About LoveBiz Networking® UK Limited
LoveBiz Networking® is our friendly, welcoming networking group for women in business. The LoveBiz Networking® community is a place where friendships are forged, collaborations are born, and support is shared.
LoveBiz Networking® was born in 2012 as a reaction to the isolation of solopreneur life. In contrast to the lacklustre networking meetings we were used to, we set out to create something really different to energise and empower women in business.
A typical LoveBiz Networking® meeting.
Our monthly meetings are less about passing referrals and more about supporting one another as we navigate the business world. Business relationships and collaborations tend to follow naturally from there.
LoveBiz Networking® offers a safe space to talk about the challenges we all face. It’s a place to laugh, share our skills, and support each other. Outside our regular meetings, our Facebook group for invested members buzzes with activity, as members support one another through the highs and lows of business. And our regular #FridayWins thread is always a joy to behold.
Whether you’re a home-based solopreneur or the female CEO of a multinational company, you’ll be treated equally. We recognise that your ‘competition’ can also be your closest ally, so we welcome members from all lines of business, with no single-seat policy to lock people out. Visitors are welcomed, and there’s no ‘hard sell’ to sign up new members or hit referral targets.
Virtual networking in the Coronavirus era.
During the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, when the UK lockdown put a stop to our meetings, we knew we had to adapt. And quickly.
Our members needed each other more than ever, as their businesses and lives were suddenly turned upside down.
Instead of our usual face-to-face meetings, everything moved online. Far from our community falling apart, our friendly virtual networking meetings have brought many of our members closer together. From our own homes, members have visited other regional groups, extended their circles, and come together in unexpected ways through our one-to-one breakout rooms.
Through the most challenging times, members have surprised us time and again with their boundless creativity, resourcefulness, and kindness towards each other.
Our virtual meetings have been a hit for the majority of our members and will continue to be a part of LoveBiz Networking® in the future.
But we cannot wait to meet again in person. As soon as it’s safe to get together, some face-to-face meetings will resume.
We’re also excited about the return of our annual #LoveBiz Awards evening, where members from all over the country can let their hair down and celebrate their achievements together.
About our founder, Sue Crooks.
Sue Crooks is an entrepreneur whose experience mirrors those of many women in business.
She’s had incredible successes, first working in Hotel Management, Marketing Communications, and Events, and then as an entrepreneur with her own Digital Marketing and Design business – SJC Marketing – and as the founder of LoveBiz Networking®.
But it hasn’t always been easy. Like many women, she’s had to juggle running a business with the challenges of single parenthood, and periods of depression, anxiety, and panic attacks.
Sue founded LoveBiz Networking® in 2012. A natural giver, Sue has instilled LoveBiz Networking® with a genuine, supportive atmosphere and an inspiring, contagious energy.
Sue sold the first LoveBiz Networking® franchise in 2017, bringing in new franchise hosts with the same ethos as herself. In this way, LoveBiz Networking® continues to grow and is a source of support and empowerment for women in business across the UK – and maybe one day the world.
“Superb and uplifting networking group; positively different to any other networking out there!”
Julie McMullen-Kerr, Business and Personal Coach at TAWK and Listen.
“Absolutely the best ladies’ networking group I’ve ever been a part of!”
Jacky Wood, Tropic Skincare Ambassador
“A networking group that both encourages and supports all its members as well as fostering the connections that make network marketing a vital part of a sales and marketing strategy.”
Vivienne Kane, Proprietor at Vivienne Kane Photography
“Sue’s enthusiasm for what she does is infectious. From my first LoveBiz Networking® meeting, I was made to feel at home and very welcome, so much so I joined straight away.
I was then asked to showcase my business in front of a room full of ladies at the next meeting, which I accepted, however I had NEVER stood up in front of a group of people before and I did go into sheer panic. I received a remarkable amount of support from Sue and the rest of the #LoveBiz group before the presentation and on the morning of the showcase, yes I was a little nervous but thanks to the help and support I received I have now gone on to deliver many more presentations.”
Kelly Wheeler, Director, Field Sport UK
“I have enjoyed Sue’s support, wisdom and encouragement as a member of LoveBiz Networking®. Meetings she hosts are always brighter for her presence. She lights up a room with her smile. She is one of life's gatherers, connectors and encouragers. I am so in awe of what she does to empower women. She facilitates a safe, fun and life-changing way of helping women in biz connect for learning, mutual support, friendship and business. Her skill in event planning and organisation is awesome. My business has grown due to the group she skilfully nurtures and sustains. She has my utmost respect and admiration for what she does seemingly so effortlessly. What a lady!”
Rosanna Monachello, Founder & Director, Refresh Coaching & Training Ltd
“Sue has a great passion for connecting women in business. Her focus is on encouraging people to forge relationships first, business second. She's inspiring a community to support each other through the rollercoaster of self-employment. I'd recommend any woman in business to give LoveBiz Networking® a try, it could be your tribe.”
Lisa Newport, Image Consultant at Lisa Newport Style
“Sue is a genuine 'Giver'. She works tirelessly to support women in business from all backgrounds and businesses to support them and connect them with like-minded people. As founder of the #LoveBiz Networking® group she has made a difference to hundreds of women who have gained confidence, built relationships and grown their businesses to the next level.
Sue Godfrey, Health & Wellness Coach at Sue Godfrey - Pure Transformation
“Sue has such passion for creating supportive networking events and works tirelessly to ensure people get great value from each and every one.
She is warm, friendly and welcoming and brings together women who share that ethos. The environment created is one where people want to do business with each other, from a genuine place and with no hidden agenda or pressure.
From the day I walked into my first LoveBiz event I was made to feel at home.”
Jacqui Jagger, Owner & Director at Beyond Boundaries Coaching
“Sue’s enthusiasm and passion for what she does is infectious.”
Lisa Gardner, Virtual Administrator at Lisa Gardner VA
“Sue is an excellent business matchmaker and marketing specialist. As founder of the superb LoveBiz Networking®, Sue demonstrates a genuine desire to support, empower and guide local businesswomen to grow their business and contacts. Her meetings are inspiring, members sharing knowledge & best practice, making new contacts and she has created a very strong supportive brand. All with a passion & energy that is contagious.”
Paula Senior, Fundraising & Partnerships at Burton-on-Trent YMCA