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Leading Ladies business network for professional women welcomes guests from all sectors in the city. Since launching in August 2011 Leading Ladies has grown into one of the most popular (and glamorous!) networks of its kind. 

Guests are encouraged to join us with a colleague or client and make valuable business contacts. Click here to see a list of participating companies.
See below for our calendar of events.
The 2015-2016 season calendar starts with an on-the-move networking reception hosted by Opus Managing Director and Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trustee, Ann Tonks at Bar Opus on Wed 16 Sep, 5.30-7.30pm in support of Hippodrome Plus.
Anne & Irene of Opus  Bar Opus Terrace  Suzanne Barnes

Join Ann and Opus Front of House Director, Irene Allan to sample their newest destination venue at stunning One Snowhill. Among the reception highlights will be an insight from leading city designer Suzanne Barnes who created the design vision for Opus in Cornwall Street, Café Opus at IKON and Bar Opus. 

Don’t forget to invite a like-minded guest and be part of the networking on the fabulous new terrace at Bar Opus (let the sun shine!) Tickets cost just £25 and include a complimentary glass of wine and a selection of tasty bar plates.
Book your places via the button below or call Rosie on 0121 689 3068. 

See you in September!
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Gin Tasting  Sipsmith  Hotel Indigo

We’re delighted to invite you to a Masterclass with Independent Distillers Sipsmith at Hotel Indigo, the Cube on Wed 14 Oct, 5.30pm-8pm.

Join Sipsmith’s Briony Dixon for a tasting exploration of the brand’s hand crafted Spirits lovingly made in small batches on the first copper stills of their kind for nearly 200 years. There’ll be an in depth look into the History of Gin, cocktail suggestions and little anecdotes too.

Hosted in Hotel Indigo’s iconic 25th floor private bar, the Sipsmith experience starts with a quintessentially classic Gin and Tonic. And with food-matching from Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse, Bar & Grill throughout, this will be a memorable on-the-move Leading Ladies event.

The prize draw will support our year-long Heritage project, which is uncovering over 100 years of rich Hippodrome history, making it accessible to our audiences and preserving it for future generations.

Don’t delay, invite your guests and be part of the smart drinking set!

Tickets are £35 each - book now via the button below for this exclusive event – tickets are STRICTLY LIMITED.
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The 2014-2015 calendar ended in fizzy style with a Laurent-Perrier Champagne Tasting & Tutorial. Laurent-Perrier’s Steve Brandwood and Tony Carter put 40 guests through their paces, revealing the history and production process of the French family-owned luxury brand. Topping the tasting polls were the well-known rose and Ultra Brut.
Champagne asting
Among the guests were new network members Elaine Elkington (Elaine Elkington & Associates Ltd), Linda McBride (CRB Consulting Rooms) and Beth Rose from network sponsor Highfield Wellness and Beauty.

Walking away with the first prize magnum of Laurent-Perrier in the draw was HSBC’s Victoria Emery and other lucky winners enjoyed the hand-created posies supplied by Carole Patilla of Tuckshop Flowers.  The evening raised a sparkling £900 for Hippodrome Plus.
Laurent-Perrier magnum won by Victoria Emery

Imgaes form the evening can be found via the Gallery button on the top right-hand side of the page.
We look forward to seeing you when Leading Ladies resumes networking on Wed 16 Sep with an on-the-move event at Bar Opus hosted by Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trustee and Opus Managing Director, Ann Tonks.

Leading Ladies were curious no more after our event at the award-winning National Theatre drama, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 
Network founder Fiona Alexander talked to show lead, Chris Ashby about the challenges of the role. Also on the panel; Richard Hayhow from Open Theatre Company, the Hippodrome’s Liz Leck and Hayley Hill of Irwin Mitchell shared their experiences of working and volunteering with young people with learning disabilities.
Liz Leck - Birmingham Hippodrome, Fiona Alexander - Unversity Hospitals Birmingham, Richard hayhow - Open Theatre Company, Hayley Hill - Irwin Mitchell
The upcoming Hippodrome Plus project, Nobody Nose! featured in the discussion (and made an appearance!) Based on Nikolai Gogol’s satirical short story, Nobody Nose! is a short film made by the One of a Kind drama group with a world premiere taking place at The Electric Cinema on Thu 2 Jul. We hope to see some of you there.

Certainly no one stuck their nose up in helping to support Hippodrome Plus – guests raised a whopping £1,000! Our thanks to all guests and generous prize partners: Genting Casinos Chinatown & Edgbaston, El Borracho de Oro, Sealife Centre, Highfield Wellness & Beauty, Sana Vita health club, Cheryl’s Hair Boutique and The Edgbaston boutique hotel and cocktail lounge.

Click on the Gallery button on the right hand side of this page to see more images from the evening.

Wed 16 Sep
Network reception at Bar Opus FINAL PLACES
Wed 14 Oct
Gin Tasting Event at Hotel Indigo NOW ON SALE
Tue 10 Nov
Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo ON SALE SOON
Thu 3 Dec Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Nutcracker ON SALE SOON
Thu 28 Jan 2016 Network Reception & Backstage Tour of pantomime - oh yes it is! ON SALE SOON

Get your tickets for events on sale via the Book Now buttons,
or call Rosie on 0121 689 3068 


Jilly Cosgrove - Barques PR
Elaine Elkington - Elaine Elkington & Associates
Victoria Emery - HSBC
Nicola Fleet-Milne - FleetMilne Property
Dr Mahnaz Hashmi - Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
Jayne Herritty - Calthorpe Estates
Raj Holness - Breaking the Silence (btsuk) Ltd
Linda McBride - CRB Consulting Rooms
Nikki Morris - Holiday Inn
Ruth Pipkin - Rewired PR
Claire Ralley - Digital Media & Videogames Consultant
Kelly Talbot - Hotel Indigo

To get your name on the most glamorous members list in town and gain access to an array of exclusive Leading Ladies benefits, please call Judith on 0121 689 3082.

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