RECENTLY I was invited by Bruntwood to attend Downtown Liverpool’s annual Women In Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza to celebrate and mark the success and achievements of business women across Merseyside. The awards were sponsored by the Women’s Organisation who were celebrating 20 years of empowering women to turn their business dreams into realities. The calibre of nominees and winners was outstanding, but for me the stand out moment of the event came from the key note speaker Nisha Katona, a former barrister who left the legal world behind to follow her passion in food. Without any experience in business or in catering Nisha set up Mowgli Street Food on Bold Street, Liverpool city centre 18 months ago. She has since go on to open her second restaurant in Manchester, has plans to expand nationally and internationally, has an international following on her you tube cooking channel and in 2015 published her first book ‘Pimp My Rice’. Nisha puts her success down to having that raw passion for serving the kind of authentic fresh food Indians eat at home and on the street. Nisha spoke from the heart offering a fascinating insight into her life struggles, the Indian culture which feeds her strong work ethic, and her hopes and vision for the future. Nisha’s words were truly inspirational, passion and sincerity oozed out of her – she had the entire audience in the palm of her hand with shouts of “Nisha for Prime Minister” from the audience! I’d definitely vote for her! Nisha proved so eloquently how one women came empower so many other women and that if you can evolve your passion into a scalable business by offering people something authentic and unique then that’s the secret sauce for turning a passion into profits. Here are some other incredible Liverpool female entrepreneurs who are turning their passions into winning businesses: Julie Simpson, Managing Director, Autism Adventures Julie won the Liverpool & Knowsley Chamber Spark Up ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award in December 2015 and has gone onto expand her business by training companies nationally in autism awareness. Julie’s passion and dedication shines through “I wouldn’t change my son for the world, but I will change the world for my son”. Alissa Koopal, Managing Director, www.izzymelody.co.uk Alissa won Best Entrepreneur at this year’s Downtown Women in Business awards. Alissa has designed a BabyBangle that works to settle and sooth babies whilst teething. Alissa is now working with major UK high street retailers and has also landed an international export deal in China. Alissa was invited to Downing Street to discuss entrepreneurship with David Cameron. Louise Disney, Managing Director, Bliss Juices (formerly Just Juices) www.blissjuicecleanse.co.uk Louise set up Just Juices from her home in 2013 and has gone from making juices for family and friends to selling 10,000 units per week becoming the fasted growing 100% natural juice company in the country. Just Juices has a celebrity following and has been featured in Vogue, Hello, and Cosmopolitan. It’s Time To Give Your Mind A Spring Clean So Spring is finally here, my favourite season. I love the lighter mornings and nights and especially the rows of pink blossoms trees that start to bloom down my road. Springtime often inspires us to declutter or spring clean our homes and although cleaning is always at the bottom of my to-do list I’ve noticed that when I do it, afterwards my mood is uplifted too. My husband loves it as he gets a clean house and a happy wife! Just as it feels good to spring clean the home, a mental spring clean can also leave you feeling uplifted and energized so here are some top tips to Spring Clean the mind…
- Get still and silent – carve out some quiet/alone time and practise some deep breathing/meditation – this will allow you to settle a busy mind and create space and clarity. Simply close your eyes and focus on the breath.
- Start a journal – this allows you get your thoughts and feelings onto paper and out of your head. This can help to clear out your emotional space, making thoughts and emotions seem more manageable, it can also give you a different perspective on things.
- Awareness – developing awareness of noticing your thoughts whilst you are thinking them helps to create more choice about what thoughts we want to keep and what thoughts we can let go of, like negative, repetitive or random thoughts.
- Give up a grudge – holding grudges in our mind is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die! When we let go of such thoughts we can create space for more positive thoughts to enter our mind.
- Be honest – being untruthful or unfair can sub-consciously play on our mind leaving us feeling guilty or worried we’ll be found out. Being honest with ourselves and others can help us to feel connected and build up meaningful relationships – creating that lovely ‘peace of mind’ feeling when you know you’ve done the right thing.