Cardiff was a brilliant start for the EB Roadshow which was launched at the National Assembly, hosted by Joyce Watson AM.
As part of its initiative to develop the UK Economic Blueprint for Women (EB), Pink Shoe in partnership with NatWest created this national programme of regional roadshows to reach out to women-owned businesses (WBs) in local communities.
The EB roadshow is a key element of the UK Economic Blueprint with its aim to advance female enterprise development throughout the UK. It brings together entrepreneurs, enterprise leaders and champions to collaborate, share best practice and ideas.
This collaboration will raise awareness of female enterprise as an expanding mechanism for economic growth and identify key drivers for greater female participation in the economy as well as explor
ing the merits of ongoing collaboration for key stakeholders.
Interactive discussions take place between leading business owners, female founders, financiers, professional advisers and academics, all of whom have local knowledge and a global perspective. Roundtable groups are allocated a theme to debate and deliver key action points. The EB Roadshow:
- examines the conditions needed for women-owned businesses to thrive, highlighting outstanding examples of innovation and best practice from around the UK and beyond;
- engages with leaders of initiatives that are actively supporting and promoting female enterprise and analyse the challenges of changing world and local markets
In addition, new initiatives may emerge from shared actions to improve the reach of EB and its goals and to increase our social and economic impact.The theme of working together for future growth runs through the entire Economic Blueprint. We examine how and when WBs thrive as well as engaging delegates in action planning to meet common challenges and opportunities.
The Roadshow began October 2018 at the National Assembly in Cardiff; in March 2019 the Roadshow will be in Edinburgh.
To ensure EB delivers tangible outcomes, delegates at each roadshow event agree 5 Action Points that will inform, educate and support women in business. The ideas from each roadshow will be compiled into a White Paper to be submitted in 2019 to Government, across Parliament and to appropriate All-party Parliamentary Groups as well as throughout the enterprise ecosystem..
The EB Roadshow programme is generously supported by NatWest.