

Catherine shares her journey in her award winning bestselling book, How to be a Virtual Assistant, which was written to help others break free from the
restraints of employment and enjoy their working life.

Women in Business – Single Mums – Affordable Exposure

Single Mums Business Network aka SMBN – AE = Affordable Exposure – When you are a self-employed Single Mum in the UK finding a PR budget can be really hard, and so the SMBN is here to provide that crucial affordable platform, where you can gain exposure and connect with like minded hard-working women who are doing all that they can to achieve financial independence and enjoy family life.

Meet the mum’s mum!

This is my mum! And she has done herself proud! Years ago they did not have the power of the social media or the internet to fight for financial independence and get their 5 mins of glory – so I’m doing that now, because I want my mum to be recognised. She too was a … Read More

Welcome new FRIEND – Alison Holmes – PERITIA

On the back of support from wonderful business people who are not single parents, wanting to join the network and attend the conference I have created ‘Friends of the SMBN’.  And I would like to give a warm welcome to Alison Holmes of PERITIA, who will now benefit from exposure to her business with every view of the Single Mums Business Network.

Welcome new FRIEND – Marie Hall – EMPOWERMENT HOUSE

On the back of support from wonderful business people who are not single parents, wanting to join the network and attend the conference I have created ‘Friends of the SMBN’.  And I would like to give a warm welcome to Marie Hall of Empowerment House, who will now benefit from exposure to her business with every view of the Single Mums Business Network.

Welcome New Member – Amy Box – Amy Box Voice

Amy is a passionate vocal coach and worship leader specialising in contemporary vocals. Her student-led coaching sessions work on the needs and desires of each student, exploring their voice and developing technique with a goal of finding a powerful voice which is easy to produce and brings joy to use.In 2018 Amy also founded Business … Read More

Passion, Purpose & Pride

How about that.. It’s always nice to have a p! The title of this blog really does some up my reason for founding the SMBN, it is with great conviction that I speak to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding us to do my bit to minimise difficulty for others.. For 20 years my … Read More

Welcome New Member – Heather Martin – Support for Businesses

I am passionate about helping businesses owners create robust and sustainable businesses. As a busy and “happily single” mother of 2 beautiful daughters I am lucky enough to balance the two. I believe businesses don’t know what they don’t know and I help them navigate and engage with all the often FREE support which is available, but is not easily located.

Single Mums Business Network

Single Mums in Business Network

The SMBN (Single Mums in Business Network) is for Women in Business in the UK, who understand the journey of being solely responsible for making ends meet each month. The SMBN is to help these women gain EXPOSURE, to enable then to succeed so that they are not forced to sacrifice the precious parenting years … Read More

Lidia Peto – Member Story

Lidia has kindly taken the time to share her very personal story with us – I have to be honest, I couldn’t get through it without crying, and some of it was so familiar that it made me realise that the SMBN is about so much more than business.  As women we have dealt with pain, loneliness, financial struggle and desperately wanting so much more for our children that we come together.  We come together in our quest to physically be there for them and to give them some financial stability.  It is true that when you experience such raw struggle you do not wish that on another woman, and when you have come through it you do all that you can to help those who walk a similar path. 

Welcome New Member – Catherine Gennard – The Sustainable Life Coach

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.

Catherine will now enjoy exposure to her 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. 

Welcome New Member – Lidia Peto – Holistic Personal Trainer

Lidia is a passionate proud single mother, a holistic personal trainer, inspirational blogger, transformational life coach, mindfulness and gratitude advocate and travel enthusiast born and bred in South Africa.  Lidia always dreamt of achieving great things in life however, circumstances like bereavement, poverty, abuse and trauma changed her life dramatically and she ended up taking a different journey than the one she wanted or chose.