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Small business marks International Women's Day

The Federation of Small Businesses has teamed up with the Women in Business Network and Stevenage Borough Council and to mark International Women’s Day. 


The three organisations together hosted an event at Hotel Cromwell in Stevenage High Street to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Charlotte Gatward – from one of Hertfordshire’s oldest family run jewellers, Gatwards of Hitchin spoke  on the challenges that have faced her professional career and how she overcame them.

Dr Klara Valko, DSc, FRSC – who has a business based at the Business & Technology Centre in Stevenage discussed how she was inspired to run her own business after more than 20 years at Stevenage-based pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline.

The event’s finale came from award-winning coach Jenny Garrett, who used her many years of experience in coaching and leadership development to host an interactive session to inspire attendees on how they can identify their uniqueness and increase confidence.

International Women’s Day is a global day which celebrates women and marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

The campaign theme this year was  #BalanceforBetter, with the aim to create a gender-balanced working world.

The campaign will run all year, providing a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action.

The event took Hotel Cromwell in Stevenage Old Town on International Women’s Day and provided networking opportunities before and after presentations from the speakers.

Area Leader for FSB in Beds, Cambs and Herts,  Pam Charman, also attended and spoke at the event,  about the work that FSB are undertaking to lobby for better conditions for self-employed women. Pam said: “This was a great way to celebrate International Women’s Day-  with some inspirational speakers, great food and great company. I look forward to  doing something similar to celebrate International Woman’s Day 2020.”