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Creating Positive Footprints....

Global WIN Visit to London

It was a pleasure to meet US and London-based colleagues from GlobalWIN at the Royal Ocean Racing Club in St. James’s. Over from Washington to participate in the innovative RBS ‘Growing Inclusive Leadership in Tech’ conference.

X-Forces 5th Anniversary at London Stock Exchange

The Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH and the fabulous Ren Kapur hosted an extraordinary day of celebrations at the London Stock Exchange. 

In celebration of 5 years of X-Forces working with former service personnel to provide practical help on starting a business. It was truly inspiring to hear so many stories of success.

Addidi Celebration

It was definitely the party of the year at the Ladies Smoking Room of the St Pancras Hotel when we joined Addidi to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Founder Anna Sofat warmly welcomed guests and gave an insight into the success of Addidi and its beautifully different way of doing business. 

Addidi has made extraordinary progress encouraging more women to invest as business angels and also to successfully manage their wealth.

It was also an opportunity to unveil the smart new web site and corporate identity for Addidi as the Voice of Women's Wealth. A well deserved and accurate description. 

This was made clear by the inspiring stories from Addidi angels and clients, who shared business and life experiences about their own success. 

One thing they each had in common was an amazing passion for what they are doing; something that is very much evidenced by Anna and Janardan Sofat and of course by Addidi itself.


Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst

EB Roadshow Cardiff

Created by Pink Shoe and generously supported by NatWest, the UK Economic Blueprint for Women Roadshow held its first event at the Welsh National Assembly. 

Hosted by Joyce Watson AM , Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales.

A stellar line-up of female entrepreneurs and business leaders from across Wales gathered to discuss key questions on how to encourage and support more women to scale-up their business.  

Pink Shoe founder Helene Martin Gee welcomed delegates and introduced Kevin Morgan of NatWest Cymru, who spoke about the many opportunities for women in business and the wide variety of successful female-led businesses the bank works with.
Helene then gave a brief resumé of Pink Shoe, how and why she set up the network 11 years ago, how it has grown and the exciting range of activities it provides.
Then Jill Pay, chairman of the Pink Shoe Senate outlined the vital work of the UK Economic Blueprint, the key working areas of access to finance, markets, data and training. 

Jill explained that UK EB is collaborating with many different partners, such as work on a data repository in partnership with two universities.
Delegates were divided into 7 different groups, each chaired by a leading businesswoman and with a different question to discuss with the aim of agreeing a key idea to take forward.
Once ideas were agreed and shared there was useful feedback from delegates and a panel including Cheryl Gourlay, Susan Greenwood, Jill Pay and Helene Martin Gee.

With special thanks to Rosie Williamson who was a super star organiser and to Christine Atkinson, Liz Maher, Alys Carlton, Lee Sharma, Charley Hagger, Catrin Pascoe, Katy Chamberlain and Helen Walby.

Outcomes from the discussions will contribute to a White Paper to be published in 2019.