Women telling the story of their own businesses can motivate female-led ambition and start-ups, according to organisers of a seminar series on entrepreneurship.
‘Make it Your Business’ (MIYB) groups across the country, each with a ‘local champion’, offer aspiring local businesswomen information and opportunities to network with established female entrepreneurs as well as other local peers.
Tunbridge Wells local champion Siobhan Stirling, the founder of Sharp Minds Communications, said: “The story-sharing element of Make It Your Business is so powerful – I see each member of the audience having at least one lightbulb moment as they connect directly with something one of the panellists has shared.”
Ms Stirling will chair the next event, on September 23, introducing keynote speaker Denise Hamilton, chief corporate affairs and communications officer of Tunbridge Wells-based Childrensalon.
Also on the panel next month are Pam Loch of employment consultants Loch Associates, Sarah Raine of the Colley Raine & Associates marketing agency, and coach and small business owner Dee Airey.
MIYB was founded by Alison Cork, a writer, broadcaster and entrepreneur who is also an ambassador for the Business & IP Centre, a British Library spin-off which supports entrepreneurs.
She said: “Creating a space for local businesswomen to network with each other and learn from each others’ successes – and failures – is a magical formula which our audiences tell us time and again gives them valuable insights to apply to their own businesses.”
Make It Your Business Tunbridge Wells is on Friday, September 23, from 10.30am-12.30pm at The Finance Hub, The Pantiles. For tickets, search for the event at: www.eventbrite.co.uk