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International Women’s Day on the 8th of March is a global occasion that acknowledges women’s achievements in various areas such as social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. It is a significant day to celebrate women’s achievements, promote gender equality, advocate for positive change, and support organisations that empower women. 

The aim of International Women’s Day is to foster worldwide participation and collective efforts in advancing women’s equality. We have organised three events in support of International Women’s Day, and we encourage everyone, regardless of gender, to attend these free events. The theme of our events is ‘Inspire Inclusion’, and we aim to include diverse representation from various groups and industries. With three events available, there is something for everyone to enjoy and participate in.  

Our Plans for International Women's Day 2024

What an incredible event we had in 2023! Call us ambitious but this year we want to build on that success and amplify the impact of our event, with plans to go bigger and better than before.  

Check out our International Women’s Day events below and find which ones are suited to you:  

BGH Headline Event Leigh: Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress  

Monday 4th March | 9:30 – 11:30am | Leigh Sports Stadium  

Don’t miss our headline event featuring our Director of GM Business Growth Hub Janine Smith! We are kickstarting the week of International Women’s Day with our headline event at Leigh Sports stadium. 

Hosted by Nick Shepherd, this event will feature a panel of inspirational speakers who will be raising the topic of the 2024 theme ‘Invest in Women: Accelerate progress’.  

The location of this event is Leigh Sports Village, this is home to some of England’s Ladies Football team, who many would describe as some of the most influential women of 2023.   

We are excited to bring together people from throughout Greater Manchester to this meaningful location to engage in this thought provoking and empowering event. 

Attending the event will be our panel of inspiring and successful women from the fields of business and culture:

Janine Smith, Director of GM Business Growth Hub 

Alison McKenzie-Folan, Chief Executive - Wigan Council 

Claire Burham, Assistant Director Skills and Enterprise - Wigan Council 

Victoria Braddock, Chief Executive - Marketing Manchester 

Risha Lancaster, Co-founder, Coffee4Craig 

Helen Hardy, Founder - Foudy's  


Date: Monday 4th March 2024  

Time: 9:30am– 11:30am 

Location: Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh, WN7 4JY 


You can register for our free event here: 

Highlight Event: International Women's Day "Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress" | GM Business Growth Hub 

BGH Event Trafford: See It and Be It: Inspiring Women in Leadership 

Friday 8th March | 9:30 – 11:30am | Jackson House, Sale  

Join the GM Business Growth Hub Leadership, Skills and Social Impact Team in a FREE female leader breakfast networking event this International Women’s Day, 8th March 2024. This event will offer true networking opportunities with a round table format navigating the challenges faced by female leaders and managers, cultivating leadership, and fostering peer learning opportunities for women in leadership. There will also be an opportunity to find out about and access fully funded business support from the GM Business Growth Hub. 


Date: 8th March 2023 

Time: 09.30 – 11.30 

Location: Jackson House, Sibson Road, Sale, M33 7RR 

Travel/Parking: Sale Metro 0.4m - 8 min walk / Public Parking in Stanley Square, M33 7ZZ  

Refreshments: Free Refreshments will be provided.  

You can register for our free event here: 

International Women's Day 2024 "See It and Be It: Inspiring Women in Leadership " | GM Business Growth Hub 

BGH Event Tameside: International Women’s Day Brunch and Learn 

Friday 8th March | 10:00am – 1:00pm | Tameside College  

Join us for a special brunch to celebrate International Women’s Day and the accomplishments of women in business. The event is co-hosted by Bromley solicitors who run the Tameside Women in Business Network, Build a Business and GM Business Growth Hub. In addition to this event, you have the opportunity to participate in a Net-walk, starting with networking and strolling around town before the event begins. Marie Hare will lead a Net-walk from Ashton-under-Lyne Train station at 9:30am, which is approximately twenty-minute walk.  

Time: 10am-1pm  

Location: Tameside College  

You can register for our free event here International Women’s Day Brunch and Learn | GM Business Growth Hub

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