Girls! Make Your Mark is a campaign to
encourage more young women to have ideas
and make them happen – either through
running their own business or social enterprise
or by making an idea happen at work.
The campaign is brought to life through the
inspirational stories of young people, and aims
to recruit ambassadors from across the UK,
who together will use their stories to inspire
You can find these stories and further
information at www.girlsmakeyourmark.org
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to get in touch.
Can you name any well-known female entrepreneurs from the UK? How many
have you got? Three? Four maybe? The Girls! Make Your Mark campaign aims
to change this by putting more female entrepreneurs on the map!
There are now over one million women in the UK who
are self-employed or running a business. If these
women can do it, why can’t you?
One of the campaigns’
20 year-old Emily
“ I wanted to do some-
thing for ME, ME, ME as
an individual, a woman.
Cummins is a serial ethical Not just being a wife and
People start up businesses for many reasons. You might want inventor and entrepreneur. a mum. As women running
to achieve a better work-life balance, meet a social need, take Her latest invention is a our own businesses we face
control of your working life or fulfil a passion. solar-powered fridge that she developed particular barriers such as caring responsi-
on her self-funded gap year in Africa. The bilities and work-life balance. However, it
Whatever the reason, we hope you are inspired by these
whole product is recyclable, employing can be possible to do both successfully.
examples of successful women who have already innovative shape technology. Hafida Sarachi, HandyGirl, Girls! Make Your Mark
turned their ideas into reality. Ambassador
It’s a really simple design that people
could make themselves at home using
everyday scrap materials, it wouldn’t cost
much at all.
Emily Cummins, Girls! Make Your Mark Ambassador
Women’s Enterprise Day 2007 is a chance to learn from the experiences of others and
“ Women should be celebrate the many businesses which are started up and run by women every year.
encouraged in business,
I’m very driven when and it’s a tragedy that It takes place on Wednesday 14 November so get involved:
it comes to transforming
there are still so few. If the
my own ideas into • Attend one of the many events happening It’s encouraging to see that so
UK had the same rates of
business successes, across the country during Enterprise Week. many young people have an appetite
and believe it’s really www.enterpriseweek.org/events for ideas and really want to take part in
as the US there would be 750,000 more
important to help other initiatives like Enterprise Week. There is
female businesses, boosting productivity • Run your own event at school, in the
young women and girls to do the same. a wealth of talent out there and I hope
by up to £23billion a year.
workplace, at university, with a network
to see even more in 2007!
The Girls! Make Your Mark campaign is key I was very encouraged to hear about the or in your own business. Ask a successful
to providing tomorrow’s business minds local entrepreneur to speak at your event Kanya King, Founder, MOBO awards
Girls! Make Your Mark campaign which is
with strong, realistic role models who can providing a positive and practical way to
– contact us and we can put you in touch
show them by example what the route to encourage more young women to become Whatever you do to celebrate
• Arrange a meet-up with colleagues, peer
success can look like. I look forward to entrepreneurs. Women’s Enterprise Day, remember to
groups, likeminded business people or
seeing how it changes minds and brings it tell us all about it. Let us know what
Jacqueline Gold, Chief Executive of Ann Summers students to talk about ideas. You could
to the top of the business agenda. you’re planning by registering on the
and Knickerbox, has offered her support to the Girls! form a new enterprise network, club or
Sarah Beeny, presenter of Channel 4’s Property official Enterprise Week events diary
Make Your Mark campaign. She is one of Britain’s group and launch it that day
Ladder, columnist for the Mail On Sunday and most charismatic and successful businesswomen and www.enterpriseweek.org/register
entrepreneur an inspiration to thousands of women