Shrewsbury-based buying consortium Caradoc Medical Services is sponsoring networking events that support women in business across the region.
The Bizmums Shropshire Big Networking event took place at The Valley Hotel in Ironbridge on January 20, with businesswomen from across the county gathering together for an extending networking opportunity, to increase their networking skills and to listen to inspirational speaker Olivia Siegl.
Caradoc Medical Services sponsored the Shropshire event and will also sponsor the Bizmums Cheshire Big Networking event set to take place in Chester in February.
Established in May 2009, Caradoc Medical Services Ltd is the sister company of the not-for-profit, out of hours provider Shropshire Doctors Co-operative (ShropDoc).
Initially set up to negotiate better buying terms for ShropDoc, Caradoc has grown into a national buying consortium and now works with a range of businesses including osteopaths, dentists, therapists and care homes.
The company also provides an online shop for therapists where they can access supplies for treatment rooms, a HR helpline for businesses and training courses in health and safety and other areas.
Peter Masters, business manager at Caradoc, said: “We want to support the small businesses and sole traders in the region as many of our members are smaller businesses that work with our suppliers to find more cost-effective business supplies and free advice and assistance.
“We work closely with the Institute of Osteopathy and the General Council of Massage Therapy and the LCSP which is why the Caradoc Shop was launched.”
The Bizmums Big Networking events are taking place across the country over the next few months.
Bizmums founder Michelle Childs, of Ellesmere, said: “We are grateful to all of our sponsors who make these events possible and we are pleased to welcome Caradoc Medical Services to our Shropshire and Cheshire events.”
The speaker at the Shropshire event, Olivia Seigl, talked to guests about her hugely successful blog.
Following her battle with Postnatal Depression after the birth of her first child, Olivia Siegl set about creating a community and a blog that allowed other mums to talk openly and honestly about all areas of motherhood.
Her blog and community has captured the imagination and support of thousands of like minded mums who were all looking for a place they could talk about their own experiences of motherhood.
She also speaks regularly on Maternal Mental Health issues in the media and is an ambassador for the charity Mind.
The speaker at the Cheshire event will be Rhea Alton of J&PR Ltd who will talk to delegates about PR strategy for small businesses.
For more information about the Bizmums Big Networking events visit www.bizmums.biz. For more information on Caradoc Medical Services, or to access the Caradoc Shop, visit www.caradocmedicalservices.co.uk