With International Women’s Day round the corner, I wanted to draw up a list of some of the inspirational women in business making waves in the UK right now. From tech start-ups to chefs and florists, these high-achieving ladies are doing something different to stand out from the crowd. There’s nothing more empowering than women supporting other women, so without further ado…
Debbie Wosskow & Anna Jones – The AllBright
The AllBright, a women’s only members club in Rathbone Place, has been created as a direct response to a growing need amongst working women for a creative, collaborative place to connect. Both Debbie and Anna have already achieved remarkable business feats and it is no wonder that just days after opening Allbright is set to be another great venture of theirs. Social Pantry are in charge of the food offering and I’m super proud to be at the forefront of this venture.
Tommi Miers – Wahaca
Through a LOT of hard work and backed by a serious passion for good food, Tommi Miers has forged a hugely successful career and is a source of inspiration for not just myself, but female founders, chefs and entrepreneurs across the world. Tommi is a writer, TV presenter and co-founder of Wahaca – the biggest and most popular Mexican restaurant in the UK right now. I have always looked up to Tommi and love that her passion for food is always at the forefront of what she does.
Lana Elie – Floom
I had the pleasure of meeting Lana Elie at my Female Founders supper club last year and am constantly inspired by her focus and passion to create and manage such a successful business whilst shaking up the flower industry. Floom is a digital market for independent florists to showcase their handcrafted bouquets, allowing customers to browse and buy directly from the site. It’s basically your new go-to for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, engagements, Mother’s Day, leaving presents… you get the picture. Lana has just launched in NYC, cementing my girl crush on her. You go girl!
I first came across Anna whilst reading Grazia’s brilliant food pages and have been hooked on her super stylish Instagram ever since. It was an absolute pleasure having Anna join me at the Social Supper Club in April where along with the boys from The Frog, The Dairy and Typing Room, we created a stunning 5-course meal and raised £2,000 for Key4Life. From featuring on the pages of Vogue to collaborating with the likes of Lavazza and Grey Goose, Anna is one seriously cool girl. I love that despite being so busy Anna is really supportive on instagram – a total style icon too.
Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley
Whether you love it or hate it, nowadays no regular kitchen cupboard is complete without a spiralizer – in part thanks to the brilliant Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, authors of the best-selling cookbook Good + Simple and the brains behind Selfridges delicious Hemsley + Hemsley cafe.My sister and I both love the Good + Simple book which was almost pioneering when it came out all those years ago. Jasmine and Melissa’s healthy, nutrient dense recipes have changed the way we look at healthy food, for the better. Melissa has also been a friendly face on the food scene since I met her a year ago at a Cook For Syria Dinner – a total mega babe!
Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McClosky – RIXO
The brainchild of best friends (and London College of Fashion alumni) Henriette and Orlagh, RIXO is the vintage inspired womenswear label that’s got every fashion editor swooning after it’s bold print dresses. If you attended a wedding/birthday/event of ANY sort last year, chances are one of the ladies were wearing a RIXO dress – such is the appeal of their designs. Following the trend for super minimalist clothing, the girls have been credited as making dresses girlie again – I’ll be wearing mine with trainers and a bomber jacket, what about you?
Zoe Adjonyoh – Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
Zoe’s (very popular) Ghana Kitchen began life as a street side pop-up during Hackney Wicked Arts Festival in 2010 and is now counted as one of the best Ghanaian foodie spots in London. With a constantly busy restaurant spot at Pop Brixton and a best-selling book under her belt, Zoe has been credited for bringing traditional West African cuisine to the masses – and thank god she did because it is DEElicious.
Alex Hely-Huchinson – 26 Grains
Alex Hely-Hutchinson, the brains behind 26 Grains in Neals Yard, carved a name for herself in the food industry four years selling porridge (with all the trimmings) at a pop-up stall in Old Street. Fast forward to present day and Alex has released and cookbook and now runs a stunning and constantly busy cafe that serves everything from porridge (naturally) to seasonal savoury dishes including slow roast lamb with lentils and aubergine or yellow daal with garlic yoghurt, aubergine pickle, dukkah and spelt flatbread.