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Estimates by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring Consortium show that the proportion of women involved in ‘total early stage entrepreneurial activity’ or TEA in 2017/18 in the UK stood at 5.3 per cent for women and a higher 11.5 per cent for men.
And in an effort to support the growing number of women who are choosing to go it alone in the world of business, the first annual Women in Business EXPO in 2019 will make its debut later this year.
The free-to-attend event will be held at Farnborough International Conference and Exhibition Centre, Hampshire, from 16-17 October 2019.
As well as a fascinating programme of talks, attendees will get guidance on future career moves as well as learning about other business, franchise and career opportunities.
The event will kick off with a session on business and career development from Baroness Karren Brady, who will draw on her experience as Vice Chairman of West Ham F.C, as a Peer in the House of Lords and as Small Business Ambassador for the Government to inspire the next generation of female leaders in business.
Day two is set to open with another session led by Lady Michelle Mone – who is a Peer in the House of Lords and Business Tsar for the Government – who will lead a frank discussion on how she built her multi-million-pound lingerie business, Ultimo Brands International, from the ground up.
Michelle commented, “I’m delighted to be speaking at Women in Business EXPO. This event is so important to highlight and show how women of today can overcome the unique challenges faced in work and business, and provide the inspiration for a new beginning.”
Other female speakers on the roster include supermodel turned entrepreneur Caprice Bourret and Cynthia V Davis, founder and CEO of BAME Recruitment.
Christie Day, Group Event Director for Women in Business EXPO also added, “According to the Women’s Business Council there has been a ‘significant shift’ in the experiences of women in the workplace in the last five years. But there’s still challenges to be overcome.
“We want to empower women to confidently take the next step in their working lives, and to feel comfortable juggling the work/life balance. Whether you’re returning to work, planning the next chapter in your career, looking to start a business or considering franchising, we launched Women in Business EXPO with you in mind.”