The event was held at Cantley House Hotel (the lovely Laura Robb, the events manager there, did us proud) and we had over 60 business women attend.
The night was a mix of business pitches, networking, speakers & general chatting and the feedback has been really positive.
The business pitch element was introduced following our first event last July. It seemed that the women attending that launch event couldn’t get enough of it and this year’s event was no different. When I speak to men who networking they find it difficult to do a 60 pitch & sometimes struggle to fill the seconds. Not so when it comes to women. We were feeling generous and gave everyone the chance to do a 2 minute pitch, via a microphone at the front of the room. 40 women opted to do it and boy, did they fill their time! It was fantastic to see women so passionate, so animated and so loving it!
The Wokingham Town Team spoke about their initiative. Fantastic and part of the Mary Portas High Street Initiative. Anyone wanting to get involved, you must check out their website. With Wokingham Fashion Week launching in May and Sunday Markets heading to the town soon, there’s lots to get involved with.
And our guest speaker was the wonderful Beth Hughes from Making Change Stick. Coming on at the end of the evening after everyone had been up pitching their businesses, you’d think people would be jaded. Not so. Beth filled the room with her passion, her knowledge and she shared some top business tips that no one wanted to miss. (Keep your eye out for the next blog post on what those top tips are!).
A couple of other mentions. The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce and The Federation of Small Businesses both came along to offer suport and help to our business ladies at the event. Certainly worth checking out both their websites. And last, but by no means least, the fabulous Claire Saul & Sarah Young from The Ollie Young Foundation. The event was supporting this wonderful, local charity and we raised over £500 on the night.
Check out some of the photos from the night (and thanks to my husband Jon Bradley for taking these photos. The only man allowed into the event! He popped in for a quick hour with our two kids in tow, straight from helping out at the local Beavers Scout Farm trip. Proving that perhaps men can multi-task after all!).
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