Last Wednesday Clare and I attended a reception at the House of Commons along with MPs and Peers, fellow beauty industry professionals and senior delegates from the wider business community entitled “The Shape of Things to Come – Cosmetic Executive Women (UK)". As a trade organisation, representing the Beauty Industry worth £17bn to the UK economy, the aim of the reception was to promote the industry to the government, raise its profile and make sure it is understood and its value recognised.
Clare and I were interviewed by CEW to share our views on female entrepreneurship, how easy it is for women to break through the glass ceiling, how we achieve our work/life balance and our views on the ease (or not) of marketing our products outside the UK, particularly in light of the new EU labelling legislation.
Iain Wright MP, former Under Secretary of State for apprenticeships and whose specific interests are the economy, health and education, hosted the reception. Lord Digby Jones Kt., former Trade Minister and Director General of the Confederation of British Industry voiced his current views on business, the economy and the global marketplace and Roisin Donnelly, Chairman of CEW (UK) spoke on the importance of the beauty industry to the UK economy, the importance of its UK talent and how CEW (UK) has helped showcase and build its success.
We were delighted to be party to this lively discussion and we are striving hard to ensure that we continue to contribute to, and support this highly successful industry both in the UK and as we grow our overseas distribution.
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