Posted 15 January 2002PLACES AT THE third annual Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) conference next month are in great demand and organisers are urging people to book sooner rather than later to be sure of a place.
WiRE 2002 takes place on Thursday, February 7, and this year follows a ‘Business Skills’ theme. The programme of practical workshops and inspirational speakers has been expanded to offer more advice and expert opinion to the rural entrepreneur than ever before.
The Guest Speaker at the conference will be the Rt. Hon Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the Minister for Women. Joining her on the podium, will be two WiRE members, keen to pass on their experience, advice and encouragement.
Veronica Shilton has built up a thriving livery business from a farm that had been facing serious difficulties and Sandra Manley is the driving force behind Getaheadhats, a quality hat business near Wales.
Workshops for delegates range from taxation advice offered by a VAT expert to image consultancy, from presentation and public speaking skills to handling the bank manager!
These workshops will be backed up by a number of stands offering further business services and advice.
The one-day conference looks certain to again prove invaluable to the female entrepreneur and coincides with WiRE’s nationwide launch, which includes the unveiling of the web-site at www.wireuk.org and a new membership scheme that offers a host of benefits.
The WiRE Conference 2002 takes place at Harper Adams University College, Shropshire on Thursday, February 7, and tickets are priced at just £15, including a buffet lunch and free WiRE membership.