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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs 2019

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Mercure Bristol Grand hotel

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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs 2019

Back for its eighth year, this event is a must in your entrepreneurial calendar. Hosted at the newly refurbished Mercure Grand hotel in Bristol for the second time, it brings together some of the UK's most influential female entrepreneurs, business leaders and brightest start-ups to provide you with detailed and practical insight to grow your business!

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10.00am: Welcome from Emma Jones MBE, founder, Enterprise Nation

10.10am: From barrister to restauranteur: The story of Mowgli Street Foods - Nisha Katona MBE, founder, Mowgli Street Foods

After leaving a flourishing career as a barrister to spread the word about Bengali cuisine, Nisha Katona has defied the naysayers by opening seven Mowgli sites, with plans for more in the pipeline.

10.40am: Raise money, increase confidence and take risks

For every £1 of money venture capitalists invest in start-ups, only £0.10p goes to female founders. This panel will discuss how female founders can explore the best finance options, build their confidence and take the leap into the next phase of their business.

  • Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO, UK Angels Business Association

  • Della Hudson, accountant and business coach, Hudson Business Advice

11.10am: Coffee break

Visit the exhibition, adviser zone and pop-up market

11:30am: Women in digital

Panel discussing trends and opportunities for women working in digital business in 2019 and beyond

  • Ruby Lee, founder of design studio: Studio 77

  • Emma Alexander, founder of photography production and art buying service: Mother bran

  • Martina McDonnell, marketing director, Small Business Group EMEA at Facebook

  • Rachel Wilkins, UK marketing director, Dell

12:00pm: One of your five a day: Emma Jones interviews Nimisha Raja, founder, Nim’s fruit snacks

In 2012 Nimisha Raja pioneered the concept of air-dried fruit crisps. A brand born out of her frustration with the lack of healthy snacks, combined with hard work in the shed of her back garden. Nimisha will tell the story of how she developed one of the leading healthy snack brands in the U.K which now operates out of a factory in Kent, England.

12:30pm: Square presents: Female entrepreneurs on starting, running and growing a retail business

1.00pm: Lunch

A networking lunch that’s perfect for autumn as you chat with fellow guests.

  • A selection of cold italian meats including hams, pastrami and salami
  • Salmon and Dill fishcakes
  • Tasty lamb koftas
  • Vegestable lasagne
  • A selection of salads, new minted potatoes and roasted roots
  • Passionfruit cheesecake

2.00pm: From refugee to entrepreneur to philanthropist: Emma Jones interviews Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley CH

Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley CH, age 85, is a workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist.

Her life story begins with her 1939 arrival in Britain as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee. In 1962, she started a software house, Freelance Programmers, that pioneered new work practices and changed the position of professional women, especially in hi-tech. She went on to create a global business and a personal fortune shared with her colleagues; she made 70 of her staff millionaires at no cost to anyone, but herself.

Since retiring in 1993, her focus has been increasingly on philanthropy based on her strong belief in giving back to society.

2.45pm: Mobile, visual, personal: Future proofing your business: a panel of entrepreneurs share their experience of growing a brand on social media

Lizzy Lillington-Lester, marketing science expert at Facebook, interviews three Bristol based businesses that have grown via social media platforms.

  • Helena Hills, founder at TrueStart Coffee
  • Claire Russell, founder at PlayHooray
  • Molly Masters, founder at Books That Matter

3.15pm: Make me famous: converting a farmhouse into one of the most in-demand dog hotels in the country

Rebecca Linnell, co-founder of the Country Dog Hotel and Sarah Barratt, writer from Country Living Magazine, discuss how a business with a difference rose from the hills of Somerset and landed a double page spread in one of the nation’s most sought after lifestyle magazines.

3.45pm: Female Start-up of the Year 2019

Dan Martin, Enterprise Nation Bristol local leader, interviews previous winners to find out what’s happened since:

  • Mel Bound, This Mum Runs, 2016 winner
  • Ruth Bradford, Black & White Book Project, 2018 winner

Four judges will then take to the stage to crown the Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year 2019. The winner will receive amazing prizes to help them and their business flourish and grow. Applications will open on 1 August 2019.

4.30pm: Drinks reception and Female Start-up of the Year 2019: Winner announcement

The winner of the 2019 competition will be announced whilst we all enjoy a glass of bubbles to celebrate.

5.00pm: Event ends

What does your ticket include?

