Business and Innovation Projects. Events. News - 09 March 2021

EVENT: Enterprising Women – Celebration of International Women’s Day

The D2N2 Growth Hub will be marking International Women’s Day 2021 by supporting the East Midlands Chamber in a virtual event on March 12. The event will provide a chance to hear inspirational business stories and valuable insights from women in business across the East Midlands.

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International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

Over the past year D2N2’s Growth Hub has been involved in several initiatives aimed at supporting female led businesses.

The Women in Leadership online webinar series in 2020 ran from June to August and attracted 322 bookings with some excellent delegate feedback.

Dawn Edwards, MD of Challenge Consulting who lead on the Women in Leadership webinars said: “It was a privilege to deliver the Women in Leadership seminars on behalf of D2N2 which were aptly titled Grit and Grace.  Women in business have so much to contribute to organisations yet are still under represented in Board rooms and make up only one in three of business start ups. ”

“International Women’s day is an opportunity to showcase success stories, highlight role models and to value the contributions all women play in society, in order to build strong foundations for the female leaders of the future.”

Maria Peggs has been running a successful female-led High Growth cohort as part of the Peer Network Programme. Peer Networks is designed for business leaders who want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. Launched in 2020 the network is currently helping over 200 business.

Speaking about International Women’s Day, Maria said: “I think International Women’s Day offers us all the opportunity to reach out and support, celebrate and recognise the amazing talents that women bring to business and to entrepreneurship.  From leading the Women in Leadership Peer to Peer Network I’ve seen the quality and expertise in the room from the women who are taking part.  I’ve listened to the feedback shared and the actions participants have already taken and how that action has positively impacted their businesses.

“To know I’m facilitating this Network and playing my own small part in building this community is amazing and humbling in equal measure.  It’s reminded me, yet again, of the sheer talent and ambition that’s out there as well as the willingness to help, support and share too.”

The Growth Hub continues to champion the work of female entrepreneurs such as Rachel Hayward, founder of Ask the Chameleon Ltd. Rachel was named as one of the UKs most inspirational female entrepreneurs by Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign. Rachel was showcased alongside 100 female entrepreneurs from across the UK, as part of the campaign’s recognition of the multi-achievements of women that have proved critical to society during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On being listed in the #ialso100, Rachel said: “I am so proud and honoured to be part of an amazing group of female national entrepreneurs, who always go above and beyond for their teams, clients and business communities.  I’d like to share this award with all the women who have supported me in my own business, without them in this year in particular, life would have been very challenging.”

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