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Business woman rolls out unique female networking group

A successful businesswoman based in Barnsley is this month adding a new string to her bow.

Alongside her existing business she is taking on the title of “Tribe Boss” to launch the Sheffield arm of a booming female networking organisation which has recently featured on BBC Business.

Sarah Louise Smith, of S L Social, held a launch event at Pontis Italian Kitchen, Fox Valley, Stocksbridge, which celebrated local women in business as she sets out to inspire other women to set up their own business through Girl Tribe Gang, a members only collective for women who work for themselves or aspire to do so.

Sarah, 36, who lives in Hoyland Common, set up her own business, S L Social in August 2015. Having built her digital marketing experience over the last 14 years, Sarah decided to leave her corporate role as Head of Social Media in leading advertising agencies to gain a healthier work life balance and ultimately live out her lifelong ambition of owning her own business.

Sarah is now a highly successful Social Media coach empowering female entrepreneurs with all their Social Media and business startup needs. Sarah offers online courses teaching Social Media via video tutorials, as well as offering an array of templates and downloads at an accessible price point for all those just starting out in business.

Sarah will now run the Sheffield Tribe of Girl Tribe Gang locally, whilst co-ordinating with founder, Catherine Asta Labbett, who established the organisation in Ilkley earlier this year.

Girl Tribe Gang advertises providing an alternative to traditional corporate networking with “no suits, no hotels, no corporate nonsense, no breakfast meetings, no sticky name labels, no eating in front of strangers, no board tables, no awkward introductions, no men and no death by power point presentations”.

Sarah said: “This is a really exciting venture for me and one I’m honoured to be involved in. I’m looking forward to finding like-minded women in my community, women who are working from their kitchen table or home office doing work that works for them and their family – and bringing everyone together.

“It’s all about creating a community of like-minded women, an eco-system of support and encouragement amongst women who totally get what it feels like to be on your own in business.”

Catherine said: “Girl Tribe Gang is enjoying roaring success in several regions across the country and has brought together many women who were at the height of their corporate careers, but who craved more freedom and flexibility and wanted to quit the 9-5.

“I’ve found so many women out there who have achieved so much and have so much experience to share, but who felt they needed support when going along. We have a Head Buyer from Walmart, an Investment banker, and I was a strategist at the NHS– we have all had children in the last two  years and quit the corporate world to set up our own business.

“We share knowledge, skills and support each other and it’s a network that we all hugely value. I’m sure there are lots of female entrepreneurs in York who would benefit from the same thing, and I’m so excited to see who Sarah discovers!”

Catherine added: “There is a whole generation of women who are taking risks and following their dreams and we are a hidden workforce.

“We are a workforce that connects predominantly on social media, but we need more ‘real life’ connection and to be connecting with the right people who are going through similar things.”

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