Coffee entrepreneur to speak at Wiltshire women in business event

By Anita Jaynes on 19 January, 2016

The Enterprise Network has announced Coffee Republic founder, Sahar Hashemi OBE as it’s first keynote speaker for its upcoming Women in Business Conference.

Hashemi is one of UK’s most inspirational female entrepreneurs and a powerful speaker on innovation and entrepreneurial mindset.

The serial entrepreneur will share with the audience her captivating personal stories on becoming the founder of the UK’s first coffee chain, Coffee Republic, which she and her brother grew to a £30m turnover before exiting in 2001.

More recently she has founded the guilt free confectionery brand Skinny Candy, which she sold to Glisten Plc in 2007. In addition to this she has written a number of business publications, inspiring business owners across the country.

Hosted by The Enterprise Network (TEN), the conference is celebrating International Women’s day 2016. The event will be showcasing entrepreneurial talent across Swindon and Wiltshire with a full day of conference, workshops and exhibition time.

Taking place on 8 March, the event is returning for a second year following on from the success of the 2015 event which brought women business owners together to from across the region to network with other like-minded business people.

Jol Rose, Development Officer at The Enterprise Network said: “We are delighted that Sahar will be joining us to speak at the upcoming TEN Women in Business Conference. Her story is one of ambition and true entrepreneurial spirit that will inspire and motivate all who attend.

The aim of the day is to create a collaborative environment, that will not only help businesses build lasting connections, but also provide great advice that can help their longer term business goals.”

The Women in Business Conference is taking place on Tuesday 8 March, 2016 at the Bowood Hotel and Spa. Tickets are priced at £20 per person and can be purchased on the TEN website For more information please email

The Enterprise Network Swindon and Wiltshire nurtures new and growing small and micro businesses by supporting them right from the first ‘light bulb’ moment.

It now has four well-established Enterprise Centres across Wiltshire – at Ludgershall, Royal Wootton Bassett, Salisbury and Trowbridge – offering affordable offices, meeting and training rooms, co-working and networking opportunities and virtual office services. In addition TEN has funded free, impartial, business advice from the Wiltshire Business Support Service for new and growing small businesses.

Pictured above: Coffee entrepreneur Sahar Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic