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Conference to unite rural businesswomen

Posted 24 April 2014

Business-minded women from across the country will be united at Harper Adams University next month, at an annual conference organised to celebrate rural enterprise.

Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) is holding the event on May 1, with highlights including inspirational speakers, business master classes and networking opportunities. The conference is aimed at women looking to set up new businesses or expand existing ones.

Fiona Davies, WiRE Business Manager, said: “The WiRE Conference is a fantastic opportunity for women in business; an annual dose of inspiration, the chance to pick up some key enterprising skills and to network with the growing band of tenacious rural businesswomen who are starting and growing successful businesses.”

WiRE, based at the university in Shropshire, is the only UK organisation that offers support to businesswomen in rural areas and provides networking prospects, business promotion opportunities, and business support and advice.

Speaking at the conference will be British designer Jan Constantine, founder of international home textile company Jan Constantine Ltd.

Business networking expert, Sue Hall, will be on hand to discuss the power of supporting and engaging with local communities and the benefits that can be reaped. Presentation consultant, Catherine Sandland, will be offering hints and tips on how to improve your public speaking skills.

Finally, with an insight into the power of social media, Anna Farmery will be closing the conference with her motivating story of how she built an international brand.

Shrewsbury-based entrepreneur Rachel Kili, who runs a private physiotherapy practice, attended the WiRE Conference last year. “It was exactly what I needed to focus me and move my business forward. To say the conference totally inspired and empowered me is an understatement,” said Rachel.

The conference will take place 9am-4pm with tickets priced at £65 for members and £85 for non-members. WiRE members can also book a stand to promote their business in the Rural Marketplace at the conference for £20.

For more details or to book a place, visit www.wireuk.org, telephone 01952 815338, or email info@wireuk.org.

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