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Cheltenham businesswoman returns from representing the UK in Rome

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:00 13 December 2017

Julie Marino - Bawe (L-R) Board Member Tanya Hine, ex Bawe President and Lousie Oliver President of BAWE at Gala Ball

Julie Marino - Bawe (L-R) Board Member Tanya Hine, ex Bawe President and Lousie Oliver President of BAWE at Gala Ball

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Louise Oliver, Director of Piercefield Oliver said, "I was very proud to represent the UK on behalf of Women Entrepreneurs on the international stage."

Louise Oliver, Director of Cheltenham-based financial planning company, Piercefield Oliver, and President of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE) has just returned from representing the UK at the 65th FCEM World Congress in Rome which included personally speaking at the Italian Senate.

Represented in over 120 countries, FCEM is the biggest international women’s entrepreneurial group in the world with presidents and delegates gathering from all across the globe for this highly important Congress. Louise said: “I was very proud to represent the UK on behalf of Women Entrepreneurs on the international stage. I was asked to deliver a speech to delegates at the Italian Senate and I was able to highlight the UK’s entrepreneurial spirit and the significant number of start-ups year on year. Sadly though women entrepreneurs still only account for about 25% of UK start-ups.”

Louise with BAWE, continue to campaign to increase this figure. Held over three days from November 20-22, the FCEM Congress hosted speakers and panels covering a wealth topics including the hot topic of the gender pay gap. There was also a heated debate between international delegates on the use of quotas to increase the number of women on company boards.

Louise furthered: “As BAWE UK president I am able to forge positive international relations which in this climate, especially with BREXIT, is invaluable. I met with inspirational business women from all over the world keen to network and grow their businesses.

“FCEM is the largest international Women’s group of its kind in the world. I came away reassured and positive that we can continue to collaborate and support each other in growing our businesses and economies. I am looking forward to attending the next annual Congress which will take place in 2018 in Moscow.”

One of the main focal points of the Congress was the transfer of the FCEM World President role and title from Laura Fhati Gucci to FCEM Vice President, Marie Christine Oghly. The delegates of the 70 countries represented also took part in a symbolic releasing of 800 balloons in unison on the Spanish Steps in Rome, to campaign for women against violence.

Louise was accompanied to the Congress by representatives of BAWE Scotland. As Chairwoman of BAWE Scotland, Ann-Maree Morrison said: “I am extremely pleased to have been able to have three Scottish representatives at the appointment of our new FCEM World President in Rome to meet with over 800 like-minded female entrepreneurs and form international connections for growing our businesses. As a follow-up to Berlin with the W20 it was interesting to hear FCEM views on female empowerment and equality.”

For more information about the Association or the event please contact Louise Oliver at louise.oliver@piercefield.co.uk or on 0345 2578749.

Visit the BAWE website here.

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