WiRE network leaders Jane Batty, Megan Allen, Claire McFadden with Marissa Watts, CEO of Change Agents UK

WiRE network leaders Jane Batty, Megan Allen, Claire McFadden with Marissa Watts, CEO of Change Agents UK

A rural business network for women has presented a cheque for £250 to Change Agents UK, which is based in Oakham.

Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) Leicestershire and Rutland was formed this time last year to support female business owners and has been raising money through profits from its monthly meetings, which included trips to Easton Walled Garden near Grantham and Two Birds Spirits in Market Harborough.

The network wanted to support a charity that encourages young people to develop sustainable career opportunities and Change Agents UK was the perfect match.

Network leader Claire McFadden said: “We are absolutely delighted to have raised such a substantial amount for Change Agents UK in our first year as a network and would like to thank all the women in business in the area who have come along to meetings and supported us this year.

“We’re a creative network which like to support the local economy as well as each other and have visited some wonderful places and met some truly inspirational people this year. We look forward to seeing what 2018 will bring.”

Change Agents UK will use the money to run CV drop-in sessions and an interview technique workshop for young people which will be held at their offices at Oakham Train Station this year.

CEO Marissa Watts who attended January’s meeting at Don Paddy’s in Uppingham to pick up the cheque said: “Change Agents UK is very grateful to the WiRE community for their generous donation and we look forward to hosting an event to help early careerists maximise their impact in their job search.”

WiRE Leicestershire and Rutland will announce its charity partner for 2018 at its meeting in February, which will be held at The BREWery Coffee Shop and Deli in Sileby on 7 February from 10.30am and will be hosted by Lisa King, an expert in web development for small, creative businesses.

Also planned this year are marketing and PR workshops, netwalking events and a chance to tour a rural vineyard.

For more information about WiRE Leicestershire and Rutland, visit www.wireuk.org or contact Claire McFadden at claire@fullsquare.net or call 07786 551327.

For more information about Change Agents UK, visit www.changeagents.org.uk and to register interest in the CV and interview sessions please email contact@changeagents.org.uk

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Photo: WiRE Leics & Rutland network leaders Jane Batty, Megan Allen and Claire McFadden present a cheque to Marissa Watts of Change Agents UK

About WiRE

WiRE is a national business support network; promoting, supporting and developing its membership of rural businesswomen from Harper Adams University in Shropshire. WiRE offers a package of practical business support which includes access to the 50 WiRE networks across the UK where women in business share expertise and knowledge, build new skills, help boost confidence and support each other to build better businesses.

About Change Agents UK

Change Agents UK is a charity and not-for-profit organisation, expert in recruiting and developing early careerists driven by the desire to work for ethical and responsible businesses. We recruit for entry to mid-level roles with an efficient, bespoke and values-driven recruitment service. We pride ourselves on being flexible, open and progressive, recruiting for organisations with strong values, that want to make a positive social, economic and environmental impact on the planet.

Candidates recruited through us get access to our Skills Development Programme which through training, online learning resources and collaboration, increases their value, impact and employability. Read more about our approach and recruitment service on our website: www.changeagents.org.uk