There is a new initiative out of Isle of Man Business & Innovation Centre (IoM BIC). It’s launching the Island’s first ever business club for women.
One of the first things I did when I arrived on the Island in 2006 was look to try to connect with other women in business, but there was no such group, so I am very pleased to be involved with getting this up and running. Other members of the steering committee include Cat Turner (AXA), Debs Gwinnell (Big Fish), Dr Gloria Miller (International Business School), Heather Smallwood (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing), Kate Lord (IoM BIC), Lisa Underwood (Department of Trade & Industry).
The idea is to inspire and foster entrepreneurial spirit, business capability and a sense of confidence among women of all ages on the Island. It’s open to anyone and we’d like to see women from a wide range of backgrounds join us. We are going to meet up regularly and will interact online with a blog and a Facebook page too.
IoM BIC is also launching a Women’s Enterprise Start-Up programme. Kate Lord, project officer, said, “It’s exciting to see the thriving community of business women and female entrepreneurs across the globe, and we’d love to hear from anyone on the Isle of Man who’s interested in the Women’s Enterprise Programme, whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or interested in being involved in a mentorship or joint-venture capacity.”
Next week, We’re having a ‘bit of a do’ to celebrate the launch of Women in Business and everyone is invited. It’s Tuesday 21 July at The Courthouse on Athol Street in Douglas. Ping me if you can come.