If there is one thing I have learned since becoming freelance it is that networking can be a lot of fun, and this is certainly the case when it comes to Work Wise Women. 

Work Wise Women is a group of business women within North East Lincolnshire and the surrounding area who come together to talk business and catch up over something to eat and drink. Last week, the group held their first Annual Summer Dinner at the lovely Abbys Bistro and Wine Bar in Grimsby. 

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The Annual Summer Dinner, organised by WWW founders Sarah Bratton and Lindsay Henson, celebrated another year of success over good food and drink, live music and business tales.

As the guests arrived, a jazz band of students from Franklin College, Sound Departure, played a selection of songs before a fellow talented student and mezzo soprano, Emily Stevenson, began to sing.

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Then came the food; a delicious three course meal created by the team at Abbys.

To start was a creamy garlic mushroom basket topped with a blue cheese crumb basket…

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… or grilled halloumi and vine tomatoes with a pesto and olive dip.

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For the mains, the choice was between a ricotta and vegetable strudel with a port wine sauce, or chicken breast stuffed with tomato and mozarella with a basil sauce.

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And the dessert, what a choice! A minted chocolate creme brulee topped with a layer of crisp caramel, or the classic strawberry pavlova.

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Crunchy, chewy meringue with lots of thick cream, topped with super sweet strawberries, perfect!

Next came the raffle. Throughout the night, donations had been collected to help the future careers of the student performers and to fundraise for a Parkinsons charity. In return, lucky attendees won a prize kindly supplied by some of the WWW members – and there were some fabulous prizes to be won. Beauty products, candles, a hamper, bouquets of flowers and beautiful plants for the garden, and for lucky me a luxury facial from the lovely Jayne Stevenson of Courtyard Beauty Salon in Cleethorpes! 

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Finally, came the night’s entertainment, tales of trouble with the taxman from Lindsay, an expert tax specialist.

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And trust me, we couldn’t believe some of the things we were hearing!

It was a brilliant night, and it as fantastic to see so many successful local business women from all sectors chatting and having a wonderful night, from beauty and therapy to finance and marketing, all self-employed, part of companies or social enterprises. This was the first Annual Summer Dinner for the group, and plans for next year’s event, with some exciting new ideas, is already underway.

Work Wise Women meet once a month for the Last Tuesday Tea Time Club and host other events throughout the year. For more details abut membership, visit the WWW website.