Women Entrepreneurs - Fulfil Your Potential
  • Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, Mast House, 24 Sutton Road, Plymouth, PL4 0HJ

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Calling all women entrepreneurs!

You are invited to join the Federation of Small Businesses and Plymouth University for this conference to  support and inspire women business owners. 

This is a great opportunity to come and be inspired by our key speakers.

Conference fees

  • FSB members: £5
  • Non-FSB members: £7
  • Plymouth University students: free

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided. 


  • 14:00 - Introduction by Alison Theaker, Chair of FSB South Hams branch.
  • 14:10-15:00 - How to use Facebook to promote your business. Helen Walbey, National FSB Chair of Equality and Diversity will explain the FSB and Facebook initiative, #SheMeansBusiness
  • 15:00-15:30 - Anne Hope, women’s health expert will talk about the Power Hour and how to nourish yourself
  • 15:30 - Tea, cake and networking.
  • 16:00 - How to finance your business. Local representatives from Barclays, Santander and NatWest will discuss how they can help women to make sure their businesses are resourced.
  • 16:45-17:15 - How to find a mentor. Business coach and mentor Alison Theaker will address how to find a role model and what to ask them.
  • 17:30-18:30 - Professor Susan Marlow, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nottingham will speak about “Looking forward: Future opportunities for the next generation of women entrepreneurs." Dr Haya Al-Dajani, Associate Professor (Reader) in Entrepreneurship and Lead, Responsible Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Research Group at Futures Entrepreneurship Centre will introduce Professor Marlow. 

Key speakers

Helen Walbey

Helen is the Federation of Small Businesses Policy Portfolio Chair for Diversity and heads up their women in enterprise taskforce. She is the Managing Director at Recycle Scooters and Bikes, the only woman in the UK to own and run a motorcycle salvage yard. She exports parts globally. A mentor with Virgin, she lectures part time at the University of South Wales’s Business School. She has a rescue dog and an allotment where she mainly digs random holes and calls it gardening.

Anne Hope

Anne is an expert in natural approaches to women’s health, specialising in homeopathy, meditation, yoga and hypnotherapy. Helping women to transition and grow is a major part of her work. Women live through many life changes, but don’t always put themselves first and look for something that could really make these changes positive and wonderful. As a lecturer and psychologist she enables people to grow and develop emotionally and spiritually – finding peace and confidence and knowing the power that this brings. She is the author of two books, 10 things about fertility that could change your life and Menopause: survive & thrive – an ultimate guide.

Alison Theaker

Alison is the Chair of the FSB South Hams branch and a business coach, mentor and trainer. Her mission is to help businesses be the best they can be. She has over 30 years' experience in public relations, marketing and management, and has taught in higher education in the US and UK. Her books, the Public Relations Handbook and the Public Relations Strategic Toolkit, are used on undergraduate courses throughout the UK and have been translated into several languages.

Susan Marlow

Susan is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nottingham Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and the University of Vienna. She is a holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, Editor of the International Small Business Journal and Fellow of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Her research interests lie in the broad area of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviours with a specific interest in gender issues. She is the author and co-author of books and numerous articles in leading UK and North American Journals and the editor of a number of book series focused upon entrepreneurship and small business management.

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