Women’s Enterprise Day: Turning passion into purpose

Putney Embankment, London, SW15 1LB
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It’s International Women’s Day on 8 March, so there has never been a better time to celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs and network with your peers.

Learn about the triumphs and challenges of running your own business from our award-winning panellists and guest speakers, as they reveal their start-up stories, their highs, lows, practical tips, and how they found their purpose.

Labour of love: How we did it


Laura Amos, founder, The Dessert Deli

Tarryn Gore, founder, Kafoodle

Antonia Burrell, founder, Antonia Burrell Holistic Skincare

Chair: Kate Bassett, head of content, Management Today

Guest speakers:

Going against the grain: Renée Elliott, founder, Planet Organic and Beluga Bean

A self-proclaimed small-town American girl, Renée came to England in 1986, spotted a gap in the market for upmarket organic produce and opened Planet Organic, the UK’s first organic supermarket. Last year, she co-founded Beluga Bean, a business and life skills academy for women. Here, Renée shares her story of challenging conventional thinking and finding the courage to go against the grain.

Find your truth: Jessica Huie,  author and founder, Color Blind Cards and JHPR

From starting her career as a showbiz journalist, Jessica went on to launch Color Blind Cards, credited as the first independent multicultural greeting card line to be stocked in the UK high-street. Labelled one of Britain’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs by the Evening Standard, she now runs award-winning PR agency JHPR and is the author of PURPOSE, find your truth and embrace your calling. Jessica reveals how you can redesign your life, reconnect and discover your voice. Join us for an exploration of who we are beneath our labels

 Your ticket includes breakfast refreshments, lunch and tea and coffee and all workshop materials.


Renee Elliott

Renée is an American-born organic pioneer and passionate entrepreneur. In 1995, she founded Planet Organic, the UK’s first organic supermarket, challenging conventional retailing and proving that values-led business is good business.

A health and wellbeing expert, Renée recently published her third book, What to Eat and How to Eat it. She works part-time at Planet Organic, lectures to budding entrepreneurs and is a full-on mother to her three children.

Last year, Renée launched her second venture with business partner Sam Wigan called Beluga Bean, an in-person and online business skills and life skills academy for women.



Jessica Huie MBE

Jessica is an entrepreneur and the author of PURPOSE: Find your Truth and Embrace your Calling, published by Hay House.

Twelve years ago Jessica launched Color Blind Cards, a multi-award winning multicultural greeting card company which drove an early conversation around the importance of ethnic representation in retail and became the first independent brand to secure a high-street presence for black cards.

She also enjoyed a glittering career as a journalist and publicist and in 2008 launched JHPR, working with the likes of, Samuel L Jackson, Hilary Devey and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.

Labelled one of Britain’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs by the Evening Standard. Jessica sits on Glamour’s Power List as one of the UK’s most influential women and runs monthly workshops at the British Library for small and micro-business owners keen to raise the profile of their brand with integrity. In 2014 Jessica was honoured with an MBE for entrepreneurship and her contribution to diversity.



Tarryn Gore

Looking for a gluten-free, nut-free, low-calorie dish in a two-mile radius? Just Kafoodle it. Tarryn Gore is the co-founder of Kafoodle, a fast growing food-tech company matching people to food within the contract catering, hospitality and healthcare space. A trained nutritionist, she grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where her mum was a Cordon Bleu trained chef. Tarryn swapped a job at Nobu in Cape Town Harbour for Quaglino’s owner D+D London, and worked with the likes of Jamie Oliver, Tom Aikins and hospitality giant Hakkasan. She has been brought in to businesses big and small to increase efficiency and create value. As a result, she knows more than anyone the impact that technology can have on streamlining processes and simplifying tasks. She was named “One to Watch” in Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 in 2017.


Antonia Burrell

Antonia is a British skin expert and celebrity facialist with more than 26 years of experience in the beauty industry. Having taught Chemistry of Aromatherapy at The University of Arts, Antonia has a true understanding of how to harness the power of plants combined with an understanding of the true physiology of beauty.

She launched her brand at the Urban Retreat at Harrods, and her famous facial techniques were used in their signature facial for three years. The collection continuously enjoys phenomenal press from Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Wall St Journal, and Tatler to name a few.

Antonia is an international speaker and has taken part in events ranging from the NatWest “Inspiring Women in Business” to the Indie Beauty Summit in Los Angeles.


Kate Bassett

Kate has been a business journalist for the past 17 years, editing Real Business magazine and writing for The Times, The Guardian and The Financial Times. She is currently head of content at Management Today, which is regarded as one of the most authoritative and innovative media brands covering business. There you’ll find her heading up the editorial team, interviewing business big shots and entrepreneurs, and chairing MT’s Inspiring Women event in London and Edinburgh.