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Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
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Networks and support for under-represented groups: Successful support of rural businesswomen - Polly Gibb, Director of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)

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  • 1.  Our mission is to have a positive impact by doing everything possible to help female led businesses in rural areas of the UK to start, thrive and grow and to celebrate the important contribution they make to the sustainability of rural economies and communities.
  • 2. Helping Rural Business Succeed
  • 3. Rural Women Women are part of the solution in their potential to contribute to rural economies and drive the renewal of those economies Self employment can be a solution for rural women wishing to enter the Labour Market Innovators, leaders, facilitate change and aspire to positive impact
  • 4. Business Income and its Contribution to Farm Family Income Additional Farm Income Supplement (%) % of women surveyed 0 –25 44 26 –50 19 51 –75 8 >75 29 (Source: Warren-Smith and Jackson 2004)
  • 5. Valley View Farm
  • 6. Sally Robinson Farm Cottages
  • 7. Sally Robinson Amplebosom.com
  • 8. Sally Robinson Amplebosom.com  Employs 20 people  Exports  Viable farm
  • 9. Rebecca Rainer Glebe Farm, large arable, East of England, farms with her brother
  • 10. Rebecca Rainer Gluten free bread and cake mixes, now exporting to Saudi Arabia and Dubai
  • 11. Blakemere Farm
  • 12. Business as a solution  ‘Differences in entrepreneurial activity by urban- rural split are statistically significant overall. Female entrepreneurial activity is higher in the most deprived rural wards than male entrepreneurial activity (6.6 per cent compared to 5.1 per cent). Women are also more entrepreneurial than men in more affluent wards (13.9 per cent compared to just 8.4 per cent of men)’. Harding, R. (2006), GEMUK 2005 report, LBS.
  • 13. Rural Women Women are part of the solution in their potential to contribute to rural economies and drive the renewal of those economies
  • 14. Challenges • Skills/ finance/ access to market • Cultural/ soft barriers • Isolation
  • 15. Conferences and Events
  • 16. Seminars and training
  • 17. Umbrella Marketing
  • 18. WiRE Networks
  • 19. WiRE Networks
  • 20. WiRE Networks
  • 21. Foot Trails
  • 22. The mentor, secret millionaire – Kavita Oberi
  • 23. Emma Heathcoat James
  • 24. WiRE Model  Network the infrastructure which aids business survival, innovation and growth  Peer support building social capital  Local but not parochial  Linked to training, specific business expertise, and R&D  Relationship throughout business journey
  • 25. Key Intervention  NETWORK  CATALYST To initiate, support and coordinate, to make the connections and keep the relationships live
  • 26. WiRE WiRE effective because we act as catalysts, we build social capital and we work with them on their terms throughout their business journey. We enable, catalyse and connect but the agenda and energy comes from the businesses themselves.

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