Women out to prove they mean business

Julia Lyford and Emma George,  Event Co-ordinators
Julia Lyford and Emma George, Event Co-ordinators

Northumberland is a hotbed of female-owned businesses and the contribution women make to the local economy is being recognised at an event next month.

Before the recession hit, research showed that Alnwick and the surrounding area had proportionally more female entrepreneurs than anywhere else in the UK, with more than three in every 10 businesses run by women.

Now Women Mean Business is bringing together businesswomen from across Northumberland on International Women’s Day, Saturday, March 8.

From 11am to 3pm, the Northumberland Hall in Alnwick will be packed with stalls of female-run businesses sharing what they do with the public, who can also take part in workshops and taster sessions.

Julia Lyford, from Fourth Action, the Belford-based group organising the event, said: “We want to celebrate and support women across the county who have taken the plunge into starting their own enterprises, and encourage more to consider doing the same.

“Our event on International Women’s Day will celebrate women-owned businesses and hopefully inspire visitors who have business ideas of their own.

“We’ll be providing free hands-on advice on the day about the business and grant support that can help you get your own enterprise off the ground.”

Fourth Action is keen to hear women entrepreneurs from across Northumberland who are interested in taking a free stall at the event. It can also provide funding towards the costs of women who want to run workshops to demonstrate and share skills or offer taster sessions during the day. Dancing, weaving and candle-making sessions have already been added to the programme.

For more information or book a stall at the event, contact Julia on 01668 219879 or 07775 817544 or email julia@fourthac tion.org