Jackie Groundsell

I am delighted to confirm that Jackie Groundsell is coming from the UK to lead a practical session. She is a professional who I have got to know this year and who has impressed/inspired me at every step. Jackie Groundsell is MD of the highly successful women’s networking business, 1230 The Women’s Company Ltd.

Launched in August 2002, 1230 TWC is the leading business women’s network providing on and off-line trading and business growth opportunities across the UK and overseas at local level. This dynamic business helps women make the connections and find the support that they need in their business lives; to meet locally in the Business High Street, share experiences and work together to grow their businesses through regular vibrant, buzzy meetings.

Whilst the main focus of the meetings is networking, 1230 TWC also provides training and learning through workshops and guest speakers, an annual conference and charity supporting events.

Her Story

In early 2001 a very reluctant Jackie was dragged to her first meeting of women in IT. At that point not a great one for “all women events”, and although it would seem an exaggeration for just one meeting, very quickly during that meeting Jackie fully appreciated the value and potential of women’s networking. “It was a real eye-opener! In women-only environments women network far more naturally – sharing and supporting. Something I’d not experienced in other business gatherings.”

Sharing an office in the City, her own network of all-female support grew quickly and organically; an ever-increasing number of women who worked in the City, getting together for lunch once a month to chat and support each other in business. The then Bromley Chamber of Commerce asked for her help and so 1230 TWC Bromley was launched – creating business growth with buzz not just for herself now, but also for other business women. So hugely successful was this second group that soon women were asking if they could run 1230 TWC meetings in their own areas. An interview and training programme was developed to grow a team of 1230 TWC Hosts. 1230 The Women’s Company was truly launched!

For more details visit the 1230 website where you will find full contact details.

“Your input yesterday was invaluable! I look forward to working with you again soon”
Hayley Stone, Senior Business Manager, NatWest Business Centre

“Simply wanted to extend my thanks to you for supporting the event organised by Harriet Walker, Business Manager – West Malling last week” Gary Johnson, Director, Business Banking NatWest, Canterbury

“I would be very much interested in having you deliver your group networking activity again as this received some excellent feedback from the delegates” Kalee-Jane Wilsher, Marketing & BRM Support, Business Link in London