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 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.
Paula Quazi is the co-founder of SMOL, a rapidly growing sustainable business in the UK. SMOL delivers eco-friendly homecare products via a customer bespoke subscription service.
In just 5 years SMOL has become one of the biggest eco brands in the UK household cleaning sector powering nearly 3 million washes a week, and in so doing saving thousands of tonnes of carbon, chemicals and plastic for families across the country.
Before launching SMOL Paula ran a marketing consultancy working with many global FMCG and retail businesses particularly focussed on building sustainable strategies and purpose-led brands. Previously having had an established successful career at Unilever leading some of their biggest global and local brands.
Paula has a passion for accelerating environmental and social change through businesses with an ambition to contribute beyond traditional commercial goals. Paula also enjoys supporting and working with other SME businesses and young leaders in their drive to create positive change.
Wendy is a founder, leader, and advocate of shaping cultures that focus on people, she loves nothing more than helping businesses thrive by inspiring their people to LOVE what they do!
With over 25 years of experience in the people space, having started, sold and grown three businesses as well as working internally within people and culture teams, she brings a wealth of her own experiences that help balance out and simplify the forever-changing employer landscape.
Wendy loves a project, especially one that positively challenges the perceptions of HR and the relationship they have with their people in the workplace.
Alison has more than 25 years’ experience assisting clients with Family and Relationship matters. Her expertise covers matrimonial work, including divorce and the associated financial and children issues; pre and post-nuptial agreements; co-habitation disputes; civil partnership agreements and the breakdown of civil partnerships.
Her clients in the UK and overseas include high net worth individuals, foreign nationals, Premier League footballers and members of royal families. This close connection to high net worth individuals has seen her ranked in the prestigious Spear’s 500 guide.
Much of her work is conducted in countries where the primary or only excepted faith is Islam and so Alison has become an expert in Sharia law and its impacts on matrimonial matters.
The Family and Relationship Team have won a number of awards and Alison has been shortlisted for the Women in Law award at the British Legal Awards and International Lawyer of the year at the Family Law Awards.
Holly Watson and Charlotte Bowyer are Co-Founders of The Zero Waste Company in Tunbridge Wells. They met when their sons were 8 months old, and realised they shared a lot of common ground including the desire to live environmentally consciously. The pair devised a business plan within a month for their first business idea, and knew very quickly they wanted to work together.
Holly grew up in Orpington and for the early part of her career she was a freelance make up artist, before moving into Marketing and Social Media at various corporate firms in London.
She has always had a passion for the natural world and embarked on a 2 year trip around Asia and Australia in 2011 with her husband. Upon their return they moved to Wadhurst, where they live with their 2 children, Willow and Fox.
Charlotte grew up on a farm in Forest Row, has always been outdoorsy with an affinity with nature and the environment. After the birth of her son Kit, Charlotte realised the impact of single use plastics on the environment, in particular with regards to baby and parenting products, which gave her the inspiration to move away from her career as a freelance Virtual Assistant.
Charlotte now lives with her husband Dan and 2 children, Kit and Mimi, in Crowborough
The Zero Waste Company was born from a desire to provide ethical, sustainable shopping options to people wishing to make changes or swaps to their shopping habits. Created in November 2019 when the Zero Waste movement was becoming more well known, Holly and Charlotte opened on the Pantiles and offered food and cleaning refills to customers in Tunbridge Wells until the Covid pandemic hit. During that time the business model adapted and changed to suit the climate, and they opened as the first sustainable cafe in TW in 2021 with a smaller retail space, due to consumer appetite changes. Now Zero is home to the Ethical Emporium, a treasure trove of local, ethical brands selling beautiful home and lifestyle products. Although not a zero waste shop anymore, the company are very much still true to their original mission.
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
Royal Tunbridge Wells
We are really looking forward to having you!!
Book you seat here:> https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/make-it-your-business-tunbridge-wells-tickets-483848081637
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