OxLEP ‘Women in Business’ Gathering

OxLEP ‘Women in Business’ Gathering

Are you a female founder, leader, or entrepreneur of an SME in Oxfordshire? Come network at this ‘gathering’ of like-minded business women.

OxLEP Business is pleased to be offering this Women in Business Gathering event. After the success of our last events we hope to continue bringing together Oxfordshire’s female business founders, leaders, and managers of SMEs.

The Women in Business network provides an environment in which you can be yourself and have meaningful discussions with fellow women in business within Oxfordshire, as well as share experiences.

• A place in which you can build trusted relationships with like-minded women

• An opportunity to increase your business knowledge

• An opportunity to take part in discussion topics

• An opportunity to raise awareness of your business and personal brand

Our Women in Business Gatherings provides the opportunity for us to celebrate our amazing local female talent, wonderful business relationships forged to date, and the evident appetite for female empowerment across the region. OxLEP’s existing and new female clients are invited to come together for a fantastic morning of networking and insightful conversation.

Although networking and making valuable connections is a priority, you also have the chance to speak to the OxLEP Business team about available support. Importantly, there is also the opportunity to hear from our guest speaker.

Kelly Jennings-Robinson, Associate Director, Philanthropy and Partnerships from Opportunity International UK. She will be leading a presentation and discussion on ‘Growth through philanthropy’.

Kelly is a Opportunity International’s Associate Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships. She loves connecting supporters, donors and partners to Opportunity’s financial inclusion work in agriculture, education and micro and SME enterprise in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also the Executive Director of Charity Mentors Oxfordshire, a local charity that provide pro bono, one-to-one mentoring for third sector leaders across the county. Prior to moving into the charitable sector, Kelly held several roles in international educational publishing for the EMEA region, working for Oxford University Press, National Geographic Learning, and Capstone/Raintree Publishers.

Her talk ‘Growth through Philanthropy’ is a short talk which explores how philanthropic giving has the potential to transform your business whilst making a lasting difference to causes, charities and communities that you support. It is for businesses both new to philanthropic giving and those already engaged in it. For those new to it, we will look at some quick and easy ways to get started, and for businesses already engaged in philanthropic giving we will share ways you can strengthen those relationships for greater impact. Come and find out how you, your business and the causes close to your heart can have a lasting impact!

Who is this event for?

This ‘in-person’ event is for female business founders, leaders, and managers of SMEs in and around the Oxfordshire area. Perhaps you’re an alumni of eScalate’s Women in Business Network and Support, or maybe you have received support from the wider OxLEP Growth Hub. However you have engaged with us, this event provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with peers, meet new women entrepreneurs, and listen to inspiring guest speakers, all in a lively and friendly environment.

NB: Whilst priority will be given to existing OxLEP clients; this event is also open to women business leaders that may not yet have sought support from OxLEP.


09.30 – 09.45 – Registration

09.30 – 10.00 – Coffee, pastries and networking

10.00 – 10.10 – Welcome from OxLEP Business

10.10 – 10.30 – Guest speaker

10.30 – 12.00 – Coffee and networking

How to attend

Places are limited, with no more than one person from any single organisation. You must be either registered with Companies House or a registered sole trader to attend.

NB: Should all of the places be taken when you come to book, simply email the team at business@oxfordshirelep.com and they will prioritise you for any future event.