Seven of the UK’s most inspiring female entrepreneurs

POSTED: 7th March 2014
IN: Business news

In support of this year's International Women's Day, Aldermore is highlighting the significant contribution women make in the world of business through a series of blogs and events.

Having already explored the challenges women face in the professional world through a live panel debate last week, the Bank is now looking to celebrate the female entrepreneurs that are setting an inspiring example for today's young women.

Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, Not on the High Street

Not on the High Street founders Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker recognised a gap in the market for a platform to bring together innovative small businesses and the gift-buying public.

Launching their business from a kitchen table, which is incidentally still used in their company meeting rooms, the pair scout out the most original gifts available from thousands of SME suppliers.

Their business idea has proven so successful, the pair were each awarded an MBE and have co-penned an enterprise guide titled, "Build a Business from your Kitchen Table."

Kanya King, MOBO Awards

Eighteen years ago, Kanya King founded the MOBO Awards from her bedroom, arranging the first event in the space of just six weeks to provide a way for talented emerging artists to get recognition for their music.

Since then, under King's leadership, the standing of the awards has grown exponentially, helping to launch the careers of some of the biggest names in the UK charts including Amy Winehouse and Emeli Sandé. For her efforts, King has been awarded an MBE and been made an honorary fellow of Goldsmith's College.

Karen Mattison and Emma Stewart, Timewise Jobs and Women Like Us

After becoming mothers themselves, Karen Mattison and Emma Stewart recognised the issues many women face in returning to the world of work after having children.

The pair co-founded Women Like Us, a support service providing career coaches, advice packs and workshops focused on assisting mothers looking to balance family life and a continued career. In the ensuing years, the two 'mumpreneurs' have also launched a jobs board, Timewise Jobs, recruitment service, Timewise Recruitment, and social business Timewise Foundation, specialising in promoting part-time jobs to fit the lives of busy mothers.

Alyssa Smith, Alyssa Jewellery From a young age,

Alyssa Smith held a passion for creating jewellery that she hoped to translate into a full-time career, telling her mother at ten years old that one day famous people would wear her creations.

The ambitious young entrepreneur founded her business after leaving university in 2010, and in four short years has already achieved her ambition of attracting a celebrity clientele, as well as achieving multiple award wins including the Federation of Small Business' Real Life Entrepreneur of the year category in 2012.

Rachel Lowe, Destination Games

Rachel Lowe had the brainwave for her business idea while working as a taxi driver in Portsmouth, seeing the potential for a taxi themed board game.

Despite the fact Lowe was balancing her job with university study as a mature student and raising two children, the driven entrepreneur managed to get her concept stocked in Hamley's Toy Store.

From that point, the Destination games brand has now grown to include 21 editions, including Harry Potter and Disney specials, and Lowe has begun a second business selling gifts tailored to inspirational women under the She Who Dares brand name.

By recognising these enterprising female role models and what they have achieved, Aldermore hopes to pave the way for more women to chase their business dreams following this year's International Women's Day.

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