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Eco Emporia is a website selling unique recycled goods
Eco Emporia is a website selling unique recycled goods
Angel News is an information site for business investors
Angel News is an information site for business investors

Press Release - 10 November 2008

Local entrepreneurs to reveal business wins despite credit crunch

Are you looking to start or do you already run your own business? Two inspiring local business women will be offering advice on how to become successful despite the current climate at a talk at the University of Bath (Wednesday 19 November 2008).

The free talk, to take place on Women’s Enterprise Day as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, will look at ways to start and run a small business, focusing on two local female entrepreneurs.

Anna Burns, founder of Eco Emporia, a website selling unique recycled goods, will be talking about what inspired her and her husband to start their business and the logistics involved in selecting gifts from around the globe.

“Fears about a recession haven't put us off starting up a business,” said Anna who will be showcasing a selection of her eco-friendly handmade products during the talk.

“In fact, online retail sales in the UK are actually increasing, as is the number of consumers who want to buy green and ethical products.

“We've had some fantastic feedback about our concept, our website and our products which has been a great encouragement to us as new business owners and has helped us make sure we're on the right track to set up a successful and sustainable business.”

Modwenna Rees-Mogg founded Angel News, an information site for business investors in 2003. She will explain how the portal helps start-up companies secure finance from global investors.

Modwenna explains how she has altered her business model in the light of the current economic climate: “We are concentrating on keeping our costs under control and providing the best possible service to our current and prospective clients. As a result, the business is well set to exploit opportunities that are arising out of current market conditions.

“The biggest challenge is communicating what you are planning to achieve. I took great satisfaction from building an idea into a real business which has sales, profits, fantastic customers, supportive suppliers and the best team I could possibly want.”

The event is free and booking is not required. It will be held at the University of Bath, Claverton campus, in lecture theatre 8 West 1.1 on Wednesday 19 November (12.30pm – 1.30pm.)

Men and women are welcome to attend. For more information, please see the links below or call Delia Slucutt, Women’s Enterprise Coordinator on 01225 388598.

As part of Women’s Enterprise Day, the University will also be hosting a speed networking session. The aim of the event is for women from across the University and the local community to get together and make connections.

The informal event will offer hints and tips of networking, followed by an easy but advanced session on networking skills with local business women.

The networking session will be held on Wednesday 19 November (5.30pm - 7.30pm) in the Elements Club Area, Student’s Union, University of Bath, Claverton campus. The event is free but requires registration, please see the link above.

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