Professional Women's networks in London and the South East
A key element of the success of any fashion label is to spend time in the company of the people whom your label is designed and manufactured for.
In the case of AmirunKhanom that is professional women and in the short term predominantly those working in and around the South East of the UK (with a eye on those of you in Dublin too).
In all cases the person or team designing the pieces should be the ones spending that time and that works nicely for our founder Amirum Khanom as her background is as a successful IT professional.
There are a lot of networks that actively market their events and we have found a number of them using Meetup and Eventbrite. We also watch out on Twitter and Instagram.
From time to time there are pieces in the press too and this one from journalist Alix O’Neill in the Evening Standard was useful https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/how-womens-networking-is-transforming-in-london-a3639516.html
Different kinds of networks
Networks vary widely and if you are looking for one for yourself you need to be clear what you want out of it. Some are very social, some very professional and there are also ones whose founders have started them as a way to promote something like a book or consultancy.
Some encourage anyone to come along and join, others are more selective. In some cases the original group of women who turned up were from a similar sector (such as financial services, consultancy or law) and others are much broader in their reach.
Our experience to date
In summary City Women Network (CWN) is one of the longest established independent organisations for senior professional and business women in the UK.
It was founded in 1978, CWN was the first network for women in banking, accountancy and law in the Square Mile, and has extended its footprint now to include senior women representing a varied range of professions, sectors and backgrounds.
Blooming Founders (whose website is inactive) is more focused on female founders and a female-centric workspace.
If you have any recommendations of professional women’s networks which you have found work for you please let us know in the comments.