You will rock!

Learn, network, enjoy and celebrate in Spain! Be inspired by the amazing speaker

Costa Women & 1230 TWC Are Proud to Present


#MakeItHappen 2018
Thursday 8 March

9.30 am - 4.30 pm

the Event for Business Women 
join us in Marbella, Spain

The Make It Happen Spain 2018 Conference, as part of International Women’s Day, brings a mix of interviews, speakers, stands, networking and sunshine opportunities making it your “must attend” event of 2018!

This International Women's Day 
Come and Join Us
Celebrate Women in Business 
Discover how to Make It Happen for You!

55€ / £49

No PayPal - Pay by Credit/Debit card


Learn, network, enjoy and celebrate in Spain! Be inspired by the amazing speakers’ stories, attend this event especially designed for your business growth, meet and network with like-minded business women.

You will Rock!

Our Amazing Speakers

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Ali Meehan

Costa Women
Ali Meehan
Ali Meehan is Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Costa Women, the largest social networking community for Women living in, or planning to relocate to Spain. Costa Women won Best of British Social Club by The Telegraph in 2012 and Expat Stars award from MyCurrencyTransfer.

Ali was also highlighted as a top Twitter account for expat advice by The Telegraph and has a social media reach of 12,000+. With her company, Sociomimetics,

Ali works to demystify social media and make it a useful tool for individuals and businesses alike.

Jackie Groundsell

1230 The Women's Company
Jackie Groundsell

MC - Fiona Catchpowle

MC - Fiona Catchpowle
Self-taught and with a passion for all things digital, Fiona spent much of 2014 show-casing her workshop 'Facebook for Business the A,B,C approach', which is now referred to as a "highly recommended event" by her peers and colleagues.

Google+ Hangouts are another guilty pleasure and in 2014 Fiona has hosted 35 on behalf of Costa Women, affectionately known as "Handbags and Shoes".If you are looking for simple solutions to online success in your business, and need to learn it in bitesize pieces, with a bit of fun thrown in for good measure, Fiona is your 'go to gal'.
Jo Soley

Jo Soley

Attract Clients and Grow your Business – focusing on – Connection, Clients and Clarity of message
We are not instinctively born knowing how to ‘do’ marketing. It’s really common to fall into the trap of trying to market to everyone and wonder why clients don’t just appear.

Jo Soley, the founder of the Your Brilliant Business Angel has created a 7-step-system to attract more clients and move your business to the next level of growth! She is going to share the first 3 steps with us: Looking at:

CONNECTION – How to carve your message so it carries impact and your ideal client hears you – as if you speak to everyone you speak to no-one!

How to identify your ideal CLIENTS and how this assists in the marketing process – people do business with you if they like you, know you and trust you.

How to get total CLARITY on the biggest problems your ideal clients face and the solutions you provide – as people buy results

Learning about the key principles of marketing, to gain clarity on: Your business, Your message, Your clients and Your marketing. As without clarity in these areas, you won’t be able to move forward. You can sign up to Jo’s 7 step system here –


Your Brilliant Business Angel provides marketing coaching services; working with heart-centred (caring more about the clients than their money and the business follows) female entrepreneurs, who are feeling overwhelmed with their marketing and need clarity to achieve results. We are not instinctively born knowing how to ‘do’ marketing. When we train in something we love and want to share our message with others, we’ll likely hit a point where we realise that the clients don’t just appear.

Jo shares her knowledge and skills in a holistic way as believes marketing is about connections, conversations and relationships.
Sue France

Sue France

Sue France started out as a Childrenswear designer in the 1970s.

Her middle career was in Marketing and PR in the 200’sSue retired in 2010, but then re- emerged running ladies networking groups throughout North West England.

Now in her 70th year Sue France still holds fabulous monthly events and is responsible for bringing hundreds of businesswomen together to create successful and worthwhile business relationships. She writes and lectures on networking matters and is an expert in her field.

Sue also runs a highly popular annual literary lunch, and is patron of the charity “ Gift Of A Wedding”
Kathy Ennis

Kathy Ennis

Your Six Step Social Media Visibility Plan
There are so many marketing goals you could focus on; brand awareness, customer engagement, increased website traffic maybe even email newsletter signups. The challenge, when you are a small or micro business, is, how are you going to get all of this done – as well as delivering your brilliant products and services?

