Female Business Owners and BMEs Get “Plugged in” to Stimulate Economic Growth in London

FBMEBF BannerAs part of an ongoing campaign structured to connect small business owners to the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and inform their diversity in business strategy, the National Black Women’s Network (NBWN) is teaming up with the ICAEW and City Hall for the first time to create the Female and BME Business Led Forum.

This forum is the first in a series of quarterly events that aims to bring together business leaders and owners; public and private sector; industry experts and professionals and stakeholders all looking to agree solutions to support SMEs contribute to London’s economy on Monday 24th November 2014 at the City Hall, London SE1 between 6pm – 8.30pm.

The NBWN and ICAEW will bring together a wide range of business owners, financial experts and retail banks to share their expert knowledge, increase understanding and examine how Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) can beat the financial, start up, development and growth barriers they face in trying to begin, maintain and grow a small business (one to nine employees).In addition to this, attendees will have access to strategic financial information to help them raise capital for start-up and growth.

Our carefully selected speakers at the Female and BME Business led Forum include Sonia Brown MBE founder of the National Black Women’s Network; Let’s Talk Business Networking Forum and Sistatalk the UK’s leading online forum for women looking to connect with leading companies, decision makers and industry peers. Caroline Dinenage who currently sits on the BIS Select Committee and is PPS to Nicky Morgan (for her women’s brief); Sharron Gunn, Executive Director, Commercial, ICAEW who was responsible for launching a successful jobs website, an international leadership development programme, and a range of other support services. One of which helps members on a career break – women in particular – return to the accountancy profession. Irene Graham, Executive Director for Business Finance and Strategy, BBA who the overall policy work across SME and corporate businesses, including key industrial sectors and she sits on the board of the UK Business Angel Association.  Michael Eboda, CEO Powerful Media Limited which specialises in high-end, niche publications, such as The Powerlist, which profiles 100 of Britain’s most influential black people and Future Leaders. Angela Morris, owner of AM Total Business Solutions Ltd which supports SMEs with business strategy, networking and accessing government start-up loans.

Aimed at micro businesses, SME’s, solopreneurs, homeworkers, coaches, consultants and leaders of social enterprises the female and BME Business led forum will not only be a platform to raise issues around priorities set by LEPs; it will provide a hands on and practical approach to gaining the knowledge, experience, skills and the capital they need to growth their business. Some of the key issues which will be explored and discussed on the day include;

  • The contribution and impact of women and diverse businesses on London’s economy
  • Access to financial expertise and intelligence to overcome common financial barriers
  • Knowledge sharing practice from industry experts and entrepreneurs to develop skills, create jobs and support business growth

You have to admit the Female and BME Business led Forum offers the perfect environment for those serious about accelerating their success.

All are welcome to attend this free informative and exciting event for female and BME small business owners, please visit https://femaleandbmeforum.eventbrite.co.uk for further information and tickets.