Women Outside the Box is a women’s business platform and community. It was started up two years ago a group of female entrepreneurs came together in Bristol for International Women’s Day to talk business. The company provides key resources for women starting up and running successful businesses, such as business advice and networking opportunities. The annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs hopes to bring hundreds of entrepreneurial women together to celebrate how women work today.
The festival is a fantastic opportunity for women to come and network, learn from others and enjoy themselves at the same time. There will be over 60 exhibitions stands from companies across tech, retail, B2B and marketing, inspirational speakers sharing their advice and successes, workshops to improve how you run your business, networking skill sessions and a How-To Village with experts giving one-to-one advice. There is even a competition for start ups and SMEs where you could win a huge range of prizes kindly donated by the festival’s sponsors. See ibring.biz for full details.
Joni Farthing, founder of Women Outside the Box revealed some of what we might expect from this year’s festival: ‘FFE14 gives women a place to talk business, a place where they can think big. I want to help women start large, profitable companies, and the festival can absolutely help them to do that. The speakers and exhibitors at FFE14 will offer inspiration and support to build women’s confidence and skillsets so that they can thrive financially.’
Joni wants to emphasise that you don’t have already have to be a successful business owner to attend and a wide range of women are welcome, ‘from those freelancing to running a lifestyle business, to growing an SME, as well as women considering starting up on their own, and students looking to make connections and develop ideas.’
When explaining the reasons behind a festival aimed specifically at women, she points out that ‘women have special characteristics that are not currently well-served by entrepreneurial websites and networks,’ fsuch as women with families who don’t have the time or ability to go out and network. For such women, networking and business aid that can be accessed anywhere is a major determinant of how well they are able to conduct a business. Many women based at home also feel isolated, so such networking events as FFE14 are indispensable.
Furthermore, many young women ‘still lack the confidence and connections to put together start up teams and seek funding […] Our inspirational role models and business resources are designed to make women think bigger.’
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