Pink Shoe, together with the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC), organised the third International Female Quotient (#FQ) Forum at The Shard in central London on Wednesday 26 October, 2016.
The forum advanced the discussion for opportunities for women-owned businesses in a complex and post-Brexit economy with representatives from the City, corporate, public sector and professional industries.
This third forum was a milestone in a 5-year programme that will see the development of the first-ever UK Economic Blueprint (UK EB) for women-owned businesses (WBs). It followed last year’s successful #FQ2 forum, also held at The Shard, which marked the launch of the Economic Blueprint and the Ten Point Plan underpinning its delivery. Since then, Team EB with seven supporting work streams has defined the vision, mission and scope of the overall programme, as well as the individual work stream plans which will bring this innovative and unique platform to fruition.
#FQ3 took forward the conversation surrounding the growth of UK women-owned businesses to industry representatives, corporates and public sector, discussing the positive impact these businesses have on the economy and the emerging opportunities for global collaboration, especially in the light of a post-Brexit economy. The programme included keynote speeches, presentations and panel discussions on various topics, including the development of the UK Economic Blueprint for Women, the impact of gender parity on economic growth, the Brexit effect for women-owned business and the global picture for female enterprise, showcasing international case studies.
Delegates included industry leaders and representatives from the City and public sector, as well as international corporates, business owners and organisations that represent women business owners, influencers and policy makers.
As Jill Pay, Chairman of Pink Shoe Senate, remarked, “#FQ3 is an important milestone in our overall strategy and plans. Last year’s conference, #FQ2, was Day One in Year One. We are now in Day One of Year Two, and all the seven work streams are steaming ahead to define the requirements and bring to life the technology and collaborative platforms that will underpin the Economic Blueprint. We are now working with corporates, business owners and national organisations to reach the largest possible number of women-owned businesses.”
Helene Martin Gee, Founder and President of Pink Shoe, continued, “Today, the UK Economic Blueprint is more than just a concept. In the last year, we have defined and developed the project framework that will deliver the Economic Blueprint and digital platform. The seven work streams are all engaged in developing plans to bring it to fruition. The Blueprint has strong support from Ministers, MPs and Peers and via the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women and Enterprise and leading other All Party groups. We are also forming strong partnerships with corporates and national organisations. We will continue to use advocacy and influence to seek policy and economic solutions to improve opportunities for women-owned businesses and with the assistance of our international and UK partners and supporters, we are confident that we can achieve our goals.
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