Last week I met not just one but a whole gang of Ladies Who Impress, graduates of the School for Creative Start-ups, who were showcasing their businesses at the Make Good festival. Without further ado, let me introduce just some of them to you!
Upma and Arti met in 2000, studying in Delhi. They came to the UK and worked in business development and investment banking, before taking a leap of faith to launch something of their own – Dhaba Lane, serving healthy Indian food to the London’s lunchtime market. At the moment, they do deliveries and pop-ups but are due to open their restaurant soon!
Emma René is an Art Director, who, inspired by culture, history and her travels, created a beautiful collection of jewellery, where every single piece has its own story. She uses pieces of Chinese porcelain and embeds them into necklaces or incorporates a quote from an ancient philosopher into a bracelet.
Her online shop is opening later this summer.
Helen Howard and her daughter have been farming edible snails (helix asperse maxima) since 2006, supplying H&RH Escargots to local restaurants and gastropubs and selling live snails through their online shop. The ultimate slow food!
Tara Sharpe, a designer from Kent, came up with a range of eye-catching yet practical waterproof dresses for festival-loving fashionistas. Her online shop is open for business, so if you are heading for a festival this summer, do check it out.
Jennifer Campbell Kirk makes high end patchwork quilts. She was taught the art of American patchwork by her 81-year-old Texan mother-in-law. Jennifer is passionate about preserving female heritage craft and uses traditional techniques in her work.
All these women are amazing because they took a Leap of Faith and braved to follow their passions. Entrepreneurship is a testing path but rewarding in many ways: just think about wearing the crown of the only live snail supplier in the UK..!
Best of luck, ladies!