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Book our February Ladies Lunch

Come and join us for this networking lunch and meet local like-minded businesswomen. #Networking #WomeninBusiness #Romiley

Sounding Board Event

Book our January Sounding Board Event

Join Jenny Matthews, chair of Handbags & Briefcases for our every popular sounding board on 9 January 2020. This is a chance to share successes and challenges with your peers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Helping each other to grow your businesses and solve business problems you may have. All are welcome from pre-startup […]


Workshop – Caroline Daniel (Naturopath)

Ladies, be smart, take steps now to improve your happiness, and your health. Are you feeling the approach of Christmas? Is it going to be the last straw? Too much going on? Can’t cope with day to day life, never mind the social and financial demands of the “festive” season? Not sleeping? Can’t think straight? […]

Xmas Lunch

Book our December Christmas Networking Lunch

Feeling festive but you’re self-employed or a sole trader so there’s no Christmas party? Then come and join our networking group of like-minded businesswomen for a delicious 3-course festive meal and a spot of networking. That cracker won’t pull itself, book your places today. Free for Satchel Members only, £30 for non-members. Book Now

Sounding Board Event

Book our November Sounding Board Event

Join Jenny Matthews, chair of Handbags & Briefcases for our every popular sounding board on 19 November 2019. This is a chance to share successes and challenges with your peers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Helping each other to grow your businesses and solve business problems you may have. All are welcome from pre-startup […]

Workshop Dani White

Book our October Workshop Event

Why is it so hard to make the JUMP? Are you contemplating starting your own business but feel resistant, anxious, confused. Do you feel secure in your job, industry, life and wonder if it is worth the risk? Dani is a self-employed academic/transitions coach/workshop facilitator and consultant! She holds a Doctorate in career transition and […]

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New Committee Member

We are delighted to welcome a new addition to our committee Nicola Anderson who joined us in January. Nicola has over 25 years experience in the creative and print industries and has been running her own Graphic Design business October Creative for the past 5 years. We have been putting her plethora of knowledge to good use […]

Sounding Board Event

Book our September Sounding Board Event

Join Jenny Matthews, chair of Handbags & Briefcases for our every popular sounding board. This is a chance to share successes and challenges with your peers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Helping each other to grow your businesses and solve business problems you may have. All are welcome from pre-startup to established SME businesses. […]

Private Dining Event

Book our October Private Dining Event

Our 2nd October 2019 Event – is for our Satchel members – and is now open for booking here. It is being held at The Village Hotel in Bury from 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm. Come and join us for a delicious networking lunch and meet local like-minded Businesswomen. This lunch is in aid of the […]


Supporting a Member

It is great to hear what members get up to away from their day to day business. Sue Weighell, our treasurer, is supporting BreastFest 2019, being run be the charity Prevent Breast Cancer. Sue is raising funds through JustGiving and would love your support. Sue is NOT running, cycling or swimming but taking on the […]

Sounding Board Event

Book our July Sounding Board Event

Our 18 July 2019 event – The Sounding Board – is now open for booking. It is being held at The Metropolitan in Disbury from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm. Jenny Matthews will be hosting the event and we look forward to seeing you there.

Private Dining Event

New Year Lunch – Members Only

Satchel members are invited to a FREE 3 course lunch in a private dining room Where? Gusto Manchester 4 Lloyd Street, Manchester, M2 5AB (just off Deansgate) When? 12.30 pm on 16th January 2019 Why? To celebrate the start of a New Year (Handbags & Briefcases 11th year) and to find out what you want from […]

Save the date

Save 16th January 2019 for free restaurant lunch for members in a private dining room. Watch out for more details coming soon

Do you want to go to a FREE event?

We all love something free don’t we? Well for members, Handbags & Briefcases Sounding Board events are FREE. And membership is only £50 or £100. Or do you feel if you pay more the event must be better? We would love to hear your views about what you want from Handbags & Briefcases. This is […]

Sounding Board Event

What did you miss at The Sounding Board?

Our first event after the summer break was The Sounding Board. This was again a great event – 12 ladies – lots of enthusiasm! We managed this time to fit everyone into one group so we were able to find out about everyone instead of just a few Difficult as always to keep to time […]

Congratuations to Val Dickinson

I am sure you will join me in congratulating Val for winning an award for one of her businesses.- Savvy Guest Savvy Guest has won a Bronze Social Value award from the Chamber Business Awards Val keeps busy running her own consultancy, Defero (a boutique marketing agency) and also runs the Business Executive Club and Let’s […]

Round up of news

Sue Weighell has been nominated for an Enterprise Vision Award and we ask that you support her by voting at Events for the rest of the year Our next event is 26th September – Sounding Board at The Metropolitan (booking open) October – date to be advised November – 22nd November at Denton Golf Club […]

Recognition of a member

We are pleased to say that Sue Weighell, our treasurer, has been nominated for an Enterprise Vision Award in the Financial Services category. I am sure you will want to support Sue by voting for her – click here to vote. Voting is open now and closes on 8th September. The awards will be presented […]

Final call for May event

There are just a few places left on our 23 May event – Plan Your Business Success. If you want to join us please use the booking link. This is your chance to work on your business in an interactive session led by Sue Weighell. Sue is a Chartered Accountant with directorships and investments in […]

Let’s communicate

In the days of looming GDPR, we are all inundated with data. But we will have to send out an email shortly asking you to Opt In to emails from us to receive details of our events and business news. Please respond to this as it will help clean our database. Did you know we […]

Book events online

We are now taking bookings for all events up to May 2018 and full details are on the website with a link to booking site, Eventbrite. You can attend the ever popular Sounding Board with Jenny Matthews, where you can discuss your business triumphs and challenges with your peers – February and April. March sees […]

2018 Calendar of events

Our 2018 calendar events is now published. We are taking bookings for the first three events in February, March and April. We have put together a varied calendar of events so save the dates in your diary and don’t forget to book! Click on “Read More” to see the calendar link Calendar of Events 2018 to […]

What’s coming in 2018?

