Aire Valley Networking Group ‘Women@Work’ celebrate their Christmas Charity Event at Saltaire Canteen.
Over twenty business women from sixteen different businesses met for the final Women@Work networking event of 2017 last Thursday,
Saltaire Canteen – an initiative whose vision is to reduce food poverty in and around Shipley – provided the unique and unusual venue for the event. Saltaire Canteen intercepts food which would otherwise go to landfill and customers from all walks of life can enjoy food and drink on a “pay as you feel” basis.
AWB Charlesworth Solicitor’s Practice Manager Felicity Green and NatWest Bank’s Relationship Manager Liz Smith organise the quarterly events and guests were welcomed on Thursday night with mulled wine and the opportunity for informal networking. The group then enjoyed a three-course festive meal prepared entirely from intercepted food.
Guests heard from the Directors of Saltaire Canteen, Kerry and Duncan Milwain. Kerry, who also works at AWB Charlesworth Solicitors as a Commercial Property Solicitor explained the history of the canteen, the vision for the future and how she balances part time work as a solicitor with support for this project. The guest speaker for the evening, Jackie Mulligan, who has recently founded ShopAppy, shared her own story about the highs and lows of starting a new business venture.
Liz Smith of NatWest said “Saltaire Canteen made an excellent venue for our festive networking event, the food was amazing and it was such an inspirational talk from Kerry and Duncan Milwain who are Directors of the project. The presentation from Dr Jackie Mulligan, founder of ShopAppy in 2016 really hit home how important it is for us all to support our local High Street! The feedback from our guests was excellent and we are now already making plans for the 1st event of 2018.”
Felicity Green of AWB Charlesworth said “Women@Work was launched in 2012 to create a forum for professional women throughout the Aire Valley to meet together, share ideas and network. We meet at a different venue each quarter. Our event last Thursday enabled sixteen different businesses to come together, share career stories and the highs and lows of growing and sustaining business and projects. The venue of Saltaire Canteen was particularly special for Christmas and we are so pleased to have raised £250 for the project.”
If you would be interested in attending the next event and/or would like to receive more information about Women@Work please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find out more about Women@Work on line at twitter.com/wawairevalley.