SAVE THE DATE – 21-22 Nov 2015: Missing in Action: Women and Digital Enterprise in the UK

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Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 November 2015

Nottingham University Business School

Nottingham, UK

Missing in Action: Women and Digital Enterprise in the UK is an exciting two-day event, bringing together academics and practitioners working in the fields of creative industries and digital enterprise.

What is it about?

A collaboration between the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Digital Women UK, this ‘thought space’ will allow female digital entrepreneurs and academics to discuss professional challenges and concerns, share insights and learn from each other’s experiences and studies of digital entrepreneurship.

The event’s title, Missing in Action, reflects the fact that although women digital entrepreneurs are working widely in the UK, very little is known about who they are, which communities they come from and which entrepreneurial activities they are engaged in.

For example, statistics show that women of colour in the US are driving growth in entrepreneurial activity, much of which is underpinned by the digital environment. Yet there is no equivalent information about women’s experiences in the UK.

We believe that increasing the visibility and knowledge-base around UK women working in digital will enable us to develop and champion more targeted professional support. This event is one step towards helping to fill het information vacuum.

Who should attend?

If you are a woman who has, or hopes to start, a digital business, or if you are an academic interested in how digital enterprise is affected by issues of gender, then this event is for you.

Benefits for aspiring or existing digital business owners:

  • Keynote talks and masterclass by industry experts
  • Panel and roundtable discussions with other practitioners
  • Skill-building, education and networking opportunities

Benefits for academics:

  • Hear from and connect with practice communities to understand their needs
  • Gain insight for future research agendas and the development of key messaging
  • Unify advocacy work and strengthen drivers for policy change

This much-needed event offers a valuable arena for knowledge-sharing, which will benefit both digital entrepreneurs and academics, and has the potential to help shape future policy and practice in this field.

The final programme and details of how to book will be available by the end of August 2015 and will be posted on both Digital Women UK and the Haydn Green Institute, University of Nottingham’s websites.

Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

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A one-day entrepreneurial extravaganza!

Attend the event to:

  • Be inspired by entrepreneurial speakers
  • Meet advisers who can help your business growm
  • Attend workshops on topics from social media to sales, international trade and selling to retailers
  • Connect with fellow entrepreneurs
  • Access funding opportunities
  • Spend a day working ‘on’ your business not ‘in’ it!

Keynote Agenda:

10.00am: Welcome, Emma Jones and Joni Farthing

10.10am: Show me the Money!

  • Nicola Horlick, Love Money
  • Sarah Gosling OBE, f-crowd
  • Mike Jackson, Bristol WebStart

10.30am: How I built a franchise business

  • Gabrielle Lixton, Turtle Tots
  • Lee Dancy, Barking Mad

10.50am: How I built an online business

  • Alex Depledge, Founder, Hassle.com
  • Julia Elliot Brown, Founder, Upperstreet.com

11.10am: Coffee & meet stand owners

11.40am: Great Western Powerhouse

12.00pm: Massive milestones…how to achieve your goals – Julie Creffield, Too Fat to Run

12.30pm: Lunch and afternoon business workshops

4.00pm: Drinks and networking

Workshops include:

  • Alison Battisby, founder of Avocado Social – Social media for small businesses
  • Elizabeth Malone Johnstone, founder of Digitise This – DIY SEO for start-ups
  • Nadine Dereza, founder of PS Programmes – Public Speaking Workshop
  • Anis Qizilbash, founder of Mindful Sales – 7 steps to selling anything
  • Crowdcube – Crowdfunding for small businesses
  • Tessa Stuart, packaging and promotion expert – How to get your food brand noticed

Find out more and register at: https://enterprisenation.com/festival

Business Opportunities with WeConnect International

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WEConnect International is a corporate-led non-profit and their goal is to connect more majority women owned businesses (those that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women) into the corporate supply chain. Their corporate members represent $700 billion in annual purchasing power and are true pioneers in inclusive sourcing and global supplier development. More information can be found on their website: http://weconnectinternational.org/en/


New Replacement Warehouse Robot – UK

The requirement is for a robotic palletising system to palletise shipper cartons from twelve input conveyor spurs to output pallets. The system will comprise of the following hardware:

2 X Palletising Robots; A 20 metre linear base; Twin gripper head; 2 X Cell control system; All securing and foundation bolts; Packing and delivery to site; Offloading and positioning; Installation and Training. If this is something your firm may be able to provide, please let me know as I have a much more detailed specification that I can share with you.

