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International Women’s Day Business Lunch at Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate

Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate, near Horsham in West Sussex, is hosting the inaugural International Women’s Day Lunch, Sussex, on Thursday 5 March 2020, from 12:00pm to 3:30pm. The lunch includes wine, for £40 inc VAT.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global event celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and marks a ‘call to action’ for accelerating women’s equality. The first IWD was in 1911, supported by over a million people.

In association with the Institute of Directors, Sussex, the event at the Mannings Heath estate includes inspirational speakers who will share their business stories; how they overcame adversity and their advice to other aspiring businesswomen.

The panel includes Charlotte Valeur, chair of the Institute of Directors, who will speak on ‘Equality, a roadmap for change’: “In a constantly changing world, are we ready for real change in equality? Are we prepared to accept equality in all areas? I will be discussing whether it is possible to stop signing up to all the old paradigms that have been around for so long, and how women can benefit.”

Mannings Heath estate owner Penny Streeter was awarded the OBE in 2006 for ‘services to enterprise’: however, at the start of her career in 1989, she was living in homeless accommodation with three young children.

After some years working in other people’s recruitment businesses, in 1995 she started her own agency, funded by evenings moonlighting as a children’s party entertainer. She launched what was to become the A24 medical staffing group and quickly achieved success.

In 2013, Penny bought Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in South Africa, to start the Benguela Collection, a vineyard and hospitality business. Since then, acquisitions have included Mannings Heath Golf Club in 2016, and Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens the following year.  Vineyards have since been planted on both estates.

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