As we all know, people start up businesses for lots of different reasons and, although important for some, it is not always about aiming for fast, high growth. Through the “Women Business Owners – Make it Work for the Long Haul” event in celebration of International Women’s Day 2017, the aim is rather to explore longevity in business. Leading women business owners will present their experiences of sustaining a business over the long term. This will include reflecting on how they have navigated their way through changing business and personal life-cycle stages. In addition to generic issues, the event will also focus on those that are gender specific.
For example, if a key motivation towards business ownership for many women is the search for flexibility, how can this be reconciled with the ‘24/7/365’ approach often associated with early start-up and transition phases? As well as considering highs, lows, challenges and opportunities that arise over time, speakers and delegates will discuss strategies they have found beneficial including access to role models, mixed and gender specific business networking and mentoring. These and other ideas will be debated in roundtable discussions and will result in the production a report from the day to capture the essence of “How women business owners make it work for the long haul!”
Speakers include Linda Narbeth who established her business in 1994. She was a finalist in the Welsh Women of the Year Awards in 1995 and won the ‘Effective returner’ category of the Awards in 1996. After gaining many business accolades over the years, Linda was named South Wales Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2012. As well as being Managing Director of Cherryblue, a leading training and personal development company, Linda is a highly regarded business coach and mentor.
This collaborative event is being jointly organised by the Women’s Entrepreneurship Hub: University of South Wales, the FSB, Chwarae Teg and Pinkspiration and is Lottery Funded.
WHEN: 31st March