Programmable Logic Controller Upgrade – UK

The requirement is to upgrade the obsolete S5 hardware to ET200MP, the WinCC SCADA and S7 CPU’s to 1500 class. The automated warehouse is controlled from a central Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system running Siemens WinCC V5.1. The warehouse is split into three areas: SCL, SCS and FGW and each area has a single Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) associated with it that interfaces back to the WinCC SCADA. Remove all remaining S5 PLC’s that exist within the SCL and SCS systems and replace the main PLC CPU’s with up to date units and upgrade the SCADA from version 5.1 to the latest version (V7). S5 PLCs to be replaced: 1. Transfer Car, SCS ; 2. Gramec, SCL ; 3. Line 4 lift, SCL; 4. Line 10 lift, SCL; 5. Line 11 lift, SCL.

Stainless Steel Fabrication Services – UK

The supplier must be able to provide engineering stainless steel fabrication works in GMP pharmaceutical manufacturing areas. Jobs are varied based on requirements of the engineering group to maintain equipment, make continuous improvements in the manufacturing zones and modifications to pharma manufacturing equipment. The incumbent supplier has one person based at site full time and the contract is for approximately 6,500 man hours a year. The supplier needs to have pharma experience and capabilities to manufacture in GMP areas. A locally based supplier would be advantageous – the site is in Northumberland, UK. Weekend working is also often required.

 Sorting and Containment Suppliers – Europe (including Eastern Europe)

They require a supplier who can provide supervisors and inspectors (often at short notice) to their plants.

Inspectors need to be able to do the following:

Rework: Execute rework based on documented instructions, potentially inspection according to checklist included, for components and complete products; Assure that all Quality concerns are documented (via failure list or checklist); Speaking and understanding of local language.

Simple Inspection: Execute incoming goods inspection according test planning; Execute quarantine area for non-conforming parts / products; Execute measures or check activities according to control plan for components and complete products.

Supervisors need to be able to do the following:

Complex Inspection / Supervision: Plan and execute all necessary measurements in the lab; Manage gauge and test equipment calibration system; Perform calibration, R&R studies and wear trend analyses; Ensure compliance to ISO / IEC 17025 standard or adequate based on customer requirements.

Quality Support: Subordinate to AQE Engineer; customer liaison or plant SQA; Technical administrator; Defect shut off process, Supplier Management, Interims Management and Compliance Management, Perform IMDS; Ensure that customer and internally identified quality issues are resolved using the JCI problem solving methods (8D Report, Problem Solving Document “PSD”, PCAD, Kepner-Tregoe, etc.); Prepare control plans for purchase and execution of incoming goods inspection according to test planning; Ensure defect-free deliveries of purchased part to production and evaluate supplier capability and prepare necessary reports; Monitor supplier performance and coordinate MQR activities/ meetings; Prepare necessary corrective / preventive actions, follow up, verify and release corrective actions; Communicate with suppliers in case of non-conforming parts and ensure corrective actions; Ensure Supplier Part Submission Process (PPAP) for new and changed products and support APQP activities; Manage quarantine area for non-conforming parts/products.

Furniture Installation Services – Europe

Requirement for a supplier who can install furniture products manufactured by Haworth/Herman Miller inside Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Providers need to be able to read floor plans and install products in those regions and speak the native language which is a key requirement on the project site. They are interested in installers that can demonstrate prior experience working in those markets for other large multinational organisations.

Free webinar: So you want to be on a board – but do you have what it takes? Thursday 21st May at 5pm GMT

Whether it’s the board of an SME, a charity, a public sector organisation or even the board of governors at a local school, you’ve got to have the skills, disciplines, the passion, traits and characteristics to get you there and keep you there. Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE Author of “7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards”, interviewed 22 women currently occupying board positions in large, small, public and private sector companies and organisations across the UK, which resulted in this book now coined “the board women’s bible”. Through a range of challenging questions the interviews yielded insightful and very personal responses about the business women’s ascension to the boardroom; or to the top of their industry sectors, and what it takes to help them stay there. During this WEConnect International webinar you will find out what the acronym L.E.A.D.E.R.S. mean and which traits the interviewees most associated with their success. 

More information and the online sign up form can be found here: http://www.weconnecteurope.org/event/so-you-want-be-board-do-you-have-what-it-takes