Women In Business

Each issue we showcase a small business owner on our cover. This month  we’re featuring six inspiring women and find out what being a woman in business means to them.    


Lynne Meek  

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Since launching my styling business in 2012 I have been engaged by hundreds of women across the South East. I work closely and intuitively with each client to enable them to redefine their image, feel more confident and organised, and have a much better understanding of their unique colouring, shape and style characteristics.  I also help them create outfits and styling shortcuts, so getting dressed is a pleasure not a chore! I work with empathy and honesty, and am passionate about empowering women to look and feel their best.

In September 2018 I launched The Meek Boutique, an on-line women’s fashion shop hosted on my Styling Matters website. Having built a large following on Instagram I became a fashion, style and brand influencer, and could see there was a demand for a curated clothing collection that had been hand-picked by a stylist. Since then the boutique has exceeded any of mine and my husband’s wildest hopes and expectations, and  we now sell all around the world to women looking for affordable, comfortable and stylish clothing. The boutique works in perfect tandem with my styling business.

www.stylingmatters.co.uk | 07793 057299

lynne@stylingmatters.co.uk 

Instagram: @stylingmatters


Bella Timbrell 

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I don’t really think of myself as a ‘woman in business’, as that is what I have always been. But being brave enough to set up my own floristry business and give what I love a go means the world to me and I hope a real inspiration for my two little girls. Arabella Floral was set up by accident really. I had done a couple of floristry courses and then when the company I was working for got sold, I found myself in a position where I could actually work with flowers.

I specialise in weddings and events but I will happily create bouquets and floral installations for any occasion! My style is quite wild and I love using beautifully scented flowers and fragrant foliage – not only can flowers give a venue that wow factor but their smell can also create everlasting memories. Where possible, I buy flowers from local growers or use blooms from my own cutting garden – which I am hoping will flourish just as well in its second year.

Find out more about Arabella Floral at 

www.arabellafloral.com, follow me on Instagram/Facebook @arabellafloral or why not give me a call 07870 271212? I’d love to hear about your ideas for flowers.


Kathryn Allen 

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I mostly love being a woman in business because I get to meet such inspirational women. Through Support Local events and this magazine I’ve collaborated with some fantastic well-being wonders. I’ve also met some incredible ladies around Tunbridge Wells who I’ve run retreats and planned workshops with. I feel very lucky to be my own boss. I control my own hours allowing me to be both a mother and earner on my own terms. Setting up as a reflexologist when my (now five year old) daughter turned one was scary and hard. I truly missed the camaraderie of office banter and at the start felt very isolated. I also quickly realised I was terrible at selling myself! Through meeting and talking to similar women, I’m now part of a supportive community where I can share the ups and downs of the BiG TOE life.

I love reflexology and seeing clients pretty much float out of the room after each session. As it is so incredibly relaxing it can really help improve your health by aiding sleep, reducing stress and lifting mood. To find out more please contact: 

Kathryn@thebigtoe.co.uk, 07867 535674 or 

www.thebigtoe.co.uk Quote LOCAL for £5 off your first session. 

Laura Olley 

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SocialTN9 is my consulting company that will manage, plan and grow your business’s presence on social media. Based in Tonbridge, Kent, I am invested in helping our community grow and flourish. I have more than 10 years’ experience in marketing international events and now also runs my own local business in Tonbridge, Yarns of Anarchy.

I developed SocialTN9 when I met a Tonbridge shop-owner asking for help with their social media. When I started to explain a few ‘quick tips’ - their face glazed over in fear. So, I started offering to help small businesses take advantage of some simple social media wins. I now have several local clients, all who know they need to have a presence on social media, but don’t have time (since they are busy running a small business!) or don’t know how.

As a woman, I have found it easier to build relationships with other women business owners as clients, since social media is something people are usually afraid of trying. If I can take that fear away and teach them how to use it to their advantage, it’s empowering!

Please find out more at SocialTN9.com and follow 

@SocialTN9 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Ellie Spurrier 

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I’m Ellie: mother, wife, dogs’ companion, proud nest-builder and the nature inspired owner of Millie and Rose designs, my unique home and lifestyle business. Millie and Rose designs is founded on a healthy and ethical approach to home interiors, nature and people. I create and source unique designs, working closely with a handful of highly skilled artisans, including self-help groups of women, who use traditional techniques to create beautifully crafted, sustainable pieces. I am inspired and energised when I connect with like-minded people and strive to bring this shared ethos to everything we do at Millie and Rose Designs.

As a woman in business; my instinct is to nurture, provide and protect, so when it comes to styling my nest with beautiful interior designs with a low impact on nature, ensuring a healthier environment for the next generation, I am in my element! Together, I believe we have the power to change our impact on the environment by taking personal responsibilities for our relationship with nature and with each other. 

Check out our beautiful online shop www.millieandrosedesigns.com , find us on Instagram, or visit us at our next event at Chafford Park Estate, TN3 9UR on 26th & 27th April, 10am – 4pm.

Rebecca Watmore 

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A typical day for me starts with a good cup of tea and a list of things to do that day. Juggling being a mum, running a house, being a wife and running a business, I find that by the end of the day I have only achieved one or two things from that list, which doesn’t feel great.

I’ve met a lot of other female entrepreneurs in the last year and was surprised to find that most of them shared my experiences with anxiety. The reality is that although we all share these problems, it appears to be a taboo to be open about them. As a business woman you are  expected to be tough and ballsy which is not always the case. 

For me, what helps is having a relaxed environment at home and part of that is achieved through candles. This is one of the reasons why we started our company and why we are proud to be donating 5% to mental health charities in the UK.

 If you want to know more, check out our website or our social media pages @heatherandhoneyltd or www.heatherandhoneyltd.co.uk


















 

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