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Newham’s market for women in business is growing, says role model

The number of women in east London wanting to set up businesses is increasing, according to an award-winning entrepreneur.

Faith Johnson, 24, founder of the Newham-based Caramel Rock, made her comments after giving a talk at the Women’s Business Centre in East Ham recently (6 December).

She was giving advice to a class of budding business people, mainly local women, who receive training at the Newham College-supported Centre.

Faith said: “I go to networking events for women and I come across lots of women from Newham who are interested in business. I also meet lots of business women who are doing well.”

Women keen on business: Business students with coach Corrine McGee (third from the left) and Faith Johnson (back row, third from left).

Faith was a runner-up in East London Chamber of Commerce’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 and was regarded by the Centre’s trainees as a role model.

She runs a social enterprise that is a business that aims to train and employ local, young people in fashion, modelling and other skills.

She is just about to move her enterprise from Canning Town to bigger premises in the borough. She also has plans to set up a clothes manufacturing outlet in the country where her family originates from, Jamaica.

Advice that Faith is keen to give women is not to be put off from going into business due to fears of prejudice against them.

She said: “Many women feel that they are at a disadvantage in a male environment. But I find that the business women who are successful have a particular mindset. Women should let their work and their business speak for themselves.”

Business Coach, Corrine McGee said: “Women with an idea gain confidence when they learn from the experience of successful entrepreneurs and that can help them turn the idea into a real business.”

Faith spoke to Women’s Business Centre trainees on a 64-hour business start up short course, Level 2 Award in Aspects of Preparing to Set Up a New Business.

The Centre also supports men. Currently, it is working with the University of East London in a European Union programme aimed at encouraging business women to break into international markets.


Further information

Women's Business Centre, http://www.herbusinessuk.co.uk/

The Women’s Business Centre is an award-winning business support organisation. It provides uniquely tailored, professional services in a supportive and inspirational environment – offering real options for women (and men too) wishing to improve their lives through employment, developing a business or education and training. We are proud of our track record of success, including winning the PROWESS Flagship award, being short-listed for the Prowess Innovation Award, and winning the Training Journal Award for the ‘Best Public Sector Initiative’ for our training and coaching support for people starting their own businesses. The Centre is operated by Newham College.

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