Women in Wholesale (WiW) is looking to help attract more females into male-heavy industries by sharing its tools, resources and knowledge with sister organisation Meat Business Women (MBW).
Elit Rowland, Women in Wholesale founder, explained that WiW provided Meat Business Women with the briefing packs needed to launch their first speed networking event: “It’s important to have diversity up and down the supply chain – and that means supporting organisations that supply to, and buy from, wholesalers, too.”
“MBW is one of the first events that inspired WiW – both initiatives have the same goals, so it made sense to help each other,” she added.
Laura Ryan, founder of MBW said: “I’m hugely proud that MBW went some way to inspiring women in Wholesale. By attending the highly successful women in Wholesale Speed Networking in 2018 I knew the format would work well as part of our conference and we were delighted that Clare Bocking (WiW co-chair) was able to be one of the mentors too. We are really grateful to the team at WiW for their support and plan to continue to share best practice and insight to strengthen both initiatives in the future.”
Women in Wholesale is supporting a number of initiatives including retail and consumer goods-focused LEAD (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity) and has shared knowledge and resources with a number of FMCG brands, wholesalers and big retailers, including the Co-op and Nisa.