Some of you might know that this Friday is International Women's Day and I'm so excited to bring you news of how Campbell's Flowers are getting involved. I was absolutely delighted when The Sheffield Enterprise Programme contacted me recently and asked if I would speak with two other local businesswomen at an event to celebrate women in business, by talking to an audience of around 60 about our entrepreneurial journeys so far!
This special event showcases stories from a new start up business, a growing business (ours!) and an established business - all run by women and combines presentations with a Q&A session, giving audience members the chance to quiz the presenters about their journeys' so far. Following this session, everyone will be given the chance to network with some of the leading female figures in Sheffield business, over a fabulous lunch of international cuisine - reflecting the diversity of the expected audience. How exciting!
Sitting down and starting to write, got me thinking about my role model, Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop. She somehow managed to combine being a human rights activist and environmental campaigner with a fantastically successful businesswomen, creating a multi-million pound business based on ethical consumerism. The Body Shop was one of the first in the cosmetics industry to rule out the use of ingredients tested on animals and to me, she proved that you could be immensely successful but still have a social conscience.
Her are a few of her inspiring quotes:-
* "If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just."
* "There is no scientific answer for success. You can't define it. You've simply got to live it and do it."
* "But if you can create an honourable livelihood, where you take your skills and use them and you earn a living from it, it gives you a sense of freedom and allows you to balance your life the way you want."
I think it's pretty easy to see why she was, and still is, my hero.
Well, I'd better go and get myself sorted out for Friday. I really hope to see some of you there - here are the details, it would be lovely if you could join us all and I'll update you next week with some pics of the actual event ...