National Women’s Network

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Come along and see if NWN is for you. You’re welcome to visit as a guest on two occasions before deciding whether to join, we hope by then you’ll love it as much as we do!

As a not-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers, NWN helps each business woman network in her own style, supporting her both personally and in business. Find out more about how to join the National Women’s Network.

National Women’s Business Network – Supporting Professional and Business Women In London, Midlands, North East, North West, Yorkshire, Scotland & Southern England.


The National Women’s Network was established in 1981 by Irene Harris in London. At that time there were no clubs for women in senior management, and Irene was sick of entering through the tradesmen’s entrance when she had business meetings. The day the National Women’s Network was born, Irene and a companion were refused a drink at the bar of the In & Out Club, which was set up for servicemen.

Irene’s companion was Odette Hallowes, the French wartime resistance heroine, who had received the George Cross in 1946. She had been tortured by the Gestapo and sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp, and her amazing story was the subject of a film Odette, made in 1950 and starring Anna Neagle. Yet her gender disqualified her from drinking without a male escort!

Determined to change this situation, Irene approached influential women in a variety of professions and the National Women’s Network was born.

There have been many changes in the last 30 years, including a rebrand in 2011, but the National Women’s Network ethos remains the same. Click here to find out more.

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