2018 women in business conference to focus on “creativity and innovation”

By Nick Batten on 22 February, 2018

Wiltshire businesswomen will be challenged to look at new ways to grow and adapt their businesses at this year’s Swindon and Wiltshire Women in Business Conference.

Taking place on International Women’s Day, (8 March) and hosted by Wiltshire Council’s, The Enterprise Network (TEN), the conference will focus on “creativity and innovation” in business.

According to TEN, raising funds – whether for business or charity – is a “key issue” for small and growing businesses. As a result, included in the conference programme will be a workshop on crowdfunding, an “increasingly popular” tool used by businesses for raising money.

The workshop will be led by Wiltshire-based trainer, consultant and Crowdfunding Academy founder Anthony de Souza. Anthony claims to have helped “hundreds” of project creators use crowdfunding to raise money, build a following, generate interest and test their concepts.

He explained: “The secret to success is in the planning. There’s no magic but an important to-do list of key issues to make sure a crowdfunding campaign meets or even exceeds its target.”

Backed by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the conference will celebrate International Women’s Day, showcasing entrepreneurial talent from across the region and providing a forum for learning, sharing and connecting.

The programme includes expert speakers, interactive workshops, networking and exhibitions, as well as an ‘advisor zone’ where people can find out about the range of free business support on offer.

Jol Rose, the conference coordinator, said: “We want to create a day that promotes support and collaboration.

“Every year the conference helps people build lasting connections as well as providing great advice to help businesses on the road to success.”

The Women in Business Conference takes place on Thursday 8 March 2018 at the Bowood Hotel and Spa Resort. Tickets cost £37 per person which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Further details and ticket reservation online at www.theenterprisenetwork.co.uk/wib

Pictured above: Crowdfunding expert Anthony de Souza