Entrepreneurs make it their business to share their own inspiring stories

GROUP HUB: (Left to right) Jayne Bennett, Gillian Palmer, Lynne Gadsden, Siobhan Stirling, Teresa Wickham and Lucy Ames

The Finance Hub, on The Pantiles was the location of another Make It Your Business event at the end of last month which saw Teresa Wickham, the Director of Covent Garden Market Authority, the largest flower, fruit, and veggie wholesale market in London, as its keynote speaker.

Make It Your Business is a nationwide organisation that holds seminars across the country, providing opportunities for women to connect with like-minded businesswomen and gain knowledge from each other’s experiences. At the most recent Tunbridge Wells event, Teresa Wickham, who feels passionate about food, agribusiness and the retail sector, shared her insights and top tips for success.

She said: “I put my success down to three things: passion, networking and mentors. Passion in what you’re doing is very important, networking helps build credibility and drives you forward, mentors are there for guidance – never be afraid to ask for help! There is always an element of luck involved in business but it is all down to how you treat that luck, make sure you’re creating opportunities for yourself.”

Three Tunbridge Wells-based entrepreneurs also shared their business journeys at the event, which was chaired by Siobhan Stirling, Managing Director of marketing and PR agency, Sharp Minds Communications.

They were: financial planner Lynne Gadsden of Grovewood Wealth, solicitor Jane Bennett of JE Bennett Law, and former analyst Lucy Ames who now runs The Smartist Social Media, a business which provides her clients, with full and part-time management of social media services, helping their brands to stand out from the crowd online.’

The Make It Your Business event was founded by entrepreneur, writer and broadcaster Alison Cork, who serves as the representative of the British library business and IP centres.

“There is something so powerful about women sharing their business stories with one another and providing each other with ideas, support and inspiration,” commented Siobhan Stirling after the event, which was held on September 29.

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