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Celebrating Doncaster’s women in business on International Women’s Day

Doncaster Chamber’s Business Director calls on businesswomen across the region to celebrate their achievements and encourage other women to take on the challenge

Doncaster Chamber Business Director Jade Dyer believes women in business have a lot to be proud of and encourages other women to share their experiences to encourage more women to take on the challenge.

The business owner and senior leader said, “Doncaster’s business community is full of women who continue to be pioneers in championing the leadership roles of women in business. On International Women’s Day – and beyond – we’re here to give the advice and encouragement that others need.”

“Getting more women in business is more than just a box ticking exercise. At the Chamber’s International Women’s Day event today, we heard from leaders who bring untold skills, balance and perspective to the team’s they are a part of. They are a vital part of any successful business.”

As part of its commitment to International Women’s Day the British Chambers of Commerce has surveyed women across its UK Chamber and International Chamber Networks about their current experiences in the workplace.

Its findings revealed that across the 123 chamber and business group network:
  • Almost half (48 per cent) of its organisations were composed of more than 70 per cent women
  • Only five per cent had less than 30 per cent women on their teams
  • Just under 40 per cent had a female Chief Executive Officer or Director General
The survey also asked women across the network for their thoughts and feedback on what it means to be a woman in business:

Sara Williams, from the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, said: “Women shouldn’t be afraid of being passionate on the issues that they care about. They should have confidence in their own beliefs and ability. Chambers are the perfect place to offer support, encouragement and confidence building and providing role models for businesses, partners and our own teams. If given the opportunity, women bring a wider perspective into the workplace and are often the hidden glue in a team."

Francesca Ortiz, from the British Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic, said: “History has shown us that women have accomplished many triumphs through their own efforts and merits. However, although we have come a long way, there is so much more to be done. Through mutual support, women can learn from each other’s experiences and best practices, share advice, build a support network, address challenges together and carry out important projects together.”

Sharon Smith, from Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: “With a national skills shortage in some areas, women are a vital part of the solution and it’s so important that we encourage and attract this part of the labour force into roles to support the economy. Women in the workforce are also essential for balance in team dynamics – the diversification that gender balance brings is critical to any successful team.”

Adjoba Kyiamah, from the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, said: “When I first became a manager, I was the only female and all the men on the team had more experience than I did and were very self-assured. At meetings, if I had any misgivings about decisions taken, I would keep my thoughts to myself because I assumed that they knew what they were doing. Experience has taught me that I was usually right and my perspective matters.” 

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