International Women’s Day 2024

International Women’s Day 2024

Published: January 29th, 2024

The Marches Growth Hub Shropshire, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and businesswoman Hollie Whittles have joined forces to bring a line-up of special guests to the county to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Taking place on Friday, March 8 at High Grosvenor House in Claverley, near Bridgnorth, the day will bring together incredible speakers who will share their stories, insights and expertise over lunch and networking.

Guest speakers will include Dr Roni Savage and Eli Wilkinson MBE.

Dr Roni Savage, CEO & Founder of Jomas Associates, was named the most influential woman in Construction and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Geologist and SiLC (Specialist in Land Condition).

Multi-award winner, and mum of three boys, Roni is a passionate diversity champion, speaking internationally on matters relating to diversity in business, engineering and construction. Roni is policy chair for construction for the Federation of Small Businesses, with an advisory role to the UK government, and vice chair of YMCA SPG, a charity committed to empowering young people.

Eli Wilkinson MBE, founder of the Dyslexia Awards, has dedicated 24 years of her working career to raising greater understanding and awareness of dyslexia, in her home county of Shropshire and across the Midlands and wider UK.

She is a multi-award winner for her work as a dyslexia ambassador. Her vision has always been to make a positive difference to people’s lives, to educate, raise awareness and alter the public’s perception of dyslexics and dyslexia and her training supports a wide range of clients and organisations that share the same vision.

Hollie Whittles said: “This is the sixth year running that we’ve organised an event to celebration Shropshire’s businesswomen and the feedback we get is always phenomenal.”

Emma Chapman, manager of the Marches Growth Hub Shropshire, said: “International Women’s Day is a fantastic opportunity for us to come together and celebrate the achievements of local businesses whilst also enjoying the chance to network in a beautiful setting.”

Michael Goodall from the FSB added: “The theme for 2024 is #InspireInclusion and the campaign aims to collectively forge a more inclusive world for women. FSB research has shown that women-owned and women-led businesses contribute more than £220bn GVA to the nation’s economy and support almost a quarter of all UK employment. This event highlights the achievements and aspirations of female entrepreneurs and is not to be missed!”

Full information and tickets details can be found at

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