4 years ago I leaped into self-employment, unsure if there was a net to catch me.
I’ve met so many people since I left permanent employment but I want to give a special shout out to the women that I’ve met in those 4 years that I would not have met if I hadn’t stepped out.
The last few years, and indeed months, haven’t been without their challenges but seeing these women show up for themselves each day gives me a nudge to keep going, even on the crappy days.
Danielle Owen Jones, Bloomin’ Creative – for bringing the smiles and energy to the room.
Becky Lois Burns, Textile Candy – for your pace and persistence in every project.
Morgana Loze-Doyle, CWS Creatives / WomanKind North – for your knowledge, tone and calmness.
Helen Kerray, BabyLoved / WomanKind North – for your colour, thoughtfulness and vibrancy.
Mich Bondesio, Growth Sessions – for your listening ears and rounded approach to wellbeing.
Kate Holroyd, Strawberry Holidays – for your resilience and creativity.
Amy Cheadle, Northern Dough Co – for your honesty and showing the human side of your business.
Megan Jones, Curated Makers – for your passion and belief in supporting makers and bringing them to the high street.
Catherine Caton – for your clarity and organisation.
Louiza Rabouhi – for always saying it like it is.
Nicola Roberts, Inspira – for your passion and drive to support young people.
Erica Knibb, Bay Leadership Academy – for your commitment to your students and striving to give young people experiences to enhance the curriculum.
Claire Louise Chapman, The Shared Value Business – for your knowledge, purpose, and values.
Melanie McKay – for your honesty, humour and occasional swearing.
Dee Darcy, Utter Creatives – for your strength and persistence.
Holly Tucker, Holly & Co – for your commitment and warmth.
These are 4 women that I’ve not met but I want to mention also;
Helen Tupper, Amazing If / Squiggly Careers – for your practical, non-judgemental approach.
Gemma Metcalfe-Beckers, Muthahood – for showing up for yourself and every other strong girl.
Emma Paton – for sharing your style authentically.
Emily Coxhead, The Happy Newspaper – for each happy story you share and your commitment to spreading happiness.