Our ever-popular EWIB, one day conference is back! 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 and a wealth of valuable takeaways from the day.

This event is ideal if you’re a woman that is interested in…

– Development journeys
– Why’s & Worth’s
– Playing to your strengths
– building support systems

Featuring some must have conversations with industry experts…

‘leading the change in menopause’
‘self development to achieve success’
‘building a business around family’
…and much more


09.00 General Registration – Coffee & networking
Your opportunity to connect with likeminded women in business ahead of the main event

09.35 Welcome to Empowering Women in Business 2022
An introduction to the day and everything you need to know

09.40 Leading the Change
Pip Wilkins QFP, CEO, bfa

Pip Wilkins

With more than 20 years’ experience in the franchise sector, Pip has worked her way up within the Association, gaining insight from all areas of the business and the franchise industry. She is well-known and highly regarded in franchising for her dedication and depth of knowledge. Pip’s mission for the bfa is very clear: to maintain standards that strengthen; education that influences success; provide platforms to connect and support; and continual promotion to raise awareness of the industry as a whole.

10.00 The Big Seven – Speed Sessions. Seven leading females take centre stage

Living with neurodiverse superpowers
Rachel Fay, Little Learners

Self-development to achieve success
Krishma Vaghela, The Franchising Centre

Transition from Olympian to franchisor
Christina Handasyde Dick, Guardian Angel Carers

Growing & leading a winning team
Sepideh Saldjoughi, N.Bar

A whole new world in marketing
Emma Scholes, Caremark

Leading the change in menopause
Donna Hall, British Franchise Association

Scaling up, down and sometimes sideways
Laura Tarran, Domino’s

11.15 Networking coffee break

11.45 Interactive Workshop Session: Having an authentic voice & telling your brand story
Hilary Salzman, 22-Stories

Hilary Salzman

Hello. I’m Hilary, an experienced business storyteller on a mission to help independent brands and bright entrepreneurial sparks tell authentic stories to grow their business. Because storytelling connects people. And I believe the world would be a better place if more people gave it a go.

12.45 Networking buffet lunch

13.35 Fireside Chat with Louise Minchin & Pip Wilkins
Louise Minchin, Keynote Speaker

Louise Minchin

Well-known as a television presenter, journalist and former breakfast news presenter, Louise now hosts “Her Spirit” – a podcast with more than a quarter of a million downloads – that discusses women’s physical and mental health in relation to exercise, inspiring women everywhere to live a healthier, happier life. Louise is also the author of “Dare to Tri”, the story of how an article on cycling led to a passion for the sport, and then an obsession which culminated in her representing Britain at the World Triathlon Championships. Her next book, “Adventures with Superwoman”, explores some of her sporting aspirations.

14.20 Breathing workshop: How to navigate stress, anxiety, panic and burnout using just the breath
Kay Lou Haskins, Kay Lou Klub

Kay Lou Haskins

Hi, I’m Kay Lou, breathing coach and cold water therapist and founder of Kay Lou Klub I help individuals, groups and businesses reach their full potential both mentally and physically through the power of breath and cold water exposure. My unique, fun and non-sensical approach, rooted in my passion for helping and bringing others together, is designed to support and manage feelings of stress, anxiety, panic, overwhelm and burnout so people can gain a healthier perspective on their daily habits and how they live. I’m humbled to have helped play a role in transforming the lives of hundreds of people, working with businesses such as Aldi and fitness events such as Trail Pursuit.

14.50 Networking coffee break

15.10 An interactive panel of female entrepreneurs share their journeys and insights on how their brands have
flourished and the lessons they have learnt:
• Attracting the right people to your brand
• Having authority & visibility on social media
• Mental health – why its important and what can we do
• Building a business around family
• Your support system – finding your people!

16.00 Diversity and inclusion are for life, not just for meetings
Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi

Shaparak Khorsandi is a comedian, author, speaker and advocate for human rights. Shaparak established herself as one of the UK’s finest comedians with her sell-out Edinburgh show, Asylum Speaker. Despite the basis for the show being her experiences as a child refugee fleeing Iran and terrorists attempting to murder her father, Shaparak’s sensitive yet witty exploration of these events created an instant comedy smash hit. Shaparak’s career has taken her to all corners of the globe. She has appeared on countless TV & Radio shows, including: Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week & 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

16.45 Summary & closing remarks

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