Wiltshire businesswomen get inspired on International Women's Day
Businesswomen and entrepreneurs from around the county attended the third annual Swindon and Wiltshire Women in Business conference, held on International Women's Day (8 March).
The event at Bowood House was hosted by The Enterprise Network in Swindon and Wiltshire (TEN) and opened by Fleur de Rhé-Philipe, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for economic development and skills, and chair of the TEN Advisory Board.
TEN is led by Wiltshire Council, working with partners, and its mission is to support Wiltshire's economic development, and nurture small businesses across Swindon and Wiltshire to grow and reach their full potential.
The conference promoted the sharing of ideas and inspiration through a series of workshops hosted by local businesswomen, networking opportunities, and speeches from keynote speakers Rebecca Jones, of the Red Shoe Business Academy, and Kerry Gover, of Pink Box Boutique. Business owners also had the opportunity to sign up for Swindon and Wiltshire's new SME Growth project, which offers 12 hours of free specialist business advice and grants of up to £10,000.
Fleur de Rhé-Philipe said: "Women are vitally important to the Wiltshire economy and it was an honour to speak to so many of our county's businesswomen.
"The Enterprise Network has had a huge impact in Wiltshire during the past three years, and its Women in Business conference is a highlight of the local small business calendar.
"Research has shown that the UK economy is missing out on more than 1.2 million new enterprises due to the untapped business potential of women. In Wiltshire, we aim to play our part in reducing that number and to unlock the potential of female small business owners and entrepreneurs in the county.
"This conference is a great way to achieve that."