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New lunch forum for businesswomen

Two businesswomen from West Wales are trying to do their bit for women in local industry by starting a lunch-time networking forum. They hope that the forum will encourage women to be considered for senior positions in local companies.

Sarah Wynne, who works at Clay Shaw Butler business consultants and chartered accountants in Swansea and Jo Watson, of Antur Insurance, have called the Carmarthen-based forum Beyond20.

The forum’s first meeting was held at Carmarthen’s Angel Vaults restaurant.

Sarah, a relationship accountant with Clay Shaw Butler said: “There are quite a few business networking meetings and organisations around, but nothing quite like this.

“The first pilot lunch was very successful. The group is aimed at getting businesswomen together to network and discuss the key issues facing businesses in West Wales today.

“We call the group Beyond20, being a nod to the fact that the proportion of women in senior management is only 20 per cent — the group aims to push that boundary.

“It’s a very novel idea and one which met with widespread approval from the ladies who attended.

“The idea is to hold a lunch on the second Wednesday of the month.

“Basically we have seen a gap in the market for networking and our idea was to provide a friendly and reasonably informal forum for like-minded businesswomen in West Wales to get together and help develop their business ideas. Lunch starts at 12.30pm. There is a fixed menu for food and we are developing a structure for the meeting which meets everyone’s approval as we go along.

“Places at the lunch are on a first-come-first-served basis.”

If you are interested in attending then you can contact Sarah Wynne at Clay Shaw Butler on 01267 228500 or email SarahWynne@clayshawbutler.com

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