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“Women Entrepreneurs Network Creation” – NW England and Region of Western Greece met in Valencia

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On the 6th April 2011, at Impiva in Valencia, a meeting took place between the founders of the Women’s Enterprise Forum and a delegation from Western Greece. Mrs Elaine Owen presented the historic perspective of the NW Women networks and Women Forum development. She described how this effort began, problems that she initially had to […]

On the 6th April 2011, at Impiva in Valencia, a meeting took place between the founders of the Women’s Enterprise Forum and a delegation from Western Greece. Mrs Elaine Owen presented the historic perspective of the NW Women networks and Women Forum development. She described how this effort began, problems that she initially had to face, such as the reluctance of the public sector, difficulties in diffusing the culture of private sector into the public sector, the mistrust of the business world to the fact that women can create their own association-forum & the lack of funds.

It was described how Mrs Elaine Owen, with the contribution of Mrs Wendy Bowers from East Lancashire Chamber, finally created the Women’s Enterprise Forum where many women of the area were congregated under an “umbrella” where they could network with other entrepreneurs, they could feel that there are people who respect their work and could have a better access to funds. Mr. Iqbal Patel – Business Development Manager, from the North West Development Agency presented how the ethnic minorities of the area could be supported and how they could boost the local economy throughout their businesses. Nowadays, the Women’s Enterprise Forum consists of a volunteer group of women sharing a passion for encouraging women to become businesswomen and to encourage them in their enterprise development.

These women are focused on research, influencing policy, guest speaking, running women’s business networks and the North West Awards. Furthermore, they represent women in business everywhere and their cluster is continuously expanding at regional and national level. In addition, they carry out surveys, organize special event with informative features and reports.

The main objective of this meeting was to inform the Greek representatives in terms of the Women’s Network activities in the Northwest of UK, its function and how a similar Network can be created in the Region of Western Greece. The initial discussion and exchange of experiences and ideas paved the way for a new collaboration between the representatives of both areas and the creation of a Women Entrepreneurs network in Western Greece. For this reason, Mrs Elaine Owen and Mrs Wendy Bowers have scheduled a visit to Patras on July 2011 in order to help the Achaia Chamber of Commerce and some women entrepreneurs of the area to establish a “Women Entrepreneurs Network” in Western Greece.

Their experience and suggestions are of vital importance in order to meet this effort with success.

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