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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.

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

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

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.

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You Could Be Business Woman of the Year 2025

The SME London Business Awards are back! Enter today for your chance to win Business Woman of the Year 2025. This award will be presented to the best female business owner or a female who has had a positive impact on a business/es. They will show how they have exceptional drive to succeed and how they have been integral to making the business or businesses a success. Open for pre-launch entries now; apply for £15 + VAT. 

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Upcoming Women in Business Events
Resilience for Women: Finding the Still Point Amidst Spinning Plates

Resilience for Women: Finding the Still Point Amidst Spinning Plates

Thursday 18 July, 11.00am - 12.00pm

Discover essential strategies to navigate overwhelm and cultivate resilience in your busy life. Our key topics include mastering discomfort for personal growth, the art of regulation and co-regulation, filling your resilience bucket, and asserting power through healthy boundaries. Find your unique centre of gravity to consciously create your balance and thrive.

Women on Boards: Balancing Power and Bringing Influence and Gravitas

Women on Boards: Balancing Power and Bringing Influence and Gravitas

Thursday 19 September, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Gain invaluable insights into the dynamics of boards, power dynamics, and fostering healthy board environments with this webinar. Discover the essence of influence and gravitas – when and how to wield them effectively. Learn essential strategies for building and amplifying your influence.

Navigating and Securing Funding: A Networking Briefing for Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

Navigating and Securing Funding: A Networking Briefing for Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

Thursday 10 October, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Join us on Wednesday, 10 October, for an insightful and empowering briefing event as part of the LCCI Women in Business Group programme. David Horne, Founder of Funding Focus Limited, will delve into the critical issue of the uneven playing field faced by female and ethnic minority founders when raising capital.

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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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Women in Business News and Updates
Kali Hamerton Stove Shares Her Story
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Kali Hamerton Stove Shares Her Story

In April, we hosted a Women in Business networking lunch at LCCI where we were privileged to have the inspirational team from The Glasshouse - a social enterprise that offers horticultural training to women reaching the end of their sentence in UK prisons. During the event, Kali Hamerton-Stove, Managing Director and co-founder of The Glasshouse, shared her insights with us. We also had the privilege to hear Rhi's story, who spoke about how her experience working with Glasshouse has transformed her life. 

The 68th annual Commission on the Status of Women
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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.

Natalie Campbell, Chancellor of Westminster University
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Natalie Campbell, Chancellor of Westminster University

LCCI's Women in Business group welcomed Natalie Campbell to the Chamber in March. As Co-CEO of the award-winning Belu Water, Natalie is revolutionising the drinks industry with an unwavering commitment to both people and the planet. Hosted by LCCI Director of Membership and Events Liz Henderson, Natalie shared her journey to success in a captivating and insightful Q&A, followed by networking of course.

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

Inclusion of Women in the Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements
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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.

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.

Meet the Women in Business Advisory Board

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

Women in Business Advisory Board

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Campaigning Areas

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Focus Areas for the Women in Business Group

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

What our members think

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.
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Catalina Cotoara
Finance Director, London Ltd

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