Happy New Year to you all! Your committee has been working behind the scenes to plan a program of events for 2018. The calendar will be sent out in January with dates of events for the whole year. This gives you the chance to plan your diary. There is no meeting in January but we […]

How can an accountant help your business

If you don’t have an accountant, then you may not know what an accountant can do. In the early stages you don’t need sophisticated services. Focus on these short term anxieties to start: Set up and compliance Your accountant can make sure that you have the correct legal structure set up for your business and […]

Goal Setting in 2017

The beginning of a year is always a time we think of our personal and business goals and targets. For each goal or target expected results will need to be identified, including measurement criteria. The focus here should be on results, not on a list of tasks or activities – what will success in this […]

May letter from the Chair

Thank you to all of you that managed to get to our AGM and Sounding Board event at the end of April; I hope you enjoyed the session and came away with lots of useful feedback from the groups you were in. As always at the AGM the committee stepped down and a new committee […]

Notice of Upcoming AGM on 28.4.15

31/3/2015 0 Comments It’s that time of year Ladies!Time to give you notice of our upcoming AGM on Tuesday 28th April 2015, at The Enterprise Centre in Wythenshawe, from 12-3pm.  Join us for a free lunch, vote for your committee members and get stuck into the nitty gritty of your business at The Sounding Board […]

March Update from The Chair

I really can’t believe that we have got to March so quickly, 2 months of the year gone in the blink of an eye and I have to be honest and say that the rest of the year will speed past just as quickly. Nothing we can do about it so let’s enjoy the journey […]

December Update from the Chair

I’m going to be short and sweet with my chairs letter this month ladies, mostly because the festive season is almost upon us and I appreciate that you are probably similar to me and feel that we are even more stretched than usual for time. How did it get to December? As I tap away […]

Last Networking Event of 2014

It was great to see so many members and visitors to our last network event of the year recently, at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Manchester Airport. Guests enjoyed canapés and drinks whilst browsing pampering products and samples from Clarins, and catching up with friends old and new. Join us at an event in 2015!

November update from the Chair

10/11/2014 0 Comments I can’t believe it has got to November so quickly – one minute we are planning for summer holidays and the next we are planning for Christmas – well I am!  Sorry if you don’t want to think about it yet but I come from a really big family who love Christmas so […]

October update from the H&B Chair

10/10/2014 0 Comments I like September – but I have to say I like October even more. Not really sure why that is – maybe it is because it is my birthday month or maybe it is because wherever you look the world seems to be a blaze of colour. The trees are providing us […]

Big Sounding Board 2014

30/9/2014 0 Comments What a great event we had recently at our BIG Sounding Board, held at the The Broomwood Community Centre.Speakers during the day were: Lily Newman of Morgan James Consulting Will Blanksby of Blank Canvas Learning Sue Wieghell of Delta Solutions Neil Clough of NWC Consultancy Each of the speakers gave an insight into […]

If your business was a car, what would it be?

14/7/2014 0 Comments Following on from the successful talk given in May, Helen Dibble of The Great Little Marketing Co returned last week and delivered a very interesting and powerful workshop to members of our network group. Helen’s workshop ‘Creating Effective Marketing Materials’ helped members understand the basics of marketing content.  Asking questions such as; […]

A warm welcome from your new chair!

Jenny Matthews was elected as the new Chair for Handbags and Briefcases at the recent |AGM.Here, she addresses members and supporters alike;As ever, we’ve a diverse programme of events lined up over the next few months and I really look forward to meeting you.  Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or suggestions about the […]

Taking Control of Your Finances

23/6/2014 0 Comments Member Susheila Cox of SKC Accounting gave attendees to our latest event a whistle-stop tour of the actions to take, to ensure we keep on top of our finances. We looked at what sort of information it is necessary to keep, how to structure it, how to produce a simple set of […]

Attendees 'DibbleDabble' With The Power of Print

30/5/2014 0 Comments A full house attended a session with Helen Dibble of The Great Little Marketing Co this month, to go over their printed material and learn how to make the most of what was written on it. Helen talked helped us find the right words for our business, website, article and campaign – […]

All Change! Handbags & Briefcases Committee needs YOU!

On 30th April 2014 the existing Handbags & Briefcases committee will stand down after a year of office.Over the past 12 months we have arranged 10 events, including the full day BIG Sounding Board in September, and have held quarterly meetings as a committee to ensure that we provide quality, informative and useful events […]

Sales – The Way Forward for Handbags & Briefcases members!

Local businessman Charlie McIntyre of CM Services UK Ltd joined us in February to talk… sales!Shifty.  Pushy.  Uncomfortable.  Just a few of the words used to describe the perception we have of a ‘typical salesperson’.But in reality we are ALL salespeople!  Whether it’s promoting our own business or endorsing another, what we say and how we […]

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