international women's day 2011

Official launch of new Networking Group for women in Driffield to mark International Women’s Day

Posted on: 3 March 2011

The group has been started by several businesswomen who are also supporters of International Women’s Day. They have taken over an empty shop in Market Place and will hold an official launch next Monday, March 7.

The East Riding is one of the largest unitary authority areas and with wonderful rural landscapes, it is regarded as a great place to live. However, women who run their own businesses or are considering starting up their own business could easily find themselves with less support than in other parts of the country.

Now a group of local businesswomen have come together to try and do something about it. Women in Enterprise and Business was born from a need to do something when faced with losing existing support structures through lack of funding and increasing pressures to survive in business in the present economic climate.

The group includes therapists, designers, online businesses, solicitors and others. Members have been meeting to try and find a way that networking activities and workshops can still take place without those structures. Its founders believe that this can be achieved by the members all working to make events happen.

The launch of Women in Enterprise and Business will be one of over 300 events held in the UK alone to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day.

This year’s theme includes the wish for “Pathways to decent work for women” so the group have chosen to support the Transrural charity, which helps women in disadvantaged rural areas transform their natural resources, traditions and skills into profitable and sustainable enterprises. These women often work at home or in small office environments, so meeting with others is vital.

“In East Yorkshire, we can hardly claim to be remote but we can feel isolated at times,” explained Mrs Worsnop. “We have all gained from the advice, support and friendship we have received from networking and other groups and we want to see that continue and grow.”

The launch takes place Monday March 7 from 7pm to 9pm at 2 Market Place, Driffield, YO25 6AP.
Light refreshments will be available and the admission fee of £2 will be donated to the Transrural charity.

http://www.driffieldtoday.co.uk/community/new_group_for_driffield_women_1_3131939

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