UK & Ireland

WEConnect International in Europe opens doors to new supply chains. Led by corporate members, it certifies firms in the United Kingdom and Ireland that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women and connects them with the growing global demand from corporations and the public sector for diverse and innovative suppliers. The organization partners with corporations, associations, governments, women entrepreneurs and their supporters, and is affiliated with a global certification network for women-owned enterprises.

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WEConnect Official Release

The Government’s Women’s Enterprise Task Force (WETF) announced its first major initiative this week and this looks likely to change the face of women’s enterprise in the UK. The scheme, called WEConnect (Women in Enterprise Connecting to Contracts), will be launched on Tuesday 19th February in a high-profile ceremony at the House of Commons1.

WBENC (Women's Business Enterprise National Council, and the leading certification body in the United States will host a meeting with Stephen Timms, Minister of State for competitiveness. Linda Denny will be welcoming a delegation from the UK government on a fact finding mission on women and entrepreneurship on February 13th.

On November 5th Accenture hosted a meeting of key people in the development of supplier diversity in the UK. We brought together MNC’s represented by Marianne Schoenig of Accenture, Emma Rees and Gwen Turner of Pfizer, and Lisa Russell of Goldmann Sachs. WBENC WBE’s Terri McNally, Pamela O’Rourke and Vicki Prot brought insight into the opportunities certification brings.

Maggie BerryCropMaggie Berry

Executive Director for Europe, WEConnect International

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