Business network marks anniversary
THE network for the city's female entrepreneurs will celebrate its first birthday with a special conference featuring speeches from leading business women.
Plymouth Enterprising Women (PEW) will mark its anniversary with an event called Winning Business, at the Tamar Science Park, on Wednesday, October 31.
The get together will feature networking and speeches from leading female entrepreneurs including the founder of Enterprising Women nationally, Eileen Lennon.
Also on the rostra are Bev Hurley, chief executive of business growth consultancy YTKO, and Sarah Russell, a former TV producer now running Plymouth content strategy and brand builder 3ivision.
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Another Plymouth business woman, and PEW member, Jo Galer, who launched JoJo's Home Bakery this summer, will provide the refreshments – including a PEW birthday cake.
"We have 110 members in Plymouth and across the country 8,000," said Alison Wall, PEW's network and events coordinator. "And when we celebrate our first anniversary we will be brining all 110 members together.
"It's to celebrate those women who have joined and the community they have built."
"Winning Business will be jam-packed full of practical learning, networking, inspiration and connections."
Ms Wall said the conference would include a "master class" on procurement as a route to growing a business, led by Mrs Hurley.
"She's going to share her insight and knowledge on how to maximise your chances of winning new business through procurement.
"Bev knows what it is like to run a micro business, a small business and grow a medium business."
Another master class will focus on building on-line brands. Ms Wall said Enterprising Women was currently organising road-shows across the South West to promote the organisation and encourage women to become members.
It is also involved in a mentoring campaign and is seeking feedback from business women.
"Over four weeks Enterprising Women will be exploring how mentoring had helped its members to grow their enterprises," Ms Wall said.
"We want some feedback from women who use mentors.
"We'd also like mentors to get in touch so we can learn about their experiences in helping female-led businesses."
Women can join the discussion through Enterprising Women's Facebook group or Twitter feed.
And Ms Wall, who took over from Bridget Rice as PEW network and events coordinator in July, added: "If there are any women out there, female entrepreneurs, looking to join, we have a dedicated website or they can get in touch with me."
The Winning Business conference is from 1pm to 6pm on October 31, free to PEW members but £20 for non members.
Contact Alison. email@example.com or visit plymouth.enterprising-women.org