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A safe, friendly environment facilitating purposeful networking and trusted support from specialists and fellow Oxfordshire business women
Who is this Network and Support programme for?
The UK is often described as the start-up capital of Europe, but not when it comes to women. Whilst the last decade has seen a sharp increase in female self-employment, sadly the number of women starting, and scaling businesses remains much lower than that of men (only 1 in 3 UK entrepreneurs is female). So, what are the issues? Well, they can vary depending on the stage or intention of the business, but repeatedly we hear access to funding and networks, primary care responsibilities, sectors and skills.
Trusted networks and collaboration have never been as important as they are in this post COVID/EU Exit era, which is why this series of Networking and Support sessions is so aptly timed. This support is specifically for women in business and women starting or considering starting a business in Oxfordshire and will provide a catalyst for business recovery and growth.
What can I expect from this Network and Support programme?
Following severe uncertainty and disruption to revenues and profit margins across the UK, linked mainly to COVID but also the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, we will use these sessions to explore, amongst other topics:
Your recovery and growth objectives and priorities
Aligning business and personal goals
Your core challenges and obstacles to recovery and growth (within and outside of your control)
Key recovery and growth enablers
Recovery and growth strategy execution
Sessions provide a safe and friendly environment where long-lasting, purposeful, and trusted relationships can be built. An experienced facilitator together with a small cohort of your female peers (and specialist advisors where applicable) provide a vital sounding board to challenge your thinking, unlock opportunities, and enhance your decision-making ability.
How will the Network and Support group work?
Cohort spaces are limited to 12 individuals in order to maximise the benefit for those participating. Applicants may be required to complete a short questionnaire to help assess suitability and compatibility. You may also receive a phone call as part of the application process.
Dates & Structure
A total of four meetings are held virtually via Zoom. You must be able to attend all 4 sessions. Cut off date for registration is Monday 21st March at 5.30pm.
Wednesday 23rd March 2022 – 10.00-12.00
Wednesday 6th April 2022 – 10.00-12.00
Wednesday 20th April 2022 – 10.00-12.00
Wednesday 4th May 2022 – 10.00-12.00
EnSpire Oxford is a University of Oxford initiative to help connect people to the entrepreneurship resources they need, and to promote entrepreneurship across Oxfordshire.
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