Women in Business Seminar

Some of the key women in creating and managing successful Suffolk businesses and in holding public office will be coming together to speak at the forth coming ‘Women in Business’ seminar this October at the stunning Lanwades Hall, near Newmarket.

Helping to celebrate the 100 Years of Suffrage, and as part of the West Suffolk Business Festival, the New Anglia LEP, New Anglia Growth Hub, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Tech East and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have come together to create this great opportunity to hear these highly influential and successful women talk about innovation, developing and keep talent, developing your businesses, challenging gender stereotypes in industry and women in public office.

Hosting the event will be Sarah Howard MBE, Vice President British Chamber of Commerce and Immediate Past President of Suffolk Chamber. She will be introducing two sessions, Innovation in Technology, which will include guest speakers, Hayley Johnson, COO of Epos Now, one of the fastest growing technology businesses in the UK and Nicola Rodgers, Talent Acquisition Specialist from Derivco, a leader in designing trailblazing technology for Microgaming, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of online gaming.

Session two will be ‘Challenging Stereotypes’, where guests will hear from Scarlett and Mustard (dressings, sauces and marinades producer now selling in the likes of Fortnum & Masons), Co-Founder Sandy Ruddock and from West Suffolk College will be discussing gender stereotypes and how the landscape is or isn’t changing. Ending the day with a question and answer panel on Women in Public Office, this event is set to be interesting and exciting .

The day will start at 9am for registration and the presentations will commence at 9:30am. The event will finish with networking, drinks and canapes. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited, so ensure that you book your ticket today. Full details are listed below for your ease of reference.


9:30am Networking and Registration – Teas & Coffees on arrival

9:30am Welcome and event opening

Sarah Howard MBEVice President British Chamber of Commerce and Immediate Past President of Suffolk Chamber

9:45am Introduction to “Innovation in Tech, Inspiring Women into the Tech Industry”

9:50am Hayley Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Epos Now (First Woman in Business Winner 2017)

Epos Now is listed as the 56th fastest growing tech company in the UK in The Sunday Times, Tech Tracker 100 2017. This is the 3rd consecutive year on this prestigious list for this organisation that continues to grow. The award winning separate retail and hospitality systems are trusted by over 30,000 plus organisations, and recommended by the likes of Mary Portas, Government Advisor and Broadcaster.

10:10am Astrid Bjorvig, Product Owner, Dervico

Top-tier software house and gaming development company that’s all about talented individuals and trends in the IT space. Creating and maintaining products and services in a highly competitive and increasingly sophisticated market place. Designing trailblazing technology for Microgaming, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of online gaming. They stay competitive and leaders in the market place by attracting, investing, valuing and supporting the growth of talented people and developing strong people focused teams.

10:30am Break and Networking – Teas & Coffees

11:00am Introduction to “Challenging Sterotypes”

11:05am Sandy Rudduck, Scarlett and Mustard

Born from a true love story, this remarkable business has grown from small beginnings to winning 26 Great Taste Awards, EADT Small Business of the Year Award, and the Pride of Suffolk Award. They can be found in prestigious retailers such as Selfridges and Partridges and they are exporting to 7 different countries. Their passion for zingy, fresh, flavour filled dressings and condiments has led to a growing business providing flavour sensations without artificial additives, colourings or flavourings.

11:25am Speaker to be announced

11:45am Molly Dalton, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Molly studied engineering and went on to work on the railway tracks engineering at London Bridge for nearly three years before coming to teach engineering at the West Suffolk College. Having been the student and employee in a traditionally male industry, and now working as a lecturer to the future of engineering, Molly is keen to offer some insight and enthusiasm to those looking to challenge the stereotypes and open up the industries to all.

12:05pm Q&A Panel ‘Women in Public Office’

Sarah Howard to chair a panel session looking at roles for women in public life and the importance of them getting involved. To include District Councillor Sarah Stamp and LEP Board member Sandy Ruddock.

12:20pm Close, Networking and Light Lunch

This event is presented thanks to the combined support of:

  • New Anglia LEP
  • New Anglia Growth Hub
  • Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
  • TechEast
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority
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