WiRE Team


WiRE is a national business support network; promoting, supporting and developing its membership of rural businesswomen.

WiRE offers a package of practical business support which includes access to WiRE networks across the UK where women in business share expertise and knowledge, build new skills, help boost confidence and support each other to build better businesses.

The WiRE membership is diverse and varied, including businesses that are just starting and others growing and employing people.

WiRE businesses offer a multitude of products and services and they operate from the remotest rural locations and the busiest market towns.

WiRE membership is £5 per month and we welcome all women in business regardless of business type, maturity or location.

Since its inception in 1998 at Harper Adams University, WiRE has grown from an academic research project based in Shropshire to a national membership organisation, widely recognised as a dynamic and positive force within the economy of rural areas and as the voice of rural women’s enterprise in the UK. WiRE has members in every part of Britain and aspires to provide business support and networking opportunities to rural women in every region of England. We have delivered regional development contracts for rural enterprise support and training to rural women; we carry out research and advocacy, and contribute to the teaching and learning of Harper Adams University.

Networking continues to be the most important business benefit to women running rural businesses[1] and we firmly believe that networks are by far the best vehicle for enabling business improvement. Networking is especially appropriate for female led, rurally based, businesses in enabling business improvement, collaborations and innovations.

Knowledgebase Articles

Title Date
How to generate blog post ideas 14th May 2018
How to value yourself when selling 8th May 2018
Visions, Missions, USP’s, KSP’s and VP’s – not just empty catch phrases 31st January 2018
How Small Businesses can work with Facebook in 2018 17th January 2018
Beware Customer Churn at your peril 17th January 2018
I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A cunning social media plan for the festive season 29th November 2017
Referrals – why you should ask for them and how to do that 16th October 2017
How to rank well on Google in 2017 11th September 2017
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR): Guidelines by Winning Moves 17th July 2017
Glamping, Design & Accessories – how to stand out, by Kate Morel 3rd July 2017
Five Reasons to apply for business or industry awards 12th June 2017
Five reasons why PR can help your small business 22nd May 2017
Held to Ranson 22nd May 2017
Starting a business – reflections from Julie Dodsworth 18th January 2017
What do you need to do differently for your business to grow? 3rd January 2017
Master Affiliate Marketing in 6 Steps 2nd January 2017
Now’s the time to blow your own trumpet! 28th November 2016
Be Prepared for the New Insurance Act 19th September 2016
Non VAT or VAT registered that is the question 19th September 2016
The confidence gap: step outside your comfort zone 5th September 2016
Why you should join WiRE by Burton WiRE 10th August 2016
Guide to Cyber Security for small businesses and consumers 25th July 2016
Your LinkedIn profile pic – friend or foe? 19th July 2016
Business (Beach) Reading recommended by Ruby Star 13th July 2016
The summer work-life balance 5th July 2016
7 Reasons why I love working for myself 5th July 2016
Why did you give a stranger access to your computer? 28th June 2016
How To Succeed In Pinterest For Business – By Head of Pinterest UK (Via The Ink Gardener) 25th May 2016
Show The World You have Confidence In Your Business 25th May 2016
How to start a business if you love the great outdoors 2nd May 2016
WiRE Facebook – all you need to know 25th April 2016
BiS Self Employment Review by Julie Deane (Cambridge Satchel Company) 7th March 2016
HMRC Tax Guide for the self employed 7th March 2016
BiS Government Guide to Small Business Support 23rd February 2016
Starting a… Business in Knitting 13th January 2016
7 Tips for Artisan Producers to Out-Shine bigger brands 4th January 2016
Super Tip – All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten 2nd January 2016
Goal Setting Tips for the New Year 2nd January 2016
Tips to becoming a successful rural entrepreneur 2nd January 2016
5 Yoga and Mindfulness Tips 2nd January 2016
5 Tao Tips to better Networking 2nd January 2016
Being a better parent 2nd January 2016
Start an Annual Success Jar for 2016 2nd January 2016
Look after your liver! 2nd January 2016
Top New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business in 2016 2nd January 2016
How To Master the Perfect Wedding Ring Commission 2nd January 2016
Top Networking Tips 2nd January 2016
7 Key Astrology Themes for 2016 2nd January 2016
Tips to illustrate your blog 2nd January 2016
Losing weight tips 2nd January 2016
Ten Tips to make 2016 Awesome 2nd January 2016
WiRE Website Guide for Network Leaders 2nd January 2016
New WiRE Website Guide 2nd January 2016
Top 10 Playdough Tips and Tricks! 29th December 2015
7 steps to a self confident you 29th December 2015
Using Aromatherapy in the Home 29th December 2015
Stopping those washing machine smells 29th December 2015
How to avoid a bad back 29th December 2015
On being an international entrepreneur – Julie Dodsworth 29th December 2015
WiRE Guide to Great Networking 9th November 2015
Starting a Deli 25th February 2014


