Our New Look HQ


It's official and we are delighted to share this news! You spoke & our fabulous Mumpreneurs|MK Network Founder Bianca Chappell listened. 

The makeover of our new look HQ is well under way, to provide a fresh co-working space, digital hub and training/workshops programme called The Mumpreneurs|MK Academy designed specifically to support your Mumpreneur journey. 

Same space, new look with more ways on offer to up level your business and support you to truly 'Step Into Your Power' as a business woman in 2018.

Keep an eye out for further details of opening hours and how you can enroll onto our Mumpreneurs|MK Academy training programme, we can not wait to share the new space and all it has to offer at our HQ with you Mumpreneurs.


The Mumpreneurs|MK Network. Successfully supporting mums in enterprise since 2012.

The Mumprneurs|MK Center
35 The Concourse
The Brunell Business Centre
Bletchley
MK2 2ES

Its Party Time!


It was a great to kick off the festive season with the ladies of our Mumpreneurs|MK Members Club #TheMMC, at our 2nd annual Christmas party. It was a fantastic morning full of fun, laughter & delicious food! Everybody was in the Christmas spirit, it really was & always is a great way for us Mumpreneurs to get together & celebrate a great year of business women's friendship.

It is a delight to host this fab club that supports the woman behind the business every month. Our Mumpreneurs|MK Network friends at @BrownBrasserie did a fantastic job in hosting us, as they have done throughout 2017.

Our monthly member's club #TheMMC meets at our HQ The Mumpreneurs|MK Centre on the 1st Thursday of every month, 10am till 12 noon. For what is so much more than networking, & everything to do with support for your Mumpreneur journey & the woman behind the business. To watch a little slideshow of the day click here.

To learn more about how you can join our fab members club click here, if there is a seat for your sector available, we would love to have you join us.

Merry Christmas!🎄

Co-working space at our HQ!


We are loving the touch of Christmas light sparkle, our tree is adding down at HQ. Perfect for bringing that festive feel to all the Mumpreneurs who use our co-working space during the week, to work on their empires. 

The Mumpreneurs|MK Centre is an open door co-working space, open every Monday and Wednesday between 9.30 and 2pm. A popular weekly complimentary service we love to provide for mums in enterprise in MK. 

No need to book, just pop in to:
The Mumpreneurs MK Centre 
35 The Concourse
The Brunel Business Centre 
Bletchley 
MK2 2ES
☎️07490034364

Mumpreneurs|MK successfully supporting Mums in business since 2012.

Meet the new Mumpreneurs|MK Angels!

Our team is growing yaaay!

For every event training session, workshop and conference we host as a network, it would be impossible to deliver the robust work we do, without the help and support of our volunteers, or as we like to refer to them our 'Mumpreneurs|MK Angels!'. Complimented beautifully by the dedicated and passionate lead, our Founder Bianca Chappell provides The Mumprneurs|MK network with. 

We are bursting with joy to announce that we now have two newbies joining our Mumprneurs|MK team, taking a lead on hosting events and administrative support throughout the network. 

As a networking development agency and leadership infrastructure organisation, supporting Mumpreneurs within Milton Keynes and the Three Counties. We pride ourselves with the connections that we make with the commercial business sector and women in business holding positions of power. This is not only to support our network but to deliver work to support our community members too! 

So to have these two fabulous women join the Mumprneurs|MK team, bringing a wealth of experience and high standards for the business sector with them is an absolute joy. 

We have always said, "when women come together great things happen!" and we have now proved this to be true.

Our Mumprneurs|MK Angels rock!

               

Mumpreneurs|MK & The Mayor of Milton Keynes!

                    

After the success of our first inspiration and empowerment conference #MumpreneursMKLive! We are thrilled to have received a letter from our events guest of honour The Mayor of Milton Keynes.



Supporting Mums in enterprise is at the core of what we do here at The Mumpreneurs|MK Network, we are a networking development agency that is proud to have been successfully supporting Mumpreneurs in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas since 2012.


From our events, workshops at The Mumpreneurs|MK Center to our annual conference #MumprneursMK Live! and Members Club #TheMMC, we aim to connect and support our Mumpreneur tribe, and are delighted to establish new influential connections this week, supporting us to deliver this work even further.

