Empowering Women in Business - live event

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99 Gresham Street

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29 St Katherine's Street


© Copyright 2022 Simply Business. All Rights Reserved. Simply Business is a trading name of Xbridge Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Registration No: 313348). Xbridge Limited (No: 3967717) has its registered office at 6th Floor, 99 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7NG.


6th Floor
99 Gresham Street

Sol House
29 St Katherine's Street


Industry speakers and networking for small businesses

Simply Business is bringing you a panel of inspiring small business speakers for our Empowering Women in Business networking event in London. 

Speakers include Harpreet Kaur, winner of BBC’s The Apprentice and Lucy Hitchcock, small business owner and digital marketing expert. Merlie Calvert, founder and CEO at Farillio, will also be joining for an audience Q&A.

They’ll be covering topics like:

  • experiences and obstacles as women business owners

  • social media and marketing tips 

  • how to grow your small business

Join us for practical tips, engaging discussions, and the chance to meet other business owners like you. You’ll also get your very own goody bag and treats from Oh So Yum!

Join us for an inspiring panel and meet-up for small businesses

About Simply Business

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Register to join our small business networking event 

If you’d like to join us for an afternoon of inspirational speakers and the chance to meet other small business owners like you, register your interest below.

On the day you’ll get an exclusive goody bag and be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win an iPad (terms and conditions apply).

This is a free event for small business owners. Places are limited, so we’ll be allocating exclusive tickets via our ballot system.

Registration closes on 15 November and we'll be contacting successful ticket holders by email.

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Supporting women small business owners

Our research with more than 800 women who run their own business reveals areas where they would like greater access to support, and what could improve gender equality in business. 

Read the full report.

Meet our speakers

Harpreet Kaur - Winner of The Apprentice 2022 and owner of Oh So Yum

Harpreet Kaur came to the spotlight after winning BBC’s The Apprentice in 2022 and gaining a £250,000 investment from Lord Alan Sugar for her dessert parlour business, Oh So Yum. 

Harpreet completed her diploma in Marketing & Advertising Management in 2010 and received a degree in Leadership & Management in 2013. Prior to setting up Oh So Yum with her sister, Gurvinder, Harpreet worked at several high street banks before leaving the industry to devote her full focus to her passion project. Harpreet eclipsed 15 other hopefuls to win The Apprentice to be appointed Lord Sugar’s latest business partner.

She recently appeared at a Simply Business webinar with tips for growing your business in challenging times, and was a judge in our 2022 Business Boost competition.

Merlie Calvert – CEO and founder of Farillio

Merlie Calvert will be joining our other two speakers for an interactive panel discussion as part of the event. She’s the CEO and founder of  Farillio, an award-winning tech startup in the business and legal services sector. As a long-term partner of Simply Business, Farillio also provides free legal documents and templates to support small businesses.

Farillio’s mission is to ensure that no small business owner struggles because they can’t access the information, materials, or expert help they need. Merlie is unapologetically rebellious about championing small business rights and was recognised by the Financial Times in 2019 for being among the top four per cent of global legal tech innovators.

Come along and you’ll get to meet our speakers, ask questions, and share challenges and experiences with other small business owners. 

How to find us

The event is at the Simply Business offices in Central London. 

Simply Business
99 Gresham Street

Our attendees say

“I just attended a great webinar run by Simply Business. The guest speaker was Harpreet Kaur, who spoke a lot of truths about starting a business from scratch. A refreshing and motivating hour away from the daily grind, and a reminder that small business owners are never alone.”

Director, In The Loop Drinks


This event is for information and networking purposes only. Any content or opinions shared during the event should not be regarded or relied upon as fact or advice. No liability is accepted by Simply Business or its speakers in relation to any content or opinions shared.

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Lucy Hitchcock - Founder of Sassy Digital and Partner in Wine

Lucy Hitchcock is an entrepreneur, and Founder of Sassy Digital and Partner in Wine. After leaving her job at 23 years old to work with small businesses on their digital marketing, branding and website and e-commerce design, she’s helped hundreds of small businesses make more sales online. Lucy worked with people such as Sarah Ashcroft (SLA The Label), Author Madeleine Shaw, Danielle Peazer (DPM) and influencer Ruby Holley. 

During the pandemic, Lucy decided to create an insulated wine bottle and tumbler to help her and so many other wine lovers enjoy a socially distanced drink in the park. Since starting the business, she has grown a large social media following and most importantly, she has grown her sales. Soon after, Partner in Wine confirmed the iconic retailer Selfridges as its very first stockist, followed by Oliver Bonas. 

After completing her WSET L2 award in Wine, Lucy has used Partner in Wine’s social media to make wine drinking more accessible and fun for the everyday wine drinker. Lucy has been profiled by the BBC News, Mail Online, Business Insider, The Sun, and the Daily Express. She has since worked with a number of diverse brands, including SAGE for business, Royal Mail for Business, Aldi, and Adobe.


4:00pm - Arrival and welcome

4:30pm - Lucy Hitchcock

4:55pm - Harpreet Kaur 

5:15pm - Break and prize draw* 

5:30pm - Q&A and panel discussion

5:50pm - Drinks and chat with other small business owners

6:30pm - Close

Location: 99 Gresham street, London, EC2V 7NG


Drinks and nibbles will be available, along with the chance to win an iPad on the day*. 

If you have any questions, please email us at campaigns@simplybusiness.co.uk 

*Terms and conditions apply

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