Dales Business Women
Dales Business Women is a network for professional and entrepreneurial women within the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. “Yorkshire Dales” is used fairly loosely. Women as far as Northallerton to the east, Kendal to the west and Barnard Castle to the north, are actively engaged in the network.
We're passionate about helping businesses to connect and achieve their goals, and we offer networking events across the Dales, and provide a range of business and marketing services. We have recently added events in the Craven Area focused around the Skipton and Settle areas. Further expansion is coming at the start of 2023 providing events local to the "Durham Dales" area, centred around Barnard Castle. (watch this space)
There is a perception that there are few business opportunities within this region and Dales Business Women aims to shift this position. The Yorkshire Dales and the surrounding areas are full of entrepreneurial and industrious people who are making a difference.
Sharon Davis, the founder of Dales Business Women, started the network in December 2017 having moved to Hawes from London 18 months before that. She has developed the network tirelessly to ensure it is a supportive and thriving group with a diverse range of businesses represented.
Since starting the network Sharon has grown her family and now has 2 mini Dales Business Women to keep her very busy and a successful PR and Marketing company. As a result she decided to step down from running the group at the end of 2021, and has handed over the role to Paula Richardson, one of the founding members. Paula has attended most of the meetings since the network began and has been an area leader for one of the local meetings for the last couple of years.
2022 will be a new era for Dales Business Women and will build on the strong foundations created by Sharon.