Meet our new network friends!

We are absolutely delighted to have Morrisons as an official supporter of The Mumpreneurs|MK Network, and an official commercial sponsor for our #MumprneursMKLive! 2017 event. As a not for profit organisation leadership infrastructure organisation, it would be impossible for us to deliver the work we do for the Mumpreneurs community, without the support and in-kind donations from robust businesses. It is an honour to have Morrisons join our list of Mumpreneurs|MK Network sponsors, we are thrilled to have you on board as friends and supporters of The Mumpreneurs|MK Network.

Mumpreneurs|MK LIVE! 2017



It is an absolute delight to be able to host our very first Mumpreneurs|MK LIVE! conference, connecting you with leading industry experts within the sectors of:
  • Marketing
  • Social Media for business
  • Personal Branding
  • Self-Care for the female entrepreneur
to name a few, who are all not only successful national & international business owners, but Mumpreneurs too!

The Mumpreneurs|MK LIVE! conference is going to be a platform where you will not only hear from successful and inspirational women in business but also learn top tips from industry experts on topics that will support your entrepreneurial journey, whilst meeting and networking with fellow mums in enterprise.  

We are thrilled to be able to host this high vibe and valuable event to support, empower and connect the MK and beyond Mumpreneur sector. So much so we have released a limited amount of Mumpreneurs|MK Live! early bird tickets, where not only are we releasing at a discounted price, but also gifting all early bird ticket holders with a Mumpreneurs|MK Live! goody bag. 

Who is this conference for?

The Mumpreneurs|MK Live! conference is perfect for mums in enterprise who are within the first 2 years of business and are ready to up-level their empire with a more focused strategic approach. The Mumpreneurs|MK Live! conference is equally perfect for Mumpreneurs who have a particular interest making new connections with other mums in enterprise.

What to expect

We have purposely designed the Mumpreneurs|MK Live! conference to fit perfectly in between the school run, providing all attendees with the opportunity to be able to commit fully to a great day of learning and networking in #MumpreneurLand, the itinerary of the day is as follows:
  • Registration 
  • Welcome 
  • Guest Speakers
  • Lunch 
  • Panel Q&A
  • The Networking Hub

The Mumpreneurs|MK Live! conference is hosted by Mumpreneurs with Mumpreneurs in mind, so we understand that the constraints of getting the Mum V Mumpreneur balance right! We also understand how important it is for mums in enterprise to have protected time to invest in their empires without interruptions from our little people, with this in mind the Mumpreneurs|MK Live! conference is a child-free zone.

The team behind the Mumpreneurs|MK Network are so committed to delivering a conference that is full of high value to support your entrepreneurial journey, and we are so excited to meet all those who are able to find time to invest in their empires, by investing time in themselves to attend this fab conference.

We are really looking forward meeting you all at what will be a great day out in #MumpreneurLand

#BeBoldForChange!




The team down at Mumpreneurs|MK love a field trip! So we were delighted to support our Founder Bianca Chappell when she was asked to be guest speaker and expert panelist. At the #BeBoldForChange event at the MK hatchery for the Entrepreneurial-Spark business accelerator
programme, powered by Natwest Business in celebration of International Womens Day 2017. 

It was such a great day! We were in a room surrounded by women in enterprise, some starting out and some well seasoned but all ready to share and connect with each other on a level that brought equality and empowerment. 

Of course we sat at the back of the room beaming with pride as we witnessed the captivating, inspiring and empowering talk that our organisations Founder Biacna Chappell gave. Whenever she steps on stage, the audience are in for a real treat as Bianca just has the natural ability to tell her story of how she created The Mumpreneurs|MK Network, and her coaching practise for Mums and Mumprneurs M|MK Coaching, with such passion and honesty. 

We networked, made new connections, enjoyed a great spread with lovely wine and ended the day with a great collection of new women joining our fab network as official Mumpreneurs|MK Members

It is far to say we had an extraordinary day out and about with our networks Founder, celebrating the secret superheroes of the world.... the is women!

