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What a day! It started at 4 am, which is WAY too early to wake up, but I was excited about the day ahead.

I was joined on the 3-hour drive to Cheltenham by the lovely Emilie Heaney from The Startup Marketeer. We chatted the entire way, which made the long drive pass in no time at all as the sun rose across the frost-kissed countryside of Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire.

It was my first visit to the beautiful spa town and the Women’s Business Conference was held at the historic and gorgeous Pittville Pump Room.

Outstanding Speakers

Inspiring & Relevant Topics


After a quick look around and a much-needed cup of tea, we headed to listen to the first speaker of the day, Phillippa Haynes of Insight101. It was standing-room-only as the captive audience listened to Phillippa’s talk on how to own your unique space in business. I took many notes as she talked about the role of vision in your business story.

We were in for a treat with the next speaker, Bev Hepting, from The Message Maestro, not to be missed with her trademark, fuschia-coloured hair. Bev’s talk on taking your public speaking to the next level. Her contagious enthusiasm made public speaking feel as easy as drinking a hot cup of tea on an icy-cold day. We learned as she kept the audience laughing. What could be better than that?

The room was overflowing and every notebook out as Leon Streete gave an engaging talk on getting more leads and clients. His straightforward approach left everyone in the room inspired to get back their office and start making a difference right away.

After a quick lunch, Women’s Business Club founder and event organiser, Angela De Souza, gave a captivating keynote speech on developing the millionaire mindset and how one word can change everything.

Jo Fairley, one of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs and chocoholic, best known as the founder of Green & Black’s Chocolate, a £100 million/year brand and “officially more cool than Prada,”  delivered an inspiring speech about the start-up of Green & Black’s Chocolate and left every woman in the room believing that she could make her dreams come true, too.

The Awards

The awards ceremony recognised some outstanding businesses across the UK.  Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consulting was incredibly honoured to be a finalist for the Franchise of the Year award, sponsored by The International Franchise Show London.

Up against some outstanding and well-established competition for the grand prize such as The HR Dept, Action Coach, People Puzzles, Travel Counsellors, and Minuteman Press, it was hard not to be intimidated as we only grew into a franchise last year! Imagine my shock and excitement as Jo Fairley announced Sleepy Lambs as runner-up! The grand prize went to Travel Counsellors. To be considered in the same group as Travel Counsellors, established in 1987 with 1900 franchisees around the world, was a genuine honour.

Our 3-hour drive home felt just as fast as our early morning journey, our brain swirled with ideas after a great day. I’ve come away from the day with more inspiration, energy and exciting plans as we move into 2020.

Life as an entrepreneur can be up and down at times, but the day at the Women’s Business Conference was a great one. Many thanks to the organisers, the Women’s Business Club, and Angela De Souza for a great event. 

Mary Foster is the founder of Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consulting, and mum of three little ones (at one time three under three).

She’s a proud Canadian, loves living in England and is passionate about healthy sleep with a strong focus on emotional wellness, using her education background in science.

Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consultants support families around the world, and the Sleepy Lambs Sleep Academy is an affordable and comprehensive online sleep program, has supported families worldwide. Check out our main website, SleepyLambs.com.

In 2018, we launched a comprehensive training program to become a Certified Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consultant and franchise program. Opportunities are available worldwide. Add your details to the widget on the right to receive more information about joining our team!