Berkshire Women in Business event set to inspire and support female leaders
Berkshire Growth Hub, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP and NatWest collaborate to promote female entrepreneurism in the county
As part of the International Women’s Day celebrations happening throughout March, the first Berkshire Women in Business Masterclass will be taking place on 26th March 2020, 2pm-4pm, in Reading to inspire, celebrate and support female business leaders and entrepreneurs across Berkshire.
Organised by the Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP and NatWest, this free half-day masterclass is aimed at owners and directors of small and medium sized businesses as well as those just starting up. Providing practical advice through real-life case studies, the event will explore the challenges and opportunities facing female entrepreneurs and highlight the support available to them, locally and nationally.
The masterclass will include a panel of inspirational female business leaders, who will share their own business journeys and discuss the findings of the Rose Review - an independent study lead by Alison Rose, now CEO of NatWest, that brought the barriers that women in business face, as well as the value that developing female entrepreneurship could bring the UK economy, into sharp focus. A panel of financial experts will also be on hand to talk about the wide range of finance options available to businesses and what prospective investors are looking for. The event will culminate in an interactive workshop on leadership skills delivered by ESB Training.
An impressive line-up of speakers has already been confirmed, which includes; Dominique Unsworth MBE, CEO of Resource Productions in Slough, Suzie Walker, Founder of Primal Pantry in Maidenhead, Sarah Atkinson, Corporate Social Responsibility Director at FTSE 100 Micro Focus in Newbury, Cheryl Weeks, Fund Manager at The FSE Group, Amanda Shovelton, Business Growth Enabler at NatWest and renowned angel investor, Meganne Houghton-Berry.
According to the Rose Review boosting female entrepreneurship could add £250bn to the UK economy, so encouraging and supporting current and future female business leaders in Berkshire is crucial. With 50 free places available, the event will provide an excellent opportunity for attendees to expand their knowledge, develop their skills and network with other local entrepreneurs and business leaders.