BBC Radio stations & Mumprneurs|MK


There is some really really exciting 'things' going on behind the scenes of Mumprneurs|MK, & it seems our Founder Bianca Chappell is quite at home rubbing shoulders with our friends down at the BBC, who love to showcase the great work of our fab organisation. 

Over the last few week we have been invited to talk about the Mumpreneurs|MK organisation on some great media platform within the local area, including BBC Three Counties Radio station, resulting in collaborations & projects that will serve our community members in ways we could have only imagined.

We will be announcing & launching new projects as a result of our bumper start to the year with the media over the next few months, so do keep an eye out for how we intend to further support your entrepreneurial journey.  

Hot-Desking @ The Mumpreneurs|MK Center


There is nothing we love more, than responding to the needs of our Mumpreeurs|MK community memebers, so again you spoke & we listned! 

We are delighted to announce that we now have three hot desks down at our headquarters, for Mumpreneurs to use as & when they require a workspace or simply a change of scenery.

Many Mumpreneurs work from home, so we are delighted to be able to provide a fresh, trendy & welcoming workspace, as one of the many many ways we like to support our mums in enterprise.

The hot-desks will need to be pre-booked & are subject to availability between business hours Monday to Friday, for the price of £5 per hour, inclusive of unlimited hot drinks & free WiFi. 

We know that amazing right! haha... 

To book simply call 07490034364

Mumpreneurs|MK & The BBC!



With Mums in enterprise making a positive impact on the UKs economy, it was an absolute delight to have our organisation featured on the BBC. It was lights camera action down at our headquarters, when the film crew visited our fab networking suit to film our Founder Bianca Chappell, who was recognised as one of Buckinghamshires successful Mumprneurs! 


Our Founder, conducted a feture interview outlining the 'why' behind The Mumpreneurs|MK Network and how she further supports mums an mums in business, in her private coaching practise M|MK Coaching

We have been amazed at the collaborative projects that have come out of this exposure of our fab organisation, and can not wait to start working on projects with business leaders to further support mums in enterprise under The Mumprneurs|MK Network umbrella.

We have so much in store for our community members, and are honoured to be a research agency supporting economic growth for female entrepreneurs in the UK. 

What a great start to the year for our fab community! Click here to watch the feature in full.

Its been 388 days since...

I'm so happy to finally have the Mumpreneurs|MK logo along & our sister organisation The Real Mums Pulpit on the door down at The Mumpreneurs|MK Center. 

It's been 388 days since Mumpreneurs|MK moved into our own home & we have created a fresh, stylish, welcoming & professional networking space for our mumpreneurs. Orgnanically growing since we started in 2012, on the funding & sponsorship of commercial companies within our local town, & now thanks to the support of local company CMI Architecture, we now have our name on the door.

Running a home, family, business (M|MK Coaching), The Mumpreneurs|MK Network & our sister organisation The Real Mums Pulpit is hard hard work, but! So, so rewarding & my passion of love, so when little things like this happen, it means the world.

So my lovely, from one mumpreneur to another, I encourage you to keep going with the development of your empire, even on the bad, things are not making sense, this is not working, I need to go back into employment days haha.. (we all have them from time to time my lovely, its perfectly normal) But just keep going & dont give up, because you are probably on the brink of your business breakthrough. Don't forget to celebrate your small victories lovelies, you have probably got more to celebrate then you realise!

Bianca Chappell
Founder of  The Mumprneurs|MK Network

How the holidays are the perfect period to tidy up paperwork

The Christmas festivities have died down, the wine is all by a memory, and the beloved Christmas music has been taken out of the CD player for another year. The busyness of Christmas Day is starting to recede from your memory, and before you know it, thoughts have returned to work.

But before you knuckle down to answer emails, or plan for the year ahead, there is one area of your business that really needs your attention, and this is the perfect time to do it. Paperwork!

For many it becomes the bane of their lives. Papers shoved in folders, piled in countless trays or left haphazard around the room and desk are not only untidy and disorganised, but can actually cost your business time and money! We all know how busy our working lives are, and sometimes it just doesn’t feel like there is time for sorting out paperwork, as our time is always being nabbed by the newest client, the loudest client, the urgent emails, and the ‘must do’s’ on our to-do lists.

