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The Platform Women’s Small Business Summit

Our very first business summit is so exciting!


Women's business Summit 2022


When it comes to business the main hurdles we have are –

– how to get noticed in a corporate role

– How can I apply for grants for my business what money is available to me?

– How can I get social media to work smarter from my company or business?

– Best ways to changing career and following my passion

– From kitchen table to international seller, how to get celebrities to endorse our products.

Platform has got you covered with this small business summit & networking evert.


Tickets are £35 ahead, which includes breakfast and lunch supplied by Delaney’s of Southsea, and of course our incredible speakers.


What to expect-

First up

We have a social media workshop by our expert Ese Emily Bilgic, at this workshop will get you noticed across platforms with tricks and tips to put in your toolbox of the social media world.

Ese Emily Bilgic ‘A strategist and marketer, I focus on audience growth both paid & organic, on & offline marketing, using a mixture of amazing content, strong sales messages, and audience engagement’

We also offer training, but we are not just a training school! We work with you to understand your business goals, who your ideal client is and who you are as a brand. Together, we plan a strategy to achieve your business goals, using engaging, relevant content to market to your ideal client, and a clear social selling strategy to increase your online presence, engagement, and incoming leads. We offer training sessions tackling Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google My Business. Whether you are B2B or B2C we have the right training for you.


Next up

Jane llama from Portsmouth City Council will let us know what grants are available for business in Portsmouth and how to apply for them she will be able to answer your questions on how to get local grants to enhance your business and make it flourish.


Next up

Yvonne Clay she will talk about How to get noticed in the corporate world

Yvonne is the Centre Director at Gunwharf Quays at Landsec. Having grown up in Lincolnshire, and then worked across the Midlands, Yvonne settled on the South Coast twenty years ago. Since working in Portsmouth for Landsec, based at Gunwharf Quays, over the last 5 years Yvonne has been impressed by the energy and passion that the people of the city have to offer, and is keen to do all she can to see our great city thrive. With over 25 years of marketing experience, working for Boots the Chemist and the Virgin Group amongst others, Yvonne has gained a broad marketing and communication skill set, with a real passion for digital and social marketing channels.


Next up

Samantha Crutchfield co-owner Nattys Jerk Kitchen

“From a background of working many years with young children with addition needs and in Children’s and Family services, my ultimate passion is to help support people in accessing the best opportunities and experiences to enable the most positive outcomes available to help lead better lives that many deserve. Starting Natty’s with my husband initially intended to be a part-time activity to keep busy and active within the community of Portsmouth and Southsea by sharing the food and culture of our Jamaican/Carribean heritage we have enjoyed throughout our lifetime.

Never having undergone any formal business training or experience, this venture has so far been a project filled with passion and purpose which has enabled me to incorporate and harness a multitude of skills and abilities that have helped both the business and myself evolve into who and what we are today.”


Last, but no means least

We have question time with international seller, Freya Rose From kitchen table to international seller, Freya has built her business up from scratch and the ideal person for us to learn from.


Freya Rose’s eponymous label redefines British modern luxury. Her unique collections incorporate her knowledge of fine jewellery to create luxurious, jewelled shoes, jewellery and bags, using precious materials such as mother of pearl, brass and sterling silver. Her collections have gained her international awards and she is fast becoming regarded as one of the UK’s leading shoe couturiers. Her designs have been worn by some of the world’s most revered style icons from The Duchess of Cambridge to Kate Moss and Rihanna to Olivia Palermo.


Her artisanal and alchemistic approach to design is innovative, with a passion for craftsmanship, beauty and form. This is combined with her resolute commitment to provenance and ethics. Freya Rose creates shoes that are sculptural, wearable works of art that transcend the boundaries of design whilst reflecting the wearer’s individuality. She designs timeless, contemporary styles, which can become heirloom pieces.


We have limited tickets for this exciting business day at Gunwharf Quays Business Suite, PO1 3TZ Portsmouth, UK.

Tickets are £35 ahead, which includes breakfast and lunch supplied by Delaneys of Southsea, and of course our incredible speakers. If you have a woman in business in Portsmouth, this is something you should not miss!



**Remember every time you purchase a ticket with Platform, you are an enabling a person in our city that might not be able to afford to come to an event like this.**

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