Title Date
WiRE UK makes Cambridge Satchel Company founder Julie Deane an honorary member 15th June 2018
WiRE member to feature on BBC2 on Katie Humble’s Back to the Land 21st May 2018
WiRE Conference 2018 – Fabulous Feedback 9th May 2018
New online tool will boost services 8th May 2018
7 Steps to Social Media Success 3rd May 2018
WiRE Conference – Live! 30th April 2018
Visit to the Cambridge Satchel Factory – Invitation to all WiRE Members 30th April 2018
Exporting is Key to Rural Growth 10th April 2018
Support for Start Ups and SMEs in Shropshire, Telford and Herefordshire 1st April 2018
How to turn incoming calls into increased sales 14th March 2018
Research project on Rural Digital Potential 12th March 2018
Partner News – Hoping for shed loads of success 28th February 2018
Collaboration at its best! 26th February 2018
Share your special day with your four-legged friend 26th February 2018
Cover Star Kay 26th February 2018
Bath based “Alison Howell’s Foot Trails” wins top regional tourism award 5th February 2018
It’s never too late to start an adventure 31st January 2018
Regional Germinate Start Up Events for March 30th January 2018
Photograph a new you for 2018 – Special Discounts for WiRe Members 15th January 2018
Not so Home Alone 10th January 2018
Snowy Picture Featured In The Shropshire Star 9th January 2018
York Network on the TV 12th December 2017
This is how Networking works… 6th December 2017
Congratulations to Market Drayton – LoveBritishFood Winner 4th December 2017
Kickstarter Campaign – Hoydens, Workwear for Women 4th December 2017
Teen Direct career coaches 2018 Events 4th December 2017
Women Work “creating a successful future for everyone” 20 April 2018 4th December 2017
Saying goodbye to some wonderful WiRE Network Leaders 29th November 2017
Are you in Need of Christmas Calm for you and your Children? 29th November 2017
Hidden Britain: Survey reveals only 2% of respondents realise small businesses make up 99% of total UK businesses 28th November 2017
Caplor Wins Eco-Friendly Business of the Year Award 27th November 2017
First Birthday Celebrations at West Suffolk Network 20th November 2017
Up to the “Minute” 15th November 2017
Newport Mum Wins National BizMums Awards 30th October 2017
Radio Success for WiRE Member 30th October 2017
“Just Fantastic” Collaboration for WiRE Members Julie Dodsworth and Claire McFadden 23rd October 2017
Celebrating New Business Start Up Award Nomination at Suffolk BME Awards 18th October 2017
Derbyshire Doves in the News 16th October 2017
Women in Business and nuisance phone calls 15th October 2017
WiRE Member is Champion of Champions at Rural Business awards 9th October 2017
Herefordshire Rural Hub appoints Liz Lloyd as its new Chair 3rd October 2017
Fingers Crossed! Julu Shortlisted for Express Home and Living Awards 25th September 2017
Katie Bourne Interiors are excited to launch our new ‘Horse Tales’ range. 20th September 2017
WiRE at the Farm Business Innovation Show in November 13th September 2017
When The Spiced Girl Met The Dragons 4th September 2017
International Success for WiRE Member 22nd August 2017
Funding for Rural Businesses in Leicestershire & Rutland 7th August 2017
What impact Brexit is likely to have on rural business? Marches Hub Event 31st July 2017
Rural Digital Use Survey 25th July 2017
WiRE Member appears on The Daily Politics Show 25th July 2017
Brenchley Health Coach awarded Kent’s Health Coach of the Year 19th July 2017
Curious Fox wins national award from Teach Early Years magazine 17th July 2017
Women Can Sell! Workshop 17th July 2017
Special Offer Rise & Shine 21-day Challenge 10th July 2017
Curry-ful Corporate Events with the lovely Lajina 10th July 2017
Any old iron? Not anymore! It’s full steam ahead for Westbury Ironing. 10th July 2017
FREE Social Media Events in Shropshire 10th July 2017
WiRE Member Highlighting FGM issues in Suffolk 6th July 2017
Top line up revealed for Shropshire’s classical music concert 6th July 2017
Start-up & Early Stage Business Grant Clinics in Worcestershire 6th June 2017
Looking for the perfect Father’s Day Gift? 5th June 2017
