This yearâs Global Entrepreneurship Week is a great opportunity to highlight women, youth and inclusion in entrepreneurship. We are proud that 56% of users to the Business & IP Centres in London and around the country are women and 38% of users are BAME, providing an accessible and inclusive environment for people at all stages of their business life.
Despite living in an information-rich world, sometimes itâs difficult to find what you are looking for, know the quality of the resources or where to go. Awareness weeks such as Global Entrepreneurship Week, allows us to join in these conversations and highlight the importance of our National Network of Business & IP Centres and all that we offer.
Throughout Global Entrepreneurship Week, in addition to our regular line up of workshops and webinars, we also have on offer sessions bringing together hundreds of attendees and many experienced and knowledgeable partners. Workshops include Books mean Business, Diverse Wisdom, Fashion business planning & strategy, Networking for success and more, as well as a special day-long free event, Work Like A Women Day, on Thursday 15 November, before the ultimate celebration of unstoppable feminine force; Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Work Like a Woman with Mary Portas, who will be launching her new book, exploring new ways of working.
We asked the presenters of Work Like A Woman Day, what it means to them to âwork like a womanâ and hereâs what they saidâŠ
Amy Tez, a professional actress who helps entrepreneurs and business leaders communicate with power, conviction and clarity
The Listening Leader
âIâm a woman but I see myself as more than that. Iâm a human being like any other, doing the best I can. Coming from a challenging background, I bring my fighting spirit to my business and to helping others grow. My only focus is to help us all listen more, trust ourselves more and reconnect to our shared humanity.â
Kim Davies, marketing expert and journalist
The Heroines of Hollywood
âAs a New Yorker living in London, I was told I had to completely change the way I did business. âBe less aggressive. Speak in a quieter tone. Talk about the weather before you get to business.â It was exhausting. Over the years, Iâve given myself permission to be both. I took the best traits from both worlds and balanced it with my true self, so that I could grow as a person, but still remain genuine. Thatâs what Working Like A Woman has meant to me.â
Emine Rushton, Wellbeing Director at Psychologies, founder of The Balance Plan and conscious consultancy Leaf Create
The Purposeful Career
âFor me it is about working in a way that is wholly aligned with my values, that puts my own needs and those of my family first, that supports social equality and positive change, and champions messages of kindness, ethics and truth. Utmost of all, never ever feeling pressurised to be anything other than who I am â and never trying to squeeze myself, or my business models, into a pre-defined box.â
Weâd love to hear what you think it means to âwork like a womanâ, tweet us with the #BLMaryPortas and weâll share our favourites!
Our events donât just end when Global Entrepreneurship Week doesâŠ November highlights include Profit with Purpose (Tuesday 20 November), giving lessons and advice on what it takes to launch a socially impactful product and Passion into Pounds with Purpose (Thursday 29 November), which looks at the leap from employee to working for yourself.
We have also rounded up some of the events taking place around the National Network:
Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire
How to write winning words for your business website, Thursday 15 November, 10.00 â 12.00. Delivered by Stephen Church of Copywriter Pro and covers the key elements that will make a website do its job.
Business & IP Centre Liverpool
- Product development clinic with Def Proc Engineering, Tuesday 13 November, 17.30 â 19.45
- Be Your Own Boss advice drop-in with St Helens Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday 14 November, 14.00 â 16.15
- Entrepreneur In Residence, Cllr Gary Millarâs business advice drop-in, Thursday 15 November, 13.00 â 16.00
- Research your market! workshop, Thursday 15 November, 18.00 â 19.30
- Smarta Business Starter advice drop-in with Alt Valley community Trust, Friday 16 November, 10.00 â 14.00
Business & IP Centre Hull
- Using the UN Global Goals to unleash social business ideas, Tuesday 13 November, 10.00 â 15.00. Delivered by Chapter 3 Enterprise C.I.C.
- Intellectual Property Clinic, one to one appointments, Wednesday 14 November, 14.00 â 17.00
- Social Media for Business Clinic, one to one appointments, Thursday 15 November, 13.00 â 17.00
Business & IP Centre Sheffield
- What's in a name? Find out why trade marks matter! Wednesday 14 November, 14.00 â 15.30