Vicki Stone wins WIN award 2011

Here’s our Vicki with a big cheesy grin at this years NE Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2011.

Vicki won ‘The Best Women’s Network’ category for Newcastle Business Mums, which she set up in November 2008.

Newcastle Business Mums is the first business network specifically set up to support and encourage business between mums/mams with their own businesses in the North East. There’s no annual membership fee, you pay as you go to regular evening networking events (without children),  which makes it ideal for ‘mums on the go’.

Following a successful career in advertising, Vicki set up her own marketing and digital design company (Vicki Stone Marketing), which she runs with her husband and business partner Richard Stone.

Back in 2008 Vicki tried some local business networks, but felt a bit ‘rusty’ and decided that she hated networking.

Vicki says ” I was creeping around to get dressed before the kids were up to be at a breakfast meeting for 7am for a Full English and she thought, this isn’t for me, so had an idea to set up a mums network.”

After organising and running the first Gosforth Baby show in 2008, Vicki talked to many of the exhibitors (most of which were business mums) and felt inspired by others to go ahead and set it up. Then Newcastle Business Mums was born.

“I’m really pleased to have come away with such a prestigious award and would like to thank my husband Richard Stone for all the support. We’ve always had a great ‘behind the scenes’ team with inspiring members like Dona Skaife from WBS Accountants, Debbie Donaldson from Pushy Mothers, Catherine Eve from Butterfly training and Sarah Parkin from Kids Deserve the best.”

We’re not part of a franchise. Vicki has created this network from scratch, with no outside funding which has meant lots of hard work and it’s certainly paid off.

Newcastle Business Mums is celebrating their 3 years in business with a networking event on Weds 30th November in Newcastle. For more information visit www.newcastlebusinessmums.co.uk to book your space