A NEW networking group has been launched for women entrepreneurs in south Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset.

The Phoenix Group is for women business owners who want to share the experiences of a growing business and be part of a support network.

Elizabeth Lore, managing director of Marketing Analytics in Salisbury and joint founder of the Phoenix Group, said: "There is a proven need for women business-owners, in this area to be able to directly share experiences, help each other with key issues and generally find and offer support in their efforts."

Fellow founder Deborah Rowland, managing director of PlusinBoots, said: "This is not just yet another networking group: the Phoenix Group has a programme of structured meetings and will draw on a team of Phoenix Gurus whom we have selected to inform and guide the group through specific issues."

Membership of the Phoenix Group, which is free to join, will be made up of women entrepreneurs who have set up and run their companies with growth plans in place and will be keen to learn and share their experiences.

Meetings are held every other month at the Sir John Barleycorn, Cadnam in Hampshire, the next one being on July 3.

For more information go to www.phoenix.cobwood.co.uk.