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Devon’s leading women

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 February 2014

Leading Women/Rockfish Plymouth - L to R - Heather Forster, Rachel Jones, Celia Delaney, Alexis Bowater, Penny Paddle, & Fleur Lewis

Leading Women/Rockfish Plymouth - L to R - Heather Forster, Rachel Jones, Celia Delaney, Alexis Bowater, Penny Paddle, & Fleur Lewis

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An all-female networking group is launched in Plymouth

Leading Women/Rockfish Plymouth - Rihiana Lewis (Gill Akaster), Fleur Lewis (Bishop Fleming), Pam Tucket (Bishop Fleming)Leading Women/Rockfish Plymouth - Rihiana Lewis (Gill Akaster), Fleur Lewis (Bishop Fleming), Pam Tucket (Bishop Fleming)

Almost one hundred businesswomen turned out at the launch of an all-female networking group in Plymouth, proving impressive support for the new Devon branch.

Cornish-based organisation Leading Women UK premiered in the county, hosted by its Devon Champion, journalist and broadcaster Alexis Bowater.

The evening opened at Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish restaurant on the Barbican where a new survey of women working in the South West was revealed by accountants Bishop Fleming.

“I am thrilled to see so many people here tonight. Events such as this show the importance of networking and celebrate women working in the Westcountry,” says Alexis.

Leading Women/Rockfish Plymouth - LtoR - Lizzy Evans (Funky Poppy), Penny Ellis(Bluebells & Nightingales), & Claire Doyle from (Ant Communications)Leading Women/Rockfish Plymouth - LtoR - Lizzy Evans (Funky Poppy), Penny Ellis(Bluebells & Nightingales), & Claire Doyle from (Ant Communications)

“Together we can support each other and make our businesses grow. I’m a great believer in big teams, I know from experience how well they work.”

Inspirational speakers for the evening included Rachel Jones, founder of Leading Women UK.

“As a serial entrepreneur with four businesses in the South West, supporting working women is something I am passionate about,” she says.

“I founded Leading Women UK after mentoring on the Empowering Smart Women project and realising what a need there was for a female network that supports, nurtures and provides opportunities for women to succeed.

"I am continually amazed by the women I meet in business in the South West "

“After a successful year in Cornwall, hosting over 40 workshops, three conferences and over 60 networking meetings, we are delighted to bring Leading Women UK to Devon, and to welcome Alexis as our first Devon Champion.”

The business survey was compiled by leading Westcountry accountants Bishop Fleming. One of the firm’s directors, Fleur Lewis, says it aims to gather region-specific data on what working life is really like for women in the south west — and what can be done to help them.

“I am continually amazed by the women I meet in business in the South West, what they do and how they do it,” enthuses Fleur.

“But is enough being done to support them? By putting together a survey aimed at women in business I feel that we can truly understand the issues faced by the women working in our region and work to make a real difference to both their lives and economic growth in the South West.”

Leading Women is an all-female networking group for all women who work, bringing together resources for entrepreneurs and career women who want to get answers, make new contacts, sharpen their ambition and discover the power of networking.

Leading Women Devon branch will be launching in Exeter this month. For more information please contact Bowater Communications or follow on Twitter @Bowatercomms or @LeadingWomenUK. The business survey is accessible via the following link http://www.bishopfleming.co.uk/WIB.

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