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North West Women's Enterprise Day 2014

WhyNotChange - Melanie Bryan OBE, DL

Friday, 21 November 2014 from 08:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

North West Women's Enterprise Day 2014

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NW Women's Enterprise Day 21st November 2014 Ended £50.00 £1.90

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A very warm welcome to the 2014 North West Women's Enterprise Day Event -


Full details can be found at our website:

As those of you who joined us for this fabulous day in previous years will know that with just 250 tickets available this event sells out very quickly so please do book now to avoid disappointment.

This amazing award winning event, now in it's 5th year, will inspire you, challenge your thinking and offer practical help to enable you to grow (or perhaps start up) your business and overcome your obstacles to doing so.

We're part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 - and multi-award winning! 

We're proud to be part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014. Indeed the GEWUK team has awarded us an outstanding/high impact badge of honour in each year for the high calibre content of our day, and importantly the results our event delivers. We have some wonderful success stories to share ranging from women who were inspired to take the plunge to start a new business to those who received the practical support they needed to grow to a new level.

We're the largest GEW event in the North West and one of the UK's top 20 contributions to GEW. Around the world GEW is participated in by over 120 countries so our event is part of an amazing global initiative. 

Our exciting practical programme - create your own day...

To see our full programme please go to our website:

Your time is precious and as such we know you need to get as much out of your day with us as possible. Therefore we've put together an exciting programme for you with a 'pick and mix' format that enables you to choose your speakers, workshops and other sessions to suit your personal objectives and interests. Do as much or as little as you wish! On your 'menu' you will find:

  • A unique interactive Welcome Session to help you make fantastic connections
  • Workshops with a wide range of practical topics to choose from
  • Speakers to inspire who will share their stories, experience and tips
  • Hot Seat Sizzler where our experts work your business challenges live with help from our delegates
  • Our unique Living Library where you can spend some private time with our leading experts and participate in mini learning sessions on hot topics chosen by you
  • Make a Difference Zone - learn something useful or support an inspirational organisation to make a difference - this zone may well surprise you...
  • Artisan Avenue - showcasing the unique talents of our NW women artisans
  • And as always one or two surprises!

Please see below for more details of each session.

Practical workshops

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An exceptional set of practical interactive workshops with something for everyone, whatever the stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

Speakers Corner

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A fantastic line up of inspirational women who will share their stories, experience and top tips.

Our unique Living Library

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Sponsored and brought to life by NatWest and Manchester Metropolitan University Centre for Enterprise

You could, of course, use a reference book or an internet search. But it's much more valuable and fun to borrow an expert  from our Living Library instead. Here is your chance for some private time with our experts to benefit from their expertise, experience and perspective. New for this year we've also got mini learning session on hot topics chosen by you - simply pop along and join one.

Hot Seat Sizzler

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Take the hot seat if you dare! Share your business challenge or ask about free and subsidised support available and benefit from the experience and knowldge of our experts.Interactive, fast paced and fun - our panel work the challenges live and never know what our hot seat participants will ask!

Artisan Avenue

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Sponsored by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Browse the wonderful gifts on offer in our artisan avenue. All are crafted by talented women here in the North West and perfect for a special someone or an indulgent treat for yourself.

Make a Difference zone

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Sponsored by Connecting Cheshire and The Digital Growth Hub

Benefit from demonstrations and be inspired by a range of fascinating North West organisations all with a story to share.


With over 250 enterprising women in the room the possibilities are endless. We'll do our best to help you make the connections you need both during and after the event. Our interactive Welcome Session gets everybody involved and talking to help you get the most out of your networking opportunities so make sure that you come with plenty of business cards, willing to share your knowledge and experience, and a list of what you need to take your enterprise to the next level!


