CLEVEDON has seen a new networking hub open aimed at allowing local mums in business to network.

The group, called Freelance Mum, meets once a month on a Thursday from the Salthouse Fields car park to 'netwalk', allowing them to get outdoors and connect with other women in business.

The group also welcomes children.

The hub is run by two local business leaders and mums, Adèle Williams of Super Funky Penguin Photography and Amy Stephens, from Anorak Cat Web Design both based in North Somerset.

The group also offers an active online community of support for women in business, with weekly online coffee mornings and member led sessions where all hub members across the country can come together, connect and give members a sense of community.

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Faye Dicker, the founder of Freelance Mum in 2013, said: “The fresh air and focus questions are an important part of Freelance Mum, it’s well recognised the importance of connecting with nature for our well-being and clarity.

"In a world where everything can feel fast paced, it’s even more important to take some time out and connect with fellow business owners who are on the same page.

"The focus questions keep conversation on track and help members get the most from the sessions.” 

Amy Stevens adds: “I'd been going to the Freelance Mum meet ups in Bristol for years, and when the opportunity arose to create a hub in my hometown it felt perfect.

"We have run our web design business from Clevedon for over 7 years. Now being able to connect with other local business owning mums easily and conveniently in North Somerset is brilliant. 

"Although my children are now both at school, I still find it refreshing and reassuring to be around other business owning mums who know the juggle.

"We're all experts at the business-family juggle here and I love getting tips, advice and often just comfort from the other members.”

Adèle continues: “I work with a lot of female-led small businesses in the North Somerset area, and most of the business owners are mums.  Having been involved with Freelance Mum for several years, I was keen to help extend the support and sense of community I had found there to my local area."