A dynamic new committee in charge of Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network (PBN) has announced an exciting programme of speakers and events planned for the rest of the year.

Jane Rennie of The Extraordinary Training Company has stayed on as President, with Tricia Fox, CEO of Perth based marketing agency Volpa stepping into the role of Vice President.

The full committee is made up from fellow local businesswomen and PBN members Georgina Coleman, Managing Director of Established Events; Claire McFarlane, owner of The Grampian Hotel; Caroline Mackintosh, Senior Solicitor at Macnabs; Donna Bednarek, Fundraising Manager at CLIC Sargent; Rebecca Ellwood, Solicitor at Macnabs and Olivia Robertson, Director of The Home Straight.

Jane Rennie, President of Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network commented:

“The committee has worked tirelessly over the last few years to reshape the network for modern businesswomen. We have a range of events on offer at different times of the day and different days of the week, and we’re balancing that with online networking activities too.

“We have an incredibly inspiring line of businesswomen to speak at our events this year which includes Kirsty Lunn, co-founder of multicoloured bra manufacturer, Molke; Karen Reid, CEO of Perth & Kinross Council and Catriona MacInnes, Editor of The Courier and Scotland’s only female newspaper editor.”

She added: “It’s a great opportunity for members and guests to meet some of the women running exciting businesses on our own doorstep and to network with fellow businesswomen locally.”

Information for the series of events is available on PBN’ s website www.perthshirebusinesswomen.co.uk.

The founder of the internationally celebrated Women of the World (WOW) Festival is kicking off WOW Perth 2018 by attending a breakfast networking event in the city hosted by Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network (PBN).

Jude Kelly CBE, a prolific advocate of women’s rights, also a theatre director and TED talker, is in Perth for a weekend of events from Friday September 28-30 for WOW Perth 2018 which is the 50th WOW Festival since its creation in 2010. The Festival, which has reached 53 countries worldwide, celebrates the achievements of women and looks at the obstacles which stop them achieving their potential.

Kelly’s first stop on her Festival journey is a networking breakfast with PBN where she will meet many inspirational businesswomen from the local area. A pro-active and growing networking group which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, PBN’s membership consists of an array of businesswomen from the Perthshire region, from CEOs to one-women bands.

During the breakfast, Kelly will deliver an informal talk about how women have the power to change the world. PBN chairman and founder of The Extraordinary Training Company, Jane Rennie, commented:

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Jude Kelly CBE to Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network. In Perthshire, we have many exceptional women in business and we are sure Jude will be inspired by our members as much as they will be by Jude’s fascinating story. WOW Perth 2018 looks set to be a fantastic event and we are delighted to support the Festival, hosting the event’s founder at our breakfast networking event.”

Attendance at the event is free for PBN members and £10 for non-members. To book online and for more information visit www.perthshirebusinesswomen.co.uk

Chairperson Jane Rennie welcomed members past and present to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network at Grayson’s Wine Café on Tuesday evening (December 5).
The busy event was attended by a number of past presidents, including Anne Bunting, Nicola Martin, Fiona McLellan, Simone Bett and Sara Wood and was a great opportunity for guests to mingle and network in a relaxed and friendly festive atmosphere.
Jane Rennie thanked members for their support during the year, and revealed that PBN is all set to launch a new website today (Friday).
Jane said: “It’s been another hugely successful year for PBN which has been marked by a number of high profile business events which have attracted some of Scotland’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders, including Chris van der Kuyl (4j Studios), Oli Norman (itison) and Helen Smout (Culture Perth & Kinross).
“As well as our monthly breakfast and evening networking sessions, we have had a great response to our ‘Striving For Excellence’ and ‘Big Business Breakfast’ meetings. Building on this success, we are developing an exciting programme of business and networking opportunities for 2018 which will feature top name speakers and the introduction of a new ‘learning lunch’ element where members can tap into relevant training topics over lunch.
“Full details of these events will be advertised on PBN’s new website which has been developed by PBN committee member Tricia Fox and her team at the Volpa PR and Marketing Agency.
“I’d like to encourage local businesswomen to join our friendly organisation. You will be made very welcome.”
More information about Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network at www.pbn.social