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Bookings now open for inspiring entrepreneur speaker event next month

As part of the 10-year anniversary of “Encouraging Women into Franchising” (EWIF), the South West & Wales region are bringing a focus on franchising as a business model to university students, aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners looking to expand.

Organised and led by local commercial law firm Darwin Gray, the evening event at Cardiff University will take place on 11 October 2018 and will feature a panel of entrepreneurial expertsfrom global franchise Toni & Guy who will talk about their path to success and also the award-winning Mrs Bucket, who will be sharing her inspiring journey starting out as a young entrepreneur.

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Representatives from NatWest Cymru’s Entrepreneurial Spark and also Business Wales will be on hand to offer details of the financial and other support available for businesses in Wales.

The event is free to attend and bookings are now open through Eventbrite: https://darwingrayfranchisingeventcardiffuniversity.eventbrite.co.uk.


EWIF is a not-for-profit organisation, providing support and guidance to women who may be considering buying a franchise or franchising their business.

The South West and Wales branch of EWIF is chaired by Stephen Thompson, British Franchise Association affiliate and Managing Partner at commercial law firm Darwin Gray. Stephen also heads the Corporate and Commercial team at Darwin Gray as well as the specialist Franchising team.

Stephen said:

“We are thrilled with the line-up for the event at Cardiff University and look forward to hearing from the panel experts as well as our members with their experiences and advice. Our clients range from start-ups to established franchises, so we know that franchising can be an excellent commercial option for those looking to be their own boss. It’s important that the younger generations are given the guidance and support to pursue this path.”

Llinos Carpenter, Cardiff University said:

“Starting a franchise can be a fantastic career choice and offers many advantages to starting a business from scratch and yet it is often overlooked as an option by most people, let alone students. We are excited to be offering support to budding entrepreneurs in Wales with this rare opportunity to hear insights from leading franchise companies and organisations about the route to building your own business and being your own boss. It’s going to be an inspirational evening!”