Over 60 enterprising women from across rural Devon and Somerset gathered on the 11th November for an afternoon of inspirational speakers, training workshops and networking at the Cullopmton Community Centre.

“Mistress of Ceremonies” and organiser of the Devon Venus Awards for entrepreneurial women, Celia Delaney, ran a tight ship, entertaining and informing attentive delegates.  The venue was buzzing all afternoon with a combination of marketplace stalls, interactive workshops, discussions and networking, which enabled delegates to share experiences, build confidence and connections, and forward plan for future business growth.

“Today has inspired me to believe in myself


Award winning Sarah Cressall, founder of The Creation Station, delivered an inspiring speech.  Sarah shared her amazing story of taking a ‘kitchen table’ business idea all the way to establishing a network of 90 franchises. At the end of the day the overwhelming response from the delegates, who came from all over rural Devon and Somerset, was that they wanted more opportunities like this to get their heads together, learn together and build their business know-how. 

“I’ve attended lots of training events over the years and listened to many dull, dry speakers – thankfully not the case today

In response to the enthusiastic demand for more of the same, a further series of events called The Second Course is now planned. These events are free so if you are an enterprising woman don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet like-minded women.

Devon Communities Together, who are behind all of these events, is a delivery partner of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Business Support Programme – the ‘Rural Growth Network’. With years of experience and a wide reach throughout the county, the team are networking specialists who are helping hundreds of women on their business journeys. The aim of their programme is to support Women who are starting or growing their own businesses, by providing networking and training events in local venues across rural Devon and Somerset.

To register your interest and be kept informed of further support and opportunities please call 01392 248919 or email [email protected].