Tickets are heavily subsidised through the generosity of our sponsors: WhyNotChange; Cheshire East Council; NatWest; Manchester Metropolitan University Centre for Enterprise; Cheshire West and Chester Council; Connecting Cheshire and the Business Growth Hub - and are therefore offered at the incredible price of just £50 each. Your ticket includes:

  • Entrance to the event
  • Access to all zones
  • Your choice of speakers, workshops and sessions - subject to availability 
  • Legendary Cranage Hall lunch and all day refreshments

Please note that tickets are not refundable. If you are unable to use yours please do pass it onto another woman who would benefit.

Please note that your ticket will appear on your bank or credit card statement as a paypal transaction to Melanie (long story!)


Registration will be from 8.15am with seating for our Welcome Session at 9.15am enabling the event to start promptly at 9.30am. The event will finish at 17.00 but you are welcome to continue networking beyond this.

You are able to attend as many sessions as you wish and to spend as much time in the zones as you want. To help you to make your selection please go to our website: to see full details of each session available, and then use our day planner (which will be emailed to you a week or so before the event) to plan your day. Remember to include time for the legendary Cranage Hall lunch!


For full details please go to our website:

This event could not take place and tickets could not be subsidised to make them accessible to every woman without the amazing generosity of our sponsors:

  • Main Sponsors
    • WhyNotChange - Melanie Bryan OBE, DL
    • Cheshire East Council
  • Expert Sponsors
    • NatWest
    • Manchester Metropolitan University Centre for Enterprise
  • Zone Sponsors
    • Cheshire West and Chester Council
    • Connecting Cheshire and the Digital Growth Hub

We would also like to thank those organisations who have donated resources to the event:

  • Videography - Marmalade Toast
  • Photography - Fluke Photography
  • PR - Smith Goodfellow PR

And a huge thank-you to the wonderful women who have donated their time and services to make this event happen. 

Do you have questions about North West Women's Enterprise Day 2014? Contact WhyNotChange - Melanie Bryan OBE, DL

When & Where

Cranage Hall
Byley Lane
CW4 8EW Crewe
United Kingdom

Friday, 21 November 2014 from 08:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

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WhyNotChange - Melanie Bryan OBE, DL

Described by the Prime Minister as 'inspirational' and by clients as 'stunningly effective' and 'a breath of fresh air', multi-award winning social entrepreneur Melanie Bryan was awarded an OBE in the 2012 New Year's Honours List for her services to social enterprise and women's enterprise in the North West and was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester in 2013.

The founder of WhyNotChange - the 'can do' positively different change people - Melanie is renowned as a positive change specialist; public sector tender expert; social enterprise, community and charity champion; high growth mentor; start up catalyst; and womens enterprise ambassador.

Proud to be one of the UK's 50 appointed female entrepreneurship ambassadors, Melanie was named as one of the top 100 people who make Britain a better place (Independent on Sunday Happy List 2013 and 2012); top 500 social enterprise influencers globally on Twitter; one of the UK's top 50 positive change radicals; WOW Woman Entrepreneur of the Week 2013; and Independent's Small Businessman (yes really!) of the week. She was also a finalist in the 2013 National Business Woman of the Year Award and Inspirational Women of Manchester Awards.

Melanie is in high demand as a speaker, facilitator and consultant in the UK and abroad, and holds appointments that include the Community Voluntary and Local Service Honours Committee; Greater Manchester Poverty Commission; Big Venture Challenge Judge; Big Society Awards Assessor; and UKTI Sirius Programme Judge. She is also a mentor for UnLtd and a trustee for the LGBT Cancer Support Charity.

Melanie and WhyNotChange's awards include National Government Opportunities Excellence in Public Sector Procurement 2012/13 Best Supplier Engagement (joint award with Cheshire East Council!); Big Society Award 2011 from the Prime Minister; Britain's Top Real Role Model 2011; High/outstanding Impact Awards 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009; Best Social Enterprise Partnership Award 2010.


This ground breaking event is an excellent example of what can be achieved through collaboration between sectors to support local businesses and women's enterprise.

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