Oxfordshire-based
company, Mission Possible, has been sold to YTKO who run the UK’s leading
enterprise community for women, Enterprising Women.   Founder Sue Stockdale, who started Mission
Possible in 1997 to help women get inspiration and information on how to start
up and grow a business, said she was delighted to that the new owners were also
fully committed to providing high quality support for women.

Sue commented, “We
have been passionate about supporting entrepreneurial women for the last 12
years, and I feel confident that Enterprising Women will not only continue to
deliver fantastic events and training, but will expand the range of services
available in Oxfordshire & the South West so that even more women can
fulfil their potential in business.

Enterprising Women
started in 2006 in response to a recognised need to unlock and stimulate the
economic potential of women's entrepreneurship in the East of England. A partnership
led by Bev Hurley, Chief Executive of YTKO, a Prowess Flagship Award holder, won
a tender from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and the European
Social Fund to begin transforming women's enterprise support. She founded
Enterprising Women to make this step change, and increase the number, and
success, of women-owned businesses.

The strategy
involved a unique business model centred on the concept of community, and focused
on addressing the needs of women at all stages of the enterprise journey, from
pre-start to high growth. Enterprising Women encouraged all organisations and
networks in the region that had something to offer to join the community and
promote their services and events, so that women need only go to one place to
find everything they needed.

Since then,
Enterprising Women has grown rapidly, supporting nearly 5500 members, and went
national across the UK in the Autumn of 2008. It offers women a full online profile, home page
publicity and news opportunities, a wealth of resources and guides, mentors,
access to a £10m Loan Fund, partner and networking events, annual Awards and
specialist women-only start-up and growth training programmes.

Bev commented,
I’ve admired Sue’s work for many years, and I’m delighted that we can build on
what she has achieved in Oxfordshire and the South West.   Enterprising Women is already supporting
YTKO’s new Intensive Start-up Support programmes in Cornwall and Plymouth, and
we look forward to bringing the benefits of membership to women and support
organisations throughout the whole region. 
We’re developing new products and services all the time in response to
women’s needs, and are looking forward to helping many more women achieve their
Mission!”

Enterprising Women  
www.enterprising-women.org

Enterprising Women
was founded by Bev Hurley in 2006, building on YTKO’s long track record in
helping clients start and grow successful businesses.  Now the UK’s most dynamic community for women
entrepreneurs, it supports over 5500 members across the UK through offers a
comprehensive range of valuable services.

Download our
Membership Benefits brochure at www.enterprising-women.org/benefits

The highlights of
our last research evaluation at www.enterprising-women.org/highlights

Enterprising Women
aids economic development at www.enterprising-women.org/overview

Take our new growth
survey at www.enterprising-women.org/growth

Email : Sandy Plange, sandy@enterprising-women.org

Tel: 01223 421475

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Bev Hurley

Bev is a serial entrepreneur who has
grown three successful companies prior to joining YTKO as Chief Executive in
1999. YTKO is a business consultancy working
with entrepreneurs, multinational companies, universities and Regional
Development Agencies to from five offices across Europe.  It holds the Prowess Flagship Award for
women’s enterprise support across all its locations and work. 

She is an angel investor and
non-executive director, mentor, lecturer, and passionate UK Women’s Enterprise
Ambassador.  In addition, Bev is an
Enterprise Fellow at the University of East Anglia, Entrepreneur in Residence
at Anglia Ruskin University, a board member of EEDA and the East of England
Science and Industry Council, Prowess, and a member of the Strategic Advisory Group
of the European Centre fore Women in Technology.

Mission Possible Ltd: 
  www.missionpossible.co.uk

Mission Possible was founded by Sue
Stockdale in 1997.  The company has
helped hundreds of business-women at all stages of their business and career
journey. It provides a variety of services including networking events in
Swindon, Oxfordshire and Bath, a comprehensive website, and peer support
meetings for growing businesses.

Sue Stockdale:   www.suestockdale.com

Sue is a unique
mixture of successful business woman and a record-breaking polar explorer who
works with top business leaders and entrepreneurs helping them to achieve challenging goals. She is Chair of the London Chapter
of Women Presidents Organisation – for women business owners with annual
turnovers in excess of $1million, and author of Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs.