Helen Walbey is an inspired speaker who shares her business journey, including her personal highs and lows. Helen is the founder and MD of Recycle Scooters Ltd and the FSB Health & Diversity Chair leading the FSB’s national Women in Enterprise Taskforce.
Helen has run her own business since 2004, when she started trading bike parts online as a way to make ends meet after her husband had been seriously injured in an accident at work. Today her company trades parts internationally, and has a number of major contracts for motorcycle dismantling.
Helen’s passion for diversity issues is borne from her own experiences of being a female business-owner in a sector which is dominated by men. She strongly believes that no-one should be prevented from succeeding in businesses as a result of their gender, race, sexuality or disability. She have always worked in typically male dominated industries, and loves being able to promote a positive and successful female image to work colleagues. Previously Helen worked in Continuous Improvement in a large multinational building company. Now she own and run Recycle Scooters Ltd and is the only woman in Wales to own a motorcycle salvage company.
Helen achieved her success by finding a gap in the market, developing a niche, never competing solely on price and most importantly believe in herself. She is relishing her new role working with other small business-owners within FSB to further the diversity agenda. In addition to running her business Helen is also a part-time lecturer at the University of South Wales Business School and a Big Ideas role model as part of a Welsh Government scheme to encourage entrepreneurship among young people.
This free event is open to all University of Plymouth undergraduate/postgraduate students as part of the BETA Enterprise skills development and student start-up support programme.
About the BETA Enterprise Programme
The BETA Enterprise Programme improves students’ entrepreneurial abilities by providing a comprehensive programme of support for their business ideas. The programme provides free pre start-up and start-up support for students at the University via the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre.