The story of Essex Business Women and how their bras are off to Africa!


Founder of The Essex Business Women’s Experience, Rosemary Cunningham will be wowing her clients at this year’s event with wine from her own vines.

It is the only Expo in Essex for women at all stages of business on June 16 at the Park Inn Radisson Hotel in Southend.

In its 3rd year, this business event also raises awareness for families throughout remote, rural Africa through the Mumba Children’s Project.

Rosemary Cunningham, founder says “I took a group of friends to New Hall for a wine tasting and loved the whole atmosphere there. The wine has won so many awards and the vineyard is now managed by a team of amazing women! So, I rented a row of vines for the business!”

“The EBWE is the event I want to go to. There’s nothing dry or boring there. We showcase amazing Essex women business owners on our 65 stands, provide great food, fascinating, inspiring speakers and it’s by the seaside!

“We are also collecting Essex women’s bras, knickers and jewellery to send over to disadvantaged women in Africa so they can create products to sell in order to create an income for their families. These women are often in abusive relationships and have no means to earn money.”

This year their keynote speakers include Janey Lee Grace from Radio 2, Kubi Springer who has worked with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Rolls Royce and Sarah Arrow, an Essex lady who is also an international blogging expert.

Businesses set up by women contributed £3.5bn to the UK economy and created 77,000 jobs in 2015. With London being announced as the third best city for female entrepreneurs of course Essex is hot on its heels.

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