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Enterprising Women Make A Difference Conference 2012

PUBLISHED: 10:46 26 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:42 20 February 2013

Enterprising Women Make A Difference Conference 2012

Enterprising Women Make A Difference Conference 2012

Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd is delighted to announce that the 7th annual Enterprising Women Make a Difference Conference 2012 will take place during Global Entrepreneurship Week on National Women's Enterprise Day, Wednesday 14th November

Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd is delighted to announce that the 7th annual Enterprising Women Make a Difference Conference 2012 will take place during Global Entrepreneurship Week on National Women's Enterprise Day, Wednesday 14th November. This years celebration of womens enterprise will be hosted at The Hatherley Manor Hotel in Gloucester and will cater for up to 160 local business owners. The conference is a landmark event in the Gloucestershire business calendar and the mix of speakers, training workshops and networking opportunities make it a must attend event. Business Support Manager, Michaela Cozens has been hard at work finalising this years line up. Significantly in the Diamond Jubilee Year, The Lord Lieutenant, Dame Janet Trotter, the Queens representative for Gloucestershire will open the conference.

Michaela believes that the current economic conditions have created many opportunities for entrepreneurial women and she is keen to promote the conference as a platform for building contacts and developing business skills. She says: "The 2012 Conference is a fantastic opportunity to take a day out of your business to work on your business. Each year we guarantee an inspiring line up of speakers, coupled with talented trainers and great networking opportunities, not to mention the famous conference goody bags, and 2012 will be no exception. Enterprising Women Make A Difference caters for the needs of female entrepreneurs at all stages of the business cycle, so whether you are just starting out in business or you have been trading for many years, there is something for everyone."

The theme of this years conference is Anything is Possible and we are delighted to welcome Victoria Sanders, Managing Director of Teletext Holidays as this years keynote speaker.

From travel industry columnist to sky-diver, winner of the Women 1st Shine Woman of the Year award, Victoria Sanders is a business leader with a daredevil streak. She is an inspirational leader with a vision for how travel will be booked in the future and has a proven track record in turning Teletext Holidays around. She re-launched the Teletext Holidays business by embracing 21st century technology and turned it round from making a 5.5 million loss to a 2.7 million profit in just two years. All this was done during one of the most challenging economic periods. The company is now one of the most popular places to search for holidays online, on television or on smart phones and last month saw the launch of its own App in partnership with Virgin Media.

Gloucestershire Medias own Managing Director, Sarah Pullen will make a short presentation to launch the Business Women Awards 2013 and we are pleased to announce that some of last years winners will be sharing their stories with us at the Conference.

Our chosen Charity this year is the National Star College who provide specialist further education, training and personal development for young people aged 16-25 with complex physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and associated sensory, learning, medical, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Students attending the National Star College get a stepping stone in their transition towards adulthood and in gaining the skills and personal confidence to lead the most fulfilling and active lives possible. We are hopeful that former student Katie Etherington will be able to join us to share her experiences since leaving the college. She is a Business woman herself who was recently awarded a prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Gold Award by Lord Willis of Knaresborough at the House of Commons to recognise her professional achievements and the impact National Star College has had on her career.

This years Chair is Catherine Green, Partner WSP Solicitors, who won the Gloucestershire Media Communicator of the Year Award 2011. Catherine has driven the growth of WSP over the last four years taking on the marketing of the firm. She instigated a series of business briefings, free seminars with leading experts and attended by many of the successful businesses in Stroud and a wider area. Recognising that there was no networking group aimed at younger business people, she founded the Under 40 (ish) Networking group which within 12 months had 55 members. Catherine also chairs the Stroud Businesswomans Network with a vibrant mix of speakers, networking and support. Not only is Catherine top of her professional game but also manages to find time to help the broad business community. Her selfless attitude makes her warm, engaging and approachable and a true leader for women to aspire to.

As an important member of the organising committee, Catherine says "The Conferences have always been amazing with the prefect mix of inspiring speakers, workshops and networking opportunities. I love hearing the stories of the ladies who attend whether its over coffee or lunch and am always proud of what women in Gloucestershire have and can achieve. I am delighted to have been asked to chair the conference this year and cannot wait!"

This years event is an opportunity to not only celebrate the many amazing examples of female entrepreneurship in Gloucestershire but to also showcase many services and business support within an exhibitors area. Sponsors include Gloucester City Council,as well as the conference organisers, Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited.


Dame Janet Trotter
Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire

Debra Drew, Managing Director of Fabric Architecture Ltd
Winner of Diamond Jubilee Woman of the Year Award 2012

Kate Green, Director of Capital Appeals National Star College
Winner of the Award for Innovation 2012

Tricia Prince, owner of Cotswolds Vintage Party Hire

Angela Brown, owner of Cool Boys Shoes and recently Cool Girls Shoes

Wendy Thompson owner of Wendy Goes Green

Gail Gibson, owner True Expressions will host a How Not To Network workshop

Beth Whittaker, Director Viva Communications Ltd will host a Shout it Out! How to get your business noticed workshop

Marcus Green of CSR Zone Ltd and Helen Taylor of Ecotricity Ltd will host a Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Workshop

Chris Isaacs of Isaac Partnership Ltd will host a Marketing your business workshop

Tickets for this years event have once again been held at 2010 rates and cover all the training, speakers and refreshments throughout the day including a hot two course lunch and afternoon tea (40 + VAT).

Conference tickets are now on sale by contacting Gloucestershire Enterprise on 0845 838 9963 or for further information, email businesssupport@glosenterprise.co.uk.

For further information visit http://www.glosenterprise.co.uk/business-support/enterprising-women-make-a-difference-conference/

To book online visit http://www.glosenterprise.co.uk/business-support/workshops/enterprising-women-make-a-difference/enterprising-women-make-a-difference-2012.php

Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis and places are strictly limited to 160. Early booking is highly recommended as last years event sold out several weeks prior to the conference.

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