Monthly Archives: February 2015

Free Event With Intel For Women-owned Businesses & Business Opportunities

Thanks to our great relationship with WE Connect International we are able to put you in front of fabulous opportunities to work with some of the leading corporations in the world. Please read below for some great opportunities in certain sectors and a very exclusive free event being hosted by Intel. We hope this proves very useful to you.

WEConnect International is a corporate-led non-profit, and their goal is to connect more majority women owned businesses (those that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women) into the corporate supply chain. Their corporate members represent $700 billion in annual purchasing power and are true pioneers in inclusive sourcing and global supplier development. More information can be found on their website:

1. There is currently limited information regarding the following information, however if you fit the above critieria and would like the opportunity to work on contracts and business opportunities in these industries please contact Maggie Berry from WEConnect International as detailed below;

  • Air conditioning units.
  • Audio visual equipment and maintenance – this includes any AV equipment that would be used in meeting rooms such projectors, screen etc. The requirement is for a firm who can supply and maintain equipment.
  • Car valeting.
  • Car washing supplies.
  • Cartographer – the need is for someone who can create city and country maps for multiple locations in the EU (France, Spain, Germany, Ireland and UK) – they can consider separate cartographers for each country if there is not one firm that can cover the EU. The corporate member needs their own maps and images that can be re-used.
  • Corporate work wear (uniforms).
  • Couriers – this is an on-going requirement.
  • Drains – the requirement is for a firm that can empty and clean drains (via interceptor tanks).
  • Electrical/lighting – there is specific interest in firms who can provide energy saving lighting solutions.
  • Feminine hygiene disposal services.
  • General tradesman – this includes firms who can provides services in any of the following areas: plumbing, carpentry, painting, decorating, roofing.
  • Grounds maintenance.
  • Hand dyers for toilet facilities.
  • Laminated and aluminium tubes provider.
  • Mobile accessories: the requirements is for a firm who can supply and maintain tablets / wifi enabled devices that would be rented out to customers.
  • Office stationary supplies – paper, pens, coffee, teas, white boards etc.
  • Security companies to provide alarms and bollards to secure offices and car parking areas.
  • Transport Including taxis, minibuses. Locations are varied and include London and Aldershot.



2. Are you interested in doing business with Intel and participating in a social media master class?

Then join Intel Supply Connections – Promoting Women at the Heart of Economic Growth on Thursday 12th March 2015 at Bletchley Park.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Intel would like to invite you to their first conference of 2015. The event will include a workshop on social media led by Gail Hanlon, Marketing Specialist at Intel EMEA during which you will discover how to build a social media strategy and how to use social media to achieve the objective of either building your brand or creating sales interest. There will also be a panel discussion session with new suppliers to Intel including Ian Platt, Head of Supply Chain Services at BaxterStorey; Elizabeth Heron, Managing Director of HAMG360; Gill Thorpe, Managing Director of The Sourcing Team and Michelle Palmer, Managing Director of Canary Wharf & City.

Date:     Thursday 12th March

Time:     10.00am to 1.30pm (with an option to take a tour of Bletchley Park at 1.30 – 2.30pm)

Venue: Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes

Cost:      Free

RSVP:    By Thursday 5th March 2015

This event is aimed at majority owned women’s businesses – those that are minimum 51% owned by one or more women – who provide products and services in the following sectors: marketing, HR, recruitment, catering, training, advertising, merchandise, events, corporate services, facilities management, legal and technology. If your business falls into another sector and you are interested in attending, please email Intel via

More information and the registration link can be found here:


Maggie is incredibly helpful and passionate about helping business women so we hope this proves a useful connection to our members and if you do take advantage please do share your good news with us either privately for our records or publicly on social media so that we may promote your great news too! Twitter and Facebook

Maggie Berry

Executive Director for Europe

WEConnect International


Twitter: @WEConnectEurope

LinkedIn: WEConnect Europe

Facebook: WEConnect Europe



  • February 11, 2015

Essex Business Women – Endeavours Beyond Business

BWN business women are no strangers to raising money for charity. Having raised 1000’s of pounds for charities including Farleigh’s Hospice, Colchester Mind, Little Havens, Comic Relief, Children in Need and even making donations to Colchester Food Bank Christmas 2014. So its something to celebrate when not one business woman but 5 are raising money for local charities alongside running their own businesses.
It was a proud moment when at the January Essex Networking event at Five Lakes Crowne Plaza business women were supporting and helping to raise the profile of these business women and their charity plans.

It’s great that the ideas range from pampering and fun to “Wow I’m glad it’s you and not me, here’s a fiver!”
Here we take look at the business women doing their bit;

First has to be Jenny Sjoellma from PA Angels, About My Area Chelmsford and About My Area Maldon. If it wasn’t enough to be running 3 businesses Jenny in 17 days time will be jumping out of an aeroplane for Farleighs Hospice. Jenny said “My friend and colleague, from whom I took over AboutMyArea, was diagnosed earlier in the year with bowel and liver cancer. She is progressing well with her chemo and couldn’t have done so without the help of Farleigh Hospice. Skydving will be one of the things off my bucket list” Stella Bradbrook is a business women known and loved by The BWN so we are whole heartedly supporting Jenny, but happy to be doing it with our feet on the ground!  To support Jenny learn more here. And remember if you can’t spare any money just sharing the link on your social media could help.

Tracy Shave

Next up is not just one BWN business woman but 2! Tracy Shave a Laughter Yoga Instructor from Moulding Futures wanted to take part in the Farleigh’s £50 challenge so asked at The BWN if anyone would like to work on it together. Photographer Jayne Lloyd jumped at the opportunity and so together they are putting on a unique event. This event will get Essex women together. All having a make over, sharing cake and chat and finishing the event with a photograph of them holding a giant heart with a message for whomever they wish written on the heart. Tracy said “I’m so lucky to still have my Nan but I thought how lovely it would be coming up to Valentines day if Essex women could have a special picture they could treasure for always and show Farleigh’s how much they care too. To learn more click here – again if you are busy or already have a chosen charity for the year a tweet and a Facebook post would be gratefully appreciated too!

Karen Daniels from The Aloe Life and Luxury Florida Villas was so touched by Jayne and Tracy’s idea and passion that she created a hamper that will be raffled off at the event being hosted by Tracy Shave and Jayne LLoyd.Gayle Berry Love specs



Lastly but very impressively Gayle Berry from Blossom and Berry Baby Massage and Training runs Little Blossoms Project Malawi. In the UK Gayle can be seen selling beautiful unique gifts and love specs to raise vital funds and to raise awareness of her work in Malawi. You can learn more here and even purchase a Feel Good Metal Feather Necklace or Love Specs.

We have already heard reports that BWN business women have shown their support for all of these worthy endeavours. Its rather cool seeing life through Love specs, you should try it. And lets be honest we would all rather put our hands in our pockets than jump out of a plan, so good luck Jenny!

Charities often tell us that when businesses support them its no just about raising money, the really important thing for many charities is that thanks to businesses like The BWN business women, charities and their work to help others gets noticed and recognised. It really is a win win situation!

  • February 3, 2015