Did you miss the 1st event… MAKE IT YOUR BUSINESS is BACK!

Event Date
September 23, 2022
Event Time
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Location
The Finance Hub, Unit B, The Potteries, Linden Park Road, Tunbridge Wells

A fantastic opportunity to meet local female entrepreneurs for the inspiration, ideas, and support to start or grow your business from whatever stage you are at, with a rare chance to ask them questions and get honest feedback!

This Make It Your Business Event is hosted and organised by local businesswoman, Siobhan Stirling, Director of the Sharp Minds Agency in Tunbridge Wells.

Siobhan Stirling

Director – Sharp Minds Agency

Siobhan has a strong commitment to providing career opportunities for working parents and young people, having successfully nurtured four apprentices.

Sharp Minds also proactively support several charities and start-ups. Previously a journalist, Siobhan spent nearly 20 years with the BBC as a reporter, presenter and producer on radio and TV, as well as writing for national newspapers and magazines. She is also a published author, with her book “Sleep–helping your child to sleep through the night” published in several languages.

We have some great speakers lined up including:-

Sarah Raine

Founder and Managing Director of Colley Raine & Associates

Sarah Raine is Founder and Managing Director of Colley Raine & Associates. Founded in August 2018, Colley Raine & Associates is an agile, ethical marketing agency based in Tunbridge Wells that helps brands to tell their story.

We provide a large network of highly skilled professionals on your doorstep with no markups, no retainers and offer flexible hours. Think of us as a full-service marketing agency, without the hefty price tag.

We have pledged a minimum of 30% of our time to the charitable sector at a discounted rate as part of the way we give back to our local community.

Growing Businesses. Building Brands. Creating Campaigns.



Pam Loch

Managing Director – Loch Associates Group

Pam Loch, set up Loch Associates Group in 2007 to respond to the need for commercial and bespoke legal and people solutions for clients. She has continued to evolve the business to respond to client needs and is now proud to have services offering solutions in all elements of employment and business law, HR, wellbeing and mediation.

As well as being the Managing Director of Loch Associates Group, Pam has also been a specialist, award-winning employment law solicitor for over 20 years. Her passion for finding solutions to help businesses manage and look after their people is reflected in the development and success of the businesses across the group. Unusually, Pam is a dual qualified solicitor, being admitted as a solicitor in Scotland and England & Wales.

Dee Airey

Wedding & Studio Portrait Photography based in Tunbridge Wells

Dee has always been creative in her thinking and always knew she wanted to be self-employed and self-sufficient. So much so, that she paid no attention at school until they asked her nicely to leave.

She was thrilled because it meant she could go to college and achieve her Diploma in Business Studies, a subject she had her eye on since about the age of 14.

By the time Dee left college at 17 years old, she had just one qualification – a Business Studies Diploma, but that was all that mattered to her.

Even though starting out her working life as an office junior, she never took her eye off the prize, that prize being self-employment, running a business and being accountable for her own career destiny.

Dee started her dream by 26 years old and entered the world of self-employment.

Now at 55 years old, Dee has more energy than ever. She is a senior Director and co-owner of a construction company, and is one of very few females in the UK holding such a position in this industry.

After starting her photography business 10 years ago, she has won an IBAK New Business Award, been featured on the front cover of two regional wedding magazines, and has authored her first book.  

More recently Dee has opened up her wedding photography and family portrait studio – the first of its kind on the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells. She is so passionate about taking charge and people working for themselves that she also runs an online business coaching group of around 500 photographers worldwide who are starting up their own photography businesses. Boredom doesn’t stand a chance with Dee because she’s too busy doing everything she loves.

Denise Hamilton

Chief Corporate Affairs & Communications Officer at Childrensalon

Denise Hamilton is currently Chief Corporate Affairs and Communications Officer at Childrensalon, the largest online store for luxury childrenswear – offering over 270 of the world’s most desirable brands; including Gucci, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga and Balmain to customers in 160 countries with an impressive growth rate of over 27% in the last 4 years. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism she entered Macy’s training program in New York and has had a career spanning 30+ years with employers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, May Company and Target in New York, Saint Louis and London.

Denise discovered Childrensalon whilst shopping for her 4 year-old daughter on Tunbridge Wells High Street in 2010. ‘I absolutely fell in love with the company. I remember meeting Michele Harriman-Smith, one of the company’s founders and letting her know I would be happy to do anything as I just wanted to be a part of what I thought was such an amazing company and culture. I initially started part-time working anywhere they needed help and I never looked back.’  Denise took on different roles as she progressed at Childrensalon ranging from the product copy team to heading up their new human resource department. In 2018 she was promoted to Chief Corporate Affairs and Communications Officer and now handles all aspects of people, corporate communications and CSR for the company and sits on it’s Leadership Team and Charity Committee.

We’re planning a great event and a chance to build connections with other like-minded women both locally and further afield.
We look forward to meeting you!

The event will be held at The Finance Hub, at the end of The Pantiles: Unit B, The Potteries, Linden Park Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5FQ

Venue and Parking
Car Parks near The Finance Hub

The Pantiles Car Park
Major York’s Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TP
(One of the closest)

Upper Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells 43O1
Upper Pantiles, Major York’s Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TP
(5-minute Walk to us)

Linden Park Road Car Park Tunbridge Wells
Sussex Mews, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5SJ
(One of the closest)

The Finance Hub
Linden Park Road
Unit B
Royal Tunbridge Wells

We are really looking forward to having you!!

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