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EB Roadshow

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.


Send a message in time! #100years

Make history and add your personal contribution to the exciting Pink Shoe Time Capsule celebrating 100 years of women’s voices.

Highlighting the progress women have made in the past 100 years, the Time Capsule marks the 2018 centenary of the 1st women getting the vote, linking with Parliament’s Vote100 Project, and also celebrating Pink Shoe achievements over the past 10 years. The Time Capsule pays tribute to women’s accomplishments, aims and aspirations. Accessible to people of all cultures, ages and abilities, its a commemorative memorial as well as a message of hope and aspiration to future generations.

Women from across the UK and beyond are sending a personal message in time. A message from you to your future self and to future generations of women. 

Questions you could consider when creating your message include:

  • Which women from history do you most admire and why?
  • What has 100 years of women’s suffrage meant to women in the UK? And for you personally?
  • Who is your present-day female model role model? And how do they inspire you?
  • What do you hope will have been achieved for women in 10 years time?
  • What changes for women in Parliament do you want to see over the next 10 years?
  • What do you wish you’d known 10 years ago? What would you like to tell your future self?
  • What is your proudest personal achievement?
  • What is your greatest hope for future generations of women?
  • What would you wish to be achieved for women over the next 100 years?
  • What actions /activities /initiatives should Pink Shoe create to help make this happen?

Or none of the above – just what is right for you!

The Time Capsule was launched at the Speaker’s House last year. Bringing together films, photographs, artwork, crafts, poems, songs, mementoes, texts, tweets, social media and audio messages…. You could choose to simply write your message and email it to us with a selfie, or you may wish to be more creative.

All contributions are welcome, from women and men of all ages and from every part of the world. Whatever you decide your message to be, we’re keen to include your voice! Please send your message along with a photograph/selfie to Hannah Grover

Everyone is welcome at our special celebration on June 28th 2018 at Parliament. To find out more and book your ticket please contact Sheila Williamson:

The Time Capsule will be opened in 2028 to share the messages it holds on the anniversary of all women getting the right to vote. It will then be ‘buried’ again until 2118!

Pink Shoe Time Capsule – 100 years of women’s voices

To commemorate the 2018 Centenary of women getting the vote and also to celebrate our own 10th anniversary Pink Shoe launched its exciting Time Capsule project. The Time Capsule was announced by Pink Shoe Founder Helene Martin Gee  at the State Rooms of the Speaker’s House by kind permission of Mr Speaker, The Rt Hon John Bercow MP. 





The multi-media Pink Shoe Time Capsule highlights the progress women have made through history and celebrates the cross cultural, cross sectoral nature of the network.


The voices of women will truly be heard in the Pink Shoe Time Capsule. Women from across the UK and beyond are asked to contribute – female MPs and Peers from all parties and the many women working in all aspects of Parliament; along with local officials, academics, artists, professionals, athletes, business owners, service women, third sector, community workers ….from school students to those in retirement, all are welcome to add their voices and make their mark on history.

The Time Capsule marks the 2018 the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the vote for the first time and will be ‘buried’ somewhere in Parliament. We’re linking with the Vote100 Project which is curating an exciting series of innovative events in Parliament and across the UK that will celebrate this historic anniversary.

We’d love you to get involved!

Please email Hannah Grover: to be part of this unique project and send your own message in time!

Pink Shoe Charity Partnership with Beanstalk

Pink Shoe is proud to be supporting children’s literacy charity Beanstalk, who urgently need volunteers!  

Becoming a Beanstalk reading helper is a great way to make a difference to a child’s life and enjoy a rewarding volunteering experience. You will provide one-to-one support to help improve primary school children’s reading.

For more information please go to:

Lunch & Learn Seminars with DMH Stallard

Pink Shoe has organised a series of Lunch & Learn Seminars supported by award-winning law firm DMH Stallard at their City offices.  Hosted by Olivia Cooper, partner at DMH and transformation expert Lan O’Connor of Taper Consulting, each roundtable is chaired by Pink Shoe President Helene Martin Gee. Guests include leading entrepreneurs, professionals and senior business women with places allocated by invitation.

Part of Pink Shoe’s work on the UK Economic Blueprint for Women, the Seminars are specifically designed to support and encourage scalable women-owned businesses. Ideas and outcomes generated will be published in our #Scale4Success Report to be launched at the House of Lords in November, on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Leading speakers have covered a range of topics:

Innovation: with Deb Leary OBE, CEO and founder of Forensic Pathways and recently appointed Export Champion; and Libby Mawhood, COO of leading innovation experts and early stage investors L Marks.

Inside IP: with James Martin, IP Partner at DMH; and Mark Cruickshank, IP Legal Counsel at RBS.

Going Global: with Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO of Creative England; and Dr Barbara Ghinelli, Director of Business Development, Science & Technology Facilities Council, Harwell.



International Women’s Day

To commemorate International Women’s Day Baroness Burt of Solihull kindly hosted a special tea at the House of Lords. We were then able to listen to debate in the House of Commons and hear MPs of all parties discuss the vital contribution of women to all aspects of society and the world of work.

Women in Parliament

We enjoyed a unique look behind the scenes of both Houses with Jill Pay, who was the first female Serjeant at Arms. Firstly an interactive roundtable in conversation with some of the women running different aspects of Parliament. We gained an insight into the workings of the House including the library, IT, Vote 100 project and the doorkeepers this was a fascinating event revealing the many different roles available to women in Parliament. The roundtable was followed by refreshments and networking.

GEW Roundtable at House of Lords

Hosted by The Earl of Erroll along with Craig Tracey MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women & Enterprise, this year the subject for our Global Entrepreneurship Week roundtable was ‘Growing a business with innovation, collaboration, excellence and teamwork’. The discussion with leading entrepreneurs was chaired by Katherine Corich, Founder of Sysdoc, with speakers including Maggie Berry, director of WEConnect Europe.


#FQ3 at The Shard

Pink Shoe, together with the Enterprise Research Centre, held its third highly successful International Forum at The Shard. #FQ3 was generously supported by EY and Addidi. Keynote speaker was The Rt Hon Caroline Dineage MP and the event was hosted by Pink Shoe Founder Helene Martin Gee along with Jill Pay, who leads on the UK Economic Blueprint for Women. After an engaging welcome from ERC’s Professor Stephen Roper we were honoured to hear from Jennifer Bisceglie, President of our US partner Quantum Leaps,who flew into London especially to join us.




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