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Lindsey & Karen

Lindsey & Karen

The (Her)story of WoW

One day, way back in 2004, Lindsey Brown was working for Salisbury City Centre Management (SCCM) and she got chatting, as you do, to the then Business Development Manager of the White Hart Hotel. That day the seed was planted for the idea of a networking group specifically aimed at supporting women in business. These ladies knew that breakfast meetings weren’t always practical for women juggling the school run so as they began to fine tune their ideas they proposed a once a month lunch meeting on a set day of the week and so Women on Wednesdays was born.

Since that time the group has grown and evolved to keep pace with the changing needs of the ever strengthening community of women involved in or running their own businesses in Salisbury and the surrounding areas. The Mercure White Hart Hotel has continued to be a staunch supporter of the group providing a great venue and a fantastic lunch at an unbeatable price. This has really made a difference in keeping the costs down and has enabled WoW to remain accessible, even to those women at the very start of their business careers.

Lindsey continued to run the group single-handedly, with the backing of SCCM, until her first maternity leave when Laura Trapnell, a then local lawyer who has since left the area, and Brigitte Potts, from local accountants Smith and Williamson, stepped in to run the group in her absence. During her second maternity leave Lindsey asked regular attender Karen Janes, who runs Natural Healing Energy in Salisbury and had become a key member of the group since 2009, to take over chairing. On Lindsey’s return in 2011 she and Karen became the team who run the group today with other members stepping in here and there to offer help in other ways. Now, ten years on from the group’s inception, with the disbanding of SCCM, WoW has finally taken the plunge and gone out on its own.

Over the years a huge amount of business has been passed on between the group members and guests but the real ethos of community support is what shines through. Members tell us that they stay with WoW year after year because they know they have access to what is essentially a personalised version of the yellow pages. In addition to the great business referrals many friendships have also grown from the group.

Food!

Food!