Belfast business event empowers women entrepreneurs
By Mark Hayhurst 26 Apr 2018
Independent Demonstrators for crafting company Stampin’ Up! UK gathered from across Northern Ireland for an inspirational crafting and business event in Belfast this month.
Stampin’ Up! UK is known for its exclusive line of decorative stamp sets and accessories for paper crafting, scrapbooking and home décor. The company operates via a network of independent, self-employed sales consultants, known as Demonstrators.
The Demonstrators gathered in The Park Avenue Hotel to listen to business talks, share creative ideas- and have some fun with crafting. The fun-filled event also had a serious purpose; to inspire the attendees to make successes of their businesses and to equip them with the knowledge and advice necessary to do so. A question and answer segment with a panel of Demonstrators at various stages in their Stampin’ Up! careers gave those starting out the chance to get some invaluable business advice from their experienced peers.
Recent research suggests that women are still facing an unfair disadvantage when it comes to starting their own businesses, experiencing more difficulty in finding equity financing than men. This is despite the fact that a recent report on UK’s gender pay gap by PriceWaterhouseCoopers found that encouraging female entrepreneurship would play a crucial role in closing the earnings divide.
Paula Gorry, Demonstrator Development Manager at Stampin’ Up! UK, said: “We were delighted with the turnout at our Belfast business event. It was great to see so many of our Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators taking the time to collaborate, share ideas and support each other as they navigate their individual business journeys.
“At Stampin’ Up! we’re all about empowering our demonstrators to take control of their own businesses and build them up in a way that fits around their lives and families.
“We’re passionate about inspiring women to be successful at doing what they love- whether that’s running a creative “hobby” business or turning their passion for crafting into a full-time job.”