Since launching the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards six years ago, we’ve had the huge pleasure of working with and celebrating some of the UK’s most inspiring female entrepreneurs.
There are so many incredible women launching and running businesses in the UK, and we’re here, on International Women’s Day to take a look at 15 of the most exciting ones to watch in 2018.
Katie McDermott and Jane Whitehead – Not Dogs
Katie and Jane are the founders of Not Dogs, a vegetarian hot dog company growing in size and popularity among both vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Having started selling Not Dogs from their purple van at festivals across the country, Katie and Jane opened their first sit-down restaurant 2016 and now have their sights set on more locations.
Alana Spencer – Ridiculously Rich by Alana
Starting in a small country kitchen in West Wales, Alana and her cake business shot to fame by winning BBC’s The Apprentice in 2016. Having rolled out the Ridiculously Rich by Alana ambassador programme throughout 2017, Alana is taking the business right across the country in 2018.
Hannah & Sophie Pycroft – Spectrum Collections
Following a hugely impressive 2017, in which Hannah and Sophie won Family Business and Great British Entrepreneurs of the Year awards at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, the Welsh sisters are looking to build on that success this year. With a new vegan, cruelty-free make-up range set to launch, 2018 promises to be an exciting year for Hannah and Sophie.
Pippa Murray – Pip & Nut
Since creating her own natural nut butter to support her marathon training in 2015, Pippa Murray has transformed it into a £9 million business. Pip and Nut is now the fastest growing nut butter brand in the UK, stocked in over 3,000 retail stores, success which only looks set to continue in 2018.
Nikki Cochrane and Kathryn Tyler – Digital Mums
Nikki and Kathryn are the founders of Digital Mums, an organisation that provides digital skills training for mums to help them achieve a perfect work-life balance. Nikki and Kathryn have trained 1,200 mums so far, setting a solid foundation as they continue towards their goal of supporting every mum to achieve the ‘#WorkThatWorks’ work-life balance.
Anna Assassa – Tisski
Anna is another female entrepreneur who achieved big success at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in 2017, winning the #GoDo Entrepreneur of the Year award. As one of the UK’s only Microsoft Partners and Cloud Solutions Provider, Anna is leading the way for women in tech in the UK. She’s also set for a big 2018, starting work on a £1 million digital transformation contract with the Health and Safety Executive.
Jessica DeLuca and Alexia Inge – Cult Beauty
Jessica and Alexia launched online beauty store Cult Beauty 10 years ago and continue to drive impressive growth. The company reported a turnover of £37.6 million in 2017, and with impressive growth in Middle Eastern markets, the pair look set for another strong year in 2018.
Cat Gazzoli – Piccolo
Having spent her whole career campaigning for good, honest, natural food, Cat launched her organic, Mediterranean-inspired baby food business, Piccolo in 2016. It rapidly became the UK’s fastest growing baby food product and continues to go from strength-to-strength as it grows in popularity in 2018.
Michelle Pearce – Wealthify
Michelle is the co-founder of Wealthify, a service dedicated to making investing simple and affordable for everyone. After receiving heavy investment from Aviva in late 2017, Michelle is driving Wealthify to new heights this year alongside co-founder, Richard.
Karina Sudenyte – Wonky Drinks
Karina is another one of our 2017 Award winners, winning the ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ category with her partner, Maciek. After giving birth to twins late in 2017, Karina is continuing her mission with Maciek to reduce unnecessary wastage to create delicious fruit juices.
Carley Jones – Kettlebell Kitchen
Carley is the founder of the fast food company taking the clean eating trend by storm. Gym-themed Kettlebell Kitchen turned over an impressive £1.7 million in its first year of trading and is on track to treble that figure to £5.3 million by May 2018.
Ella Woodward – Deliciously Ella
With her place in the clean-eating market firmly cemented, Ella Woodward is set to continue leading the way in 2018 with more exciting product launches, menus and a book coming by the end of the year.
Krisi Smith – Bluebird Tea Co.
Krisi is the co-founder of Bluebird Tea Co., which, in three years, has gone from two people packing tea in a bedroom, to a team of 30 spread across three stores. Bluebird Tea is building a cult following among loose-leaf tea enthusiasts while quickly gaining attention from those more used to the traditional tea bag.
Julianne Ponan – Creative Nature
Julianne created her product range out of a frustration with the lack of nut-free snacks that were healthy and tasted good – and so Creative Nature was born. Since launching the bars, and a unique range of baking mixes, Julianne has launched her products into major supermarkets like Asda, Co-op and Ocado, and high street retailers such as TK Maxx.
Cassandra Stavrou – PROPERCORN
Cassandra’s father was a hopeless cook, but made the best popcorn. Together, they’d spend hours playing with flavours and ingredients, waiting for each kernel to pop, so they could try the latest recipe. These memories led her to create PROPERCORN with her best friend Ryan. Based in London, but going global, PROPERCORN is now available in 11 countries.