Many of us put our time, effort and energy into digital marketing tools – because everyone says we should; because they’re often free or very, very cheap; because we’ve seen all the stories about the business who made a Million in six months with Facebook – but then the ‘magic’ doesn’t happen. We get frustrated, we get time-poor and we get bored.

In this session, Kathy Ennis will outline a simple to create and implement framework you can use to make sure your social media marketing efforts are heading in the right direction. She will share with you her Six Step Social Media Visibility Plan which will enable you to have a massive impact in 2018.

About Kathy

Kathy Ennis loves what she does: “I work with hundreds of brilliant women with drive and passion for their business – and a lot of it rubs off!”

Owning a business should be fun as well as profitable, but Kathy knows that’s not always the case. Successfully navigating tough times, sleepless nights and an empty bank balance Kathy uses those experiences, and a love for marketing and all things digital, to ensure her clients make the best business decisions.

Kathy is one of eight, Facebook Certified, #SheMeansBusiness trainers in the UK and the Author of The Big Social Media Marketing Organiser

Hanni Martini

Building a business around YOU
Hanni Martini
When I first started my own business, the business landscape looked very different.

I took on a business coach from the outset, something I am very pleased I did.

One of the first lessons they taught me was to ‘pick a niche’ and to really hone in on my perfect customer. The whole business was built around this ‘perfect customer’.

It worked and from a business perspective, I built a successful offline business, later using the same strategies to build my online business, serving tens of thousands of subscribers around the globe.However, from a personal perspective, cracks started to form.

I felt unfulfilled, I felt out of alignment. My business was flourishing, but I was not. I was running a business in an industry and with a clientele that I really had no interest in, let alone passion for.So I made some major changes. And I started again, from scratch, with ME at the centre of my business.

In my session for International Women’s Day, I want to share my thoughts on how you can build a business around YOU that is fulfilling, that feeds your soul and that your ‘perfect client’ is drawn to WITHOUT clever sales tactics, JUST by being you.

About Hanni

Hanni wants to live in a world where everyone has a feeling of freedom. A world where people choose who they want to be, where they want to be, when they want to be there & with whom….

And a world where the simple things in life matter, where human nature & common sense prevails over money & power.

Originally from England and formerly a corporate bigwig, with 12 years in Operations and Human Resources, Hanni left the rat race to pursue her idea of freedom, back in 2012. Inspired by her late mother, who sadly passed away through illness at the very young age of 57, Hanni has made it her mission to make the most of every moment…..

Hanni is a digital business and marketing expert and has been featured on Female Entrepreneur Association, Mumsnet and more with her inspiring story, and she is a regular contributor on Huffington Post.

When she’s not strategising, you can find her devouring delicious tapas, enjoying a G&T sundowner on the beach near her home in Southern Spain, yoga-ing on the beach or chivvying up her friends for basically any kind of social (not hard in a region where they have a fiesta to celebrate snails in one neighbouring village and blood-sausage in another - true story!) .

To be part of the Martini movement, go to

Yvonne Radley

Make it Happen on Instagram
Yvonne Radley
I will be showing you how those tiny squares and even a small list can earn you the big bucks. When you look at my own Instagram feed you might think it’s not that big with around 3000 followers but what if I told you that loyal following landed me £22.5K during one launch last year. Size really doesn’t matter, it’s what you do with it that counts and that is what I will be sharing with you in this talk to help you Make It Happen On Instagram.

I’ll be sharing the top apps I use with you to curate a beautiful and practical Instagram feed.

I’ll show you how to get leads to go anyway you want with one click.

We’ll all have a go at creating a beautiful image for your feed right there and then so that your images will always be special from here on in.

And as a former journalist I’m all about story and engagement and so I’ll be sharing the ONE missing piece that is going to make a massive difference to your account.

It’s a fun and interactive talk aimed to inspire and get your feed working for you in 2018.

About Yvonne

A Powerhouse of media knowledge – Yvonne Radley is a Branson Centre Mentor, an iTunes Number One Podcaster and creator of Big Me Up Media helping female entrepreneurs get fame and get clients.

A former journalist of 25+ years - She was nominated in the UK for an IRN Award (the radio division of ITN) for her documentary on missing toddler Madeleine McCann.

