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Kingston University Enterprising Women - Revisiting business models

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Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Venue: Tolworth Court, Old Kingston Road, Tolworth, Surrey KT4 7QH
Price: free
Speaker(s): Various

Kingston University Enterprising Women - Revisiting business models

Ever visited a coffee shop or online retailer and thought, "I could do this better!"? Are friends raving about your delicious cakes or innovative website designs? Do you have a solution to a problem that would make a daily task easier or more efficient? Perhaps you're considering going freelance, or consulting in your area of professional expertise.

Kingston University Enterprising Women is a new support network and series of free fun, interactive and informal workshops to help women work on their early stage business or enterprise ideas. The programme follows on from the hugely successful, European-funded Make It Global partnership workshops run by Kingston University for female-led businesses.

This is the final session, but new participants are more than welcome! 

About the programme

Speakers for 15 July session

Coral Turner, Coral Turner Couture
Emily Goodall, BundleBean baby travel products
Amanda Mellett, Kingston Chamber of Commerce

What's involved?

Four workshops will run from March - July. Each session will consist of:

  • Expert input on a relevant topic
  • Small group discussion and commitments to action
  • Talk from at least one female business owner
  • Feedback from previous sessions from individuals to their groups
  • Networking opportunities over refreshments

The four workshops will focus on:

  1. Problem solving in business - understanding customer problems and solutions
  2. Designing business models – working to design a business
  3. Marketing and selling – getting the customer in the door
  4. Revisiting business models and course round-up - progress and challenges

Who's it for?

The programme is focused on more early stage businesses and welcomes all women with an idea which they are intent on developing. The idea might be for social or more commercial enterprise, for a product or service, or be an enterprise project which might turn into an enterprise later.

We hope to run a similar programme for more established business development and growth in the near future.

Why focus on women?

  • Women now make up 48% of the labour force in developed economies, but in the UK are about half as likely as their male counterparts to begin new firms. (Women in Enterprise: A Different Perspective, RBS Group, 2013)
  • Women constitute 26% of the self-employed and 17% of business owners. (UK Labour Force Survey data, 2008)
  • Women who have undergone some form of enterprise training are twice as likely to be engaged in entrepreneurial activity. (GEM UK, 2005)
  • 98% of women involved in the pioneering Enterprising Women initiative said women specific support was either important or very important to them. (Enterprising Women Evaluation and Research Report, 2007)

Joining our programme will allow you to network and share experiences with women who are facing similar challenges in juggling home, family and work life. Sessions are free and will be held in the morning for the maximum convenience of women with school-age children. There is plenty of parking available and the venue is close to bus stops and Tolworth train station.

You can print out the flyer to promote the event.

Why Kingston University?

Kingston has worked extensively with the small business community since 2004. We have produced the highest number of graduate start-ups for five years running and recently ran workshops as part of the successful EU-funded programme for women, Make it Global. The University is also home to Kingston Business School and the internationally renowned Small Business Research Centre.

"Many thanks for an excellent series of meetings. I really enjoyed myself, met interesting people and found all the presentations informative. The organisation was first-class: programme, content, venue, facilities and food."
Joy Gardner, Make it Global programme, 2013

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Enterprising Women Team
Tel: 020 8417 3045


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