She Means Business – Speakers Announced!

Speakers announced for the visit of Enterprise Nation and Facebook’s She Means Business campaign to Plymouth on 17 May.

Formation Zone has teamed up with Plymouth City Council to bring Enterprise Nation and Facebook’s She Means Business campaign to Plymouth on 17 May and we are delighted to announce the lineup of speakers for the event.

Our audience will get the chance to hear start-up stories from our panel of founders as well as getting great advice on how to grow and monetise your social media presence and getting a message across in a clear, concise and meaningful way. This event is free to attend and tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Speakers include:


Nina Sarlaka: Plymouth Means Business – A city that is challenging small city stereotyping with headline developments that is making it a region to do business!

Nina is an accredited Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Post Graduate qualified in Management Studies, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a NLP Master Practitioner, Nina has a wealth of management expertise spanning 25 years covering multiple sectors/disciplines, operational management and strategic leadership. She has set up and successfully run her own management consultancy over several years before her current role leading Inward Investment and Enterprise for Plymouth City Council.

Alexis Bowater: Pitch like a PR pro – Insider secrets to what the media are really looking for in a story

Alexis Bowater is an award-winning journalist and presenter who has worked in the media for nearly twenty years. Alexis anchored the ITV evening news in the west country for seven years before becoming campaigning Chief Executive of national charity Network for Surviving Stalking. With considerable working experience on both sides of the camera Alexis has an exclusive insight into how to successfully communicate your message in a clear, concise and meaningful way.

Eleanor Browne: Stronger together – peer support and collaboration as part of your entrepreneurial journey

Eleanor leads our team here at Formation Zone, Plymouth University’s award-winning business incubator. With a background in creative industries development, and over 15 years’ experience in supporting start-ups, she is also a PhD researcher in business incubation and social enterprise.

Female founder Q&A panel includes:


The event schedule is as follows:

2.00pm: Arrivals
2.15pm: Welcome by Lorna Bladen, Enterprise Nation
2.20pm: Nina Sarlaka, Plymouth Means Business
2.35pm: Alexis Bowater, Pitch like a PR Pro
2.50pm: Lorna Bladen, Grow your business with Facebook & Instagram
3.05pm: Eleanor Browne, Stronger Together
3.15pm: Female Founder Q&A hosted by Lorna Bladen with:

  • Amber Leach, founder of Liberty Pearl Photography
  • Alexis Bowater, founder of Bowater Communications
  • Mariana Lopez-Henen, founder of The Ocean Corner CIC
  • Becky Veater, founder of Elixel

3.35pm: Networking and refreshments
4.00pm: Close

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