Women In Independent Businesses Panel Discussion

8th March 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An online panel discussion for International Women’s Day with inspiring female independent business owners in Oxfordshire.

Independent Oxford has partnered with the University of Oxford’s IDEA Programme to bring you a special online panel discussion for International Women’s Day 2022 with an inspiring line up of female independent business owners from across Oxfordshire, discussing this year’s theme #BreakTheBias: Imagining a gender equal world, and how social impact indies are helping to create a world where difference is valued and celebrated.

The session will be chaired by Ashley Cavers, co-founder and director of Oxfordshire indie, The Wonky Food Company. Ashley has a background in print and broadcast media (SKY, BBC, The Sunday Times Fast Track) with more recent experience in business communications, network building, and enterprise support, with a focus on small business, start-ups and impact ventures. Since 2018 she has worked as a business adviser for the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) providing 1:1 support for hundreds of businesses and she currently manages an OxLEP programme, eScalate, supporting charities, social enterprises and purposeful businesses. Ashley is also an experienced entrepreneur herself, having previously built and sold a successful business and is currently involved in another start-up, as the co-founder and director of The Wonky Food Company, which makes products from imperfect and surplus fruit and vegetables. In 2019, Ashley was a semi-finalist in the Enterprise Nation Female Start-up of the Year competition.

Ashley will be joined by panelists from socially conscious indies in Oxfordshire including:

Tess Taylor, co-founding director at Tap Social Movement

Tess is one of the founding directors of Tap Social Movement, a social enterprise brewery and hospitality organisation that provides training and employment to people in prison. In the five years since opening, Tap Social has grown to a commercial wholesale brewing operation with 3 hospitality venues, offering training and employment to more than 40 people from prison and advocating for prison reform through its branding, talks, and brokerage work. Tess is passionate about social justice, community, and good beer.

Katie Gordon, founder of Every Body Studio

Katie Gordon is a coach, yoga teacher and the founder of Every Body Studio, and is based in Oxford. She works with movement, breath and tools from psychology to help people work towards creating the life they want. Every Body Studio is a small, supportive, non judgmental space for movement classes on Magdalen Road in east Oxford. The team specialise in Yoga, Pilates and Barre.

Sarah Adams, co-founder of The Herberowe Candle Co

Sarah Adams founded The Herberowe Candle Co with her husband Colin in 2020. Having spent more than 30 years as a journalist and PR – for much of that time writing about small businesses and helping them to raise their profile – Sarah has always had a passion for indie businesses and a specific interest in writing about those run by women. Lockdown gave her and Colin the chance to develop their own business and in June 2021 The Herberowe Candle Co was among the finalists in the Blenheim Palace start-up competition and now has partnerships with several local stockists and a national charity.

Sarah Jordan, founder of YOU Underwear

Made from super-soft organic Fairtrade cotton and PETA-approved vegan, Y.O.U underwear is as good for the world as it is for your wardrobe. Y.O.U is the highest-scoring B Corp in the UK, proving it’s commitment to putting purpose above profit.

Following the discussion there will be a chance to ask questions.

The room code for zoom will be emailed to you before the session.


8th March 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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