International Woman’s Day

It’s March 8th, International Woman’s Day, and even though every day is a great day to celebrate the amazing woman in our lives, today we would like to take an opportunity to share a few inspiring female founders to celebrate their achievements!

As Serena Williams said: “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” And we couldn’t agree more! So here are some wonderful ladies that reminds us to follow our dreams and passions in life and turn them into successful business.

Justine Murphy

Business woman, mother, cook, entrepreneur, and author of The mymuybueno Cookbook.  

Founder, owner and Cordon Bleu trained chef, Justine Murphy launched mymuybueno – now a multi-division international food business including an award-winning deli, cookery school and chef agency – in Mallorca in 2011. Having survived a traumatic and food-deprived childhood, she fled Britain to chef on super yachts and healed herself through the joy of cooking and eating. Her recipes and outlook celebrate achievable, wholesome and delicious food at the heart of family life.

Passionate about supporting and helping others, Justine created a Woman in Business group that has been running for the past three years, with monthly events that enable women to come together to inspire, encourage and empower one another. Since covid and the inability to meet with women together in person, she adapted to her mymuybueno Women in Business Podcast making everything much more accessible to women in business everywhere, sharing on real topics and experiences of her own, as well as having inspiring guests on too. Now, through her latest endeavour, The mymuybueno Cookbook, she has shared everything on a bigger scale: her story, her food, and her philosophy of cooking your way to health and happiness.  

Cecily Mills

Founder and CEO of Cecily’s  

In 2013, Cecily, who was commuting from Brighton to London for a retail management job, became obsessed with the idea of replicating the smooth, creamy indulgence of dairy ice cream, in a natural, dairy-free version. A  year later, she packed up her life in Brighton, headed back to her roots in Cornwall and set about turning her passion project into a career. 

In 2015, Cecily launched Coconuts Naturally and within the first year secured their first Great Taste Award and a national distributor. Within two years the ice creams were listed on Ocado exporting to Dubai and had won another four Great Taste Awards. Following a stint on Dragon’s Den, turning down two offers, because they had received a better offer from one of the nation’s supermarket giants, the company rebranded to Coconuts Organic. 

This year, Cecily’s has hit the shelves, putting Cecily Mills at the forefront of the plant-based brand. Now available for nationwide delivery, along with being found in the freezer aisles in M&S, the future is bright for this Cornish-based brand.  

Kimberly Lin

Founder of Floozie

Kimberly Lin cut her teeth working working in some of the best kitchens in London including Claridge’s, Corinthia and the iconic Dominique Ansel. Utilising her pastry knowledge and professional training, Kimberley channelled her energy into creating the very best (and utterly moreish) vegan stuffed cookies, and set up Floozie during the pandemic last year. 

Far from regular cookies, the stuffed cookies – baked on-site daily – are bursting with a variety of plant-powered sauces and chocolates like date caramel, speculoos cream, and dark chocolate ganache. Accessible, fun, but most importantly delicious, Floozie is an inclusive brand baking cookies for all – not just limited to vegans.  

Cathryn Zielinski

Founder of Simplyseedz

Cathryn launched Simplyseedz out of a need to change her lifestyle and eating habits as she had previously skipped breakfast and then snacked while out on the road in her former corporate life. She started making her own breakfast cereals and toasting seeds purely for her own family’s health because she couldn’t find what she wanted in the supermarket. 

Fast forward 5 years and Simplyseedz is now online, available for UK-wide delivery and found in independent retailers. Brilliant for all year round health, Simplyseedz are a health-conscious company producing nutritious on-the-go porridge pots and Great Taste award-winning snacking seeds that are 100% vegan, dairy-free and low in sugar content. 

Kate Horne and Louise Nicholson

Founders of Craft and Crumb

With a career in product (and a love of baking on the side), Kate set to work on some cake kit concepts. It was then, after meeting Louise, the idea for Craft and Crumb really came together. Louise’s background in sales and marketing, coupled with her time as a primary school teacher, helped the pair launch Craft and Crumb. 

Craft and Crumb’s mixes, available for nationwide delivery, allow children (and adults) to unleash their inner baker thanks to a variety of innovative kits that are convenient, user-friendly, but most of all, taste delicious! 

Emily Watson

founder of BumbleZest drinks

BumbleZest is a healthy drinks range created by Emily Watson (along wth her husband Dan), which was dreamt up in their South London kitchen.

You can now find them, in Whole Foods, As Nature Intended and Planet Organic, as well as online at Holland & Barrett, Selfridges & Co and Ocado.

The collection features a number of health shots, three naturally flavoured sparkling waters and a light CBD tonic. Her favourite inspirational quote: “A goal without a plan is just a dream” 

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