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The first conference for the award winning social enterprise, WayfinderWoman, will be held on April 22 at the East Sussex National. This supports women and young girls wishing to find volunteering opportunities, enter the workplace, pursue careers or successfully set up businesses.

The half-day conference aims to help businesses reflect on their recruitment and working practices in order to access a wealth of unrecognised talent to help them grow and increase their bottom line.

Designed with women and businesses in mind, the conference is open to all and aims to inspire and help organisations to develop.

At the event there will be seven speakers who will talk about their stories of regional, national and international success to an audience of 160+. There will also be time for networking and lunch.

The speakers are as follows:

  • Nus Ghani, Wealden MP talking about her time training women under fire in Kabul
  • Julia Barfield, entrepreneur responsible for getting the London Eye built and finalist for the global Stirling Prize
  • Penny Mallory, world champion Rally Cross driver
  • Anji Hunter, Special Adviser to Edelman, the largest PR company in the world & Head of Communications to Tony Blair’s government
  • Penina Shepherd, MD of multi-award winning Acumen Business Law who will be talking about following your passion
  • Daryl Gayler, Regional MD of RBS
  • Katy Bourne, Sussex PCC and ex-businesswoman who built her business up from scratch and sold it on

Tickets are £40 per person and can be booked here.

There are also a limited number of sponsorship packages available.


Research suggests that due to the new National Living Wage around 3.7 million women will receive a pay rise by 2020.

The government outlined plans earlier this week for employers who do not meet the National Living Wage requirements. It was said that there would be tougher penalties if employers do not follow the rules.

In April 2016 the National Living Wage of £7.20 will come into effect but will only apply to workers who are over 25 years of age. The current minimum wage is £6.50 but this is due to rise next month to £6.70.

The Resolution Foundation report stated that 2.3 million male workers would also benefit, as most employees will see their earnings rise. The report also found that 6 million people will get a wage rise by the end of the decade.

The Chancellor George Osborne originally laid out plans for the wage in the Budget and has recently gained support because of the amount of employees that will benefit. The number of female workers who will benefit from the rise in 2016 totals to nearly 30% of the female workforce and as many women end up in low-paid jobs, they will welcome the new policy.