Sketchnote Video condensing the WiRE conference into 1.5 mins 31st May 2017
Julu Shortlisted for business award 31st May 2017
Rise & Shine Life-changing offer for WiRE members 24th May 2017
Winnow Barns – as recommended by The Times! 23rd May 2017
Fingers crossed for South Suffolk WiRE 23rd May 2017
Business protection is vital 23rd May 2017
Join the Great British Jamathon! 22nd May 2017
Start up Business Support in Wychavon 22nd May 2017
Convenience in a Shepherds Hut! 22nd May 2017
Boosting Women in Business 22nd May 2017
Kick Start to Global Growth events – New Events Added 21st May 2017
WiRE Conference 2017 – Presentations 17th May 2017
WiRE Network Leader takes to the airwaves 9th May 2017
Marches Hub Events May/June 2017 8th May 2017
Roots and Shoots 2017 8th May 2017
Broadband lifeline for rural parts 3rd May 2017
Events business fizzes off to a great start for two WiRE Members 2nd May 2017
Support for Marches Businesses from Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Network 25th April 2017
Rural Business Awards – open for nominations 24th April 2017
PitchFest 2017 now open for applications 24th April 2017
Shepherdess Commendation! 18th April 2017
Women in Parliament workshops 27th March 2017
Rural Enterprise Programme – Grants in Staffordshire 22nd March 2017
New Glamping Business Campden Yurts opens its doors in time for Easter 22nd March 2017
£21.9 million cash boost for The Marches to help create local jobs and growth 21st March 2017
New WiRE Network in Kent launches inMay 20th March 2017
£120 million available to support growth in rural areas 20th March 2017
WiRE Conference 2017 – Seminars 3rd March 2017
Free training to Start Up companies in the Coventry & Warwickshire 22nd February 2017
Department for International Trade Shropshire – Meet the Expert event 21st February 2017
Confidence is a fabulous thing 21st February 2017
Prince’s Countryside Fund supporting farming families in Herefordshire 20th February 2017
WiRE Membership Success 13th February 2017
Small Business, Big impact at the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair in April 6th February 2017
Ludlow Newsletter and Information about Siobhan and Louise 1st February 2017
Children’s Charity seeking volunteer mentors from the business world 1st February 2017
Help your rural community thrive through enterprise development 30th January 2017
Former Worcestershire Businesswoman of the Year launches social media agency 18th January 2017
Welcome to WiRE in the East Midlands 18th January 2017
The Convenience Company Wins Prestigious Award for its Loos 17th January 2017
Sam Parnell – DevelopHER Winner! 17th January 2017
Calling all Grandmothers! 17th January 2017
New Network Fundraising Effort 11th January 2017
Loads of New WiRE Networks starting in 2017 11th January 2017
Top Tips for 2017 11th January 2017
Make your website mobile friendly 10th January 2017
Julu – looking forward to continuing success 10th January 2017
Hopes of Longtown – Celebrating 15 years with a double win 20th December 2016
Grants and LEADER Funding for small and rural businesess 6th December 2016
Germinate start-up course in Worcestershire 28th November 2016
Export Essentials workshops in January 2017 for small food and craft businesses new to exporting 16th November 2016
Discount on New Jewellery Range for WiRE Members 14th November 2016
Etsy South Cheshire celebrates Christmas and local creatives 9th November 2016
Judges Special Award Success (with lots of PR) 7th November 2016
Working from home – freedom and risks 7th November 2016
For personalised Christmas gifts, try the Little leather Box Company 7th November 2016
Connecting Shropshire Public Consultation Results 7th November 2016
Q&A Events for Women in Yorkshire with Dame Penelope Wilton 7th November 2016
Trekworking Event in Cannock 2nd November 2016
MASSIVE New contract for WiRE Member Joyce 2nd November 2016
WiRE Networking captured on video 24th October 2016
Are you up for The Rubbish Diet? 19th October 2016
Marches Growth Hub Events 19th October 2016