This former Editor’s success stories are huge with her clients writing their own books – Radio and TV shows - columns in newspapers and magazines. Her most famous client is Katie Bulmer Cooke who was on BBC1's The Apprentice.

Jannice Jones

Jannice Jones
2015 I moved to Spain with my now ex husband. Whilst going through divorce I wrote, recorded and launched my album “Woman In My Prime” and am publishing my book “The Five F’S”.

In the last two years I have gone from being female, 50+, financially, emotionally and spiritually broke, fearful of the future and fatigued, to being a 50+ female who is now financially, emotionally and spiritually free and feeling fabulous. I am living a fantastic life with focus, fearlessness and freedom to be authentic.

My passion is to help you to be fabulous too!
Tiina Wilen

Tiina Wilen

4 Steps to Creating Your Signature Offer and a Profitable Product Portfolio
I will teach you a simple way to map out your passion, experience, knowledge, and resources to a signature offer providing real results for your clients. We learn how to build a concept and a brand for your business, how to mix different offers; digital programs, coaching and consulting, events, books and talks, and physical products to create a full product portfolio for your business. We will also look at the different price models to understand the profitability of your offerings.

About Tiina

Concept Developer & Marketing StrategistI help dedicated service professionals create their signature products and services and build a wildly successful, scalable business concept without confusion and time wasted on random tactics.

Melonie Dodaro

Crack the LinkedIn Code: Master LinkedIn & Social Selling
Melonie Dodaro
In this informative session, Melonie shares her proven client attraction system using LinkedIn and social selling strategies. Practical and relevant, this presentation reveals the formula to create a client attraction profile and lead generation system to attract more leads, prospects, clients and referrals.

About Melonie

Melonie Dodaro is the author of the #1 international bestseller, The LinkedIn Code. She’s a highly sought after speaker and trainer that specializes in social selling and LinkedIn.

Melonie helps brands, professionals and sales teams effectively use social media and social selling to build trust, increase their authority, credibility and revenue.

Melonie has been listed as: Top 50 Trustworthy Digital Marketing Experts 2017, Top 100 Marketing Influencers 2017, Top 50 Sales Influencers 2017, Social Selling 2017: Top 100 Influencers and Brands, 21 Women of Digital Marketing to Follow in 2017, Top 10 Social Media Blogs, Top 65 Women Business Influencers, and many others.

and virtually....


Tanya Mann Rennick

STARR in Your Story
Tanya Mann Rennick
Do you feel like you’ve lost control of your destiny?

Do you remember what that even was?

Is life happening TO you rather than YOU deciding how it all unfolds?

Wouldn’t you like more choice?

You can only get want you want if you actually know what you want!

To STARR in your Story means you understand what you need to achieve what you want and how you go out and get it. You might be surprised it isn’t always what you think!

Imagine feeling great about yourself everyday and reducing that knot of anxiety.

Wouldn’t it be great to feel good about yourself?

Identify the four key areas that might show you where you are not being the best version of you.

Fall back in love with life.

About Tanya

Tanya is UK's Leading Life Coach specialising in helping people to overcome adversity and challenging situations.

Tanya has spoken at the House of Lords and the European Parliament on mindset. She’s all about teaching you practical techniques to re-energise, to re-invigorate, and to maximize your potential in order to elevate your confidence and get over whatever might be holding you back so that you can quite literally get your life in order.

Tanya has three children and lives in a Georgian farmhouse in Cornwall, surrounded by books, art, various musical instruments, fresh flowers, chocolate, good wine, sand covered wetsuits and surfboards and most importantly, two Siamese cats; Yonni-Bear and Pomfrey.


What people are saying

"It was a great day. Loved it! So many amazing women! Speakers and guests.
Looking forward to meet again!"  Nabila Welk

"Well what a wonderful day we had at #makeithappen today with Costa Women from all over the area. Super speakers who were fun, to the point and a pleasure to listen too.
Thank you for putting together a
superb program and wonderful lunch"  Aly Farmer

"What an absolutely amazing way to spend National Women's Day, at the #makeithappen event in Marbella. With talks from incredible women
with so many inspiring ideas to share."  Melanie Day

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Your Hostesses in Marbella

Jackie Groundsell

Queen of networking, speaker, mentor, trainer, connector - owner of pink hair.

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Ali Meehan

Social entrepreneur and founder of Costa Women