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July 2019 - Derbys Finest 'A day at the Races!'
For our second Derbys Finest event of 2019 we visited the Uttoxeter Racecourse - home of the Midlands Grand National on 26th July for Ladies Day!
Firstly we enjoyed a two course lunch at Seven on Pride Park starting at 11am and spent the day at the race course.
May 2019 - 'Derbys Finest' merge with local networking group 'Women in Business' to form 'Derbys Finest - Inspiring Women in Business'
The recent merge of our two well established Derbyshire based women's networking groups, with the aim to both celebrate and support women in the county who make an impact in their business or who make a positive contribution to a wider community.
Derbys Finest is a group which aims to inspire, celebrate and support women across the county in their professional lives across the private, public or voluntary sectors.
The group was formed in March 2017 following a feature in the Derby Telegraph 'Inspirational 250', which included some of the top female business leaders in the city.
The original organisation committee felt that there were more locals who should have been recognised to reflect the diverse and important roles that women hold as well as the positive impact they make in the city and county.
Derbys Finest has since gone from strength to strength - bringing together women of all ages, backgrounds and skills sets at a range of networking, professional development and social events.
A particular focus is to inspire and encourage the future generations of females, to show them that they can achieve and thrive as an equal in all areas of society.
Derbys Finest supports a number of charities who benefit from money raised by the group.
January 2019 - Derbys Finest New Year Lunch at BEAR
Our first Derbys Finest event of 2019 took place on Thursday 24th January at The BEAR Cafe on Iron Gate, Derby. Our Derbys Finest ladies joined us for a sociable and informative New Years lunch. We enjoyed a motivational talk from Kat at ZestFit and stylist Sonia Sohal from The Fit joined us, to give us some style inspiration for the New Year.
July 2018 - England vs New Zealand, ICC Women's Championship
On the 10th July 2018 our Derbys Finest women joined us at the Derbyshire County Cricket Club, to watch England women vs New Zealand women in the ICC Women's Championship 2nd One Day International.
The July event was held in the Legends Lounge at the cricket ground. The ladies enjoyed a buffet and a brilliant game of cricket in the sun.
February 2018 - Derbys Finest held their first social event of 2018
This was a Gin Tasting Evening held at “Bar Soba” in Derby, which included a Pan-Asian food style tapas buffet.
Our guests were greeted with a craft Gin & Tonic before enjoying the amazing tapas buffet provided by Bar Soba.
Following the food Bar Soba did a Cocktail Masterclass for us and showed us how to make one of their popular cocktails. Everyone then had a chance to try their hand at making their own cocktail behind the bar, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
A great evening was had by all and the raffle prizes were won by Sarah Gatford (Bouquet of Flowers) and Sally Walters (Bottle of Champagne).
September 2017 - Seven Restaurant
Our September event was held at Seven Restaurant, which is owned by one of Derbys Finest women, Helen Salloway.
There was drinks and nibbles, and was an opportunity for finding our more about about Derbys Finest.
July 12th 2017 - Derbys Finest scores a Sixty-five at second event!
Derbys Finest - a new group which celebrates and supports women who make a positive contribution to the county of Derbyshire - hosted sixty-five women at its second event on Wednesday 12th July at the Derbyshire County Cricket Ground.
The new networking group in Derbyshire, which launched in March 2017, with fifty ladies in attendance, pledged to seek out the unsung heroines of the county and to recognise their outstanding support and selfless contributions to their community.
The much anticipated second event welcomed sixty-five women from a wide range of organisations and businesses in Derbyshire, who watched the Women's World Cup match, when England beat New Zealand, whilst enjoying a two course lunch.
Jackie Clarke, Finance and Operations Director at Burn the Book Ltd in Derby said why she was attending the event: "I am very proud to have attended both events for Derbys Finest this year, as I have met some truly special women and I believe the group will grow from strength to strength."
Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Ground, Simon Storey spoke about the event: "We were delighted to host the second Derbys Finest event at the 3aaa County Ground. Whilst cricket is our focus, we want to encourage more women and girls across the county to lead more active, healthy lives. We hope that the opportunity to see the best female cricket players in the world inspires more women and girls locally to get more involved in their local Clubs and associations, whatever the sport."
Derbys Finest was formed in Spring 2017 by Claire Twells from Smith Partnership Solicitors, April Hurst from Derby College, Bev Crighton form the University of Derby and Amanda Strong from Mercia Image Print.
During the day the ladies also raised over £360.00 for its chosen charity for 2017 - Prostate Cancer UK.
Successful Derby-born fashion textile designer Saima Majid, who has worked for global brands Laura Ashley and Monsoon, has designed a scarf especially for Derbys Finest with a donation from every sale going to Prostate Cancer UK.
Derbys Finest was inspired by a feature in the Derby Telegraph - Inspirational 250 - which included some of the top female business leaders in the city and county.
Organisers now want to spread the membership wider across the local community to reflect the diverse and important roles that women hold and the positive impact they make.
At the end of the event the Derbys Finest group were also asked to seek out other women within their community to join them at their next event, which was held in September 2017 at Seven on Pride Park.
March 30th 2017 - Derbys Finest Launched
Derbys Finest - a new group which aims to celebrate and support women who make a positive
contribution to the city - was officially launched with an event at Bondholder Derby College's
Engine Shed restaurant.
The group has been formed by Claire Twells from Smith Partnership Solicitors, April Hayhurst
from Derby College, Bev Crighton from the University of Derby and Amanda Strong from Mercia
Fifty women from a wide range of organisations and businesses attended the inaugural event to
hear about plans for future events and about the chosen charity for the year - Prostate Cancer UK.
The first event raised nearly £300 for the charity and the target is to grow this to thousands over the
Organisers now want to spread the membership wider across the local community to reflect the
diverse and important roles women hold and the positive impact they make in the city.
Claire Twells explained: "Our aim is to make Derbys Finest a group that celebrates, inspires,
encourages and supports women from across our local community.
"We were delighted with the response to the inaugural event and now want to widen the focus to bring together women from all walks of life in a wide range of roles.
"This diversity reflects the multi-facets to women's lives from at work, home and leisure with the commonality that we all make a difference to our local communities in many different ways."
April Hayhurst continued: "There are so many unsung heroines in our city and our pledge is to seek these women out, recognise their value and to celebrate their outstanding support and selfless contributions that have made an impact on people's lives - whether that is to an individual, a business, and organisation or a community."
Amanda Strong added: "We can all benefit from a strong support network, but it is particularly important that we work together to inspire and encourage the future generation of females to believe that they can achieve and thrive as an equal in all areas of society."