After working predominantly for multi-national businesses in the fashion and homeware sectors, Win Edmondson was taking a sabbatical in 2019 when her husband rang to say he had agreed to buy The Business Network South Manchester – and they could run it together.
“My organisational background helped me to recognise efficiencies and to offer a more cost-effective way for members to pay for their membership. Our first meeting in 2019 was attended by 32 members and a handful of visitors who immediately bought into the new approach – and the membership grew steadily.
“No one was prepared for a pandemic though, however, I took up a zoom account and weekly online meetings cemented the new community we had created. In 2022 we purchased the Chester group which results in one of the largest networking groups in the North of England and Wales. We now have over 160 members across the two groups ranging from sole director companies to one of the largest property companies in the North West.”