I’m Jules, Founder of the SMBN. Set to tackle flexible working, barriers to homes and finance, and to support women in business fighting for financial independence.
Thank you for your interest in supporting the Single Mums Business Network, aka SMBN. The SMBN was set-up as part of my Ltd company in 2019, and whilst I have been tempted to set-up as a Social Enterprise or CIC on many occasions, to enable me to apply for Grants and Charitable Funds, I have resisted, as the SMBN offers a welcome break for single mums who want to be self-sufficient and pay their way without feeling like they are asking for charity. My members are working very hard and they all contribute £10pcm or £2.50pw each towards the exposure and support that comes with being a member of the SMBN. They are empowered and have improved mental wellbeing by paying business fees for business growth.
I do however operate unofficially as not-for-profit. In the first 18 months the income from membership was around £2k and expenditure was around £13K, this is subsidised from business, finance and work income, eventually the SMBN will pay for itself, but if you would like to help me bridge that gap, you can either a) join as a member or friend, b) sponsor the awards, or c) donate below. It has been a real pleasure to invest in these ladies and help them gain exposure to their businesses whilst helping to raise awareness of the sharks who try to take advantage of them and the employers who block them out of salaries, pensions and security for the sake of some movement on 9-5. We have a lot of work to do, and your support will help us help ourselves, and our children in the interim. Every little helps! Thank you! Jules x