Welcome to the April Newsletter!

This month we meet Sheryl Wynne, who turned a traumatic personal experience into a business contributing to better experiences for others.

We hear from Jane Keogh again. She’s going back down the Zambezi in aid of charity, and this time she’s taking several other Network B2B members with her! And we have a VoIP special offer for small businesses from Jack Morley, a member of the Leeds group.

If you’d like to contribute something to next month’s Newsletter, please see the copy guidelines at the bottom of the page.

April Diary Dates

4th       Newcastle Lunch – Tomahawk 
11th    Chester-le-Street Lunch
               Le Raaj 
17th    Wakefield Visitor Day
               Ramada Wakefield
18th    Durham Lunch
               The Stables, Beamish Hall
25th    Gateshead Lunch
               Woodman’s Arms
30th    Tunbridge Wells Visitor Day
               Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells

Breakfast meetings and Visitor Days are from 7.15 to 9am; Lunch meetings are from 12.15 to 2pm unless otherwise stated.

Business Profile

There is something each one of us has in common with everyone else on the planet, even the people we’ve never met before. We have all been born! And to Sheryl Wynne, a member of the Wakefield B2B groups, how babies are born matters.

Sheryl regards her business, Simply Natal, as much more than a business. It is her therapy.


Having experienced a traumatic birth in 2014, Sheryl is now contributing towards improving birth experiences for others, through antenatal education and hypnobirthing, something she considers both a privilege and a duty.

As a small start-up business, Sheryl has been very grateful for the support of both the morning and lunchtime Wakefield B2B groups. She says the other members feel like colleagues and continue to boost her confidence, week by week, as well as providing useful information and sound advice. 

There is lots of useful information and insight on Sheryl’s Simply Natal blog.

Zambezi Adventure

You may remember that last year Jane Keogh led a group of people down the Zambezi river in canoes in aid of her charity, the Zambian Connection. The trip raised £25,210.67 and enabled fourteen children to attend secondary school.
This year Jane is taking another group, to include Chloe Wright and Steve Popple (York B2B group), Paul Wilson (formerly of the Harrogate B2B group) and Ollie Highland-Edmonds (Harrogate).
The charity is raising funds for the conservation unit in the Lower Zambezi, to educate communities about sustainability and anti-poaching. With 35,040 African elephants a year being killed by poachers – and only an estimated 410,000 left in the wild – African elephants  could be extinct in just 10 years without our help.

The Zambian Connection is holding a charity dinner at Rudding Park, Harrogate, on 18 May. Tickets are £60 each, including a contribution of £25 to the Tusk Trust. Please contact Jane directly if you’d like to attend.  Alternatively, visit the Virgin Money Giving page, to make a donation and find out more.

VoIP for Small Businesses

Jack Morley, who represents JDNetworks at the Leeds group, has a special offer for small business users wishing to use VoIP for their communications.
VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is cloud-hosted technology that converts your voice into a digital signal, allowing you to make a call directly from a desk phone, computer or mobile. Each of these devices becomes an extension of the system, giving the user increased flexibility and greater control.
JDNetworks’ Small Business Offer includes:

  • 6 users
  • 6 free IP handsets
  • Inclusive shared minutes
  • Auto attendant
  • Voicemail
  • Call recording
  • Smartphone app
  • Maintenance and support

The package is only £7.99 (ex VAT) per user, per month, for a 36-month contract (excluding internet connectivity).
 If you’d like to find out more, phone Jack on (0113) 205 8120, or have a look at the JDNetworks website.

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