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Green & Black’s Founder to Headline Conference for Women In Business

Green & Black's Co-Founder Jo FairleyThe founder of the UK’s leading organic chocolate brand and an award-winning female adventurer are the guest speakers at a conference to celebrate the achievements of women in business to mark International Women’s Day.

The Enterprising Women Inspire Conference takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel at East Midlands Airport on Friday 8 March 2013. It is being hosted by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce’s (DNCC) Enterprising Women Group, in partnership with Integra – the Leicestershire Chamber’s women in business group.

Jo Fairley, who co-founded the luxury chocolate brand Green & Black’s, will deliver the keynote speech on how to build a business in a niche market.

Jo launched the brand with husband Chris in 1991, by setting out to market the world's first organic chocolate. She was among the first to highlight the social responsibility of food producers.

Green & Black's immediately picked up awards for entrepreneurial and ethical achievement, and the fortunes of the Maya Indians in Belize, who grow the cocoa beans which supply the company, have been transformed.

Sarah Oaten MBEShe will be joined by Sarah Outen MBE, who became the first women and the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean from Australia to Mauritius in 2009.

She is currently on the final leg of an even more ambitious expedition – London2London: Via the World – in which she is trekking, cycling, rowing and kayaking her way on a continuous lap of the planet.

As well as the two guest speakers, Charles Barnascone, of Infinite Possibilities Ltd, will demonstrate how to achieve your goals through Neuro-Linguistic Programming, whilst Dawn Edwards of Challenge Consulting Ltd will deliver a leadership and management masterclass.

The conference is being sponsored by the Futures Housing Group and Axa PPP Healthcare. On the evening of the event, DNCC is holding a gala dinner to unveil the winners of its Enterprising Women Excellence Awards.

Jean Mountain, Chair of the Enterprising Women group, said: “There are some very talented and hard-working businesswomen in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who play a massive part in the success of their business but are often not recognised for their hard work and determination.

“This conference is all about celebrating the important contribution to the local economy that they make, as well as motivating and inspiring more women in business to develop and achieve.”

Tickets for the conference start at £30 and awards dinner tickets start at £45, but Chamber members can attend both for just £55. For more information or to book your place please see the Enterprising Women Conference event page.