Future Events

I have lots of events in the pipeline for 2023
During a normal year I provide a balance of large and small events. There will be workshops,coffee mornings and lunches and of course my famous Literary Lunch.
I will also be supporting various charities especially my charity Gift of A Wedding and Deborah Dixon’s charity in memory of her son Aaron for CRY

Choose an event to suit you


The people who attend my events go for many different reasons.

Some are entrepreneurs who are already successful in business and others are just at the start of their business experience.

You will meet a mix of young people raring to go and retired people who want to give something back by advising start ups . Both groups also want to enjoy socialising , going to different places and learning new skills.

We are as different as the way we sit on chairs and connection is key.

Join us and see what you think.

Email me to find out more

Photos by Ali Ford . The second one is Sarah Kekus www.thehealtharchitect.co.uk


Dexter and Jones Doo June 7th 12 till 2

We love our trips to Dexter and Jones and Adam and Katy are great hosts. These are smaller gatherings for 25 people and always involve a little gin! 25 spaces and more details added soon

KTS Women in Business Summer Event 2023

Groobarbs Field Kitchen

July 6th 10.30 to 15.30

Following the success of their collaborative KTS Women in Business events which have run since March 2020, Sue, Tricia and Kirsty will once again unite to deliver an event for Women in Business in the Cheshire and surrounding region.
We will be sitting at long tables enjoying a lunch made from beautiful fresh produce .We will be hearing from Rachel Ray ,Sally Wallace and Sarah Osborne . A relaxing summer lunch full of possibilities and new connections. .

Summer Breeze Brunch at Carden Park – 18 July 2023

Blow the dust of your flip flops and break out the Ray Bans- It’s time for a Summer Breeze Brunch with Creative Connecting in Cheshire and Network She

We will be joined by two fabulous speakers who will be sharing their adventures and holiday top tips

Ruth Lloyd-Williams-Founder of Network She and A World Traveller in Training ,Ruth will share her holiday horror stories and tell you how she overcame her fear of flying to travel the world and Go Global, She will be joined by a fellow traveller TBA

Jenny Schippers With a previous career in the luxury long-haul travel industry, Jenny, like everyone felt her world grind to a halt in March 2020. She began to share her doorstop discoveries, mainly local walks and staycations, on Instagram (@jennywritescheshire) and quickly grew an organic, local following of over 10k. In July 2020, she was invited by editor, Joanne Goodwin, to contribute to Cheshire Life Magazine. Nearly 3 years on, Jenny still writes a monthly ‘About Cheshire’ travel article for the magazine, featuring her adventures across the county. In June 2022, she co-founded Scope Out with business partner, Amanda Cope – a content marketing agency helping travel, tourism, and hospitality businesses to improve their social media presence. The team now regularly creates content and delivers bespoke social media strategies to local and regional tourist boards, visitor attractions, BID teams, hotels, and holiday homeowners.

Two course lunch with tea/coffee included , All Aboard- Book yourself a window seat and remember it’s hand luggage only

The Chapel

September 15th, 10.30 to 12.30

Emma Semper Hopkins has agreed to hold 4 coffee mornings a year for me at her beautiful converted chapel at Scholars Green where she normally runs her upholstery workshops .
Emma will be Cheshire Creative Connecting Champion no 1 and will be running these in her own way with my backing. Please support her.
The first events in February and May were such a success that we have arranged another one for September which is already almost full .

September 19th/20th 2023

Catherine Sandland – Phenomenal Woman Workshop

“Sue France is a white witch…she looks so calm and collected and yet she is very very good at getting her own way and making things happen!
So, I can’t quite believe I am posting this because I was fully intending to enjoy a bit of downtime and peace and quiet after the business of the two-day workshop last week which was just so powerful and inspirational.
However, I happen to surround myself with rather wonderful colleagues (Ashley Costello and Sue France) and also some fabulous clients who have persuaded me to run the workshop again.It’s not the first time attendees have said that the workshop has been great and that they’d recommend it to others but it is the first time I have been ganged up on and ‘told’ to set a date and run another.”

Catherine wrote those words after the first workshop in November 2021, Now we have completed four of these and each one has been equally fabulous for the delegates.


So, here we are , telling you that the next Phenomenal Woman workshop is on September 19th/20th  2023t  Venue TBA.

We have already had some bookings so don’t miss this chance .  contact Sue or Catherine on catherine@catherinesandland.com 


Literary Lunch No 11
Oct 4th 2023 at Larkspur Lodge Knutsford

My ever popular Literary Lunch is back and tickets are on sale right now. 
This lunch is the highlight of the calendar for many local authors and lovers of books and some of these people have attended every single one for eleven years! So it must be good
I will be holding a short story competition in the Spring as per usual and the winner will be invited to read her story and her lunch will be sponsored by author Caroline England
I am starting with an early bird ticket of £45.00 which will end in March. Speakers are Adele Parks MBE, Fay Evans, Jonathan Guy, Sue Tonks. Mandy Byatt and Beth Underdown 
Sponsorship packages are available ranging from main sponsor, table sponsor, bookmark sponsor and more. You can contact me on suemarthafrance@gmail.com for more details and to give me dietary requirements.

SPEAKEASY 29 November 2023 10am – 5pm

Katie Webster and Sue France bring you SpeakEasy 2023!

A day designed to offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to listen and be heard. It’s time to take action and up the anti.

Immerse yourself for this one day in a room filled with fellow entrepreneurs and industry experts. You will be networking with other business owners, making new connections and, for eight lucky ticket holders, the chance to take to the stage and SpeakEasy!

Katie and Sue have taken to the stage nationally at various events to deliver talks. They have spoken openly about the hurdles they had to overcome to become comfortable with public speaking. Neither of them has any qualms about picking up a mic and taking the stage.

This pair has done everything from podcasts to talks, hosting, to guest speaking.

One of the biggest hurdles can be finding the opportunity to speak publicly.
How do you find a platform to tell your story and an audience who would benefit from what you have to share with them?
SpeakEasy has been purposely designed to give eight lucky ticket holders that platform an opportunity to take to the stage!

After purchasing your ticket, you can submit your application to be a guest speaker at the event.

Applications will be reviewed, and eight lucky people can take to the stage . And if you are chosen Catherine Sandland and Ashley Costello from Phenomenal Woman will be there to allay your fears and encourage you .

Don’t fret if public speaking is your worst nightmare. You don’t have to speak at SpeakEasy. You can attend as a guest without the risk of being called on stage! As an entrepreneur, you will benefit from being in a room filled with other entrepreneurs and SME owners. There will be talks from our star speakers, our lucky 8 chosen speakers, and an abundance of networking opportunities throughout the day. Take time out of your business to work on it rather than in it! And if you can, stay the night at the Brooklyn and join our after party!

Our Star Speakers are the amazing and fabulous Nicky Pattinson and Holly Moore and Leona Burton . How lucky are we! 

The power of Sue’s Connecting Cheshire group is phenomenal. Two of her members shared their experience of a fully funded Business Growth Programme run by Manchester Met University, so I signed myself up! Such a fantastic opportunity that I wouldn’t have known about without Sue!
Sarah White

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