International Women’s Day 2019 (IWD) has been celebrated around the world for more than a century. The first IWD gathering took place in 1911 and was supported by more than a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Women’s equality has also been famously campaigned for by the Socialist Party of America and Suffragists and Suffragettes in the UK.

According to the BBC, women are half as likely than men to start their own business with only a fifth of small firms led by females. More than 1000 business are started every day in the UK and 83% of women who started companies were inspired by other females who’d done the same.

To mark International Women’s Day and #BalanceforBetter, we’re celebrating some of the business we’ve helped to form which have been started by women.

Bohemian Lifestyle

Yvonne Power started her business after being inspired on a trip to Morocco. Combining her love for all things boho she decided to make her lifestyle her living. She sources authentic handmade homewares from around the world and sells them on her website where they can make beautiful additions to people’s homes. She regularly attends market stalls and pop up shops in the UK and Ireland, as well as making all her pieces available to buy online.

House of Mian

Shamele Russell-Cato is the founder of House of Mian, an online business specialising in curated jewellery and accessories. After starting her career in marketing Shamele realised that she wanted to become her own boss. She was passionate about fashion and took inspiration from her mother’s love of accessories to start her brand which is how House of Mian was born.

Property Money Tree

After practicing as a solicitor for more than 20 years, Patricia Ogunfeibo set up Property Money Tree to educate people about ways to save money when renovating properties. Renovating residential properties had always been a hobby, so Property Money Tree was a great way of making her passion a full-time role by becoming a landlord and showing people just how simple and easy it can be to save money on daunting renovation projects.


goSimply Funerals

Angela Ward started goSimply Funerals after working as a Minister. She noticed that the cost of a funeral could be a big financial strain on grieving families. So, she set up a business to provide fairly priced funerals for all. goSimply Funerals has been named runner up for a number of awards including Bath Business of the Year and Low-Cost Funeral Provider of the Year. Angela also runs community outreach schemes such as Death Cafes to help people come to terms with loss and grieving.

Turning your passion into your profession

A business idea can stem from anywhere. Whether it starts as a hobby, comes from helping to solve a problem or just something you’re passionate about. Everybody has a business idea hiding inside them. What’s yours?

If you’re thinking of setting up your own business, becoming your own boss or turning a passion into your full-time job we can help. Find out more about making your business idea a reality here.

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