Over 70 enterprising women and men joined the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to launch their Women in Business North Wales network.
The network has been established in North Wales to provide a supportive, friendly and informal environment whilst offering a platform to network and build relationships.
The initiative focuses on the three goals of personal development and education, collaboration and empowerment for those women both new to business and those looking at ways to learn new skills and develop their established businesses.
The UK currently has 5.7 million small businesses and self-employed, but it is estimated that could be boosted by a further 1.2 million new enterprises led by women. This untapped business potential of women can be tackled, in part, by increasing the visibility of role models for women entrepreneurs and offering a supportive platform, according to a recent FSB report.
The network aims to highlight the achievements, challenges and roles of women in both a personal and professional capacity.
Speakers at the launch included several female business leaders from across the region including Karen Warren, KW Inner Strength, who hosted the ‘educational’ presentation. Karen gave an uplifting talk on her passion of helping more introverted people manage their anxiety, building their confidence and self esteem to thrive in a more extraverted world.
Vicki Roskams, Enbarr Enterprises, hosted the ‘collaboration’ presentation and gave an update on the Enbarr Foundation and how by working in partnership the businesses in North Wales can make a difference by achieving their ethical promises by supporting the Army Forces Covenant and Disability Confident.
The event also saw Lucy Belk from Delyn Safety Ltd share her journey to date, having now completed her studies at Glyndŵr University. Lucy gave an honest account of how previously she wouldn’t have thought of joining a small business but in hindsight it has turned out to be the best decision she has made since it has offered her a greater breadth of experience and skills.
Sandra Donoghue, Federation of Small Business and instrumental in championing this network in North Wales said: “More and more women are seeing self-employment as an attractive career option and are choosing to set up their own business.
“Our aim is to create a network to help women achieve their goals by enabling them to access support that is tailored to their needs, speaking to other business women at different stages of the entrepreneurial journey, learning from role models and working with mentors which will develop their business ideas and identify strategies for future growth.
“It was fantastic to see so many women from across North Wales supporting the event which shows that there is a need for this level of support. The room was full of energy which was extremely motivational to all involved. As a group we will work together to make one another successful.”
If you would like to attend future FSB Women in Business North Wales events email Sandra.Donoghue@fsb.org.uk