North Devon women do the business

EIGHTY business women came together from all over Devon, for the second Women and Micro Enterprise Gala Awards Dinner, which was held at Roadford. The Inspiring Women group, which is based in Chulmleigh, did particularly well, with Julie Baughan of Olive

EIGHTY business women came together from all over Devon, for the second Women and Micro Enterprise Gala Awards Dinner, which was held at Roadford.The Inspiring Women group, which is based in Chulmleigh, did particularly well, with Julie Baughan of Oliver's Babycare winning The Most Developed Business Award and Susi Atkinson of Atkinson PR being given a WAM Star Award, for support to her group and the wider WAM network. Julie, who relocated to North Devon from Winchester only last year, established Oliver's Babycare in 1993, following the birth of her daughter who was born prematurely. Julie said: We seem to be bucking the national trend at present, as in 2008 we increased our turnover by 50 per cent."Susi Atkinson said of her WAM Star Award: " I joined Inspiring Women before I set up my PR and marketing company and I have found the support and networking it has provided, invaluable." The WAM (Women and Mico Enterprise) project, now has 340 members in 20 groups across Devon. To become a member of the group, which meets monthly in Chulmleigh, contact Susi Atkinson, the chairman, at susi.atkinson@tinyworld.co.uk or Janet Burge at janet.burge@btinternet.com.WAM is organising a free Women in Business networking event at the Merry Harriers Nursery, Woolsery, on Tuesday of next week (February 24) from 6-9pm. Refreshments will be available.The evening will be of interest to women thinking of starting a business, in the process of setting one up, or those already running an existing micro-business.Those attending will be able to find out more about the business support available from North Devon+. A feature of the evening will be a Colour me Beautiful workshop by image consultant Penny Blower.To reserve a place, contact Olivia Webb on (01237) 426416 and leave a message, or email Olivia@devonrcc.org.uk


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