The Great Little Events Company is the proud founder of the 9% Event - structured, smart networking events for women in Brighton named after the current UK gender pay gap. Working on the premise that you cannot be what you cannot see, the 9% Event gives a platform for inspiring women who have achieved success in any industry to discuss the highs, lows, pitfalls and tips for the top in front of around 50 women every six weeks in an engaging, entertaining and informal way.
What makes the 9% Event different to other networking events is the structured networking beforehand, where attendees give their top three objectives for the evening, and then are matched into groups with others who fulfil those objectives for a good chat over a drink or two, supplied by local drinks companies, such as Brighton Gin and Bison Beer. We aim to not only network, but build a supportive and inspirational community for women in business in any field or industry.
The event series began in March 2018, after the founder, Georgina, identified a lack of structure and strategy behind traditional networking events. She created the 9% Event to fill this gap and give attendees more value for their ticket money.
The speakers are invited to talk for around 15 minutes about their career paths, providing inspiration, and showing that gender is no barrier to success. Speakers so far have included Kathy Caton, founder of Brighton Gin, IPA Woman of the Year and Cannes Gold Lion winner Chrissy Totty, Pamela McKellar, founder of the Gingerman Restaurant Group, Fal Blake, founder of tailor to the stars Gresham Blake, Emma Smith of BAFTA and Ivor Novello-winning gaming studio Creative Assembly, Rachael Adams, Commissioning Editor at the Telegraph, Saskia Mullins, prop designer for Channel 4, Krisi Smith, founder of Bluebird Tea, Alexandre Holder, content director at Elle, Iona Bain, founder of the Young Money Blog, Claire Mason, CEO of Man Bites Dog, Kathryn Jacob OBE, CEO of Pearl & Dean, Jan Gooding, Chair of Stonewall UK and Professor Kelly Snook, NASA research scientist and developer of Mi.Mu Gloves.