Thomasina Miers at Wandsworth Enterprise Week

Positively Putney attended Women’s Enterprise Day, part of Wandsworth Council’s fifth Enterprise Week. It was the day before International Women’s Day and celebrated the achievements of many local female entrepreneurs.

The day included a full day of talks from a panel of entrepreneurs: Hilary Rowland (co-founder of Boom Cycle), Carrie Swift (founder of Love Public Speaking) and Neomi Bennett (founder and CEO of Neo Innovations). Roads to success were discussed, challenges each founder faced along the way were revealed and how and why they were inspired to start up their businesses was shared. In addition to this we also had an insight into the secrets of their triumphs and what ‘success’ meant for them. The afternoon also consisted of two engaging workshops focusing on leadership and building entrepreneurial confidence to be able to pitch your business.

The guest speaker for the day was Thomasina Miers who is the co-founder of popular Mexican street food restaurant chain Wahaca. The winner of BBC MasterChef 2005 shared stories from her early career and how she took her passion for cooking and created a business which now boasts 25 restaurants situated across major cities in the UK. Thomasina discussed the challenges that tested her throughout the start-up of the business and how Wahaca continues to not only be authentic in the dishes they serve but also in the company’s ethics and corporate social responsibility. Thomasina also spoke briefly about the bright future for Wahaca and how she sees the business growing, maybe Wahaca will bring their menu of quesadillas and freshly made guacamole to Putney one day?

If you would like to find out more on Wandsworth Enterprise Week, please click here.

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