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Businesswoman to host Jamaica event for female entrpreneurs


AN AWARD-WINNING UK businesswoman is encouraging British and Caribbean female entrepreneurs to embrace each other’s skill sets with the launch of Women on the Frontline (WotFL) Empowerment Summit in Jamaica.

Claudine Reid MBE, a managing director of social enterprise PJ Community Services based in Croydon, south London, has arranged for the summit to take place during Caribbean Fashion Week between June 14 – 20, 2016.

She aims to take a delegation of up to 50 people to attend the seven-day event, which will provide them with opportunities to meet fellow Jamaican business owners to discuss social entrepreneurship, attend a reception at the British High Commission to meet key figures in Jamaica's business community and explore partnerships with Jamaican entrepreneurs.

There will also be an opportunity to judge a Dragons Den-style competition for young people with a prize of £2000.

This will be the third international networking event the savvy entrepreneur has organised. In 2014, she hosted a networking event in Spain, last year she held one in Holland. She also aims to take a delegation of businesswomen to Ghana in 2017.

Reid, who has served as a Cabinet Office social enterprise ambassador and received an MBE in recognition to her services to the community, founded WotFl in 2012 to empower women to build successful careers and businesses. Organising international events developed organically.

She said hoped women would attend her summit in Jamaica, which has the backing of Caribbean Fashion week and the British High Commission in Jamaica, will "gain real tangible benefits and leave Jamaica with great business contacts”.

“When hosting WotFl networking events, women often shared they would like to build relationships with women in other countries so I organised events in Spain and Holland. When I found out that Caribbean Fashion week was being held in Jamaica this year, I thought it would be a great to organise an initiative that would enable British women to meet with Caribbean entrepreneurs,” she said.

“I hope that the WotFl summit in Jamaica will herald the start of some great business partnerships and exchanges of skills and the building of an international network.”

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