Marla Nelson

Marla Nelson

Marla Nelson

Name: Marla Nelson
Where: Birmingham, UK
What she does: Runs social enterprise Enterprise Solutions
Impact: Provided strategic support for social enterprises and projects
Nominated by: Sheridan Sulskis

Marla runs her own business called Enterprise Solutions which provides strategic support in designing, marketing and delivering high impact economic development and enterprise support services and/or projects. Marla plays a huge part in strengthening the voice of women all over the UK and continues to pass on her knowledge and skills to any enterprise that wishes to.

Recent Clients include:

Professor Mark Hart, Economics and Strategy Group, Aston Business School: providing strategic marketing & PR service for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises operating in the East & West Midlands.

Business Enterprise Support Limited: managing the implementation of the New Enterprise Allowance scheme.

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK PROJECT, to understand the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic growth in the UK and how policy can be improved to foster higher levels of entrepreneurial behaviour.

Advantage West Midlands (Regional Development Agency) to continue the legacy work of the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Expertise.

Young Enterprise Centre of Expertise for Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce: encouraged enterprise among young people by designing, developing and managing an innovative web portal.

Women’s Business Development Agency: developed impact assessment methodologies for a Transnational Leonardo Funded initative: Imagining Growth programme for women entrepreneurs in Bulgaria, Italy, Poland & UK.

GCHQ Cheltenham: advised on ways in which to advance and support female employees to Senior Exec and Board Level.

Founder of WomEnterprise, campaign group sharing research, statistics and information to reduce enterprise gender gap and wider inequalities. Grown to 1790+ members worldwide.

Member of “Women and Enterprise Parliamentarian and Stakeholder Group” aims to resolve obstacles that prevent more women becoming entrepreneurs.

One Response to “Marla Nelson”

  1. Marla Nelson September 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    Am truly humbled by this as there are some amazing women on the list. I’ve worked on the Women’s Enterprise Agenda for over 10 years. I was the Deputy Director for the The Women’s Business Development Agency, and then the Director of the Women’s Enterprise Centre of of Expertise. I bit the bullett and set up my own business as a social entrepreneur in 2010. My passion is sbout making a difference in the lives of women experiencing the worst effects of social and or economic exclusion, and making sure women are given the opportunity to improve their skills and confidence, to then go on and empower themselves and their own communities. Being on this list just spurs me on to keep on chipping away, advocating and lobbying to reduce the gender gap in enterprise globally, and to make people realise the strong economic case for supporting women into entrepreneurship.I applaud everyone on this llist, and all of the other unsung heroines around the globe making a noise for their campaigns and making a difference. We’ll keep rocking boats until we see change!!! Marla

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