Women in business to give Uppingham High Street a lift

Sandra Pollock, second right, who will lead Uppingham's Women in the High Street initiative, is presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Leicestershire Asian Business Awards by Nicky Morgan MP, awards vice president Rani Mahal and Rita Kotecha from award sponsor Cartwright King Solicitors. Photo: Hitz Rao. EMN-150501-145630001
Sandra Pollock, second right, who will lead Uppingham's Women in the High Street initiative, is presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Leicestershire Asian Business Awards by Nicky Morgan MP, awards vice president Rani Mahal and Rita Kotecha from award sponsor Cartwright King Solicitors. Photo: Hitz Rao. EMN-150501-145630001
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A new scheme promoting the work of businesswomen in market towns could boost footfall across the region, according to its founders.

Uppingham’s Women in the High Street scheme will kick into gear this year with a series of events and meetings.

It will be led by Sandra Pollock, a former chairman of the Women in Management network and a key figure in business across the Rutland and Leicestershire area.

Sandra, who was recently given a lifetime achievement honour at the Leicestershire Asian Business Awards, said the scheme would benefit both female business owners and the town as a whole.

She said: “At the first meeting it came out quite strongly that women felt the benefit of actually spending time together, talking and learning from each other.

“What that will do is benefit the High Street. You’ve got people working together, coming up with schemes together and looking at how they can work as a team instead of working separately to increase footfall.”

Uppingham’s Women in the High Street scheme focuses specifically on market towns. The next meeting will branch out to neighbouring market towns such as Oakham, and will focus on the impact of female business owners in such towns.

“Market towns are unique,” said Sandra. “Bigger towns tend to look the same and have a lot of the same businesses. You lose that sense of local identity.

“Market towns work hard to remain unique. Promoting that is part of what we are trying to do. It will benefit businesses across the UK if we can get this idea some support.”

The meeting will be held at the Falcon Hotel in Uppingham from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on January 29.

Sandra said: “We will again be hearing from female business owners who are running their business in these area, what their particular issues are, how they can help and be supported, both by each other, local councils and others.”

“And most importantly it is an opportunity for business women to connect, building business relationships and network. At the last meeting attendees found the event very encouraging and supportive and had a strong view that these should continue.”

Call Sandra on 07977 227872 to find out more.