Women’s Business Council Progress Report 2016 18th October 2016
Rural Innovation Show – Free Tickets! 17th October 2016
3G Mobile Coverage using Vodafone Sure Signal 9th October 2016
Women in Farming Events in Yorkshire 3rd October 2016
Time Management Workshop 3rd October 2016
Food and Drink Fast Track Programme (West Midlands) 26th September 2016
Book Now for the third 3WW Conference 20th September 2016
Jewellery Exhibition for WiRE Member 19th September 2016
Managing Team Members; the good, the bad and the okay 19th September 2016
Celebrating becoming an Enterprise Adviser 19th September 2016
What interesting times we live in! 19th September 2016
What a difference a name makes 19th September 2016
British Food Fortnight 14th September 2016
Raise money for your charity with trade Tote Bags 14th September 2016
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme 14th September 2016
Call for Artists – Shropshire Hills Art Week 2017 9th September 2016
Export Events in the West Midlands 5th September 2016
Latest news from ‘True Colour Fashion’ Ladieswear 22nd August 2016
Chance to exhibit at the Stafford Winter Show 20th August 2016
What’s driving Brits to the countryside? 17th August 2016
Making Memories for all the family 17th August 2016
Business Growth Programme Grants for West Midlands Businesses 15th August 2016
Great British High Street Competition 25th July 2016
Country Living Christmas Fair Showcase Opportunities 12th July 2016
Watch your garden! 5th July 2016
“Soulseekers” Retreat, Coonoor, India 27th June 2016
More Hall Summer Events 27th June 2016
WE Hubs European Innovation Competition (and prize!) 20th June 2016
WiRE Start-up Workbook 19th June 2016
Linked In for Business Presentation 8th June 2016
New TV Show Going Back, Giving Back seeks participants 6th June 2016
New partnership launches in National Walking Month 24th May 2016
Country Living Christmas Fair 24th May 2016
WiRE Telford Network part of “Wall of Fame” 23rd May 2016
Another year another WIRE Conference 9th May 2016
FSB Report – Women in Enterprise: the Untapped Potential 4th May 2016
RBS Inspiring Women in Enterprise Report 4th May 2016
Tech-Friendly Accountants Launch App to Help Small Businesses 3rd May 2016
Snapshot of Carmarthenshire WiRE Networking 27th April 2016
Interior Design and Fabrics in Rural Setting 25th April 2016
New software brings new business 24th April 2016
Three Wise Women – Life is calmer with a llama! 19th April 2016
Princes Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary Award 19th April 2016
Marches Growth Hub – Events 19th April 2016
Unlock your potential; Masterclass for women in business 19th April 2016
Round up of grants for rural businesses 18th April 2016
Get set for growth 18th April 2016
The Future is Food (Marches Growth Hub events) 18th April 2016
Tip the Board 13th April 2016
Forge Urban Revival Markets in Shropshire 12th April 2016
New Rural Life TV Programme 12th April 2016
Casting call for women’s incontinence issues advert 22nd March 2016
Funding to support small businesses in rural Staffordshire 21st March 2016
WiRE Conference 2016 – Speakers 11th March 2016
Delight at ‘Most Valued Professional’ award 7th March 2016
West Midlands PitchFest 7th March 2016
Publishing Success 7th March 2016
Agri Advisor Team Top Five Tips 7th March 2016
WiRE Conference 2016 – Seminars 1st March 2016
WiRE Conference 2016 Presentations 12th February 2016
Shrewsbury Network Blog – January 2016 10th February 2016
WiRE Conference 2016 – The foundations of good business 9th February 2016
Discussion on organic skincare 8th February 2016
Public Speaking for the mildly terrified 1st February 2016
Move out of your comfort zone 1st February 2016
Suffolk Network raising funds for CLIC Sargent 1st February 2016
WiRE Members Celebrating BIG Wins at Business Awards 25th January 2016
Telford WiRE Network – ENERGY, ENTERPRISE AND A LITTLE BIT OF MAGIC 25th January 2016
New Life, New Business TV Company seeking participants 25th January 2016
HMRC Guide – Business Expenses for the Self-employed 18th January 2016
Country Living Spring Fair 18th January 2016