Entrepreneur Barbie may not be exactly just what feminist movement would have in mind when this began pushing for change, but it at least demonstrates that the zeitgeist has shifted over the years. [*]
According to business journals, women will make up one-third of the world’s entrepreneurs in the future.
If you’ve ever wondered who the most strong women in British business are, we’ve done our best to compile a list of 10.
In the market for a certain product or service, the opportunistic niche player As the CEO and founder of Cambridge Satchel Company, Julie Deane is 41 years old.
Seeing their beloved Harry Potter characters carry satchels, Julie Deane’s children begged her to find ones for them.
To fill the void in the marketplace, Julie teamed up with her mother, her kitchen, and just £600 in order to start up her own business. Designers were commissioned to create satchels out of leather, which they then decorated with patterns and vibrant colours, before sending them out to bloggers.
Within four years, sales had increased 400% due to their popularity among journalists and celebrities. Without ever borrowing a penny, the organization has its own retail locations, yearly sales of $13 million, and a workforce of 70 people.
Dessi Bell, CEO and creator of Zaggora, is the inventor.
In order to shed a few kilograms before her wedding, Dessi Bell created a line of sportswear that heats up when you exercise, increasing fat loss.
The professional investment banker founded Zaggora after extensive study in 2011, and within ten weeks, she had received 100,000 orders.
Within just 18 months of operation, the company made $40 million in revenue. Zaggora’s HotPants are worn by more that half a million gym-goers in 126 countries.
When it comes to Dessi’s marketing, she believes ‘and there’s nothing more vital than third-party review.'” As well as emphasising the value of old fashioned ‘phrase of mouth’ advertisement, Zaggora makes heavy use social media.
Entrepreneurial women should “learn on the job,” because “there is nothing nicer than learning by doing,” as she says.
Tatty Devine’s co-founders and co-creators, Harriet Vine MBE & Rosie Wolfenden MBE, are business best friends.
It was a complete surprise to best friends Rosie and Harriet when they met at art school that they would go on to operate one of most known British independent jewellery companies ever.
Even so, in 1999, they started Tatty Devine from a studio in east London. A year after its establishment, Vogue featured their bright, colourful jewellery as an instant hit. Featuring Antony Gormley, Basso & Brooke, Tate galleries as well as the V&A as well as the De Young Gallery in San Francisco, Bjork and Katy Perry are among their celebrity admirers. “
The company’s ideology is based on the idea of bringing together two or more people to create something new. The two have a 1.6-million-pound yearly revenue, which is expected to climb to 2 million-pounds by 2015.
Make Your Freedom Of speech works Founder Emma Sexton, previous director or She Says UK and developer of Hetero Approaches, WeFlockNY as Well as a Herd to Run With “School for grown-ups,” declares serial entrepreneur & rebel Emma Sexton of the usual work environment. “You are but your own barrier,” says the Nokia Remarkable Women spokesperson for the Lumia Remarkable Women programme.
She has been widely praised for her financial success, but also for her efforts to change the way people work. Many stay-at-home moms have been able to return to the workforce thanks to the usage of a freelancer cooperative that is paid on a project-by-project basis rather than hourly.
Her corporate philosophy is based on the idea that everyone is treated equally. “As my firm expands, I am committed to provide my employees the flexibility, trust & rewards that industrious devoted human beings deserve,” she explains.
Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE, Slimming World’s founder and CEO, is the people snatcher.
To be successful in business, you need to provide something that others want or need. Because of this, the supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar business. Margaret Miles-Bramwell, who had previously weighed 20 stone, lost the weight and went on to start Slimming World in 1969. She was barely 21 years old and had only £200 and a rusted-out Austin vehicle to her name.
Margaret has been granted an OBE as well as an honorary master’s degree after more than five million slimmers or 60 million pounds have lost weight.
She attributes her accomplishment to her willpower and a preference for desire over financial gain.
Emma Rice, the founder of Emma Bridgewater, is a family man.
When the UK’s favourite crockery designer saw her mother’s mismatched & patterned pottery collection, she was inspired to create modern, casual-style dinnerware.
She has partnered alongside Prince Charles to make a range for such Queen’s Diamond Jubilee also designs collections like Liberty. Her annual turnover in 2012 was £14 million. As far as Emma is concerned, the company will always be a part of the family.
Entrepreneurs should “keep trudging on” and “crack jokes to maintain your sanity,” as she recommends, because she is well aware of both the pressures of everyday that can be involved in running a company.
Aromatherapist Nicola Young founded Neom in 2005 with the help of her health-related passions and training.
The organic oracle used to make aromatherapy and herbal remedies for her friends, but she decided to make it a career out of it. Nicola created a product line that has won numerous accolades because she focused on the demands of a wide spectrum of clients.
Because of this, when others told her that she couldn’t make a three-wick candle, she decided to prove them wrong and proved them wrong.
Being able to switch things up in the workplace is a benefit. As a marketing intern at Jimmy Choo, Amelia Humfress saw there was a shortage of resources for learning to code, so she started Steer in 2012.
Amelia made a profit of £81,000 in the first year, which rose to more about £408,000 in 2014 and landed her on numerous lists of’start up entrepreneurs to watch’.
Women can be held back by a lack of self-confidence, but Amelia has clearly overcome this by founding start-up network Built And London. Amelia Humfress is now only 24 years old, in case you forgot. We’ll keep an eye on things.
Justine Roberts, co-founder & CEO of Mumsnet and Gransnet, is a game changer.
Mumsnet was founded in 2000 by Justine Roberts and Carrie Longton as a result of a traumatic family vacation. The two of them aspired to create a community where parents could share and discuss their experiences as parents.
According to a Guardian Media power profile, she is one of the most powerful women in the country, and she was a big factor in the outcome of a 2010 general election.
Campaigning entrepreneur Justine routinely puts principle before profit, such as by refusing to post advertisements for payday loans on her websites because she believes “they cause agony for families….”.. Google hosted Mumsnet’s 10th birthday party, which included Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown, the former prime minister.
Co-founder of lastminute.com Martha Lane Fox CBE – the disaster-defeater
Lord Lane Raccoon of Soho is a renowned board of Bbc 4, mydeco.com, M&s, and the digital skills organisation Go On UK in addition to being the world’s youngest member of the House of Lords ever elected.
At the height of a dotcom boom in 1998, Martha was a co-founder of Lastminute.com. After she resigned in 2003, she was tragically killed in a vehicle accident the following year. 28 surgeries and more than 25 broken bones were required to save her life. It was a struggle to return to work. This strange, crippled body is hard to be myself, says Martha.
A notion that women are less capable than men did not exist in her family, and she has said, “I could achieve anything in the world,” as a result of this lack of bias.