Laura Morris Founded The Family Network (Formally known as Networking Mummies UK Ltd) with Joanne Dewberry in Bournemouth. They believed there was a gap in the Market which enabled mums in business to meet with like minded mums for support, confidence and help. Their first meeting was in a soft play area in Bournemouth with 8 people and they now have 25,000+ members across the UK. Two years later, Joanne left the business and Laura's friend Stacey Calder joined. Over the next 7 years they sold over 20 franchisees across the UK and won many National business awards and even started putting on their own business awards, recognising the achievements of mums and dads. Fast forward to now and Stacey has left to grow her own business and Laura has welcomed Victoria Alcock (who also is a franchisee) to be her new business partner with very exciting times ahead.
Laura Morris (right) started her own company Rentabuggy in 2008. Having worked within Insurance for 8 years, she started, grew and developed the business, which she then sold.
In February 2009, she Co-Founded Networking Mummies with her founding business partner Joanne. Discovering a niche in the market for networking events for mums in or starting a business they developed a 'Dorset' Branch. Laura in 2011 then moved back to 'Warwickshire' and started a branch locally to her.
Laura has also owned her own PR, Marketing and Design Agency www.bubblycreativemarketing.co.uk for seven years. She helps businesses byproviding affordable business solutions including Press releases, 1:1 Training, Social media management, Mentoring and much more.
Laura also writes articles for many publications and her businesses have been featured in both Local and National press.
Laura quotes 'I love working with people, hearing their stories and building relationships. I am passionate about helping businesses develop, whether they are starting out or expanding. I have worked with many people by offering them advice, knowledge and contacts to help them drive forward. Watching these individual people then achieve there dreams is so inspiring and it is something close to my heart'
- Finalist for BT Business Grant Competition 2009
- Shortlisted for Remote Worker Awards 2010
- Shortlisted for Business Parent of the Year from mumandworking Awards 2010
- Winner of Women On Their Way Awards 'Start Up' Category 2010
- Shortlisted for Nectar Small Business Awards 'Online Business of the Year' Category 2011
- Shortlisted for 'Business Mum of the Year' with MumsClub 2012
- Voted Top 50 Business Adviser within the UK by Enterprise Nation
Victoria Alcock (left) worked as a Nursery practitioner for 15 years, but after the birth of her 3rd child found the hours just weren't flexible enough. " When you find you have to miss your childs first nativity play because you have to look after other people's children it hit me that I needed a change"
Victoria started up Boo Boo Balloons Ltd from her home, providing gift baskets and balloons for special occasions.
" I loved working for myself the moment I started. What I did miss, more than I expected was people! Working at home was wonderful, taking my kids to school and being there when they came home, but I never realised how isolating it was"
I discovered Networking Mummies (Stratford) and decided to go along to their coffee morning. I, along with others stood up and introduced themselves, I heard some very moving stories and some very successful ones! I loved being at the coffee mornings and networking with the others.
I went along to all the coffee mornings and attended as many workshops as I could. Networking Mummies gave me the one part in my self employed life I was missing.
The National Networking Mummies Awards in 2015 were being promoted and I was thrilled to find I had been nominated for " Networker of the Year" I went along, with 2 good friends and couldn't believe I won!
At my meeting with Laura and Stacey a few weeks later they offered me the Stratford Branch. I agreed to "Try it" and started off with just 4 people at my launch.
I worked hard and involved Stratford Businesses in many events, Wedding Fayres, School events and my little Group grew and grew!
When the opportunity arose to become co-director I jumped at the chance. As much as I loved my Balloon Business, I knew Business Networking was what I really wanted to do. I cant wait to encourage more members, support more people going into business.
Starting up my own business not only changed my childrens life, it changed mine and I am very happy it did!