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Women in Business Group

Representation of women in business is a concern for all. Currently, only one-fifth of businesses in the UK are led by women, and female-led businesses face specific and entrenched barriers to achieving their full economic potential in male dominated sectors. Companies with higher female representation already outperform those with less, and it is estimated that the UK economy could generate an additional £250bn if women entrepreneurs had the means and access to start new businesses at the same rate as men.

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) wants to ensure everyone can prosper in business and women are no exception. LCCI's Women in Business group aims to grow the representation of women in under-represented sectors and promote inclusivity as a marketplace and financial advantage. The group seeks to champion issues that need to be addressed for women by key stakeholders and the management of organisations. 

About LCCI's Women in Business Group

Inclusivity

It is LCCI’s belief that the economy and businesses will perform better when inclusivity is at the forefront. This new group, alongside LCCI’s Black Business Association and Asian Business Association, will help businesses to attract and retain the best talent, and provide equal opportunities for progression and growth. Men, as well as women, have a role to play in ensuring this objective is achieved.

Empower and Motivate

LCCI are committed to helping female-led businesses, women business owners and female entrepreneurs drive their businesses forward. We aim to empower, inspire, support and motivate professional businesswomen through our network in London and through the international Chamber network.

Join the Women in Business Group

To join the Women in Business Group you must be an LCCI Member or part of the free London Chamber Community Network:

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Upcoming Women in Business Event

Cultivating Change and Harvesting Success

THURSDAY 25 APRIL, 12.00PM - 2.30PM

Join us to hear from Kali Hamerton Stove, the Managing Director and co-founder of The Glasshouse. This groundbreaking social enterprise provides a second chance to women reaching the end of their sentence in UK prisons, aiming to reduce reoffending through horticultural training and improved employment opportunities.

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Women in Business Advisory Board

Meet the Advisory Board

LCCI has established a Women in Business Advisory Board, led by LCCI Director of Membership and Events, Liz Henderson. The membership of the Women in Business Advisory Board is mixed gender and the board works with LCCI members to identify and address key issues and concerns.

 

MEET THE ADVISORY BOARD

Campaign Areas

The Women in Business Advisory Board wilI:

  • Campaign for greater representation of women in business particularly in underrepresented sectors
  • Advocate for greater access to finance for female founders
  • Run innovative events to showcase inspiring case studies and role models
  • Provide businesswomen with support services to aid their success in the workplace

I thoroughly enjoyed the first LCCI Women in Business event with Natalia Nicholson. It was uplifting to hear and learn from the experiences of other female entrepreneurs.  

Catalina Cotoara, Finance Director | London Ltd

Women in Business Programme Partner

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Abby Ghafoor wins Business Woman of the Year

Watch Abby Ghafoor's interview after winning Menzies Business Woman of the Year at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry SME London Business Awards.

Women in Business Events

We regularly host events with innovative female business speakers and successful female entrepreneurs. Past speakers have included: Angela Browne, Principal Project Officer at Greater London Authority, Rachel Bennett, Strategic Lead at South London Careers Hub, Sharon Ament, Director at Museum of London and Commissioner Angela McLaren, City of London Police.

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News and Updates

LCCI speaks to female founders for International Women's Day 2024

For the third year running, we're taking the opportunity to shine a light on the fantastic female leaders we have within LCCI's membership and our Women in Business Advisory Board.

This year, we asked Abby Ghafoor, Sarah Jo Loveday, Meenal Sambre and Corinna Field to explain what this day means to them, the barriers they've faced, and how we can help women in business grow.

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Staff spotlights in honour of International Women's Day

Ahead of International Women's Day 2024, we wanted to spotlight some of the fantastic women working here at the Chamber. Meet Lydia, Elizabeth, Sarah, Nickie and Liz below and hear what this day means to them as women in business.

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The 68th annual Commission on the Status of Women

We are delighted that LCCI’s recent policy proposal on the inclusion of women in trade deals has received strong support in a meeting convened by the Commonwealth Businesswomen's Network C.I.C (CBWN) and Bloomsbury Institute London at the Commonwealth Joint Office in New York during the 68th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68), the UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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Naomi Riches shares her inspirational story

Naomi Riches MBE shared her motivational journey of becoming a gold medallist at the 2012 London Paralympics with us at The Skyline, Tower Suites. During the event, Naomi captivated her audience and left them feeling uplifted and motivated, as well as giving attendees the chance to hold an actual Paralympic gold medal.

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Inclusion of Women in the Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements

Despite progress in recent years, women continue to face significant barriers to participating fully in international trade. These barriers can be categorized into four main areas: social and cultural norms, legal and regular frameworks, access to finance and markets, and skills and capacity building.

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