Wiltshire businesswomen celebrate International Women’s Day

By Anita Jaynes on 23 February, 2015

The Enterprise Network is launching its first major conference for women in business on March 6 to celebrate International Women’s Day in Wiltshire.

Kate Forrest, manager of The Enterprise Network, a Wiltshire Council-led initiative to support new and growing businesses, said: “We’re delighted that top UK women entrepreneurs Jo Fairley founder of Green & Black’s chocolate, paralympian Steph Millward, Juliet Davenport chief executive of Good Energy, and Safia Minney MBE founder of sustainable fashion label People Tree, will be keynote speakers.

“This free full-day event at Bowood Hotel, near Calne will celebrate, inspire and motivate more than 150 women from throughout Wiltshire who are either running a business or starting one, with a range of talks, workshops and networking opportunities.”

Workshops focusing on social media training and sales coaching have already been booked out in advance. Businesses can take part in a ‘pop-up exhibition’, pre-booking an hour-long spot for just £20 to showcase their offerings, allowing them to take part in the rest of the day’s events.

While attendance is free, delegates do need to pre-register. Visit: www.theenterprisenetwork.co.uk/womensconference

The International Women’s Day Conference for Wiltshire Women in Business is funded by The Enterprise Network (TEN) in Swindon and Wiltshire and delivered in partnership with Wiltshire Business Support Service. International Women’s Day is held each year on or around March 8, with thousands of events throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.

The Enterprise Network Swindon and Wiltshire, a £5.2m initiative led by Wiltshire Council with Government and EU funding, is nurturing new and growing small and micro businesses by supporting them right from the first ‘light bulb’ moment. It has four Enterprise Centres across Wiltshire offering affordable offices, meeting rooms, co-working and networking opportunities alongside free, impartial, business advice.

Pictured above: Juliet Davenport from Chippenham based Good Energy