Women need to be business leaders

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A FORMER star of BBC’s The Apprentice is set to bring her women’s leadership academy to Bewdley to help inspire local businesswomen.

Jo Cameron will introduce her latest Achievers Academy for Women at a free launch event at Wharton Park Golf & Country Club on Wednesday, June 26 at 9.30am.

Ms Cameron’s academy will provide a monthly meeting where women leaders come together to share their expertise and experiences of running their own businesses or holding senior corporate roles.

She became a household name in 2006 after appearing in series two of The Apprentice, in which a group of aspiring young businessmen and women compete for the chance to work with business magnate Sir Alan Sugar.

Seven years on and the 45- year-old has carved out a career as a businesswoman and media commentator, on top of her charitable work.

She said: “Wyre Forest has a huge amount of talented businesswomen who want to grow their own businesses and develop their leadership capacity. They are the energetic leaders who want to mix with other women who have similar ambitions to themselves and people who are keen to become more motivated and share their expertise.”

Ms Cameron said her Achievers Academy, which now has 13 groups across the country including one in Wolverhampton, is part of her UK campaign to find 100 inspirational female business leaders who will lead groups of businesswomen in her “leadership circles”.

She added: “It has proved to be a powerful platform for members to learn, share experiences and overcome any barriers.I hope businesswomen in and around the Wyre Forest will see the same benefits and I’m certain we will put together a great group of ladies.”

The group will meet every month at the golf club.

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