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Message from the President

Message from the President

I hope everyone is staying safe and productive through the last few weeks, and the new ‘normal’ is starting to fall into place. I’ve certainly settled into a new routine working from home and if nothing else at the end of this I’ll be a zoom/teams/skype expert! Although it may be hard to focus on right now, I believe there will be some big positives which will come out of our current situation further down the line. So I’m keeping a positive attitude which is helped by daily exercising, never thought I’d be an advocate for running – but I am and I love it!

As I’m sure you have seen on the news, we’ve quite a way to go yet with the restrictions not looking likely to ease up anytime soon, and with this in mind the committee have decided to
extend all current memberships for a period of three months.
This will happen automatically on your memberships and there’s nothing you need to do to action this at all, but applies to all current memberships only, I’m afraid we can’t backdate anything.

We have been working hard as a committee to provide a space for you to connect, collaborate and communicate digitally and we have decided to keep the coffee mornings going online a couple of times a month for the moment, so please do join us at those. We have also brought together a programme of events, some business focused, some a bit lighter to try and accommodate everyone and give a little respite, and hopefully some fun, to our members. If there is anything you would like to see an online event on from us, or if you would be keen to contribute something yourself please get in touch with myself at and we’ll do our best to make it happen. All event dates are available HERE, these will be added to regularly so please keep yourself up to date with them.

Awards – with the current situation, we have rescheduled the SWIB Awards event to next year: Sunday 21st February 2021. Our host – Michelle McManus, Venue – Grand Central are confirmed and everything else will go ahead as planned, so please put the date in your diary and we’ll be in touch soon.

Hopefully I’ll see you at some of our online events, until then please take care and keep in touch!

All the best,

Debbie Shields
SWIB President