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Socially Shared Business Network and Kenilworth Chamber of Trade Come Together to Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was celebrated by businesswomen from Kenilworth, Rugby, Coventry, Solihull, Stratford upon Avon and across the region at an event organised by Socially Shared Business Network and Kenilworth Chamber of Trade.


More than 50 female business owners and one gent attended this collaborative event on Thursday (March 8th) for an afternoon of cafe conversations style networking and to hear from the Kate Weaver from The Girl’s Network, an inspirational charity supporting girls and young women from the least advantaged backgrounds, for the event.

This celebration of International Women’s Day was a not for profit event, sponsored by The Warwickshire Virtual Assistant Network and there were also a small selection of prizes, donated by local Kenilworth businesses, that were raffled off to add to the profits raised from ticket sales.

The event, at the Holiday Inn Kenilworth, featured short talks from Seanna Holland Chair of Kenilworth Chamber, Karen Heap Co-Founder of Socially Shared Business Network and Avril James from The Warwickshire Virtual Assistant Network who all inspired women to support each other and encouraged the business women to continue to act as positive role models for girls, young women and each other.


Guest speaker was ‘The Girl’s Network’ local area manager Kate Weaver, who shared inspiring stories of young girls that had been empowered and encouraged to realise their full potential and who had benefited from the charities mentoring programme. The charity matches successful business women, both employed and self employed, with girls and young adults from least advantaged backgrounds, to ensure that they have a positive role model, given support to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities available to them.

The event was deemed a success by all who attended and more than two hundred pounds was raised and presented to Kate Weaver from The Girl’s Network Charity.


Socially Shared founder Karen Heap said: “The event was enjoyed by all and we are thrilled to have been able to bring together three local business networks to connect and celebrate International Women’s Day.”

Socially Shared is a women’s business support network which has supported more than 600 women from across the Midlands. For more information visit www.sociallyshared.co.uk

Kenilworth Chamber of Trade is a business network for people who work or live in the local area.  For more information visit www.kenilworthchamber.co.uk

The Warwickshire Virtual Assistant Network is a supportive network for people working in a virtual assistant or supportive business role.  For more information visit www.warwickshirevanetwork.com

The Girls Network is a charitable organisation that operates a mentoring scheme for girls and young women that was started in London and operates in the South of the UK, the Midlands and soon to expand to Newcastle and Manchester.  For more information visit www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk 


Bell monitor for the café conversation networking!


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