  • Access to the keynote stage with a full day of inspiring talks that will give you practical tips to grow your business
  • A separate exhibitor and one-on-one business advice zone
  • A small business market with local innovative brands selling great products
  • A hot networking lunch
  • Opportunities to meet like-minded entrepreneurs
  • End of day drinks reception

A one day ticket costs £50+VAT and Enterprise Nation members receive 25% off tickets.

Get one to one advice in the business advice zone from:

  • Gemma Boucher and Amy Salter from Withers & Rogers LLP are offering excellent legal advice. They cover a wide variety of sectors however have particular expertise advising in the luxury goods and fashion, food and drink and cosmetics industries. Find out more here.
  • Jessica Pillow from Pillow May and ICAEW. Jessica has carved the way for a new breed of accountants, proving by her own success that modern, client-focused, family-friendly practices also make good business sense. Find out more here.
  • Natalie Binstead, Vice president of ICAEW West of England. Natalie is a qualified Accounting Technician (AAT), Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). Find out more here.
  • Irene Moore founder of Savvy Startup Club ®. An online coaching platform and community is a hub for women ready to go from working full-time to running a profitable freelance/service-based business that offers more flexibility and freedom. Find out more here.
  • Claire Leon from Acorn-i will be sharing specialist advice on generating sales and ensuring brands are set up for e-commerce success. Find out more here.
  • Julie Hawkins from Single Mums Business Network (SMBN) will be sharing advice on financial independence without sacrificing family and helping women succeed in self-employment. Find out more here.
  • Lissa Gillot from Virgin StartUp, the Virgin Group's not-for-profit, designed to enable the UK’s founders and future founders to start-up and thrive. Find out more here.
  • Michelle Correia from Stephenson Law who work with fast-growth, entrepreneurial businesses to provide strategic advice and support on day-to-day matters. Find out more here.

Visit the pop-up market to find:

  • Helen James from Nutriri. Nutriri.org help people accept - like - love their bodies, quit disordered eating and make nurturing self-care choices. Through online and in-person coaching; in the workplace and in schools. Find out more here.
  • Tatum Diamond from Tatum Diamond London selling luxury bags and accessories. Tatum Diamond London create luxury, environmentally responsible bags and accessories for people of today who care about tomorrow. Find out more here.
  • Ruth Bradford from The Little Black and White Book Project. Bringing to life animals from around the world as high contrast illustrations, our books, flashcards and accessories are designed to help early visual and sensory development in newborn babies and inspire a love of wildlife through toddlerhood and beyond. Find out more here.
  • Lucinda Clark-Wright from Cinda Clark Design. An award winning textile design studio creating printed collections of luxury fashion accessories, homeware and gifts for those looking for individual and colourful pieces which are sustainably designed and made in the UK. Find out more here.
  • Ethel Fitzjohn from Fitzjohn Skincare selling multi-award winning, plant-based skincare products. Ethel created the products so women wouldn't have to choose between good-for-you ingredients and a little bit of luxury. Find out more here.
  • Alyson Hurst from Hives and Herbals. Alyson a Bristol based beekeeper, will be selling products that are kind to the earth and us. Made with homegrown herbs and beeswax products include candles, food wraps, lip balms and hand creams. Find out more here.
  • Rhian Morris from Rhian Kate selling handmade jewellery that's lighweight,stylish and affordable. It's the jewellerry you'll want to wear everyday. Find out more here.
  • Lisa Barnes from Living Better Health selling her superfood formulated blends. A delicious way to boost your inner and outer health. Just add water, and off you go! Find out more here.
  • Ros Ingelby from Bristol Nordic Walking to book a workshop to enjoy one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Find out more here.

Plus we'll be crowning the 2019 Female Start-up of the Year winner live on stage. They will receive amazing prizes to help them and their business flourish and grow. The competition will open for entries in August 2019.

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About Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation is the UK's most active small business network and we have helped thousands of people turn their good idea into a great business.

Enterprise Nation membership gives you access to exclusive opportunities to grow your business and connects you with like-minded entrepreneurs and business experts who can help. Membership is just £10 a month and you can cancel at any time. By selecting the 'plus membership' ticket, you’ll automatically get 25% off this event too!

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For a full refund, cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Please note that in the event you are unable to attend this event due to cancellation from yourself or Enterprise Nation, we are unable to refund any associated costs such as hotel or travel.

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