Launching ceremony of Commonwealth Business Women’s Network

Birmingham: Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) was launched on the eve of International Women’s Day and Commonwealth Day with fully support of UKTI and Birmingham’s Commonwealth Association.
The Network has already launched in Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and is now headquartered in Two Snow Hill, Birmingham.
Deb Leary OBE, Director and Co-Chair of Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) said ‘We are delighted to have Birmingham as the global headquarters for CBW.  Our aim is simple – to provide the tools, opportunities and support necessary to ensure the growth and global reach of women. Whether as entrepreneurs, in corporate life, or in government our focus is three areas:  trade, training and talent.  We need to build companies that are sustainable, international and focused on growth and we need women to take up the challenge and take action. That’s why we are providing a Business exchange trading platform, along with an Academy to help shape and sustain that business growth.’
The Commonwealth has a billion women with 60% under 30 with its 53 countries accounting for 20% of world trade where the costs of doing business are 15% less than doing business with non-Commonwealth countries.
Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Shafique Shah graced the event with other guest speakers including Lorely Burt, MP, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Women and Enterprise and High Commissioners from Commonwealth countries, Deb Leary, OBE, Co-Chair & Director of CBW with fellow Directors and members of CBW, along with Christine Hamilton, Deputy Regional Director, UK Trade & Investment West Midlands and Mike Murray, Birmingham Commonwealth Association, Birmingham City Council.