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500 Women Entrepreneurs gather at Essex Business Women’s Experience in Southend-on-sea

Business Women in Essex creating more success than ever by working together

Businesses set up by women contributed £3.5bn to the UK economy and created 77,000 jobs in 2015. With London being announced as the third best city for female entrepreneurs of course Essex is hot on its heels.

More women each year are choosing to have the flexibility of working for themselves and setting up their own business. Having been in business for over 20 years Rosemary Cunningham realised that Business women thrive when they are able to collaborate and support each other.

Her idea for the Essex Business Women’s Experience in 2015 was to help showcase other women and it just keeps growing. There were over 400 attendees at the Park Inn Palace hotel in Southend last June and this year is set to have over 500 attendees.

The vision of being able help women get started in business as well as showcase more established businesses with a focus on collaboration and support has taken off.

Collaborative businesses have been created through the event with Leigh-on-sea photographer Laurence Harding and Chelmsford makeup artist Leanne Perilly creating a variety of photography packages to help business create the best online image.

Attendees at the experience can have their makeup and headshots done each year to update their online presence for a low cost, which is a critical business asset in the social media world.

Jaime Lawson from Space 282 in Leigh has given a talk to help budding entrepreneurs each year. As the owner of Space 282, office space and IKandu office support, she is able to share real tips that save businesses time and money.

As an event sponsor Jaime also sees the benefit to her own business “the event gave us great exposure to our target market” and it is this support of others that helps the business women of Essex continue to grow their businesses.

The ability to work together, support and nurture each other rather than see each other as competition is what is helping change the way that business is done.

It has also caught the imagination of the bigger business such as the Park Inn and David Lloyd who are happy to sponsor the event as part of not only their marketing plans but also in support of the Business Women of Essex.
Angela Lock of the Essex Federation of Small Businesses said “Essex Business Women’s Experience is one of the most well organised and welcoming business events I’ve been to”.

Sir David Amess MP for Southend has attended each year saying, “I could not have been more impressed with the commitment and dedication shown by the attendees to develop and grow their businesses”.

The Essex Business Women’s Experience 2017 is on Friday 16th June at the Park Inn Radisson, Southend-on-sea from 8am til 6pm and expects to attract over 500 women at all stages of business.

Tickets for the day are £10 and exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available.

If you would like to be part of the movement and support, or become one of the business women of Essex then get in contact with the team at or email [email protected] or call 07967 121167

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