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The MIBA Card by Maddy Alexander-Grout

The MIBA Card by Maddy Alexander-Grout

I have been a member of MIBA for just over a year now, since joining I have absolutely loved everything they stand for, it’s such a supportive community and Estelle, Leona and the coordinators make it such a wonderful place to be.

I knew from day one they would be an amazing business to collaborate with.

So let me tell you how it all started and what we are all about so you all know why this partnership was a match made in heaven.

I started My VIP Card in 2017 , after suffering with a serious mental health condition called post natal psychosis.  I was very poorly and I needed a lot of counselling and support after I gave birth.  I had previously had bouts of anxiety and had a very traumatic pregnancy, but something inside me wasn’t right.

After a tough 3 months of being housebound and getting the help I needed I connected with some other mummies which was hard for me as I was terrified they wouldn’t understand me and my issues, but luckily meeting that group of mums saved my life.

We used to get together twice a week and talk about all the things that were wonderful and terrible about parenting at the same time. We went for coffees, to soft play, role play centres and each other’s houses, but everything we did always ended up costing us money, I had set up a Facebook support group for parents locally to me and we were all using that regularly too.

The more we were out and about the more I started to love local businesses and the feeling they gave me. I started to make friends with the small business owners , and they really liked having us see them regularly. I started to organise discounts for the group as we visited more often and the group grew. I was working in employee benefits in the corporate world and genuinely loved helping companies to reward their employees.

Ben who was nearly 1 at the time still slept terribly, I was up breastfeeding one night and it just came to me, I wanted to thank the mums and the local businesses that had helped me, so I came up with the idea for a parent discount card.

I started contacting businesses I knew where we shopped regularly and everyone agreed it was a great idea. And My VIP Card was born.

We launched with 80 discounts on 31st of November 2017.

In March 2018 we won our first award, we have since won 12 awards, been nominated to 18, featured in the national press and grown out offering to over 4500 discounts.

I got made redundant in April 2018 from my corporate job and just knew there would be companies and membership organisations that we could help! So My VIP Rewards was then born.

We made the decision that we wanted to focus on helping membership groups to give their members something really great!

Being a mum in business is hard! Such a rollercoaster! And finding your tribe is what it’s all about, and we are all here because MIBA are our tribe right? I am super passionate about Mums in Business! I know how hard it is to juggle a business and be a parent.

I now have two children, Ben is 4 and Harriet is 15 months, they are a handful. Especially at the moment.

So working with MIBA was something close to my heart. Mums who all have small businesses! It’s a perfect fot for what we do.

So you lucky MIBA ladies get something that will save you tons of money and get more eyes on your business for just £15! And MIBA VIP’s get it for just £10!! Bargain!

So….. I bet you are all super excited to see what you get!

The Miba card gives you

💜 Discounted gift cards for well known high street retailers , including but not limited to the following

⭐️ Argos, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, John Lewis, Just Eat, Amazon, Morrison’s, M&S and more

⭐️ up to 40% off cinema trips ( or online streaming during lockdown

⭐️ thousands of online and local offers

⭐️ discounted gym memberships

⭐️ discounted theme park trips

⭐️ cashback shopping at over 2500 high street retailers

⭐️ plus free advertising for your business if you can offer a 10% discount or something of added value – you get a profile on the My VIP Card website , can promote your business in our groups and we do you a launch post so all of our members can see what you offer!

⭐️ save money when you shop with other miba members who are taking part in the scheme

I franchised My VIP Card at the end of last year and our aim is to help small and local businesses UK wide, the more people who get involved the better!

We are growing across the UK and the way we will grow areas is by people adding their businesses, we had to start somewhere and the more people know about us the more discounts will be available for the MIba card!

I run my business with a very small team, it’s just me and Jo my assistant , and Emma who is my franchisee for Guildford.

So for me creating the Miba card has been so special. And working with Estelle and Leona who would clearly do anything for their members, is wonderful!

I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you and helping you to get more eyes on your business!

Buy your Miba card, download the Mina card app and start saving! 💜

Click the link  – https://www.mumsinbusinessassociation.com/vip-card/

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