Pictures: 180 businesswomen attend annual FWE event at Wynyard

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The Foundation for Women in Enterprise celebrated a sell-out fifth anniversary afternoon tea at Wynyard Hall.

The group has raised over £55,000 through the annual events, which in-turn has supported over 140 female-run businesses around the North East.

More than 180 businesswomen attended this year’s event and they enjoyed a champagne reception, informal networking, afternoon tea and a selection of boutique and business stalls.

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Social media expert Nicola Jayne Little, of Digital Sparkles, was the guest speaker, sharing her story, experience and insight with some top tips which were informative and interactive.

FWE is run by businesswomen for businesswomen, with each member of the committee having an experienced record in business.

They include Brenda Davidson of Hewitts Solicitors, Pamela Hargreaves of Water Babies Tees Valley, Janice Auton of Poppys Hairdressing, Gill Sawdon of BNI Durham and Teesside and Karen Eve of Castlegate Shopping Centre in Stockton.

“The Foundation for Women in Enterprise is committed to supporting businesswomen in the North-East,” said Janice Auton.

“We are always looking for opportunities to encourage, support and connect female entrepreneurs and this small grant programme is designed to help do just that.”

For more details about FWE, or to apply for a grant, visit

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