Ask Our Experts: Free Business Webinar for Female Business Owners

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We're holding a FREE webinar on Wednesday 24 March to help aspiring and existing female entrepreneurs access expert advice and support to help them start and grow their businesses.

We’ve joined forces with award-winning business and empowerment coach and UK Digital Woman of the Year (2020), Debbie Clarke, and new organic skincare business owner, Stella Verdoes, after a report by the British Business Bank and Oliver Wyman found female business owners experience significantly lower median turnovers than their male counterparts, with an annual salary disparity of £30,000.

In the hour-long session, the all-female panel of business experts will be sharing their experiences, offering advice and answering questions from the audience to help address the inequalities found in the report.  Our expert business adviser, Emily, will also be discussing the different finance options available to attendees to help them start or expand their own business.

About the panellists

Debbie Clarke

Award-winning female entrepreneur, university lecturer and business coach @ and My Way Project.

Debbie started her first business in 2013 after 5 years on income support as a single mum and fighting cancer. Today, she boasts many accolades including 7 times award-winning business and empowerment coach and the UK’s Digital Woman of the Year (2020).

As well as being a digital marketing lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, she is also a successful podcaster and founding member of The My Way Project – a social enterprise that uses toolkits to support women in Nottingham who are on a low income and want to build their confidence and employment skills, or even start a small business. Did we mention her podcast was voted one of HSBC’s Top 5 Podcasts for Women in Business (2019)?

As an award-winning business coach, Debbie actively helps people to create the life they want to live, gain more freedom and discover and do what they love by using her raw and realistic “no bullsh*t approach.”

Debbie Clarke

Emily Guest

Business adviser @ First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans

Emily is the dedicated business adviser for the Derby and Nottinghamshire regions at First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans.

Since joining us in October 2014, she has helped hundreds, if not thousands, of aspiring entrepreneurs with their business applications to ensure they receive the right funding at the right time for their business.

Outside of her business adviser role, Emily runs her dress and jewellery hire boutique and retails her own jewellery collection so she also knows a thing or two about setting up a successful retail business.

Emily Guest

Stella Verdoes

Business owner @ Symra

Stella is the owner of Symra organic skincare. Stella had been making organic lip balms and selling them to friends at university but wanted to turn her hobby into a business.

After researching business finance, she applied for a start-up loan through us to help set up Symra. Thanks to the loan, Stella now sells her organic lip care worldwide on Amazon, eBay and her own e-commerce website.

Symra is an organic skincare brand seeking to add value to peoples’ lives by offering a healthy alternative to crude oil-based lip balms whilst also providing an income to Ghanaian women who produce the shea butter that goes into their products.

Register for the webinar.

We proudly provide business loans ranging from £500 up to £250,000 to SMEs across the East Midlands and South East Midlands that are unable to borrow from high street lenders.

Stella Verdoes

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