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Rebecca Hopkins Speech

Enterprising Women 2013

Clare, Sian and I couldn’t have had more diverse Wednesdays this week. This is one of the reasons why we love what we do so much as each day is a new learning experience.

I had a 5am start in order to get to the University of Chichester Bognor Regis campus to participate in Enterprising Women 2013, an annual morning conference for 14 year old school girls. 150 year 10 pupils from across Sussex and Hampshire were invited to attend what was, in essence a careers forum with a twist.  I was joined on the panel by 15 influential female business women including: Tamara Heber-Percy, co-founder of Mr and Mrs Smith; Natalie Martin, director Kitch Media, Louise Whiteoak, Head of Kent and Sussex Immigration, Compliance and Enforcement; Jennifer Royal, MD Royal Appointments. As a mother of daughters myself I really champion these types of initiatives and it was humbling to speak to these girls about their current studies and aspirations for the future. It was really encouraging to see their enthusiasm and interest during the morning and I hope that in some way I have played a part in helping to give them confidence to work hard at school in order to prepare passports for their future.

Clare attended the UK Trade and Investment’s ‘Explore Europe’ summit as part of their week long programme to help stimulate international trade among UK businesses. Market experts from around the world were on hand to offer one-to-one advice on how to grow our business in their market. As well as continuing to grow our UK business we are keen to increase our portfolio of overseas customers especially in Scandinavia, Europe and Japan.

Sian had her ‘new product development’ hat on when she visited SCS Formulate in Coventry, the UK’s largest trade exhibition which focuses on raw materials, ingredients and formulation services used in creating personal care and cosmetic products. She attended with our chemist to view and investigate innovative natural ingredients that will potentially find their way into some of our 2014 new product launches.

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