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Start-up Stories: Sustaining Success Panel Event

July 1, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Thinking about taking the next steps to achieve long term success? Learn from inspiring women who are all running established businesses.

Already started up? Thinking about taking the next steps to achieve long term success? In this panel event you will have the opportunity to learn from some inspiring women who are all running established businesses. During the first section of the event the panel will be interviewed followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Panellists include:

Daisy Snow 25 year old CEO of online homewares company Ian Snow (& Myakka). Daisy is passionate about e-commerce, and proud to have created a brand which is really popular but also has a huge positive impact across the globe, focusing on sustainability, fair trade and localisation. She launched her first self-built website about 5 years ago and in that time has grown the turnover from nothing to around £3 million, it’s been a wild journey so far and the biggest learning curve.

Joanne Manville runs a successful Virtual Assistance business and heads up an ever-growing team of high quality associates. Having worked for over ten years as an Executive Personal Assistant, she started Joanne Manville Virtual Assistance in 2015. Drawing on her love of admin and organising, she supports growing businesses by giving them the time and space to focus on what they do best. Joanne loves assisting business owners, coaches, and entrepreneurs strategically, helping them understand what to outsource and what approach will benefit their business the most.

Ann McCluskey – with a career of 30+ years in a range of business sectors, Ann has led change with and through people and coached leaders throughout transition and organisational restructures. She now works as an Associate and independently as a Coach-Practitioner, Change Specialist, and Founder of ‘Finding True North’ and supports individuals, business owners, and professionals. Ann prepares clients to futureproof themselves – mind, body, and spirit – for uncertain times within an ever-changing world – making self-care a priority if they are to thrive in all areas of their lives in order to find a balance that works for them and bring purpose back into their lives.

Ann provides Finding True North support through coaching, webinars/workshops, and speaking at both national and local events. Her voluntary work includes pro bono coaching, 1:1 counselling with a bereavement charity, and as the host of Local Leader Devon on behalf of Enterprise Nation, facilitating local Meet Ups for start-ups and small business owners across the region.

Jen Harris – I’ve been Exeter’s Nappy expert since 2008 when, after the birth of our first daughter, I realised that there was no support or information for parents to access on how to use cloth nappies, my small monthly support groups quickly grew and over time became twice weekly and we totally outgrew our venue. I added on breastfeeding support and a sling library and following some savage cuts to children’s services my business partner and I decided to open our own venue to continue to support new families. The Baby Room is our baby, we are very proud to work with Devon County Council and The NHS filling in gaps and signposting between services. We became a CIC in 2019 and have gone from strength to strength – even through the pandemic, our mission to support is clearly stronger than any disaster. My passion for the environment and all things sustainable drives me to continue to help new families, add on a perinatal mental health slant and we are a truly unique community.

Sian Bartlett – After discovering the power of Yoga and finding the practice transformational. Sian felt a duty to share this incredible practice. Qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga, but specialising In a dynamic style of Vinyasa Flow, Sian focuses on conditioning and strengthening the body whilst improving flexibility and balance, all whilst focusing on the power of breath.

A manifestation enthusiast, Sian believes in the power of the mind and connection to breath and infuses her classes with this ideology. Her classes are fluid and playful, encouraging you to listen and connect with your body in new exciting ways. She runs regular online and in person yoga classes, brunches and yoga suppers, retreat days and an online wellness platform.

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July 1, 2021
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