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Successes and Messes

  • Harbourview Function Centre 150 Wharf Road Newcastle, NSW, 2300 Australia (map)

Four Newy businesswomen share their successes and messes.

From the outside, founding or running a business can look glamourous. Certainly, there’s glamour aplenty at Libby Helinski’s Pappa Sven, a shop and online store she started after a year living in the Arctic Circle. Or at artisan cheese making company Hunter Valley Cheese Factory, a regional enterprise that’s been making cheese for over two decades. And even behind the hard work at Nerida Bint's gym, Lissome.

Behind the glamour though, there are ups and downs; successes and messes.

In this candid panel event, hear from Pappa Sven founder Libby Helinski, Hunter Valley Cheese Factory's Rose Lambert and Riley Curtis, and Founder of Lissome, Nerida Bint as they share their successes…and maybe a few things they’d do differently.

Join us for a great lunch celebrating local business in our region.


$50 for non-members | $45 for members

Groups of 5 or more can be purchased at member prices
Please note: Ticket sales close 11.59pm Monday 22 July

Our Panelists

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A year in Sweden with her family inspired Libby Helinski to change her career and create a Scandinavian themed boutique. Libby and her family returned to Newcastle in early 2014 and Pappa Sven opened in August the same year.
Going against all the advice, Libby decided to stock only pieces that she loves and would have in her own home. “There are a lot of look-a-like Scandi homeware products out there now, I wanted to bring to Newcastle a really authentic Scandinavian homewares shopping experience.”

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Nerida Bint is Owner and Founder of Lissome, one of Australia’s largest women’s only cross training gyms.
Nerida had never completed a business degree, she had no experience as a personal trainer, and she was lost on how to even start.
Five years on and the gym’s popularity now reaches well beyond Newcastle. Nerida’s passion for training women is still as strong as ever.

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Rose and Riley are the mother and daughter team behind artisan cheesemakers Hunter Valley Cheese Company.
Rose Lambert started the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory Co. with her husband Pete Curtis in 1995 and they have worked hand in hand with wineries in the region for more than two decades.
The family-run boutique cheese factory in Pokolbin has become one of the region’s best-known long-standing cheese destinations for cheese-loving visitors to the Hunter Valley.

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