Here Come the Girls!

VCAT are hosting a Trafford Women in Business promotional event on: 

Thursday 12th July

from 5pm to 11pm

at Sale Rugby FC, Heywood Road Sale, M33 3WB

We are looking forward to this event where a number of Trafford based female led businesses are exhibiting including many who have taken part in VCAT’s Women in Business start-up programme over the last 18 months sponsored by NatWest Skills and Opportunities funding. This free event is open to the public and we welcome you to come and meet these new businesses and social enterprises, sample some of the goods and services, including free samples of local food and taster therapy sessions and listen to some great speakers. No booking is necessary, please feel free to come and join us on the night.

There will be presentations by inspirational female speakers including:

Qaisra Shahraz – Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, prize winning and critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter and humanitarian Qaisra has offered outstanding services to literature, education, women’s rights and interfaith relationships spanning 30 years. She is the founder and director of #MACFESTUK, has won the University of Salford Alumni Achievement Award, is included in the Muslim Power 100 list and last year was recognised as the No1 most influential woman in Manchester by ahead of Maxine Peak, Carol Anne Duffy and Rebecca Adlington!

Qaisra will be speaking at 5.45pm and will be bringing some of her books which will be available for sale and signing following her presentation. To read more about her visit

Ngozi Weller -  Managing director of Aurora Wellness Ngozi is an entrepreneur, management training consultant, mentor and motivational speaker with over 15 years corporate experience. She has a special interest in women’s health and wellbeing and Aurora Wellness was established to help people cope with the consequences of stressful living by restoring balance to their lives. Her business partner Obehi Alofoje is a psychologist and stress coach also with a special interest in women’s health and wellbeing. To see what Aurora Wellness could offer you visit

Rachel and Laura Beattie – Rachel and Laura are sisters and the founders and directors of Careaux, a new luxury womenswear brand based in Manchester with a signature uniquely designed dress. We are looking forward to their presentation and seeing them model their unique designs. To see more follow @careaux official on Instagram and Twitter.

Eileen Hirst – Entrepreneur and business trainer specialising in marketing and finance Eileen is also a freelance writer and author of the business books Step-up, Start-up and Stay-Up (In Business): A guide to the Financial & Legal aspects of becoming Self-Employed or Starting a Business and Of Course I can – All you need to know about marketing for the Self Employed and start-up business. To find out more visit

We are looking forward to seeing the exhibitors listed below including some great new social enterprises doing work which also support Trafford communities. All spaces are currently booked and there is already waiting list in case anything further becomes available on the night. Exhibitors include:

Achieving Positive Outcomes CIC – Accommodation and support provider –

Aurora Wellness UK – Health and Wellbeing –

Barking Mad Dog Care – Pet Services –

Body Response Therapies – Therapy, Health and Wellbeing –

Calm Connections CIC – Social Enterprise, Health and Wellbeing –

Careaux – Fashion and clothing –

Ethnic Enable CIC – Social Enterprise, Health and Wellbeing - Nazia.jiya@goglemailcom

Free Your Mind hypnotherapy – Health and Wellbeing –

Gerry Jones Vintage – Clothing and accessories -   

Genetics Made Simple CIC – Social Enterprise –

Its Her Story CIC – Digital Media Company & Courses for Women -

Manchester Host Families – Exchange student and hosting co-ordination -

PinnaClear ear care – Ear Health –

Promoting Trafford – Community/promotion –

Red Hat Giraffe – Interior Design –

Sun Colours Art – Art/hobbies/paint by numbers –

The Thyroid Coach – Health and Wellbeing –

Timperley Food Studio – Culinary Classes for all ages –

Urban Based Herbalist – Health and Wellbeing –

Your Designer – Graphic Design services –


Doors open at 5pm and following exhibits and presentations there will be Women in Business speed networking at 9pm and people are welcome to stay and socialise until the bar closes at 11pm.

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