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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Grab your tickets for North West Women’s Enterprise Day event


Now is your chance to grab tickets to the region’s biggest business event for women.

Women from across the North West will be heading to Cheshire East for

North West Women’s Enterprise Day on November 16 – which includes a full programme of activities planned for the gathering at Cranage Hall, Cranage.

Tickets are now on sale but entrepreneurs are urged to get theirs quickly as the 250 places are likely to sell out fast.

People who attend will get the opportunity to share best practice, explore new ways of doing business, access specialist support and advice and make new contacts.

Cheshire East Council is the main sponsor for the event, which in 2010 and 2011 received Outstanding Impact Awards from Enterprise UK.

The keynote speakers this year are former Commonwealth Games Gold Medal-winning 800m runner Diane Modahl and inspirational business woman Sharon Bailey.

Diane successfully battled to clear her name after being wrongly accused of taking a performance-enhancing drug and went on to more track glory. Since then she has been active in a number of roles including setting up her own charitable foundation, which makes high-quality athletics coaching available to young people, particularly those in disadvantaged areas. Sharon left school at 16 with no qualifications – but went on to run her own successful company. 

Last year’s keynote speaker, Ruth Clemens, will also attend the event. Ruth was hugely popular last year and this year she will share the latest chapter in her business journey: From a trip to Rwanda with Save The Children to publishing The Busy Girl's Guide to Cake Decorating, it's been a hectic year.
Ruth was a finalist in the 2010 BBC2 series, The Great British Bake Off. This resulted in the launch of her business The Pink Whisk. She writes a popular baking blog, works with major UK brands on baking-related projects and recipe development, is a published author and also teaches a variety of baking courses.

Activities on offer at this year’s event include:

●          Eight inspirational speakers – talks from a range of high-profile speakers;

●          20 practical workshops;

●          Living library – borrow a person for 15 minutes to benefit from their expertise;

●          Hot Seat Sizzler – where our panel will tackle business challenges – live!;

●          Equality Diversity and Me – a panel discussion, which includes Shadow

            Spokesperson for Women and Equality Kate Green MP;

●          Artisans’ Avenue – enabling local artisans to showcase and sell their products;

●          Networking with more than 250 business women; and

●          Lunchtime Tapas – mini advice sessions over lunch.

Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, Councillor Jamie Macrae, said: “This event is an ideal opportunity for women to come together to share their experiences, develop new business relationships and inspire others.

“Cheshire East Council is committed fully to supporting both new and established businesses as much as we can – something which is of even more importance in the present tough economic climate.”

To book tickets to the event visit:

Alternatively, people can contact Cheshire East Council’s business engagement officer Jacqueline Wilson on 01270 685911.

For more information on the event, including updates on speakers and workshops people are advised to join the group set up on the LinkedIn website ( This can be done by searching for ‘NW Women’s Enterprise Day’.

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