First Women in Business Event in Torfaen


Over 80 women from within Torfaen and the surrounding area gathered on Thursday 28th November 2013 at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Parkway Hotel & Spa, Cwmbran, for an evening that featured business networking and opportunities to showcase their enterprises and organisations. Attendees also enjoyed a unique and inspiring fashion show provided by Griffithstown based, and new business, Emily Rose Vintage.

Opened by Christina Harrhy, Chief Officer, Neighbourhood Services, Torfaen County Borough Council, the event was organised in partnership with Local Investment Fund (LIF) and Business Wales.  The first of its kind in the borough,  the event attracted women from a dynamic mix of businesses including  private  industry, the arts and craft and health sectors, new start - ups and the voluntary/third sector.  

Speaking at the event, Christina Harrhy said:

It’s clear to see from the turn out this evening that there is a significant  women’s enterprise sector in Torfaen, representing a diverse range of sectors and professions. I am delighted to think that Torfaen is able to provide the environment and opportunity for women to be involved in business growth and enterprise and achieve their ambitions.’

Attendee Victoria Bell from Cwmbran based Bell IT Solutions said:

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the Women in Business event held by Torfaen County Borough Council at the Parkway hotel.  As a female business owner of a start-up company in Cwmbran, I frequently travel to Abergavenny, Newport and Cardiff to network with other business women.  The event at the Parkway was a fantastic opportunity to meet, speak and connect with other business women in Torfaen.  I spoke to several prospective clients which I hope will turn into new business and it was really great to be in a room filled with so many entrepreneurial women.

Overall I felt the organisation and management of the event was exceptional.  I was also delighted to have the opportunity to showcase my IT business and display products from my new online shop at one of the trade stands.’

Attendees were able to visit a number of trade stands. The proceeds from the stand fees will be donated to the local St Anne’s Hospice.

A business card raffle was held. Prizes were kindly donated by a number of attending businesses and trade stands.  Further information about:

  • business support and the Local Investment Fund (LIF) within Torfaen
  • relocation opportunities within Torfaen and the south wales area
  • enterprise development within Torfaen
  • other networking opportunities within Torfaen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


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