Cheltenham Businesswoman Makes Award Shortlist
LOUISE OLIVER, Director of Cheltenham based financial planning company, Piercefield Oliver, and UK President of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE) has achieved the final shortlist in the category of Role Model of the Year at the Women in Financial Advice Awards.
Honoured to be a finalist in such a prestigious category, Louise said: “I am very proud to make the final few in the run up to this award. There are not enough women in financial services and I work extremely hard to encourage and inspire not only females, but teenagers and graduates to learn about and consider career paths in this sector.”
Louise is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, where she has a particular focus on the financial services sector and how this can be adapted to promote social change and better understanding.
Having worked in the financial services sector for over 30 years, Louise’s career has seen her as a regular financial expert for the media, including BBC breakfast TV, BBC Radio 4 Moneybox and local radio. Louise has also appeared as an expert for a BBC Panorama programme which investigated into investment advice provided by the major high street banks.
In her role as President of BAWE, Louise will represent the UK at the 66th FCEM Congress in Moscow on October 22, where she will give a speech on the subject of the UK economy and women entrepreneurs.
Focusing ahead to representing the UK in Moscow, Louise enthused: “I am really looking forward to attending and speaking at this years Congress. FCEM (Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales) is a pioneer association uniting women business owners from all over the world. Headed by President Marie Christine Oghly, the worldwide network provides a unique opportunity for corporations to access the fastest growing segment of the economy; female entrepreneurs.”
BAWE is an affiliate of FCEM; one of sixty affiliated countries from five continents. BAWE works closely with the commercial section of all the embassies, particularly the world’s largest trading country, the United States of America, and represents The World Association FCEM at the United Nations in New York. The group is represented in 120 countries and with BREXIT this is extremely positive to encourage international trade links.
Existing for over 60 years, the roots of FCEM and thus BAWE lie in the resourcefulness of women who found themselves left with businesses to run following the Second World War. Speaking about BAWE as it stands today, Louise said: “The members are engaged business owners, of at least three years, from all sectors and some with international focus, the women are very professional and have been supportive in the growth of my business, Piercefield Oliver, where we specialise in providing a Family Office service.”
The Women in Financial Advice Awards ceremony will be held on the evening of Wednesday 10th October at the Marriot Grosvenor Square, London. For more information visit the link below:
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