North West Business Leaders Say ‘Women Can…’

Fri, March 1st, 2019

on International Women’s Day - The Women’s Organisation

Two of the North West’s most senior female business leaders will give their insight into how women can smash through the glass ceiling and fulfil their workplace potential this week.

As part of this year’s International Women’s Day, social enterprise The Women’s Organisation’s Business Club has teamed up with NatWest to host Marnie Millard and Sue Grindrod at its flagship building, 54 St James Street, in Liverpool.

The theme for the March 8 event is ‘Women can …’ and the two guest speakers will explain how they made it to the top of their chosen fields, and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

Marnie Millard is group chief executive of iconic soft drinks manufacturer Nichols, the Newton-le-Willows firm behind the world-famous Vimto brand.

Established in 1908, Nichols, which exports across the globe including the Middle East where Vimto is a firm favourite during the Ramadan festival, the company now turns over £142m a year, while the Vimto brand itself has a retail value of £76m.

Marnie is also a non-executive director for Finsbury Foods, is North West chair of bosses’ organisation, the CBI, and is a member of the management board of the British Soft Drinks Association.

She was awarded an OBE in last year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to International Trade and Businesses in North West England.

Sue Grindrod is chief executive of the Royal Albert Dock.

She is responsible for the strategic development and management of one of Liverpool’s most precious tourism, cultural and retail hot-spots.

In June last year she successfully secured the prestigious Royal title for the dock, granted by HM The Queen, in recognition of the pivotal role the waterfront destination plays in the fortunes of the city region.

Early in February the dock hosted an official visit by Prince Charles, who was making his first return since formally opening the site following extensive regeneration in 1988.

Sue is also voluntary chair and director of Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership CIC, deputy chair of Liverpool Visitor Economy Network, and a director of Open Eye Gallery.

Speaking ahead of the International Women’s Day event, she said: “Women in business that support each other and champion the success of our counterparts create a powerful effect, bringing about real change.

“I believe that we must provide support for our peers and our teams, especially when they are facing huge challenges.

“Helping others to learn and grow through the process means that we all gain something.

“Stepping outside of our own comfort zone to mentor and support others is vital to bring through fresh and exciting ideas.”

Marnie Millard said: “Throughout my career there are times when I have had to be really brave, very determined, but always doing what I considered to be the ‘right thing’, and learning along the way.

“I look forward to sharing a bit of my working life at the event.”

Natalie Hughes, business growth enabler at NatWest, said: “We are delighted to partner with The Women’s Organisation on this event which aims to empower women within the business community. We know there is amazing work being carried out by women from across the region, and we look forward to learning more about what women are achieving.”

Event organiser, and marketing manager at The Women’s Organisation, Jo Austin, said: “International Women’s Day is always a highlight in our annual events calendar.

“While we dedicate our services all year round to empowering women, it is a good opportunity to take stock of how far we have come, and what we can do to continue to work together to build women’s economic development.

“We are grateful to Natalie Hughes, local BGE from NatWest, for her support and are thrilled to have two powerhouse women of the North sharing their story and business expertise.”

She added: “We want to encourage the women in our network that they can achieve whatever their next step is within business, or their own journey.”

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