Introducing Our Spring Keynote Speaker | Julie Deane OBE, The Cambridge Satchel Company

On the 3rd of May the Chamber will be hosting our annual Spring Keynote Address Dinner at Norton House Hotel, Ingliston sponsored by DYW- West Lothian Regional Group. This business dinner is a great opportunity for all sectors to gather together, make new connections and build existing relationships.

Each year we have an inspirational keynote speaker and this year is no different. The Chamber is delighted to announce the key speaker this year will be Julie Deane OBE, Founder and CEO of The Cambridge Satchel Company.

Julie set up The Cambridge Satchel Company in 2008. Aiming to raise enough money to move her daughter from a school where she was being bullied to a new school, she came up with the idea to make traditional leather satchels for the schoolchildren of Cambridge.  She invested just £600 to get The Cambridge Satchel Company off the ground and now employs more than 140 people selling to over 120 countries.

With collaborations with prestigious designers and retailers including Vivienne Westwood, the Cambridge Satchel Company have graced catwalks from London to New York, going from strength to strength.  Ahead of its 10-year anniversary in 2018, the brand has just launched a range of lifestyle products inspired by its hometown of Cambridge.

Following on from her success, Julie is committed to preserving British manufacturing. She set up her own factory in 2011 as demand increased and has ensured that each stage in producing the traditionally British bags takes place on British soil. Julie has been invited to speak at various events to promote entrepreneurship and British manufacturing.

Having graduated from Cambridge University in 1987, she joined Deloitte and qualified as a Chartered Accountant before returning to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge whereshe was the first Fellow for Development and the Registrary – the first woman to be appointed to this role in the 650-year history of the college.  In 2015, Julie was invited by Jack Ma to speak at Alibaba’s ‘She Era’ conference, the company’s first event focused on encouraging and supporting female entrepreneurs.

Julie has been awarded numerous awards as an individual and for her hugely successful business.  In 2014 Julie received her OBE for Services to Entrepreneurship and The Cambridge Satchel company received in 2013 the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. These are just a few of many accolades collected since the company has been established.

In her keynote speech, Julie will be sharing her thoughts on the ‘power of determination and focus’ so it is sure to encourage and inspire everyone who is active in business.

Find out more and book a place at the event here. 

Early Bird Offer Available Until 2nd April.


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