The Female Influence on Market Town High Streets

The Female Influence on Market Town High Streets

Thursday September 11th 2014 – The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9PY

The market town of Uppingham is thriving and was recently invited to Round Table discussions at 10 Downing Street to discuss the town’s achievements and next steps. Its town centre has seen considerable recent private and public sector investment with a £2M modernisation programme of its historic Falcon Hotel, the refurbishment of several high street shops, the installation of town centre Wifi and a webcam, and the opening of a superb heritage trail linked by QR codes to a supporting website. The town’s community partnership website at is accessed from all over Europe.

As Uppingham has been bucking the trend seen in many high street cities, questions are being asked about whether part of its success is anything to do with an influx of female business owner/managers/staff into its High Street? Many say yes and that women are ‘doing it better’ in Uppingham and other market towns up and down the country.

This will be an evening to showcase the contribution that women managers/proprietors/staff are making to the High Street in our market towns at a time when, in some urban areas, retail has struggled.

What are these women doing that is making a difference and do we need to take another look at historically held views about men running businesses in market towns? Are customers responding to new and different approaches to doing business and customer service? Is there a question of older and new approaches to business, or is the perceived female contribution an illusion?

Programme Schedule

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm         -             Registration & Networking/Buffet

5:45 pm – 5:55 pm         -             Introduction & Welcome

5:55 pm – 6:10 pm         -             Uppingham as a retail centre

Cllr David Ainslie, Town Mayor and local business proprietor and

Ron Simpson, Chair of the Uppingham Business Forum

6:10 pm – 6:40 pm         -             Keynote Speaker 1 – Jan Steward, Proprietor - Babybond

6:40 pm – 7:00 pm         -             Keynote Speaker 2 -  TBC

7:00 pm – 7:05 pm         -             Case study in Uppingham – Rutland Telecom

7:05 pm – 7:10 pm         -             Case study  - TBC

7:10 pm – 8:10 pm         -             Panel Discussion

Panel discussion on the main topic 'Female influence on Market Town High Streets'

8:20 pm – 8:30 pm         -             Networking & Close

8:10 pm – 8:20 pm                        Summary – speech

there is a small charge of £12.00 per person.

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