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Spotlight on Devon’s Female Entrepreneurs

Women in Business is Back by Popular Demand!

Our FREE 12 Week Course to Help Women Thrive in Business

BIPC Devon is launching their Women in Business Course to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8th March

A FREE course designed by, and for, women who are starting and developing their own businesses is being run again this year by the Business & Intellectual Property Centre in Devon (BIPC).

The 12 week course (starting on 8th March)  is being rolled out after the immense success of 2022, with the aim of exploring the particular challenges women may face, and to help develop key business skills.

BIPC Devon Programme Coordinator, Natasha Cleary says: “*Female-led businesses have been found to have a better workplace culture, and offer better returns for investors. More than this; women are more likely than men to consider their social, ethical and environmental impact in running their business. Factors that have never been more important to our world than they are today. And yet Female-founded businesses are often overlooked for funding.

Our Course is designed to support female entrepreneurs and small business owners by developing skills in branding, marketing, photography, web-design, and sales, whilst also providing coaching on mindset, confidence and self-worth. We all know that imposter syndrome and low self-confidence can stop us from achieving our dreams, and this is definitely a barrier for many women.

Female entrepreneurship can transform the way we do business, and the way we view work, build a stronger economy, and improve our local business communities. We want this to happen in Devon, and by providing tailored and specific support we hope to encourage more women to start and grow a business right here in our county.”

Last year’s course spring boarded several Devon-based entrepreneurs to take the leap and fully commit to their business dreams, resulting in some real success stories such as Maya Joy Design. Maya says “ It gave me a huge confidence boost. Both my mentor, course leaders and peers were able to see value in what I was doing, and this encouraged me to keep going. It also offered accountability because once I commit, I don’t like to give up!

Without this course I would have still been trying to navigate what to do next. The women in business course provided a natural timeline and pushed me to do things, which I had never done before.”

BIPC Devon is one of 15 regional centres around the country funded by the Government to help entrepreneurs, inventors, start-ups and small to medium businesses who want to learn and grow.

BIPC Devon’s Women in Business Course will run from March to May and will feature weekly webinars and workshops, interactive sessions, clinics and networking opportunities as well as 1-1 support. The material will be recorded so participants can review it at their own pace.

This three-month course will cover:

  • Personal Development & Wellbeing
  • Business Planning & Sales
  • Branding & Marketing & Photography
  • Web Design & SEO
  • Tax, Accounting & Finance

The launch event will take place at The Botanist, Exeter on 8th March. The course is free, to enrol visit:

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