Entrepreneur wins exclusive mentorship with Baroness Karren Brady CBE

Entrepreneur wins exclusive mentorship with Baroness Karren Brady CBE

A Bristol-based entrepreneur has been awarded an exclusive mentoring session with Baroness Karren Brady CBE. The mentorship has been awarded as part of a wider initiative to better support female business owners, helping them to improve their skills and confidence as they grow their businesses.

Tina Cox, founder of Dapple pop studio in Bristol, was chosen from over 1,600 entrants to win the session with the country’s most prominent businesswoman. The competition comes from UK SME insurance provider Simply Business, who want to help female entrepreneurs overcome sexism and gender bias in business.

In Bristol alone, the number of female owned small businesses set up in the area has increased 55% between 2018-2021, data from Simply Business shows.

But, setting up a business as a female entrepreneur does not come without its challenges.  A recent study by Simply Business revealed one in three (32%) female entrepreneurs have experienced sexism as a business owner, while one in five (19%) have also experienced gender inequality and unequal access to opportunities.

Overall, a staggering 91% of female entrepreneurs say gender bias and inequality is prevalent in business, with a third (33%) describing it as ‘widespread’ or ‘severe’.

To better support female business owners, over a third (38%) called for more one-to-one mentorship from a business expert, alongside support and advice with funding (37%). A further third (33%) called for more tips and advice from female leaders in their industry and two in five (41%) female business owners called for the opportunity to network with other women business owners.

Dapple pop studio is a stationery company which launched in summer 2019 after founder Tina Cox started a new life in Bristol. The eco-conscious company specialises in ‘beautiful design with an emphasis on sustainability’. Tina works with a range of papers, but the most popular paper is a seeded biodegradable card which can be replanted after use. This year, the company will be launching new products, expanding its existing range, including into  wholesale.

Tina Cox, founder of Dapple pop studio, commented: “Launching my own business forced me to face my fears straight on, continuously needing to overcome low confidence and worry of judgement from others. Having lots of female friends who also run businesses helps so much – we talk things through and encourage each other to overcome barriers and move forward.

“Winning an hour with Karren Brady is an absolute dream come true as she’s such an icon for female entrepreneurs. I’m eager to learn from her vast experience in the business world, and I’m so open to hear how Karren would move my business forward. I have no doubt I’ll have a lot of questions for the session!”

Bea Montoya, Chief Operating Officer at Simply Business, commented: “It’s never been more important to support small businesses, so  we’re delighted to have found such a worthy recipient of our exclusive mentoring session with Baroness Karren Brady CBE.

“With over 1,600 entries, we were moved by the stories we received from female entrepreneurs across the UK – stories that demonstrate the  resilience, innovation, and pioneering spirit that runs throughout the self-employed community.

“Here at Simply Business, we’re proud to support many thousands of thriving small businesses across the UK that are run by women. It’s vital that we  tackle the worrying levels of gender bias and inequality so that we can  empower even more women to go it alone. For those that have taken the leap, we must do everything we can to ensure  their businesses thrive.

“Small businesses are crucial to the UK economy, and will prove pivotal to our economic recovery from the pandemic. We’re thrilled to offer Tina Cox an exclusive, one-on-one mentoring session with Baroness Karren Brady. Karren is a passionate champion of women in business, and will be able to support and guide Tina through the next phase of her business journey.”

For more information, guides and tips from Simply Business’ Empowering Women in Business initiative visit: http://www.simplybusiness.co.uk/empowering-women-in-business

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