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SWINDON ENTREPRENEUR CELEBRATED AT HOUSE OF LORDS TO MARK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Inspirational female founders from across the UK gathered at the event to champion entrepreneurship.

On 7th March 2022, Hadi Brooks founder of Rays Ice Cream and My Business Buddy attended a special International Women’s Day reception at the House of Lords, which recognised their strong contribution to entrepreneurship.

The event spotlighted over 100 impressive, multi-achieving female business owners being championed by Small Business Britain’s ƒ:Entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign, which showcases the phenomenal contribution to society, economy and communities that many female founders are making across the country.

Hadi was named an ƒ:Entrepreneur #ialso100 in recognition of her inspiring entrepreneurial journey, which has involved running a business alongside a roster of other responsibilities. She has founded and runs both Rays Ice Cream and My Business Buddy alongside a busy life of being a wife and mum.

Hadi enjoyed afternoon tea and networking in Westminster, meeting peers from ƒ:Entrepreneur #ialso cohorts from both 2021 and 2022, as well as special guest speaker Labour MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, who paid tribute to the power of female entrepreneurship.

Hadi said, “It was such an inspirational event. Working life has become more isolated over the last couple of years and it was just wonderful to get out and to spend time with such amazing women from across the country. ”

Delivered by Small Business Britain – the leading champion of small businesses in the UK - f:Entrepreneur campaign was launched in 2017 to highlight the stories of amazing female business owners and help provide inspiration and role models across the wider small business community. Now in its fifth year, the campaign offers a host of events, training and networking opportunities to boost skills, capability and confidence.

This comes on the back of new research carried out by the campaign this month which found that following the pandemic, nearly a fifth (17%) of women are considering entrepreneurship, with 44% of them citing pursuing a passion as a key motivator, alongside 46% wanting greater flexibility.

‘Being in a room full of such impressive female founders such as Hadi Brooks was really uplifting, especially after a tough couple of years for entrepreneurs’, said Michelle Ovens CBE, Founder of Small Business Britain and the ƒ:Entrepreneur campaign.

‘To hear all the incredible things that these women do and the impact they are making, not just in their businesses but in their wider communities, is truly inspiring, and underlines that we must do everything we can to support them. This profound desire among women to create opportunity out of their passions, to build businesses with mission and purpose at

their hearts, and to drive forward success, despite everything thrown at them during this pandemic, is amazingly powerful. We must nurture female entrepreneurship so it continues to flourish in the UK and plays a key role in recovery.’

To see the full line-up of the 100 amazing women featured in this year’s f:entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign visit https://f-entrepreneur.com/ialso-100-2022

Rays Ice Cream Swindon

Rays Ice Cream

Established in 2011, family-run Rays Ice Cream make all of their own ice cream in Swindon and sell it in their shop in Old Town.

63 Devizes Rd, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 4BD

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