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Inspirational women stories

Inspirational Women Q&A: Jane Binnion, The Growing Club CIC BOO_Inspirational_Women_QAs_Jane Binnion_01
21st February 2024
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Jane Binnion, The Growing Club CIC
Jane is the co-author of the Growing Women, Growing Lancashire report – the inspiration behind the development of Boost's Women in Enterprise Hub. Jane shares her own inspirational Lancashire woman in business story.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Deborah Smith, Smith & Love Planning Consultants BOO_Inspirational_Women_Q&As_DebbieSmith
25th January 2024
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Deborah Smith, Smith & Love Planning Consultants
Preston-based Smith & Love Planning Consultants has the same expert knowledge as a national firm, with years of experience and countless contacts. We offer a personal service to local and national clients so we can stay close to our projects.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Cheryle Britton, YOLO Wellbeing Cheryle Britton
5th December 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Cheryle Britton, YOLO Wellbeing
Cheryle Britton, an experienced marketeer in consumer products, was inspired to set up her own business after returning from a family trip to Sri Lanka.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Laura Dover, Harrison Drury Solicitors Laura Dover
15th November 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Laura Dover, Harrison Drury Solicitors
Laura Dover is the operations director at Harrison Drury, an award-winning law firm with offices across the North West.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Karen Tems, The Business Network Central & East Lancashire BOO_Inspirational_Women_QAs_KarenTems
6th September 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Karen Tems, The Business Network Central & East Lancashire
Karen Tems is the founder and director of The Business Network Central & East Lancashire, a membership organisation. Having developed the networking group over the last 12 years, Karen is extremely proud of what the group has achieved. Here she shares her own inspirational Lancashire woman in business story.
Two Zero female scaleup support service begins second cohort Women Scaling Up 2 residential
2nd August 2023
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Two Zero female scaleup support service begins second cohort
Female business owners and decision makers from 14 leading businesses in Lancashire have joined forces to take part in a 12-month support programme backed by Lancashire County Council to help prepare their organisations for rapid growth.
The Growing Club increases employment and business skills training for women with National Lottery Funding growing club news july 2023
26th July 2023
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The Growing Club increases employment and business skills training for women with National Lottery Funding
Lancaster-based social enterprise The Growing Club, which has been providing employment skills training, business start-up and sustainable business growth programmes for women since 2016, has been awarded £260,000 by The National Lottery Community Fund to support their work over the next five years.
Lancashire women in business lead the way in finalists announced for 2023 Enterprise Vision Awards evas 2023
20th June 2023
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Lancashire women in business lead the way in finalists announced for 2023 Enterprise Vision Awards
Women in business in Lancashire are leading the way as 51 hopefuls are amongst the outstanding female entrepreneurs revealed as finalists at the 2023 Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAS); the UK’s largest business awards dedicated solely to women.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Nikki Hesford, The Small Business Academy BOO_Inspirational_Women_Nikki Hesford
14th June 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Nikki Hesford, The Small Business Academy
Nikki Hesford operates The Small Business Academy based in Blackpool, which provides small and start-up businesses with the tools, knowledge and the skills they need to make their new business a success. She shares her own inspirational Lancashire woman in business story.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Elizabeth McQuillan, Flamingo Car Finance BOE7CE1
22nd May 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Elizabeth McQuillan, Flamingo Car Finance
Elizabeth McQuillan is the co-founder and managing director of Flamingo Car Finance, which acts as a broker to empower women with the knowledge they need when it comes to buying a car. She shares her own inspirational Lancashire woman in business story.
Business leaders invited to ‘transformative’ event to address barriers to women leading Lancashire companies Growing Women Growing Lancashire – A visioning event
11th May 2023
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Business leaders invited to ‘transformative’ event to address barriers to women leading Lancashire companies
Men and women from Lancashire’s business community are being invited to a visionary event which will assess the barriers to gender equity in enterprise and leadership across the county.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Michelle Parry, The Rewilding BOO_IW_QAs_Michelle_Parry_01 01
19th April 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Michelle Parry, The Rewilding
Michelle Parry is the founder of The Rewilding, located in the coastal countryside near Morecambe. From a farming family that values having a close connection with nature, Michelle shares her own inspirational Lancashire woman in business story.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Wendy Bowers, Role BOO_IW_QAs_Wendy_Bowers_01 01
16th March 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Wendy Bowers, Role
With extensive experience working with women in leadership and enterprise, Wendy shares her own inspirational Lancashire woman in business story.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Jaydee Davis, Community & Business Partners CIC BO0A211
9th March 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Jaydee Davis, Community & Business Partners CIC
Jaydee Davis is operations director at Community & Business Partners CIC (CBP) delivering business support including mentoring, coaching, and training. As part of Boost’s celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, Jaydee shares the story of her career and advice for other women in leadership.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Nikki Whittle, Brabners BOO_IW_QAs_Nikki_Whittle_01
8th March 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Nikki Whittle, Brabners
Nikki is a partner at law firm Brabners and is Brabners Lancashire’s head of corporate. As part of Boost's celebration of International Womens Day 2023, she shares the story of her career and advice for other women in leadership.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Liz Hall, Liz Henson Photography BOO_IW_LIZ_HALL_QAs_01 01 scaled
7th March 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Liz Hall, Liz Henson Photography
Liz Hall is an award-winning commercial photographer, who enjoys 'shooting' businesses into the spotlight with story-telling photography.
Leading up to this year's International Women's Day on March 8, Liz shares her own inspirational Lancashire woman in business story.
Rose Review reveals increase in companies launched by women in 2022 new business north west women
1st March 2023
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Rose Review reveals increase in companies launched by women in 2022
A report that was first commissioned by the government in 2019 has reported that more women than ever launched companies in 2022, despite a more challenging economic environment.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Liz Hardwick, DigiEnable Liz_Hardwick_QA 01
23rd February 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Liz Hardwick, DigiEnable
Liz Hardwick is a professional speaker, trainer and productivity specialist and co-founder of DigiEnable, a multi-award-winning training company with a focus on digital and productivity. She she shares her own inspirational Lancashire woman in business story.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Joanna Hill, Sid Hill Transport Ltd BOF13A1
13th February 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Joanna Hill, Sid Hill Transport Ltd
Founded in 2020 by Joanna and Simon Hill, in just over two years the family business has grown into a successful transport service operating in both the UK and abroad. Joanna shares her own inspirational Lancashire woman in business story.
Inspirational Women Q&A: Jannicke Ive, A Family’s Best Friend BOO_Inspirational_Women_QAs_Jannicke_Ive_01
11th January 2023
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Inspirational Women Q&A: Jannicke Ive, A Family’s Best Friend
Jannicke Ive is the founder and managing director of A Family’s Best Friend, a Lancashire-based domiciliary care provider for children and adults with disabilities. She shares her own inspirational Lancashire woman in business story.

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