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Pink Shoe Summer Soirée

The Summer Soirée was held at the House of Commons by kind invitation of Loraine Midda, PSC founder member and Officer of the House. 

The event was hosted by Helene Martin Gee and Jill Pay, with a wonderful group of Pink Shoe members and friends. 

Special welcome was given to Guest of Honour HH Princess Shahnaz Husain, as well as greeting many old friends plus some new faces whom we shall hope to see again. 

A balmy summer evening was enlivened by guests attired in their glamorous summer clothes to enjoy prosecco, Kent pear juice and a lavish buffet of seasonal goodies.

We were treated to an enthralling talk from House of Commons Librarian Melanie Unwin and Archivist Mari Takayanagi on sufragette Emily Wilding Davison whose centenary was in June.

Melanie outlined the suffragette movement itself and the many activities that suffragettes undertook to fight for the right to vote. 

We learned about the different areas of Parliament linked with these valiant suffragettes and were each given a useful map to plot these for ourselves. 

Mari then gave us an insight into just how much was done in this cause, with some amusing anecdotes such as hiding in a Parliamentary broom cupboard for the night of the official Census, to the horrific treatment of the women in prison when being force fed. 

Guests were able to view displays of historic documents, and had the option of taking a tour of Parliament afterwards to visit all the places mentioned.

The party then continued far later than planned, with guests captivated by fabulous food and fizz along with the great company of other members and friends.

Helene thanked the excellent speakers Melanie and Mari, and all the lovely guests, especially Princess Shahnaz who most generously gave each guest a special gift bag of her wonderful Auyervedic beauty products to take home.

We are delighted to announce that Princess Shahnaz will be sharing tips of her inspirational success. HH has agreed to give a special talk on her hugely successful international business exclusively to Pink Shoe members this autumn. 

Commonwealth Business Council Debrief

Helene Martin Gee and Jill Pay represented Pink Shoe Club along with Sue Lawton, Global Advisor to WEConnect International, at a Debriefing on the Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting, following the Women in Business roundtable at the Commonwealth’s 10th Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh this June.

The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) and the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE) are working together to create a roadmap for women’s economic empowerment which will be put to the Commonwealth summit meeting in Sri Lanka this November. 

The 3 key areas of focus, are i). women on boards and  executive positions; ii). women in trade and procurement; iii). women’s access to finance and skills.

A report has been published by the highly respected Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj of Henley Business School. 

Speakers included Nicky Morgan MP; Parliamentarian Rushanara Ali, and Arif Zaman, Adviser, South Asia and Corporate Governance and Chair of Commonwealth Businesswomen (CBW).

It was wholeheartedly agreed that women's economic empowerment is firmly on the
Commonwealth Ministerial agenda for the first time. 

As Nicky Morgan said ‘empowering women is a highly effective method of tackling deprivation and encouraging a strong economy’.

The Commonwealth theme for 2013 is Opportunity through Enterprise: unlocking potential with innovation and excellence. See:

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor at House of Lords

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship (APPGE) hosted the announcement of results from the GEM annual survey (2012) at the House of Lords. 

The event was well attended with delegates from academia, policy, the professions, third sector organisations, enterprise support and entrepreneurship, including Pink Shoe Club ambassadors.

GEM is the most comprehensive survey into entrepreneurship and data will also feed into the new Enterprise Research Council. APPGE Founder and Vice Chairman Lord Ahmed welcomed everyone to the meeting, which was skilfully Chaired by Professor Mark Hart.

Some highly interesting facts were revealed in the GEM study.  Of particular interest to Pink Shoe delegates, Mark Hart announced that the study shows ‘there is an increase in female entrepreneurship from 2010/2011’.

Delegates heard from Jonathan Levie about the generational effects of migration on TEA Rates in G7 countries. He told us: ‘those who have at least one immigrant parent are more likely to have higher ambition’ while inward migrants also have higher rates of entrepreneurship ‘you are more likely to be an entrepreneur if one or both parents are immigrants and are in business’.

Erkko Autio of GEDI explained how the entrepreneurial ecosystem supports start-ups. We also heard from leading entrepreneur Princess Shahnaz Husain about her inspiring passion for business and what an opportunity it offers. After an interactive Q&A there was networking over a light lunch.

Isabella and Quasim from Lord Ahmed’s office tweeted key points from the discussion.