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It’s no secret that female start-ups are largely in the minority. The UK would have an additional one million entrepreneurs if women set up businesses at the same rate as men. That’s one million more people putting money back into the economy. An additional one million people bringing great ideas and innovation to the world.

While we despair over this fact, please enjoy our top five female entrepreneurs of 2015. Disclaimer; we picked five because we thought you might get bored of a thousand. We promise we do have more than five.

Kirsty Henshaw – Worthenshawe’s (frozen desserts)

Kirsty Henshaw appeared on Dragon’s Den in July 2010 with a pitch of frozen desserts suitable for people with food intolerances and allergies. Since then, she has developed the brand (then Worthenshaw’s, now Kirsty’s) into an extensive line of gluten-free ready meals which are available at most large supermarkets.

We’re on board with this mumpreneur’s mission; “to help people understand how good quality nutrition and healthy living […] can have a direct impact on how we feel mentally and physically”.

Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish – notonthehighstreet.com

Having built company from their own craft skills and kitchen-table projects, to say Tucker and Cornish have done well would be an understatement. They’ve not only racked up sales of £100 million, they have even written a book about their experiences – Build a Business from Your Kitchen Table.

NOTHS houses high quality, unique products that you wouldn’t… wait for it, find on the high street! The site specialises in personalised gifts, which are hugely popular during the festive season. To make sure the products meet their professional standards the pair turn away 80% of potential sellers. That’s good business.

Read more about Holly and Sophie here.

Lisa Tse – Sweet Mandarin Sauces

Head chef and CEO of Sweet Mandarin restaurant, Lisa Tse, has her sauces supplied to Sainsbury’s, Selfridges and even the Queen. Her Manchester restaurant was given the accolade of Best Local Chinese Restaurant by Gordon Ramsey’s F Word.

Tse was also shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Entrepreneurs award in 2013. Visit Sweet Mandarin’s website here.

Leanne Pero – The Movement Factory

Pero founded The Movement Factory in 2000, when she was only 15 years old. With a £1,000 grant from Southwark council, Pero gave free street dance lessons for disadvantaged young people. She also provided them with valuable life skills and work experience, to help improve their chances of future employment.

After 12 years, The Movement Factory has raised £150,000 in funding which has helped widen the scheme and improved the services. Find out more about The Movement Factory and Leanne Pero here.

Grace Quantock – Healing Boxes CIC

There isn’t an awful lot that Grace Quantock can’t do. The award-winning international wellness expert, coach, author, motivational speaker and social entrepreneur is also founder of Healing Boxes CIC. Healing Boxes is service which allows you to build a gift box for your loved one (or yourself!) to let them know you’re thinking about them.

See the Healing Boxes website here.

Who’s your entrepreneurial female inspiration of 2015? Or have you got your eyes set on someone about to take off in 2016? Leave your comments in the section below!

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Karl Bilby

We work very closely with our expert accountants to bring you the latest factually correct tax and accounting news. We also enjoy writing about small business news that we hope you find useful!

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