Be Your Own Boss Birmingham

CWO Enterprise West Midlands held a successful Be Your Own Boss event on the 8th of November 2018 at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre.


We had two inspirational speakers, Afia Sirkhot and Sylvia Howorth, who both started their own businesses from scratch and are now millionaires.

AFIA SIRKHOT spoke about running McDonalds franchises for nearly 17 years. She bought her first restaurant in 2002 and has grown that to six restaurants with over 600 employees and a turnover of over £20 million. She is now buying a 7th McDonalds franchise.

SYLVIA HOWORTH spoke about being a destitute widow at age 35 with 2 boys aged 3 and 5 years old, and how she turned into a successful eBay internet trader selling to the USA, Canada and the UK and then became a millionaire
property developer with numerous properties near the University of Birmingham.

Ian Henery Solicitors and Kind Commercial were in attendance to answer questions about financing new business ventures and offered free professional business advice.

Ian Henery Solicitors also sponsored 10 bottles of wine for the Raffle plus a lovely pen for every delegate so there were a lot of very happy winners. We had wonderful feedback - many came up to say they felt truly inspired to start their own businesses and that they had learnt a lot.

BCEC gave us their best suite, the Mercian Suite and it had blue ceiling lights. We had a fashion show showcasing 2 young female designers from Birmingham (Eilish Nolan and Jo Gayle) and a range of clothes from Sylvia Howorth's internet business. We featured multi-racial models and a drag queen! The drag queen was a big hit with the audience.

62 people registered for the event on Event Brite, with only a few people dropping out.

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Tel: (020) 7984 8139