We are the only women entrepreneurs network specifically for women with capital at risk. The membership is made up of the founder/directors - so that's who you'll meet! BAWE is a member of FCEM, the largest international women entrepreneurs network in the world.
BAWE bridges a vital gap. We are not transactional - as an organisation we are not for profit - but we are not a charity either, so members benefit through meeting a diverse cross-section of women with whom they can network, support, grow and learn. We are all about helping each other to develop.
This is a peer group for women entrepreneurs who want to be challenged. Our aim is to help empower women entrepreneurs not only to be great but to be exceptional!
We are looking for women entrepreneurs who want to build global brands and sustainable, profitable, innovative businesses.
We are looking for women entrepreneurs who recognise the power of collaboration in business.
We are looking for the women thought to be leaders of today and of tomorrow.
So if you are looking for a women’s business network that will challenge you, support you, celebrate and promote you, then the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs is the place for you.
From an international perspective, The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs offers a world of connections through a variety of international Associations.
2012 saw the development of the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network of which the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs is a founding member along with the Commonwealth Business Council and the International Federation of Business & Professional Women.
The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs also has a long connection with the FCEM World Association of Women Entrepreneurs (www.fcem.org)
Any network is only as good as its membership and we know our members are exceptional!
So here’s a challenge – now’s the time to invest. Invest in yourself and your business and be a part of a history that also has a fantastic future!
At the beginning of the 21st century it should come as no surprise that the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE) exists. What is extra-ordinary is that it has existed for over 50 years, adapting to the differing and growing needs of Britain’s business women to become the influential and highly respected organisation it is to-day.
The roots of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs lie in the resourcefulness of women left with businesses to run following the Second World War. Madame Yvonne Edmond Foinant, owner of a steel factory, started an association in France in 1946 under the name of ‘Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises’. Similar groups of active women business owners organised themselves in Belgium and Holland in 1949, and their presidents signed the statutes of the European Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Brussels, on January 15th, 1950.
At the beginning of 1953, Madame Foinant entrusted Tinou Dutry, a young Belgian member who had a London based business with the task of forming the association in the United Kingdom. British business owners were invited to her Hyde Park Gate’s offices to be informed of the new organisation as a result of which Meiko Orr Ewing and Stella Fisher joined her in Paris for the Congress of European FCE held in September 1953. The three ‘British’ delegates were received with FCEM privileged members at the Elysee Palace by M Vincent Auriol, then President of the French Republic, a very prestigious debut!
Today the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs is an Affiliate of Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondials (FCEM), one of sixty affiliated countries from five continents. The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs works closely with the commercial section of all the embassies, particularly the world’s largest trading country, the United States of America and represents The World Association FCEM at the United Nations in New York.
The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs is linked through its members to all Chambers of Commerce. Members speak and represent British Women Entrepreneurs at conferences all over the world and participate in training programmes in the third world. The Association is now 50 years young and has established itself as a recognised source of information on entrepreneurship and British women business owners.