LONDON, 4 MARCH 2020: Small business campaign f:Entrepreneur, which highlights inspiring female business leaders across the UK, celebrated its #ialso100 list of female business owners for the second year on Wednesday – with an exclusive reception at the House of Lords, attended by local entrepreneur Denise O’Leary from Chippenham.
The #ialso100 is a collection of female entrepreneurs, recognised for inspiring their peers and communities through their businesses and wider activities. This year’s list includes
Denise O’Leary, managing director of Chippenham-based Purpol Marketing, which helps business in the construction industry and other sectors win bids and awards, said: “It is both a thrill and honour to be named amongst such esteemed business women from across the UK.
“There is such an amazing variety of talent in the list, and is humbling to be included amongst them. I am looking forward to the campaign celebrating the unique aspects of all of the businesses named; sharing, supporting and inspiring each other.”
The aim of f:Entrepreneur is to showcase multi-achieving women like *INSERT NAME* in the #ialso100, to provide lessons of challenge and success for all small business founders – both men and women.
The campaign is built around a programme of content, stories and events including roundtables, Q&A sessions and panels as well as larger all-day events in the lead-up to International Women’s Day on 8 March.
f:Entrepreneur is run by Small Business Britain, the UK’s leading champion of small businesses which offers support, knowledge and access to the country’s 5.8 million small businesses – no matter their location, their industry, or their size.
Both f:Entrepreneur and Small Business Britain were founded by Michelle Ovens MBE, who is also director of Small Business Saturday. Michelle spoke at the House of Lords event alongside event host and former cabinet secretary Lord Young of Graffham, and chef, restaurant manager and entrepreneur Sarah Ali Choudhury – who was included in the #ialso100 2019. The event was supported by fintech business banking platform Tide.
Michelle Ovens MBE said:
“The idea for the #ialso campaign was born from International Women’s Day 2018, during a breakfast event where the phrase used most by the gathered entrepreneurs was “I also…”, with each woman describing their work as being much more than a single-job career. It led us to want to highlight the work of incredible women, creating the most amazing opportunities for their communities and doing so much more than just a day job.
“We are making the case that the word ‘entrepreneur’ should not be reserved for men – with the word ‘female’ tagged onto the start for women who have started small businesses. f:Entrepreneur demonstrates the breadth of sectors women are leading in and the value they bring to so many people’s lives.”
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Notes to Editors
Michelle Ovens MBE set up the f:Entrepreneur Campaign, which launched on International Women’s Day 2017, because of the growing sense that there should be more recognition for the power women who run so many businesses in the UK.
The goal of the campaign is to celebrate the dynamic and inspirational businesses led by women in the UK.
It is aimed at both men and women, because everyone has something to learn from these stories of challenge and success.
Through events, content and story-telling, f:Entrepreneur showcases role models to help and inspire all small businesses.
About Small Business Britain
Small Business Britain is the UK’s leading champion of small businesses, supporting all 5.8 million small businesses in the UK – no matter their location, their sector, or their size.
Led by Michelle Ovens MBE, Small Business Britain projects the voice of small businesses, backs the causes they are passionate about and inspires them to help one another and the people around them.
Small Business Britain ensures small businesses are recognised for the incredible value they provide and the day-to-day impact they have on the lives of everyone in the UK, by policy makers, the media and the public, to foster increased small business confidence.