Plymouth women's business networking organisation Wings launches with R Kelly song
A NETWORKING organisation for women in business has been launched with a civic showcase, a large turnout – and a song.
More than 70 people, mostly female, attended he launch of Wings – Inspirational Networking for Women at the council chamber, in Armada Way.
And they rounded off a day of workshops and presentations with a rousing chorus of R Kelly's timeless ode to upward mobility I Believe I Can Fly, led by the Devonport Park Community Choir under the direction of Lucy Luxmore.
It was a fitting end to an inspirational event, which also saw businesses launch and a fashion show.
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Wings is the brainchild of city entrepreneurs Mandy Drake-Worth and Alison Casey, also a Plymouth City councillor.
Cllr Casey said: "It's been inspirational. We have had speeches from people telling about difficult backgrounds and struggles with life, which were encouraging others to overcome their barriers or fears and to believe in themselves."
Cllr Casey, Labour member for Moor View and the founder of Casey's Corner which helps find funding for community projects and activities, explained that Wings is aimed at "unemployed women, stay at-home mums, women wanting looking at self-employment, women in jobs, disabled, gay, disadvantaged, ethnic, and migrant women who may feel isolated".
Mrs Drake-Worth, boss of Happy Signers, which teaches sign language to deaf and hearing infants, said: "We want to reach women from all groups and backgrounds across the city and develop more opportunities for women to look at setting up their own businesses."
The event also featured a performance by Titah's Travelling Theatre, and featured representation from Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, BBC Radio Cornwall, Outset Plymouth and Fireproof PR.