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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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This is a man’s world…or is it?

November 2, 2015 by in category I'm Not John

Alison McKenzie-Folan is the director of customer transformation at Wigan Council – having worked her way up the career ladder through the civil service and now local government. She puts her success down to the inspirational leaders - both men and women - she's met along the way and the love and support of her family. Now [...]

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I’m often criticised for working by other women, says managing director

October 26, 2015 by in category I'm Not John

Back in 2010 Emma Nawaz launched Blackstone Solicitors in Hale with just herself and a secretary. Now the firm boasts a team of 11.  Last year the company achieved a string of awards including winning Team of the Year at the Manchester Law Society Awards and being shortlisted at both the Law Society Excellence Awards and [...]

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BBC broadcaster says men are crucial in the fight for equality

October 26, 2015 by in category I'm Not John

BBC broadcast journalist Sam Walker says there is not yet a level playing field for women in business and particularly women with children - but the situation is improving. Sam is backing the #imnotjohncampaign by sharing her experiences and reveals ultimately working hard and staying true to yourself is what really matters. I’ve been working in broadcast [...]

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Being a Big Sister for Girls Out Loud has had a positive impact on my life

October 26, 2015 by in category I'm Not John

Big Sister Beccy Irving says mentoring for Girls Out Loud has taught her that everyone is capable of achieving anything they want to and the Little Sisters that she works with have been inspirational. Ultimately, the time she has devoted to being a Big Sister also gave her the confidence to start her own business - [...]

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You don’t have to be a ‘tough cookie’ to work in manufacturing, just be yourself

October 22, 2015 by in category I'm Not John

Loretta Smith, who works for United Biscuits, says you don't have to be a 'tough cookie' to work in the manufacturing industry - just respect others and be yourself. Read more about Loretta's work journey here and how it has led her to become a Big Sister for Girls Out Loud. When I was first [...]

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From IT sales to being my own boss

October 20, 2015 by in category I'm Not John

At the age of 28, Hannah Osman, left her corporate job in IT Sales and decided to take her future in to her own hands by becoming her own boss. She has now set up the Manchester healthy eating delivery company, NUBA. Here she tells the #imnotjohn campaign about her business journey. Going from a [...]

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A leading health care expert says work hard and anything is possible

October 13, 2015 by in category I'm Not John

Leading health care expert and Regional Director for the Royal College of Nursing North West, Estephanie Dunn, says her dad instilled in her that if you want something you have to work hard to get it. And as a mum-of-two herself, it is certainly a tradition that she carried on... I have worked as a [...]

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Entrepreneur Jane Kenyon is inspiring young women to believe they CAN shine

October 13, 2015 by in category I'm Not John

Jane Kenyon is a serial entrepreneur, motivational coach, inspirational speaker, author, blogger and female champion – who is backing our #imnotjohn campaign. She has spent the past 10 years working exclusively with women and teenage girls and her passion for potential is contagious. Jane has lived a real life, packed with challenges, highs and lows [...]

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