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Our 3rd Annual Women in Business Conference


Following the success of our first two conferences, we were proud to present our 3rd Annual Women in Business Conference this year.  The event consisted of three inspirational speakers in the morning, a networking lunch and then a series of workshops for delegates to choose from in the afternoon.   


New for 2019: This year's conference saw the introduction of an 'Author Interview'section, with a panel of locally and nationally acclaimed women authors interviewed by BBC journalist, TV and radio presenter Joanna Tidman, who had also agreed to be our MC for the third consecutive year.  A book stand was also available for delegates to visit and purchase books written by our panel and other local, women authors.      


There were plenty of opportunities for networking, with a welcome drinks reception on arrival, mid-morning refreshments, hot and cold buffet lunch and then closing drinks with the speakers and workshop hosts at the end of the day.  All delegates received a free souvenir gift on arrival and a complimentary conference programme with details of the speakers, workshop hosts and the running order. 


For a full event review of the 2019 Women in Business Conference click here.


Thank you to everyone that attended this year’s event and who took the time to tell us what they enjoyed and found useful from the day.  


The team are currently working on finding a venue and date for our next Women in Business Conference in 2020 and we hope to announce details to you shortly.  However if you are interested in sponsoring this event and benefiting from the exposure and publicity associated, do get in touch we would love to have a chat and talk through the options with you.


Thank you to our

MC for the Conference... 

Joanna Tidman 

BBC Journalist, TV and Radio Presenter


Jo Tidman BBC Journalist Radio TV Presen
"I had such an amazing, inspiring and uplifting day at Socially Shared Women In Business Conference and just wanted to thank everyone for welcoming me with such warmth and generosity."
Kate Owen (Conference 2018)
Honiley Court Hotel

Emma Woodward and Sam Yair

Following the difficult decision to close their Aspire Style stores in 2018, Emma and Sam have shown that it's okay to draw a line under one business venture when things don't work out, identify the learning opportunities and start positively with a new venture.

Marie Rowe

Worked with The Samuel Goldwyn Company and American Cinema Awards.  Writing assistant to Barry Levinson on a comedy series for HBO TV and award-winning films such as Good Morning, Vietnam and Rain Man.  Actress, inspirational speaker, personal historian and writing tutor.  Owner of Thanks For The Memoirs. 

Sue Moorcroft

Sunday Times and international Best Selling Author of Contemporary Women's Fiction. Winner of the Best Romantic Read Award and Katie Fforde Bursary, nominated for a RoNA, Sue's a past vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies.  Also writer of short stories, serials, articles, writing ‘how to’ and a creative writing tutor.  

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Author Panel
Jo Tidman BBC Journalist Radio TV Presen

Joanna Tidman BBC journalist, TV and radio presenter interviewed our panel of authors and we gained an insight into their writing processes, ideas generation and writing styles.  There was also an opportunity to ask the authors questions. 


Our Panel of Authors  

Sue Moorcroft, Shelley Wilson, Lyn Bromley and Elizabeth Beetham



Nishi Mehta, Career Mums

Presenting With Confidence

Whether it's a 60 second pitch, delivering a workshop or giving a talk, it takes an element of confidence to stand up and face an audience.  This workshop provides top tips and guidance for overcoming your nerves and presenting with confidence.    

Sandy Hearn, Elite PA Solutions

Take Control Of Your Diary

'There are never enough hours in the day' is a phrase that we frequently hear, but do we actually need more hours in the day?  This workshop explores ways that we can use our time more effectively, which in turn will have a positive impact on the way we manage our diary.  

Rebecca Mander

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Our mindset can be greatly influenced by the language we use, the messages we tell ourselves and in turn the way we behave.  This workshop explores how positive stories can influence how we feel and the decisions we make.    


Claire Henley, Treehouse Social

Social Media Stories

With social media marketing continuing to be a popular choice for small businesses, there is a real need to look for new ways to stand out from the competition.  This workshop explores Instagram and Facebook stories and how they can be used to effectively reach your target audience.  

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"Such a fantastic day. Laughter, chatting, making new connections. It went so quickly, which shows how great it was. Loved the blog Shelley Wilson and thanks so much to all involved and organised it." 
Diane Wilson (Conference 2018)
Special thanks for our sponsors