Local businesswomen provide Surrey inspiration
The Be Inspired: Make It Happen event was held at the Surrey National Golf Club on January 28th, and was the brainchild of Rosemary French OBE, executive director for the Gatwick Diamond Initiative.
Ms French said:”At any one time 10 per cent of women are thinking of starting their own business and yet there is little hands-on advice and support available.”In my experience, one of the most valuable sources of support is the encouragement that women can bring each other.
“For this reason we organised this networking event for local businesswomen, sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, Tandridge District Council and Oxted-based Talent Gateway with support from Surrey and Sussex Chambers of Commerce.”
The event was fully booked, indicating the obvious demand from entrepreneurs. Key speakers included Nici Jupp, the managing director for Talent Gateway, an Oxted company who provide business support and recruitment. Talent Gateway specialises in placing experienced, skilled women in more flexible, part-time roles.
Louise Round, chief executive for Tandridge District Council, also spoke, covering her journey from the world of law to the top office within the local authority.
Ms Round said:
“The key to success in overcoming some of the challenges women still face in the workplace is a willingness to volunteer to do things, even when you are not sure you can, and to be curious about everything.
“I find that most things are interesting if you are interested in them.
“The single greatest gift parents and our education system can give our daughters is self-belief.”
She outlined the approach the council had towards supporting start-up and small businesses in the region, many of which are run by women seeking to balance commercial success with continued child care.