President's Welcome Message

It is my great pleasure as UK President to welcome you to the ‘British Association of Women Entrepreneurs’. 

BAWE was formed in 1945 after the end of the Second World War when many women found themselves running businesses.  BAWE is a member of FCEM, Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondials, which is the largest association for women entrepreneurs in the world, currently represented in 120 countries.

The membership is made up of women who have had at least 3 years in business and have capital at risk. Many of the members have built their business over decades and have a wealth of experience to share.

Having been in business since 1997, I have been a member of BAWE for many years.  During that time I have forged long term business relationships and friendships both in the UK and throughout the world.    

BAWE is an organisation with wonderful history, international links and inspirational members from all sectors. 

I encourage you to join us.   

Louise Oliver

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An Association run by Women Entrepreneurs,

for Women Entrepreneurs.



Being a member of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs isn’t just about belonging to a long standing and esteemed organisation, although this has its advantages! It’s about being part of an exclusive women’s business network; a network designed for women entrepreneurs who are looking to build high-growth, globally recognised, sustainable and profitable businesses.

The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE) is committed to helping you ensure you have the skills, knowledge and global contacts to make your vision happen. We'd like to be a part of your journey and enable you to meet like-minded women who can mentor you, inspire you and share their own successes to help take your business plan and turn it into a successful reality. 

BAWE is an affiliate of FCEMonde (World President Marie Christine Oghly) an association which is steeped in history. Originally set up in France after the second world war, it was created as a network to support  and empower many women and widowers who found themselves at the helm of businesses previously run by their male family members. It gave them a lifeline of support and encouragement, enabling them to help each other to learn and develop the skills required to carry on their enterprises, especially if they had not been previously involved in them. The same networking spirit is alive and well in the 21st century and BAWE is proud to be the British arm of such an altruistic association. 

Our motto as stated by Madame Dutry, founder of BAWE is: 
Individually We Are Invisible, Together We Are Invincible”.

'Individually Invisible, Together Invincible'

  • Automatic membership to the FCEM World Association of Women Entrepreneurs [60 countries represented] (www.fcem.org)

  • A women’s network focussed on optimising your business opportunities including international trade opportunities

  • Training and Development programmes via the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs’ ‘Aspiration’ Programme

  • A place to promote your business success and discover new business opportunities

  • A peer group that will challenge you and support you

  • Regional, national and international conferences and events

  • Inspirational guest speakers

  • A platform to showcase your involvement in our 'Meet The Members' section

  • A place to lobby

What does membership of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE) offer?



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Regent's Park, London, UK