Get 90% off courses from the most respected online entrepreneurs (plus my interview with Man vs Debt!)

For the next 72 hours, you can grab e-courses by top online entrepreneurs for 90% less than their full price in the Only72 Sale.

This isn’t your usual internet marketing hype, either. All of these course are for sale at full price on their owners websites now.

I grabbed the first ever Only 72 pack a year ago and it really did make a huge difference to Business Plus Baby.

This time there are two different packs to choose from:

Everywoman Conference: Take a friend and get a discount!

This year’s National Everywoman Conference is on the 1st of November at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

(I’ve still got childcare issues so I’m missing out on conference season this year, otherwise I’d be there!)

If you’d like to get a ticket for yourself and a friend for £95 + VAT, book your place here by Sunday 23 October using the promotional code ‘LMD2’

The two tickets need to booked individually, so each delegate can book on to their chosen master classes.  Oh and please tell ’em you heard about this at Business Plus Baby!

At this year’s conference you’ll hear how:

  • you can inject authenticity, integrity and your own spirit into your business
  • a group of successful women play to their strengths to make their businesses stand out from the crowd

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • present with impact to win business
  • use social media to engage an audience in a way that feels right for you

Plus you’ll come away with:

  • fresh thinking
  • market insight
  • new contacts

 But hurry, book your place here by this Sunday 23 October using the special promotional code ‘LMD2’.


Conferences for Business Mums

Ready to get our of the house and meet some business mums face-to-face?

It’s hard to believe sitting here at the beginning of August, but it won’t be long until Autumn. And that means it’s conference season!

(Well, if you’re a mum in business, anyway!)

So here’s my list of the conferences coming up in 2011/12. If I’ve missed any, please drop me a comment and I’ll add them to the list. I’ll also post more details about each when they are closer.

Mumpreneur Conference – Sunday 25th September 2011, Heart of England Conference Centre, Meriden Road, Fillongley, CV7 8DX (near Coventry)

BusinessMums Summit – Monday October 10th 2011, Thistle Hotel, Brighton, East Sussex

Business Mums Unite Conference and Exhibition – Wednesday 19th October 2011,  Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham

Cambridge Business Mums Conference – Saturday 11th February 2012, Meadows Community Centre, Cambridge

In the last year I’ve been to the Mumpreneur Conference, the Cambridge Business Mums Conference and of course Cybermummy. It makes such a difference to get out and talk to like-minded mums and to put faces to the names you meet on Twitter and Facebook. So if you’re wondering whether to go, definitely give one (or more!) a try.

Mums making a difference: Erica and Kayte of We Are Bedford

Has your town lost some of its sparkle in the last few years?

The recession and the rise of online shopping has hit our towns and cities hard. With rents and bills going up and the disposable income of your average shopper going down, out towns are feeling the strain.

That’s certainly true for my home town, Bedford. I spent half of my childhood and most of my teenage years here, so I’ve got a soft spot for the old place. It may look like a fairly average town in south-east England, but there’s a lot of history here and it’s one of the most multicultural places in the UK.

It’s been a shock to see shops that I went in as a kid back in the eighties close down. It’s like watching an old friend fall on hard times.

Fortunately for Bedford, two local mums are determined to turn this town around.  Kayte Judge (here’s her guest post) and Erica Roffe (I still haven’t managed to catch up with her!) started We Are Bedford after a random meeting on Facebook. Their first event was the Castle Quay Weekender in March this year, where they held an arts festival in 7 empty shops. They followed this with the Big Lunch ( a giant picnic) and this weekend ( 23rd & 24th July) the first ever Bedford Busking Festival takes place.

The aim of the the Bedford Busking Festival is to launch Bedford as a busker friendly town, showcasing some of the  best local busking talent as part of the wider Bedfringe Festival. Over 2 days, in 8 locations across Bedford town centre, 22 different acts will be performing. As well as musical acts, performers will include the likes of lion dancers, walking tours and even vintage hair stylists!

We Are Bedford is now a community group of people (volunteers, crafters, poets, musicians, photographers and more) who want to breathe life back into the town. In their own words:

“We aim to become a community collective for people who want to make a change in the town and to open up space for dialogue between the community, commerce and the council.”

So if you’re in the area this weekend, take a look at the Bedford Busking Festival and keep watching because I’m sure there’s plenty more to come from We Are Bedford!

Twitter: @wearebedford Web:

Photo: Shaun Armstrong


My Cybermummy Takeaway

Yesterday I went to the Cybermummy 11 conference in central London. It was HUGE, over 400 mum bloggers plus big brand sponsors and speakers including Sarah Brown (wife of ex-prime minister Gordon), Lord Richard Allan from Facebook and columnist Rachel Johnson.

There were quite a few business mums there, including Sam and Helen from Mums The Boss, Emma from Mums Business Directory, Antonia, Carol and Erica from Become a Mumpreneur, Monica from My Funny Bunny, Amy of Amy Taylor Accountancy, Sally from the LIME magazine, Liz from Weston Communications and Natalie Lue, professional blogger and all-round web guru . (Sorry to anyone I missed!) It was great to meet up with you all, ladies! So although Cybermummy isn’t really aimed at business, it certainly attracted its fair share of  mumpreneurs.

So what did Cybermummy have to say from a business perspective? The big theme I saw running through the day was social media – in the workshops, from the speakers and in the delegates who were tweeting furiously from their smart phones! Continue reading “My Cybermummy Takeaway”

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