Business people gear up for conference


Firms in Sussex who want to grow their business but are struggling to find the right people are gearing up for a conference to help find new talent.

WayfinderWoman is behind the ‘Hidden Workforce Releasing Talent Conference’, which is open to all leading business people and influencers, particularly those who want to increase their business or take part to be inspired. The main sponsor is Parker Building Supplies.

The event on Friday April 22 will bring together seven nationally and internationally successful speakers, with networking opportunities and lunch included. It runs between 8.45am and 2pm at East Sussex National in Uckfield and tickets cost £40.

Parker Building Supplies Financial and Commercial Director, Stewart Pierce, said: “This conference is an exciting one for all business people in Sussex. The speakers include TV presenter and former rally driving champ Penny Mallory, Julia Barfield MBE, the entrepreneur responsible for the London Eye, and Daryl Gayler from RBS. It’s rare to get people of this calibre in one room together and we are delighted to be associated with the event.”

Organiser and Chairperson of WayfinderWoman, Laura Murphy, said: “Businesses repeatedly say they can’t get the staff to help them grow and they have empty chairs they’re trying to fill. That might be because women aren’t putting themselves forward for some reason, or because businesses unconsciously put up barriers preventing women from applying for jobs or going for promotion.”

WayfinderWoman is a not-for-profit organisation which provides advice and support for women of working age who struggle to access or advance their employment opportunities. Although the organisation is gender specific, men are welcome to the conference as it is also designed with them in mind.

Laura added: “We’re grateful to our sponsors who have enabled this conference to happen, in particular Parker Building Supplies who have gone out of their way to help make this conference a success. They’re as keen as we are to challenge stereotypes within what can be perceived as male dominated industries.”

For more information or to book tickets, please call 0845 408 4012 or visit

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