Follow this easy step guide to sorting out your paperwork, and you’ll be set to go from the first week of January; free to keep building up your business:

Decide on a system that works for you. There is little point in touching a single piece of paper if you don’t know where it is going to be filed. Label them consistently and clearly if using the paper route.

Put all paperwork together in 1 pile. Trying to sort your papers into piles for filing are made harder if there are already piles all over the desk. This way, you can take the 1st piece and work through the pile one at a time.

Establish a tray system. The most basic system could be 3 trays – In tray, In Process, Out Tray (my fiancée’s aka bookkeeper’s favourite way!). The system starts with new things coming in, a new job, a bill, something from your to-do list, which then goes in the In Tray. The In Process tray is for any paperwork that you are using for any current projects or jobs. And the last tray is for jobs or tasks completed, that still need filing. You can add any other trays you feel are necessary to ensure a smooth flow of work, keeping that paperwork as tidy for as long as possible.

Tidy up your office space. Take a good look at your desk. What things do you regularly use, and which things do you hardly touch? Find somewhere else for those things you barely use. Tuck cables away. This might even mean putting away office equipment you don’t use very much, or finding a new home for it in your office. Things like printers, fax machines all take up space on your desk, leaving you less room to actually work. Invest in as many wireless devices as you can such as keyboards, a mouse to help to keep cables to a minimum.

Once you have everything tidied up and organised, you can set aside a period of time, weekly, to deal with all paperwork, meaning this time next year, you don’t need so much time to get organised!

Now that your office is tidy, and your paperwork is filed away neatly, there is no chance that accidental spillage of tea will ruin any precious pieces of paper!

Tidy desk, tidy mind!

Article written by: Emma Williamson
Owner of: Make a Cup of Tea Website: www.makeacupoftea.co.uk

Round up of the year

We’ve all seen those ‘Your year’ posts on social media. You know, the ones that pull in your favourite posts, the photo that got the most likes, the tagged photos that everyone got a laugh at throughout the year. 

They are designed to give you a chance to look back on the year you’ve had, the ups, the downs, the happy moments, the not so happy moments.

This type of collection can also work for your business, for giving you a chance to see what’s happened in the world of your business, but can also give current AND potential clients an idea of what your journey has been like in the last 12 months.

The types of things you can pull together are popular blogs you’ve written, videos of your business, achievements or accolades, positive feedback from satisfied clients or customers and lots of photos.

These can be of creations, or items that you sell, or even a screenshot of your newly renovated website! Anything that shows the progression of your business over the past year.

Collate and share to your heart’s content!

If nothing else, it will bring a smile to your face, as you reminisce on your successes, however small they may be, into something you can look back at in years to come!

Article written by: Emma Williamson
Owner of: Make a Cup of Tea Website: www.makeacupoftea.co.uk

'The Mumpreneurs|MK Mingle' our monthly co-working event



We are delighted to open our doors, on the last Friday of every month. To provide a, calm & quiet space, for female business owners, to come down to our headquarters, & simply work on their businesses, whilst making new professional connections.

No structure, no introductions, no agendas, just simply protected time to get your head down & spend time on your empire, with none of lifes interruptions or distractions. Surrounded by fellow business woman, for you to build your co-working network with. 

No booking required, simply bring along your laptops, journals & 'To-Do Lists', & we will have the kettle on & a fresh, friendly & professional space for you to work from, beofre head ing back into the hustle & bustle of the school run.

This is our monthly event, provided with full compliments of Mumpreneurs|MK, for all female business owners, who wish to accept our invitation to use the center for concentrated working, & making connections with like minded women in busness.

Oh & did we mention, the drinks are on us! For full details on the venue & time of this fab co-working event, please click here

We look forward to seeing you lovelies! 

Join Our Leadership Programme



We are thrilled to announce that we are on the hunt for 'Club Presidents' to lead & host monthly business mastermind meetings, events & workshops in their local areas, for female entrepreneurs. 


Experience is not necessary as full training & year round support will be given, knowledge of & connection to the female entrepreneurial landscape within their local area is desirable but not essential.

