Businesswomen to swap ideas –

Event Divas first ladies' networking event in Todmorden
Event Divas first ladies' networking event in Todmorden

DESPITE meeting for the first time amid the June deluge, the first of a series of women’s networking events went well and their second, scheduled for next month, will raise money for people affected by the flood.

Aimed at creating a social atmosphere in which businesswomen from throughout the Calder Valley can meet, it was organised by Event Divas at Jay Laurie Hair Salon, Burnley Road, Todmorden.

Jay and Ruth Wild – Ruth runs Daisy Creative, Haworth based Daisy Days, and Wild and Co – both live in Todmorden and formed the Event Divas.

The aim is to bring together women from all walks of life that have ideas, plans and aspirations, and to provide them with a platform to promote themselves, their ideas and businesses with the outcome of potential work and support from the people they meet, said Ruth.

“We are striving to build a strong and professional networking group and promote business in rural areas.

“The evening kicked off with a complimentary glass of bubbly and a free goody bag then there were hairstyling tips, demonstrations and a talk from our hostess Jay,” she said.

As the evening, which also saw a raffle raise £150 for the Jack Stanley Fund, progressed there were nail treatments and high definition brows by stylist Sara of Jay Laurie’s, the opportunity to sample Thai massage by Rebecca Coverdale, and some “gorgeous girly goodies” and stunning flower arrangements from Ruth herself.

“Finally we were all treated to the most scrumptious mini lemon meringue pies from Rachel Brandwood at Truly Scrumptious Tea Parties.

“More than 50 people supported the evening, despite the torrential rain and flooding which ensued. We aim to hold four events throughout the calendar year and our next event will be in September and will be a fashion show to raise money for people whose homes and businesses were flooded, the money going to the Community Foundation for Calderdale fund,” said Ruth.

Details of the event, which will draw in models from Todmorden and Hebden Bridge and be held at Todmorden’s Fielden Centre, along with ticket details, will be made when a date has been finalised and there will also be an after-show party, said Ruth.

Feedback from the first event has included the following comments, she said.

Kelly Deakin, of Todmorden, said: “The night was really fantastic, well thought out and a great business opportunity for those in attendance. A really good vibe and lots of fun!” while Claire, of Hebden Bridge, said: “A well put together event... a great party and an opportunity to raise the profile of the business. Can’t wait for the next one.”

For further information on the next event or if you want to take part, email Ruth Wild on