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Leicester Woman who event ‘the most successful yet’

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The most recent FSB and Woman Who…Achieves Leicestershire partnership event in Leicester has been hailed as the ‘most successful yet’ by attendees. 

The partnership was born following the release of FSBs ‘Women in Business: The Untapped Potential’ report which highlighted issues and opportunities regarding woman in business.

One finding was that there was further need for mentoring and networking, and so Sandra Garlick, an FSB member and local businesswoman who is part of FSBs national ‘Women in Enterprise Taskforce’, set up the Woman Who events and awards to offer just that on behalf of FSB. Sandra has been rolling out ‘Woman Who…..Achieves’ events and awards across the Midlands and beyond with great success.  

Monday's event was the fourth Leicestershire event and featured Leicestershire Businesswoman Amanda Daly of Dalycom, and The Turnaround CEO; Julie White, successful Dragons Den contestant and founder of Compassio Coaching, and Sarah Harrisson, former successful business owner and current Leicester City Centre Director. 

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FSB Development Manager Jennifer Thomas, who has been working on the partnership said: “It doesn’t come as a huge surprise that there’s appetite for events which mix business talk with a softer, more frank and personal discussion.  People these days want to hear more than just a success story, and they certainly don’t want a pitch. They want real people telling it like it really is, the successes and the failures, the triumph and the tears, what they learnt and what really matters.”

The format of hearing from successful businesswomen about how they’re achieved what they’ve achieved, mixed with the challenges they’ve faced, their biggest hurdles and their advice to others has provided some genuinely inspiring events. 

Jennifer continued “Our most recent event covered experiences with Dragons Den, setting up and losing a business, working abroad, leaving education with no qualifications, going back to study again later in life, heartbreak, children, juggling family responsibilities, hindsight and the realisation that your business can be everything to you and can take everything from you too.  

So many similar threads ran throughout the talks but one which is particularly relevant at the moment is around mental health, recognising stress and anxiety, listening to your body and mind and making time to love and care for yourself. We heard some great advice from women who have given their all to their businesses, particularly around taking time for yourself, reflecting on your personal and business goals, delegating and building the right team to allow you to lead, grow and stay sane! 

Feedback from the attendees, both men and women has been outstanding, and we’ll definitely be continuing to support this partnership so long as local members tell us that they want it. 

Alexandra Kowalczuk, who runs Alexandra K, The Business Fixer, said: “All three speakers were so inspiring and it was amazing what they had all achieved when the chips were down. “I found it so refreshing to hear of their success stories delivered in such a frank and honest way.”

The next event takes place at Kilworth House Hotel on Monday, June 25 and is open to members, non-members, women and men. To book a place click here.

If you would like to speak at a future event please email

Jennifer.thomas@fsb.org.uk

Pictured top: Sandra Garlick

Pictured middle: Jules White, Compassio, Sarah Harrisson, Leicester City Council, Amanda Daly, Dalycom and The Turnaround CEO