The 28th BPW International Congress

Press Release
16 June 2014

28th Conference International Congress

Arif Zaman, Adviser, South Asia, Corporate Governance & Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) holding the Commonwealth Tartan with members of the BPW UK Delegation in Jeju, South Korea
(Left > Right: Arif Zaman, Jennifer Barrett, Sylvia Perry, Lynn Everson, Kathryn Horsley, Ros Horsley, Chris Nendick)
Game On!
Despite the natural beauty surrounding them on Jeju Island in South Korea, 700 businesswomen from around the world agree that Glasgow is the only place to be this summer!

The Commonwealth Games (27/7/14-3/8/14) will be testing more than physical stamina and strength – businesswomen will be flexing their entrepreneurial muscles in an intense competition too. Commonwealth Businesswomen (CBW), is launching its inaugural search for the Commonwealth Women Entrepreneur of the Year. The Award seeks to celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs and business leaders across the Commonwealth. The Award aims to highlight inspirational stories of women making a difference across the Commonwealth in any area of business.

The winner will act as a Brand Ambassador for Commonwealth Businesswomen until the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta in November 2015.
BPWUK Office: 74 Fairfield Rise, Billericay, Essex CM12 9NU Tel: 01277 623867 Email:

Nominations, which can come from an individual or be for someone who inspires, must be received via by June 30th 2014. The only restriction is that entrants must be either a national or resident in one of the 53 Commonwealth countries. A shortlist of 6 outstanding women will be announced during the Commonwealth Games Business Conference in Glasgow in late July.
In the Commonwealth, which accounts for 20% of world trade, there are 1 billion women and several thousand are BPW members. BPW UK is well positioned on the commercial track with the other Commonwealth countries in the EU: Cyprus and Malta.
Speaking at BPW International’s 28th Congress in South Korea, Arif Zaman also described the newly launched Commonwealth Business Women’s platform as an exciting opportunity for women-owned SMEs to trade with governments worldwide. “This is a ready-made route to market,” he said.

Headquartered in London, the Commonwealth Business Council has enjoyed the support of BPW International as a key partner in developing the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s platform, to boost female presence in the international business arena.
There is much work to be done. Currently in the world women earn 10-30% less than men on average. In public life, there are just 10 female Presidents and10 female Prime Ministers, with female representation in Parliaments averaging 21% and only 27% of the world’s judges are female.

BPW shares the vision of the Commonwealth across three main themes: trade, talent and training. Our members already trade with each other across the world and provide peer support, business advice and networking opportunities in workshop, conference and informal settings.
BPW UK President Lynn Everson said: “The Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network gives UK female entrepreneurs a really special advantage in the race for success. There is everything to play for. Let’s go for gold!”

Note for Editors:
Business and Professional Women UK is a membership organisation that encourages women to achieve their full potential in the workplace and in public life. Our lobbying and advocacy activities focus on Gender Equality on Boards, Equal Pay, Women in Public Life and Gender-Friendly employment practices.
In 2013 BPW UK celebrated its 75th anniversary, having lobbied for the Equal Pay Act (1970), the Finance Act (1988) and the Equality Act (2010). Today, the development of our new Corporate Membership category shows we are helping UK businesses put gender equality at BPWUK Office: 74 Fairfield Rise, Billericay, Essex CM12 9NU Tel: 01277 623867 Email:
the heart of everything they do in line with the globally recognised Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).
For more information contact:
Mr Arif Zaman, Adviser, South Asia, Corporate Governance & Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW), Commonwealth Business Council, 18 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5LU
Tel: 0207 024 8200 Email: Website:

Mrs Lynn Everson, National President, BPW UK Office, 74 Fairfield Rise, Billericay, Essex CM12 9NU

Tel: 01277 623867 Email: Website:
Details on CBW can be found here: and

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