Celebrating women on #IWD

Thanks to NFBP, Southampton Uni and local businesses for donating raffle prizes, raising £900 for our projects.

International Women's Day on Tuesday was celebrated in style by the New Forest Business Partnership and Southampton University at a networking lunchtime gathering at Careys Manor Hotel, attended by over 100 local businesswomen.


Over a delicious lunch, we listened to three inspirational female speakers. Flora Richardson of The Forest Foodie and recent winner of NFBP’s Business of the Year award spoke of how she had tackled gender bias in her former career recruiting for the travel industry. Alison Wilson, Partner at Balmer Lawn Hotel shared how she overcame prejudice throughout her career in the male dominated logistics industry and Professor Laura Constanzo spoke of her personal journey from a small town in Italy to become Head of Southampton Business School, championing women in business and what we can do to help #breakthebias.


Many thanks to the local businesses that had kindly donated some incredible prizes for the raffle in aid of força - strength against cancer which raised over £900.00.


Thank you to The Pig, Balmer Lawn Hotel, The New Forest Hamper Company, AllDeckedOut, Thymeless Beauty, Orchids Retreat, The New Forest Wildlife Park, Wightlink, New Forest Hotels, Uniquessence, New Forest Activities, Forest Foot and Health Clinic, Salcombe Gin, Chocolate by Miss Witt, Organise Events, Robin’s Nest Vintage Tearooms, Stacey Miller Consulting, Crown Foods, Becky takes Photos, Astrid Davies Consulting and The Gym Tin.


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