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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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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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