Empowering Women in Business

Making your moments count

19th September



Agenda coming soon

A Decade of Empowerment: Celebrating 10 Years of EWIB 27th September!  

Join us in commemorating a remarkable milestone as we proudly celebrate 10 years of EWIB! From its humble beginnings to now, EWIB has been an unwavering source of inspiration, growth, and camaraderie for women in business.  

This monumental event, EWIB 2023, is proudly sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants, Platinum Wave Franchising, The Franchising Centre and Citation. EWIB is back for 2023! An event for female business owners, entrepreneurs, franchisors and franchisees who want to network with like-minded women. With the promise of fantastic speakers and interactive sessions, you’ll be sure to leave with a wealth of valuable takeaways. 

EWIB is an event that sets out to do exactly that, Empower Women in Business. If you are a woman in business this event is for you, created by women, developed by women, delivered by women and received year on year by an ever increasing number of women so why not join in? Promoting a safe space allowing for vulnerability, trying something new for the first time, or stepping out of your comfort zone. All whilst offering fantastic educational and inspirational speakers and networking opportunities for like minded business women. 

EWIB 2024

Cost: £140+VAT
Date: Thursday 19th September
Doors Open: 9am

Venue: Athena Events Venue
Queen St, Leicester

What to expect

We know that in life and in business, every moment counts. Moments to grow and develop as individuals, creating a stronger, improved version of ourselves. But also, moments to reflect, relax and take time to listen, providing ourselves with what we need. For all these reasons this years Empowering Women in Business will focus on the topic of “making your moments count”.

We start off the day hearing from Pip Wilkins, CEO here at the BFA, about how she has made the most out of each day, and how even the small things can make a huge difference. Moving on to our first keynote speaker of the day, we are honoured to announce Harpreet Kaur, winner of the BBC 1 Apprentice 2022 who will be sitting down for a personal fireside chat with Pip. Before breaking for lunch, we have the Magic Six Speed Sessions, tackling topics from coaching and building positive circles to being self-aware and not standing in your own way.

Harpreet Kaur

Harpreet Kaur - winner of BBC Apprentice 2022, co-founder of Oh So Yum desserts and business partner to Lord Sugar. She gained investment for expansion & growth plans for her dessert business with millions of viewers watching. Currently running from 3 stores, stocked in Selfridges & a nationwide delivery e-commerce platform, Harpreet aims to inspire other young entrepreneurs and give them that boost of confidence. She made the leap from the corporate world of banking to now running a six-figure business today & is launching her own coaching & mentorship programme for entrepreneurs.

Sam McAlister

For ten years Sam McAlister was the interviews producer on BBC 2’s flagship news programme Newsnight, securing head-to-head pieces with Silicon Valley CEOs, world leaders and Hollywood stars. A former barrister, she turned to journalism after a successful career in criminal law and has since negotiated with everyone from Buckingham Palace to the White House, Facebook to Tesla.

Eniola Aluko

Eniola Aluko is one of the leading figures in women's football. During an impressive career on the pitch, she was a striker noted for her pace and finishing. She’s a double-FA Women’s Cup winner and three-time Premier/Super League champion and was league top-scorer with Chelsea. Eniola is also a qualified lawyer. Having taken her bar exams in New York and in London, she also worked in the city specialising in entertainment law.

For our second keynote session we are delighted to announce Sam McAlister, former interviews producer for BBC 2’s flagship news programme ‘Newsnight’, discussing ‘how to convince a Prince’. This is followed by an interactive panel of leading ladies in franchising. We round off the day with our final keynote session brought to us by double FA Women’s Cup winner and three-time Premiere/Super League champion Eniola Aluko, one of the leading figures in women’s football.

Meet our other incredible speakers below

Introducing our exhibitors and market stalls

In between our jam-packed agenda there will be time to engage with our exhibitors, and in the spirit of support, we will be hosting a small business market to treat yourself to a few cheeky purchases!

“In a room overflowing with courage, progression and collective respect I was given the opportunity to dig a little deeper than usual and really explore what it means to be a woman in business, a woman in the franchise industry and most importantly, a woman in 2022. Thank you for all the organising that went into this event!”
“This is a must attend event! I felt it genuinely did what it said on the time - Empowering Women in Business and I have some great takeaways and implementing them in my practice already.”
“A superb event with over 170 women in business. Such a great opportunity to network, learn and laugh together. Looking forward to next year! ”
“Thank you again for another brilliant EWIB conference. I always leave energised and inspired! This is rare to have a dedicated space where we can share ambitions, professional concerns and pride, as well as personal and intimate challenges.”
“A fabulous day with amazing and inspirational women at the EWIB conference. I came away with some great tips to grow my business and how to value myself to ensure a successful career. Thank you for the wonderful organisation of a great day!!”
“EWIB is always an event I look forward to each year and make sure I'm free for! It's a thought provoking and inspiring day and great opportunity to connect with like-minded women.”
“It was refreshing to be in a room full of like minded, inspirational and empowered woman. I left feeling determined and simultaneously comforted by support. The event was a kind reminder of where I want to be and what I need to do in order to achieve my goals.”
"EWIB is a fantastic opportunity to gain confidence, feel empowered, and be motivated by like-minded people. I'd recommend it to anyone looking to strengthen themselves personally as well as professionally.”
“What a fantastic atmosphere and empowering day at the EWIB. There were some brilliant inspiring speakers, giving their insights into some light hearted moments and invaluable knowledge and experience. Very thought provoking and I've got so many take away nuggets from the day.”
“This was my first EWIB event and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The range of content and the speakers throughout the day resonated with every woman in the room, and it was wonderful to be involved in such an inclusive environment”
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With thanks to our supporters

This year our delegate bag has been proudly filled with many useful and interesting goodies! We thank our EWIB supporters for their contribution to the event, and hope you enjoy the items they provided.

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