Growing In Chingford

Submitted by: Fiona Flaherty, Jane Walker and Debra Oakaby

A unique blend of community and business networking is sweeping the country and, earlier this year, it arrived in Waltham Forest. Link4Growth Chingford is run by three local businesswomen with a passion for supporting the local community. Commonly known as “The Three Musketeers”, they’re also known as Fiona Flaherty (Meducate Healthcare), Jane Walker (Walker Websites) and Debra Oakaby (Coach Me Smart). Together they make a dynamic trio.

Link4Growth Chingford is part of Link4Growth, a nationwide not-for-profit organisation promoting local networking. There are currently over 70 local groups.

Whether you’re looking for a job, or a particular service or product, or to start a business or maybe you just want to get some experience of talking to other people, Link4Growth Chingford will introduce you to people who might be able to help you directly or know someone who can.

In August 2014, they hosted the very first Link4Afternoon Tea, which was a huge success with lots of new people joining in and calls for more similar events. Link4Growth Chingford has also attended several local events as an exhibitor including the borough’s International Women’s Day celebrations, the Chingford Village Festival and the Waltham Forest Jobs Fair. As the only Link4Growth group in Waltham Forest, they attracted lots of interest and people liked the idea of meeting new people in an informal and friendly setting.

The Chingford group meets on the first Thursday of the month between 9.30am and 11.30am, at Goals in Morrison Avenue E4 8SN; It’s only £3 to join in (includes refreshments).

To find out more visit:

Link4Growth website:

Link4Growth Chingford Facebook page:
Link4Growth Buy Local Chingford:

Link4Coffee Chingford: