We’re The Growing Club CIC and welcome to our story. We’re a not-for-profit organisation, facilitating fantastic skills and business training, creating opportunities for women, using a creative and alternative proven model.

Our Vision

Our vision is simple. Watch our recent mini documentary about the women we work with in Roots and Shoots.

Our Values

We are proud to have a set of clear values that clearly represent who and what The Growing Club stands for.

Our Supporters

The Growing Club receives support from a variety of funders and companies on both a regional and national level.

Award winning support and training

Meet the Team

Meet the team behind The Growing Club! We are lucky enough to work with a variety of female business owners from across the UK, who believe in the GC ethos and support what we do.

Our Directors

jane binnion

Jane Binnion

Founder & Director Development worker

Lorraine Birch

Growing Club Director & Peer Networks

Christine Harwood

Growing Club Director & Finance

Kate Manders

Growing Club Director

Jackie Bennett Shaw

Growing Club Director

Our Trainers

The Trainers behind our courses…

Nicola Garrett

Business Growth &
Changing Directions Trainer

Rebecca Batstone

Business Growth Trainer & Business Coaching

Georgina Sommerville

Business Growth Trainer

Soaad Patel

Changing Directions Trainer & Young Women's Work

Caroline Charnley

Peer Networks Trainer

Sarah Ludford

Business Start Up Trainer

Louise Fenwick​

Business Start Up Trainer

Amy Gunawan

Business Start Up Trainer

Zoe Blundell

Business Start Up Trainer

Julia Yates

Drop-In Support

Behind the Scenes

Take a look at the fabulous team working hard behind the scenes of The Growing Club below. Alongside this team, The Growing Club also works with a team of 20+ volunteers, various sessional workers to create our workshops and courses, plus 20+ volunteer mentors… the community grows more and more every day.

If you have something to offer, you can get involved here.

Rebecca Webster

Rebecca Webster

Office Manager & Administration

Megan Pickles

Project Manager

Katie Birks

Web & Digital Design

Jane Booker

Finance Manager


Additional shout-out and thanks to Shadowcat for hosting our website.

Become part of the Growing Club story… If you would like to make a donation to support our work or find out how you can help The Growing Club thrive, you can find out more information here.