Ruth Badger speaks to Cornwall's SMART Women
The star of the BBC series, 'The Apprentice',
Ruth Badger will be sharing some of the secrets of her success
at Cornwall's first ever conference for women in business.
Ruth was catapulted to fame last year as she competed for
the top job with Sir Alan Sugar; she was hailed as 'the
woman who could sell just about anything to anybody'.
Today Ruth runs a successful business consultancy and is the
star of her own TV show, 'Badger or Bust'.
Having proved her mettle to the nation she is welcomed as
the keynote speaker at the SMART Women Conference, talking
place on Friday 20th July at the Tremough Campus, University
Ms Badger said: "This is a fantastic initiative
and I'm pleased to be involved. Cornwall has recognised
the importance of women to its economy and I applaud Cornwall
College for leading with this SMART Women initiative.
"Cornwall is a beautiful and vibrant place, but,
as with many areas it has it own issues and obstacles. Women
are making a difference to the economy and this is an excellent
opportunity for like-minded delegates to share their ideas,
creative solutions and good advice."
Ms Badger's comments come on the back of some alarming
statistics issued by the government last week. The figures
show that the UK is playing catch-up to the United States
when it comes to women entering business. The report stated
that if the UK had the same rates of female entrepreneurship
as the US it would have around 750,000 more businesses.
Although women-owned businesses contribute about £60
billion to the economy (Gross Value Added) the report stated,
if more women joined the economy, UK productivity could be
boosted by up to £23 billion – 2 per cent of GDP.
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
and patron of the SMART Women Project said: "Women
in Cornwall are playing a vital part in building this region's
future. Objective One has invested in several projects to
support women in business and into the workplace. Cornwall
is changing as its economy strengthens and these are exciting
times to be involved in business here."
The SMART Women Conference is designed to be a dynamic and
highly interactive one-day event to provide expert practical
knowledge and inspiration to enlighten and empower women from
across Cornwall. Tickets are £30 or £40 depending
on sector and size.
Leading decision makers in Cornwall will also be at the conference
to discuss plans for the future of Cornwall and the Isles
John Latham, Principal of Cornwall College said: "Encouraging
greater levels of management and entrepreneurship amongst
women in Cornwall is important for the economy, new research
has shown that women, more than men need strong, successful
role models and we will have plenty of those at the SMART
The SMART Women conference brings women together to learn,
network, grow and have fun by offering a non-stop programme
of diverse workshops, unique and engaging speakers and one-to-one
expert sessions. Delegates will share practical ideas on how
to succeed in their careers while juggling complex and diverse
life demands. In addition to Ruth Badger, the conference will
feature a fantastic line-up of over 20 speakers from the South
West who are pioneering leaders in their field. They will
lead seminars, sharing their experience and offering practical
advice for women in business. There will also be the opportunity
to book a free fifteen minute advice session with a local
lawyer, financial expert, life skills coach or business mentor
and of course the chance to network with other women working
in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
For more information and to book your place at the SMART
Women Conference, go to www.smartwomenconference.co.uk
or call 01209 617573.
The Conference is being managed and funded by the SMART Women
Project with sponsorship from Business Link. The SMART Women
project is an innovative management training programme, offering
a free management course complemented by a comprehensive self
development programme, psychometric assessment, mentoring
and networking opportunities. For more information regarding
the SMART Women Project, visit www.smartwomenproject.co.uk.
The SMART Women Project is managed by Cornwall College Business
and has been invested in by the Objective One Programme and
the Learning & Skills Partnership.
For further information contact Tracey Johnson on 01726 226670/07884
215188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). Cornwall College, which manages SMART Women,
is a partner of the CUC.
Cornwall College Business is part of the Cornwall College
Group; it delivers business skills training, professional
qualifications, consultancy and apprenticeships.
The SMART Women project is run by Cornwall College Business.
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