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Make 2017 your Eureka year – says #ImNotJohn champion Rachel Ray

January 4, 2017 by in category I'm Not John

#ImNotJohn champion Rachel Ray is founder of Bright & Beautiful, an award-winning concept in professional domestic cleaning services. She says 2017 is the time to spring clean your life and have your 'Eureka' year! I think we all experience a ‘Eureka’ moment a few, special times in our lives and if, how and when we [...]

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Businesswoman is having a howling success with new company

August 24, 2016 by in category I'm Not John

This Small Business Advice Week, we have been talking to women about their journey into the business world and what advice they would give other women to succeed in their chosen profession. One such successful business woman is 27-year-old Emma Lees, from Lytham in Lancashire – who is the managing director of Wolf. She launched [...]

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Yellow Jigsaw team nominated for Spirit of Manchester award

July 10, 2016 by in category Big Heart News Curation, I'm Not John, Passionate Pair, Social Value

The Yellow Jigsaw team is delighted to announce that we have been nominated for a Spirit of Manchester award for our successful women in business campaign. The awards, which are organised by Manchester Community Central (MCC), celebrates and highlights all the excellent work being carried out in Manchester’s voluntary and community sector. Yellow Jigsaw attended last [...]

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Is this what the Northern Powerhouse vision looks like?

May 19, 2016 by in category I'm Not John, Passionate Pair

This week’s edition of the Greater Manchester Business Week poses the question in a four-page article: is the agenda to energise the North still powering ahead? But from what I can see, the visionaries for the Northern Powerhouse movement need to be more than energised – they need a rocket up their arse to firstly [...]

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Yellow Jigsaw director is crowned a Northern Power Woman

March 17, 2016 by in category I'm Not John, Social Value

Yellow Jigsaw director Grace Dyke has been crowned as ‘One to Watch’ in the first Northern Power Women (NPW) awards. More than 400 people enjoyed the awards at Manchester Hilton Hotel on March 3, which saw 51 people shortlisted in nine categories that had been selected from 700 nominations. NPW awards, hosted by BBC Newsround [...]

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North West entrepreneur is making it big

November 24, 2015 by in category Events, I'm Not John

Yellow Jigsaw had the pleasure of spending the afternoon surrounded by inspirational and driven women at the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards regional finals held in Manchester back in October. One of those women was regional winner Rebecca McCann - a young North West entrepreneur who is making it big – not only for those [...]

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A personal tragedy as a teenager gave me the strength and will to succeed

November 12, 2015 by in category I'm Not John

Mum of three daughters, Claire Handby, has been a senior manager in EY, a business consultancy, for eight years and is a specialist in programme and project management. Before her time at EY, she spent 10 years in the construction industry, raising to the level of senior project manager on multi-million pound projects. Claire is [...]

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Women are great catalysts for change

November 11, 2015 by in category I'm Not John

Superchampion Nickala Torkington has worked in the social enterprise support sector for 14 years. During roles at UnLtd, Bubble Enterprises, Make it Happen and Blackburne House she has directly coached and supported more than 600 social entrepreneurs to develop social projects, enterprises and organisations. A social entrepreneur herself, she has designed, operationally developed and managed [...]

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‘Treehugging’ female entrepreneurs bring business to Lancashire

November 3, 2015 by in category I'm Not John

Sisters Lou and Vix Lawson got sick of the London rat race and volunteered for six months on organic farms in Portugal, which is where they decided to move back to Lancaster and set up in business together. Now they are supporting the #imnotjohn campaign after being shocked by the statistic that there are more [...]

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I don’t want my children to be defined by their gender

November 3, 2015 by in category I'm Not John

Sarah Bennett is championing #imnotjohn. She is the director of Tech and Toast, which she set up 16 months ago, and Talking Tea Parties that she set up only five months ago. The mum-of-two, who was a finalist in the EVA award for 2015 as sole trader of the year, wants her children to grow [...]

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