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  • Writer's pictureSarah Smy

It's 'International Women's Day'!

This International Women’s Day I’m celebrating my achievements with Sarah’s Coffee Shop.

International Women's Day is celebrated across the world on March 8 each year. It’s a day to uplift and celebrate women and their achievements, as well as raise awareness about the gender-based bias women continue to face and to take action for reaching equality.

Sarah’s Coffee Shop is an entirely women-run business: I opened the shop in 2020 and Alice joined the team in July 2021. I’m so proud of everything we’ve achieved!

So far in just over a year, Sarah’s coffee shop has:

• Served over 21,500 coffees.

• Welcomed over 14,770 customers.

• Expanded to a new pop-up venue.

• Been rated five stars in more than 20 reviews.

• Gained a loyal base of regulars.

• Been nominated for the Best New Business Category in the Women’s Business Awards 2021

In the past five years the number of women-led businesses in the UK has increased by 18%.

Despite this, a survey carried out in 2019 by the UK government found that women are still half as likely to start a business as men.

Bias against women in business can be a significant hurdle, even though figures show they are just as successful.

Women-led businesses are less likely to receive funding and support. Women are also more likely to have family responsibilities that mean they simply don’t have time to start a business. I know first-hand how hard it can be to run a business and be a mum!

That’s why it is so important we highlight the successes of women in business – to shine a light on those striving to make the glass ceiling a thing of the past.

It’s important that we recognise women’s achievements and celebrate them, and that includes our own. It’s been a lot of hard work, but we love doing what we do and we’re good at it - the numbers back us up!

I hope that celebrating my own achievements will inspire and encourage other women who want to start a business. I believe in you!

So, support a women-led business by popping into Sarah’s coffee shop for a cuppa and a chat!

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