Former teacher and retail manager take entrepreneurial plunge with events start-up

Duo aiming for £200,000 of revenue in first year of operation with company Events Inspired By.

Left to right: Stewart Smith, Sophia Leach and Diane Boothe
Left to right: Stewart Smith, Sophia Leach and Diane Boothe

A former teacher and retail manager have launched their own events management company after a chance meeting at a NatWest Women in Business seminar in Harrow.

Diane Boothe and Sophia Leach met five months at the NatWest event and realised they shared a passion for events and a desire to set up their own business. Earlier this year, they launched Events Inspired By.

The limited company was set up in April with the aim of organising and coordinating tradeshows, corporate and networking events, both nationally and internationally.

The company already has several high-profile contracts in place and hope to generate £200,000 worth of sales in their first year of operation.

Boothe said: "Sophia and I instantly hit it off when we met at the event run by NatWest and as we got to know each other it was clear we had a connection that would allow us to make a joint venture a success.

"We both successfully run our own individual businesses, but setting up a business with someone who shares the same passion as you is an exciting prospect and it’s been great to share this journey with Sophia."

NatWest’s Women in Business events have been running since September 2017, in conjunction with Harrow Council, West Herts College, Watford Library and local enterprise agencies.

Stewart Smith, business growth enabler at NatWest said "Our Women in Business events are designed to offer support for women at all levels of business, whether it’s advice for starting up, financial support or an opportunity to meet like-minded people.

"They’ve proven to be a great success here in Harrow and Diane and Sophia are among the many success stories we’ve had. They have a great business proposition and we wish them every success as they establish and grow."

 

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