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WiRE is an organization for rural women in business, offering a dynamic package of practical and specific business services and support for women in rural enterprise including; WiRE Local Network Groups (70 across the UK) offering rural women in business the chance to network and do business with like-minded women, a quarterly glossy magazine, monthly e-newsletter and countless marketing opportunities are available.
WiRE has been offering business support to women in Rural business since 1996, when research conducted by senior lecturer Izzy Warren-Smith at Harper Adams University College identified a significant number of farm diversifications were established by women in order to help supplement their husband's and their farm income as the farming industry had been struggling to make a good sustainable living. These women were, however, coming up against a number of barriers, including lack of access to finance, lack of confidence, not being taken seriously, rural isolation and lack of rural support.
WiRE is the only national UK organization to promote, support and develop rural businesswomen; WiRE has 2000 members across the UK. Ongoing WiRE research into rural business and the barriers faced by rural businesswomen gives WiRE the insight and knowledge to offer specific support to rural business women. WiRE has a small team of staff all 100% dedicated to helping rural business succeed.
WiRE members are now diverse in terms of geographical location, type of business aspirations. There is no typical business and no typical WiRE member, it doesn't matter where you live, rural is a state of mind not a postcode. At just £40 per year WiRE membership is worth its weight in gold, each one of the business services has been specifically designed for growing rural businesses. To find your local Network group and to access more information about WiRE, go to www.wireuk.org
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