Western Mail, 30th May 2012

SUCCESSFUL businesswomen will be sharing their secrets at a seminar being held in Cardiff next month.

More than 100 people have already signed up for the Business Women’s Seminar, organised by Media Wales in conjunction with Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice and Odgers Berndtson.

Delegates at the free event will hear from Melanie Hamer, partner at Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice, who will talk about setting up and running your own business.

WalesOnline Editor Ceri Gould will speak about getting the most out of the media, while Jemma Terry, managing partner of executive search firm Odgers Berndtson will give valuable insights into developing and managing your career.

Melanie Hamer said she was looking forward to speaking at the event and networking with other businesswomen.

“I set up my company 16 years ago and there were no seminars like this when I set up,” she said. “I thought it would be a good idea to pass on some of the things I have learned from setting up and running my business.”

She said such events were important, because the experience of women in business differed from that of their male counterparts.

“I think that perhaps women don’t always have the confidence to go out and start their own business and there are more male business owners than female business owners,” she said.

“While it is still difficult, because a large proportion of childcare falls on women, it can be done and it’s important for women to know they can do it.”

She is now looking for a good turnout for the event.

“It has proved to be even more popular than we thought. Within 24 hours we had 50 people sign up, so there is certainly demand.”

WalesOnline Editor Ceri Gould, who will also be speaking at the seminar, said: “I am really looking forward to the event and meeting some of the dynamic businesswomen that we have here in Wales.

“I know that dealing with the media can be a daunting prospect for many firms, so hopefully I will be able to give some useful pointers.”

The Business Women’s Seminar is held at the Media Wales Headquarters at 6 Park Street, Cardiff from 11.30am until 2pm on June 28.