An event to celebrate International Women's Day has been hailed a success by organisers.

Almost 50 people gathered for the business conference at The Villa, Levens, hosted by Pink Link, to celebrate female entrepreneurship and the positive impact that networking has on women in business.

The event brought businesswomen together to make connections with like-minded women.

After a morning of networking and browsing exhibitor stands, guests sat down to a retail-led discussion panel.

The panel featured Costco, and two local Cumbrian businesses, Felltarn and Grasmere Gingerbread.

Lyn Hollinghurst of Costco, the world’s second largest retailer, said: “These events are fantastic for sharing information.

"We picked up some great tips from the local businesses here. Women from businesses large and small, came together in a true celebration of entrepreneurial spirit.”

Yasmine Hunter, of Grasmere Gingerbread, said : “We’re proud of our historic roots as the longest established business on the panel.

"Whilst we have a loyal following, many of our customers are international. A visit to buy our gingerbread creates a memorable experience that they associate with their time in the Lake District.”

Double Enterprise Vision Awards winner Felltarn were represented by director, Amy Onyango.

She said: “It was a pleasure to be involved in the event.

"As a panel, we looked at how to ensure that the customer has a positive journey, ways to make your company stand out above the competition and the challenges of finding distributors who will be enthused and passionate about our brand as we are.”

The guest business speaker for the event was internationally acclaimed transformational speaker, Dr Cheryl Chapman.

She addressed issues which could empower and inspire women to reach their potential.

Coral Horn, founder of Pink Link and the Enterprise Vision Awards, said: “The energy in the room was electric - Cumbria is buzzing! We are excited by the opportunity to discover and get to know more talented female entrepreneurs in the region.”