Women in wholesale triumphs!


Women in wholesale triumphs!

Wholesale’s top female bosses and up-and-coming talent attended the inaugural Women in Wholesale conference this week, which took place at 1 Wimpole Street in London.

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Nearly 100 delegates, 60% of whom were wholesalers, attended the educational networking event, including senior level managers and directors from Booker, Bidvest, Bestway, JJ Food Service, Costco, Palmer & Harvey, Country Range, Today’s Group and more.

Speakers addressed a range of issues covering general market trends, management and leadership, recruitment strategy and the gender diversity agenda in business.

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A key outcome of the day was the FWD’s announcement of a new fund to support the progression of women and a target of 50% of FWD training grants going to women by 2018.

Event organiser Elit Rowland said, “It’s an exciting time to be a woman working in wholesale – this event has received great support demonstrating the enthusiasm around supporting and progressing female talent. We’ve already secured a venue twice the size for next year!”

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The launch of the Women in Wholesale Report has been announced for early 2017 to give wholesalers and manufacturers actionable guidelines to benchmark against.

Fast facts

  • 92% rated the event excellent or very good
  • 86% said the content was extremely helpful or very helpful
  • 100% said the speakers very extremely or very engaging
  • 92% said they were extremely or very likely to attend the event again
  • 40% of attendees said it was their first conference
  • 92% voted in favour of a WiW Report

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Feedback from delegates

I appreciate the dedication and attention to detail that went into organising the event, in a day-to-day world where I struggle to take time out, the event was a great investment of my time and has inspired me to action! Sarah Giles, People Development, Booker Group

Wow Elit, what a great day – so many fantastic women and inspirational stories. Thank you for letting me share your journey and be a part of this inaugural event. I enjoyed it immensely. Coral Rose, Managing Director, Country Range Group

A big thank you for the well-organised event – it was thoroughly enjoyable and I found it very worthwhile. All of the speakers were excellent and I learned a lot and certainly feel very motivated as I return to the office! I would definitely recommend my colleagues to attend the WIW 2017!

Julie Burden, Marketing Director, S&W Wholesale

Thank you so much for hosting such an inspirational event, well done. I picked up so much my head is spinning. Louise Birchall, Sales Director, Birchall Foodservice

Thanks for a really great day yesterday. I found it engaging and inspiring and I think WiW will continue to grow.  Greater awareness will result in more women working to gain more responsible positions. Gilly Hunt, Marketing Manager, Confex

Thank you for yesterday, I found the conference very inspiring! I’ve realised a lot of differences between men and women in business and I’ve promised to put myself forward more often! Rebecca Hirst, Assistant Purchasing Manager, Fairway Foodservice 

It was a privilege to be involved in your inaugural event and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event or any that come before. There was complete engagement from start to finish.  I found the day highly interesting and left inspired, energised and motivated, eager to put all my learnings into practice. Linda Sheehan, Senior Buyer and Global Trade Specialist, CSS Group 

I knew that we had some way to go with gender parity, but I know feel empowered and inspired to do something about it. Clare Marchant, Channel Marketing Manager, Palmer & Harvey

We thought your speakers were brilliant – I think everyone who attended is now a Debbie Robinson fan, what a woman!  And Harriet Minter was absolutely enthralling, engaging and entertaining. Very well done for an amazing event – it is so exciting that there is something new on our annual calendar of industry events.Tanya Pepin, Director, The Whole Sale Co

To reserve your place at WiW 2017 or enquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact: elitrowland@newerapr.co.uk; 07956 030 804; @WholesaleWomen.


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