26th Jan 2024

Food Entrepreneur Speaking at BusinessWise. ALLERGY campaigner and food entrepreneur Julianne Ponan MBE is heading to Swindon. Why so? Well to be the keynote speaker at an open business networking event hosted by the BusinessWise, business networking group.

The not-for-profit business group, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, is holding an open event for business owners and directors. It’s on from 6.30pm at Basset Down Complex, off j16, Swindon on Tuesday February 6.

It’s the first large-scale event that the established group has run since lockdown. And more than seventy people are already booked.

John Lewis is BusinessWise’s chairman.

We’re so thrilled to be able to hold this event which is open to any and all business owners from Swindon and Wiltshire. It’s an opportunity to make new connections and listen to Julianne’s amazing story. And raise money for charity.’

About the speaker

Food Entrepreneur Speaking at BusinessWise - Julianne Ponan
Food Entrepreneur Speaking at BusinessWise – Julianne Ponan

Julianne Ponan was a mere twenty-two when she took a failing business and turned it into a challenger brand in the food and drink sector. It’s name: Creative Nature. The company offers snacks, baking mixes and sweet treats which are all free of the top fourteen allergens. Julianne has severe allergies herself and suffers from anaphylaxis. She got an MBE a year ago in honour of her work for small businesses. In particular around import and export and for her advocacy for the allergy community.

She said: “I’m thrilled to be coming to Swindon to join this BusinessWise event. I’ve visited Swindon many times in the last decade and it was one of the places where I first tested out our products as we were getting established.’

Money raised at the event will go to BusinessWise’s charitable partners – Swindon Night Shelter and RENEW CIC. There’ll be a raffle on the night too.

Ticket are £35 a head and are available here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/businesswise-open-networking-evening-2024-tickets-776973457527

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