All candidates must have a vibrant personality, professional persona & excellent organisational skills. 

If this sounds like a opportunity you would like to explore further, we would love to hear from you. Let's have a chit chat & explore this oppertunity further.

To show intrest, simply send us a message via the 'Contact Portal' to the right of this page, with a brief outline of why this oppertunity excites you, & we will be in touch!

JOIN OUR BOSS LADY GIRL GANG GROUP ON FACEBOOK!


Lots of work has been going on behind scenes, during the last week here at Mumpreneurs|MK. All with the aim of making our fab community even better, to support your entrepreneurial journey.

Our Facebook Group is here for you my lovelies! All the content I post is to motivate, inspire & develop your Mumpreneur journey. But you just can't beat good old chit chat, advice & tip sharing between women, who all have a common bond can yah haha... And as were all on a journey of entrepreneurial success, I'm sure we could talk the hind legs off a donkey between us lol...

So here is my personal invitation to each & everyone of you, to feel free to participate in our Facebook Group with any Qs, tips, advice, Biz rants, live videos, Boss Lady successes, discussion topics, messages of motivation, workspace selfies, e.t.c you catch my drift haha....

#Goals - Use our group to post about your goals for the day/week/month. We would love to support you!

#Qs - If there is anything you'd like to ask this group? Biz problem, Biz rant about, advice, JUST DO IT! We're here to help yah huni.

#Tips - Have you discovered a new resource, system, tool or perhaps new process that has worked & helped you in your business significantly? Share the love with us lovely! There is someone on this Mumpreneurs|MK Girl Gang, that needs your knowledge.

#Inspiration -We can ALL inspire eachother, so please share anything that inspires or motivates you. I promise it will help another #BossLady in the group. Be the person to put a smile on her face.

#Achievments- We want to celebrate with you! So go ahead & share your business wins & achievements. If there is something you are proud you've accomplished, be it big or small. Let's celebrate with you. 

#Selfies - Us M|MK lades, luuurv a good selfie! Especially a workspace, & stationary selfie. So go ahead & share your #MumpreneurLand moments with us. 

As Founder of The Mumpreneurs|MK Network, & manager of our high engagmnet Facebook Group I will approve almost ALL posts, in line with the above, because this group & community is here to support women entripeneurs just like you. Let's come together & make this lonely experience of building an empire, less isolating, more supportive & above all fun.

Oh & remember, our closed group is for our eyes only, if your names not down, you ain't coming in! (& trust me I vet everyone before I decide to press the approve button). So don't worry about being vulnerable at times, or asking what you think are silly Qs. I promise there will be a 100 others probably thinking the same thing at some point or another.

See you over ther lovelies!

Bianca Chappell 
Founder of The Mumprneurs|MK Network

p.s: Incase you missded the link to the to join our fab Facebook Group... Click here!

"WHAT DO YOU SEE?"

I hosted a webinar last night, with a intimate group of my M|MK Coaching Business Clarity Bootcamp clients ( Where I used this image as part of an exercise to, get them thinking like a business woman.

I simply asked "what do you see?" Some said, it compromised the quality & reputation of the brand. Others said, it encourages customers to make the expensive purchase, of a genuine Louis Vuitton bag. As an expression & celebration of being able to to do so.

Nobody said, it was just a bag that made them laugh. Great! Correct answer.

Because as women in business, when we decide to step up our game, & really work at making our empires legendary & sustainable businesses.

We must look at things differently! We must look at business from angles that many don't, because that is what the successful big players in business do. We must always think about the consequences, both positive & negative of our actions, when making decisions & taking business risks.

So I ask you my lovelies, are you really truly thinking like a business woman? Are really truly making decisions & taking business risks, after exploring the consequences rather than before? Are you thinking about your business from all angles? Do you really have a business woman mindset?

This is food for thought my lovely I know, it's mindset work that is required on a regular basis to develop your business. A task well worth making time for on your entrepreneurial journey. 

Bianca Chappell Ba-Hons
Owner of M|MK Coaching Practice

Minsdet Mastery

                        

Are you ready to step outside your comfort zone, & stop being in the 98%?

