The world is ever-changing and is evolving especially in the UK, culturally, economically and politically. This inspiring event brings a ‘red table’ style discussion with change-makers, to discuss how they are not only shifting the image of women in business, but are also responding to change and breaking barriers against the odds in a post-pandemic world.
Topics of discussion will include:
The reality of starting a business and getting into entrepreneurship as a woman todayThe ways in which women are rising in recovery within a post-pandemic worldThe opportunities our speakers have found to break barriers, especially receiving funding as a woman, visibility in the press and being recognised by key stakeholders.The International Women’s Day 2023 of Embrace Equity, and how we can best embrace and encourage diversity and inclusion in business for colleagues and peers from marginalised communities.
Guests will hear insights into how to emerge from the unique difficulties of the past few years and still have your business remain in good shape even with increased costs and challenges.
Do you ever find it hard to ask for help? What if you could swap something you were good at in exchange for support in the subject you need it in most.
Just like swapping pre-loved clothes and goods, come along to swap and share your experiences and expertise. Set up in the early weeks of the initial lockdown last year, local entrepreneurs and friends, Rachel Hayward and Lee Marples, formed a not-for-profit to revive the fun and informality from the seventies show, The Multi-Coloured Swap Shop. The idea is simple – register online and get to meet other people looking to progress and learn in a peer-to-peer community.
From its beginnings in Derby, then to Nottingham and Leicester, the digital marketplace is now UK-wide and sees hundreds of new swaps posted monthly.
You might be looking for someone to help set up a new Instagram account for you and can offer up a monthly cake selection box from your baking business in return? Or even swap copy-writing for accounting?
Join us for this special, interactive session over lunchtime where we invite you to listen in and consider how to work with, and help, one another.
We’re looking to seal some deals and build up your support network.
Every business needs to evaluate its environmental impact. Although the arrival of digital photography has reduced the impact on the environment that film photography had, there is still more that can be done.
This session will take you through some of the first steps to a greener business, covering everything from reducing and repurposing waste to buying from environmentally friendly suppliers, all the while helping you to become your best photographer.
Your idea becomes a business once you have those first customers and cash flow. It sounds simple, but in reality there are many complexities to defining how you will draw in customers, retain their loyalty and continue producing profit. In this session you can get to grips with the essential early decisions needed to set out how much it will cost to deliver your products and services, how to determine what price to charge and how to keep people coming back for more. And importantly, we will discuss how you can do all of this with heart and the social impact front and centre.
You will hear from the 2020 winner of The Small Awards’ Bricks and Clicks category, MODO Creative who have experimented and evolved an impressive multi-channel sales strategy.
MODO Creative also focus on the idea that a money-making business can also be community-forging and impactful. They will discuss how you might consider independent makers, designers and services to pass on sales further down the supply chain and keep them retained within the small business community.
Karen Campbell from The Small Awards will be on hand to outline some tips and best practice as well as moderating the interview.
Though you may be starting small at the beginning, join us to learn about some clever ways to cultivate a winning customer experience for your walk-in and online audience.
Join independent business and compliance advisor Jacqueline Daley as she talks to three entrepreneurs from the Liverpool City Region who have put sustainability at the heart of their businesses. Kate Stewart (We Make Places CIC), Alison Hulse (McCormacks) and M Vahid Nagori (Green Bell Packaging Ltd.) will reflect on their individual journeys, and discuss why sustainability is so important to each of them, the challenges they have faced in starting up and offer advice for other founders.