Make It Your Business - 9th June

Make It Your Business

Event Date
Friday, June 9, 2023
Event Time
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Location
Unit B, The Potteries, Linden Park Road, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom, Kent, TN2 5FQ

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!

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The Make It Your Business Event is hosted and organized by local businesswoman, Siobhan Stirling, Director of 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.

Keynote Speaker

Kim Simmonds, CEO and Founder,

Law 365

Kim Simmonds, CEO and Founder, started Law 365 in 2014 after her first child was born, because she didn’t see any good examples around her of women in the legal profession who had a good balance of career and family life – and she knew that could change.

Kim wanted to create a specialist law firm that would make legal advice affordable and bespoke for Microsoft Partners while providing better work/life balance for her employees. 1 in 100 VAT registered companies in the UK is a Microsoft Partner and their ripple effect is felt by every business that relies on them to implement Microsoft products, migrate data to the cloud and support IT.  Often small, entrepreneur-led businesses, their contribution is vital to the UK economy, but they are vulnerable to pressure from the much larger enterprise clients they serve. Our mission is to level the playing field, so they can succeed and grow.

Kim and the firm she created have been recognised as gamechangers in the legal industry because she has created a law firm that is better than the rest in small but significant ways.

  • Monthly subscription pricing (like Netflix) By selling outsourced legal support on a “Legal-as-a-Service” subscription basis, Law 365 makes legal costs both reasonable and predictable, which is especially useful for young businesses that need to be able to forecast cash flow.
  • AI contracts from your phone in seconds, created especially for Microsoft Partners
    Law 365 has created AI that can build, review, and store your contracts on the fly, giving you instant feedback without breaking the bank. We’re the only law firm to offer these 3 services together, PLUS we’re the ONLY firm who can offer the “Call a lawyer” button if our Microsoft Partner users need more legal support.
  • Employment, as well as Commercial, legal advice under one roof
    In 2020 we added Employment legal services to our client offering. We’re teaching others how to implement the contracts, policies and strategies that have worked for us, making us a certified Great Place to Work UK year after year.
  • Better work/life balance + the tools to succeed
    “I am big advocate for change in the workplace for parents, and especially for women,” says Kim. “We have 3 legal pods and each of them is female-led, mainly because I’ve created an environment that attracts incredible senior, experienced female lawyers. Law 365 gives them the right balance in their lives, so it works for them.”

Ruth Ferreira – Success Coach

How to grow your business, increase your client base and profits

Ruth Ferreira, Success Coach and founder of Success Club. Ruth is an award winning business growth coach who is passionate about empowering small business owners to take their business to the next level and accelerate their success. 

Ruth works with small business owners who are amazing at what they do – they provide a great product or service, but they aren’t experts in actually running, or growing a business, and they aren’t getting the results that they deserve. This is where Ruth comes in. 

If you ask Ruth’s clients what she does, they will tell you she helps them get more clients and make more money. It actually goes quite far beyond that, but that is what she’s known for. Ruth breathes belief into people. She helps them see themselves not as they are, but as they could be. She helps clients get really clear on what they want to achieve, and strategise on how to get there as quickly as possible. Where relevant, she shares her extensive knowledge of business growth tools, strategies and templates.

Ruth’s clients are real people. People who are looking to pay their mortgage, take care of their families, and gain the satisfaction and self confidence that comes from excelling in their business. Ruth loves being part of their journey and seeing them flourish as both their business and self confidence grow. 

Ruth works with clients in four different ways. 

  • 121 coaching, on topics of her client’s choice
  • Group coaching success mastermind, Success Club, which helps small business owners who are looking to take their business to the next level, in the next 12 months
  • High level elite masterminds for phenomenal business owners
  • A month start, accountability, planning and strategy workshop designed to be extremely affordable and accessible.

Ruth began her career as a corporate lawyer and worked for magic circle firm Herbert Smith Freehills where she worked for various FTSE clients and was involved in several deals which were on the front page of the financial times. Ruth then moved to American firm Brown Rudnick where she specialised in Venture Capital, working various start up companies which are now household names.

Angela Saffery – Angel’s Business Solutions

After having her son and taking some maternity time off to enjoy him, Angela decided she was ready for a new project when he was just over a year old. For 14 months, she researched and planned, setup and ran business networking events, attended events as a finance expert speaker and generally networked. After this time, in January 2020 she set up Angel’s Business Solutions Ltd, utilising not only her core expertise and training in accountancy but also using her other skills as a coach, mentor and trainer, offering micro to small businesses a full range of financial and business support. With Clients based around England, our ethos is to provide them with what other accountancy firms do not offer – full business advice and support using a range of methods that utilises all my skills and experience, not just number crunching. Asked why she started her business her 3 answers are:

  • To give small businesses the support they want and need to start and grow that they do not usually receive from other accountancy practices
  • I love what I do and I love business, this gives me a chance to help other business owners
  • Being a mum, I wanted the flexibility to be there for my son and running my own business gives this to me

In addition to being a mum running Angel’s Business Solutions Ltd, I’m also on the executive committee for the Crowborough Chamber of Commerce, a Governor on the Board of Governors at my son’s school and Treasurer of the PFA, again at my sons school.

Needless to say, I do keep very busy and the little time I have left, I love to do crossword and sudoku puzzles. I also spend time as my son’s social secretary and running him to his various clubs.

All in all, I’m blessed to be surrounded by amazing and positive people and love both being a mum, business owner and being involved in the various groups which I find all very rewarding.

Becci Godfrey – HorseSense UK

Becci is a passionate advocate for the planet, so you might be a little surprised to hear that in 2007 she ditched her ecologist’s career to become a Leadership and Wellness Coach. 

Inspired by a 3-month volunteer project in Madagascar, Becci realised that it isn’t the planet that needs saving, but people. Disconnected from who we are and burdened by trauma, it is people that need to be healed in order to stop us harming the ecosystem.

After an epic year of retraining in 2010, the leadership and development business HorseSense UK was born. Prompted by her 1-year stint in the NHS, Becci realised that classroom-based leadership training wasn’t enough to face the challenges businesses and society were facing. The planet needed the wisdom of nature to solve the complex issues ahead of them. Backed by her charismatic grey gelding Murphy, she built her business from nothing more than access to a farm, three retired competition horses and a desire to prove that being successful and being sustainable are the same thing. 

Whilst horses and personal development is not the first thing most people think of when they get out of bed in the morning, her clients have still managed to include Nissan, Imperial College, British Geological Survey, Virgin Atlantic and the NHS. 

Her work, in Mark Cross just south of Tunbridge Wells, now includes children and adults with anxiety and low self-esteem, and those on the spectrum that find modern living overstimulating and stressful. 

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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