Most will say yes, but their actions tell a diffrent story. Beause simply put they are scared of being vulnerable, taking the risk, & taking action, to design the life they really want to live! Why because it means going against a lot of their unconscious rules, it means stepping out, it means embracing the unknown & going for your dreams.

The truth is, when you strip it all back & keep things simple. Making your dreams achievable is easier than you think (especially with a good Coach by your side *wink wink haha).

Identifying your life vision, & being bold enough to execute it leads to. Confidence, excitement, abundance, & a happier more fulfilled you who is living life as the 2%

So my lovelies, be bold, be brave & go for your dreams! 

#MMKCoachingEmpowersOthers

Bianca Chappell Ba-Hons T.L.S
Owner of M|MK Coaching Practice

4 Tips To Improve Your Social Media Managment For Business

As female business owners, many of us have online personas for our empires. Be it to sell products, promote our services, lead our tribe, be visible or to communicate with your audiance. Social media to business, is like water to a person lost in the desert! When used correctly at peak times, it really is a platform that can catapult your professional persona & business, to new dimesions. 

So as a business woman, now you have established that social media is a platform well worth using, the next step is to get your head around the task of managing it! Yes my lovley I know, at times managing your social media accounts (especially if you have multiple platforms to show up in) can feel like you are giving birth whilst doing the school run... all at the same time! #Stressful! Its overwhelming & just as you get it, an update happens... & your back to square one! The journey of understanding starts again. Yup I know, your not alone my lovely its an ongoing battle. Haha...
 As a Mumpreneur myself, who has a high volume socail media presence, on multiple platforms. I made it my duty to research ways to take the stress out of my socail media managment, & explore the many reports out there. That tell us the best times to post to get maximum impact out of our engagment efforts. I focused on the three most popular platforms for business, as identified from my research project with my M|MK Coaching clients. These were Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn.

So here goes lovelies, grab your snazzy pens & note books, were going in!



When is the best time to post on Facebook?
In the afternoon between 1pm & 4pm as this is when the platform identified, the highest volume of clickflow. This does not mean you should not post at any other time, this simply means. If you want to get maximum effective engagment from your posts, then this would be a great time to publish them. Especially the ones that have a call to action! Reports show there is a mahousive peak around 3pm during the week, & before 8am, then again after 8pm at the weekends. I guess when we look at the times & think about daily routines, they make sense dont they.

When is the most effective time to Tweet?
During lunch time hours! Im keeping the answer to this one short sweet. Apparently nowerdays, folk like looking at life from a birds eye view. I have to say hanging out in birds nest is not my thing haha... But I totally respect the platfrom. Twitter is amazing for business all thoroughout the day. But if you hangout there during the lunch time hour, your nest is going to be the place to be! Oh & research also shows, if you add in a picture it is 48% more likely to be retweeted. Ok Tweeties thats enough flying around, lets get back to solid ground haha.

When is the worst time to post on LinkedIn?
On a Friday after 5pm...simple! Lets not forget, LinkedIn is a soacil platform for profesionals. This means it is going to be used mostly during business hours. As Mumpreneurs & femal business owners, we (as much as we want to pull our hair out at times) love what we do, so we dont by rule of thumb, leave the office at 5pm, however. Employees do! So the last thing they want to be doing, is checking on LinkedIn. In saying that reseacrh shows that 5pm during the week, is the most effective time for LinkedIn users to connect & engage. Thats worth highlighting if you are a LinkedIn fan.

So there we have it lovlelies, I hope you have found that useful. Managing your social media for buisiness, can be a very overwhelming thought, but being a big advocate of the platform, Its one that I will always endorse for my business & promote with my M|MK Coaching clients. Socail media is no longer just about displaying ones socail life, it is a platfrom for business to showcase, connect, network & communicate too. Groups, shops, pages, personal accounts, secret groups, Twitter nests, LinkedIn profiles, are all there for you to connect from diffrent areas of your indusrty. Providing you with a better oppertnity to make an impact. 

Own it girl, you have so got this!

Bianca Chappell BA- T.L.S
Founder of The Mumpreneurs|MK Network
Owner of M|MK Coaching Practise www.mmkcoaching.co.uk