23 success stories from women in biz

Amanda Thomson, Thomson & Scott

I thought it was about time that I put together a round-up of all the inspiring and successful women I’ve interviewed over the last couple of years.

Behind the Biz is my weekly interview series here on Prettygreentea about the business journey of founders. The aim of each interview is to discover a little more about the founders, their businesses and to inspire you to work hard towards your goals. I’ve dedicated a full episode to the origins of Behind the Biz on my podcast. You can listen to that interview on iTunes or Sound Cloud.

Click through to each Behind the Biz interview to discover the business journey of these inspiring women.

Right at the start of Behind the Biz I had the chance to chat with Katie Owen, the founder and owner of Sargasso & Grey – a British luxury shoe company with a focus on making wider fit shoes. The styles are so pretty, I love these ones.

I chat to Meg Haggar, the founder of Raw Halo – award winning raw chocolate bars that are free from dairy, gluten, and contain no refined sugar. They’re so tasty and the branding is excellent.

Meet Farrah, the woman behind Moose Maple Butter –  British butter blended with pure Canadian Maple Syrup. I must get hold of some of this to try, I know Phil will love it.

In this interview I chat with Rym Selmi the founder of MiiRO  – delicious vegan ice creams. These are one of my favourite dairy free ice creams. They come in 3 flavours, all of which are delicious. I see them as a dairy free version of Magnums – just much more yummy.

Here’s one for all you animal lovers. I chat to Zena Deane the co-founder of Huxley Hound – dehydrated veggie snacks (carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and beetroot) for your pet.

I talk to  Jintana Khieochaum, the founder of AEQUILL about her business journey. Aequill candles are designed and made in-house at Jintana’s studio in London. I can confirm that they smell beautiful and are packaged perfectly, ideal for gifts.


I chat with Paula Short and Rachel de Caux, the founders of Beauty Blvd – a nichè cosmetic company with a rather unique glitter lipstick. They started the business as a way to bring more people into their salon but it turned into something of its own.

I was delighted to have the chance to interview Wendy Stirling, the founder of Botanicals – a UK based company producing organic skincare products, all of which are certified by the Soil Association. I’ve been a fan of the brand for many years now and I loved finding out about her business journey.

I chat to Charlotte, the founder of XO Balm about her business journey. XO Balm is a treatment for very dry, irritated skin and eczema.My mum and I have tried out the balm and it’s excellent, especially during the colder months.

Amanda Thomson, Thomson & Scott

I was so excited to interview Amanda Thomson, the founder of Thomson & Scott Skinny. She’s the woman behind Skinny Champagne and Skinny Prosecco – organically produced and vegan friendly sparkling wine. The prosecco is fantastic and is always the one I opt for when I’m out for dinner (treat yourself to a glass at Zizzi). Amanda is a real champion of women in business and I really admire what she has achieved in her business.

I talk to Riikka and Mia, founders of TAIKKA an eco-friendly handbag and accessories label. They talk about running their business from Melbourne and London and their journey towards making TAIKKA as sustainable as possible. Their designs are lovely, this is one of my favourites.

My Behind the Biz interview with Sophie Harvey, the founder of Soffle’s Pitta Chips. Delicious all-natural oven roasted pitta chips. I always grab a few bags of Soffle’s every month. I think my favourite flavour would have to be Rosemary & Thyme.

I talk to Marie Lavabre and Sophie Lavabre-Barrow, the co-founders of KINN – an organic lifestyle brand offering  skincare and plant based home care products. I’ve tried their full skincare range and love it. I’m keen to give their home care products a go soon.

It’s always a delight to interview the founders of your favourite brands. I was very happy to chat with Pip Murray, the founder of Pip & Nut –  tasty natural nut butters in a variety of flavours. She talks about approaching her first stockist, the challenges she has faced and much more.

I talk to Rowan, the founder of Gram – Sweden’s first package-free grocery store. They sell over 170 products with a ‘zero waste’ mission. The product range includes rice, beans, lentils, pasta, nuts, muesli, flour, spices, oils and vinegars as well as household products like soap, washing up liquid and washing powder.

An interview with Claire from Claireabellemakes – a creative lifestyle brand which includes her shop, blog, craft parties and freelance work as a stylist and contributor.

I chat with Daisy, the co-founder of What Daisy Did –  they design stylish bags and accessories that are made by both tailors in small communities in India and in their hometown of Northampton. They’re a business with an ethical and sustainable mission and they also create opportunities for vulnerable people.

I chat to Vivien Wong, Co-Founder of Little Moons. They make delicious ice cream mochi which you can find in Waitrose. It’s made by enrobing gelato in a sweet, soft dough called mochi – my all time favourite.

I chat to Iley Özerlat about bringing her family business, Özerlat to the UK. Özerlat make the best Turkish coffee and they also sell some of the best Turkish Delight I’ve tried. If like me, you enjoy hearing about the history of a family business, you’ll love this interview.

My interview with Aimee Harrison, the founder of Line Cut Supply –  an independent clothing company producing beautiful, durable and sustainable workwear for modern women. Aimee’s business in based here in Sheffield.

I chat with Joanna from Adventures and Tea Parties about her business journey. Adventures and Tea Parties is a creative lifestyle blog, freelance blogging service and handmade accessory brand based in Somerset.

I talk to Kirstie, the co-founder of Sidekick PR  – a Sheffield based PR agency. I met up with Kirstie a couple of weeks back and was delighted to hear how well Sidekick PR is doing.

I chat to Sophie, the founder and owner of Onetenzeroseven. Sophie hopes to add fun and silliness to your day with a handmade touch. She makes lots of beautiful things for the hone and to wear.

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