Archive for the ‘Real mums’ Category

New year: your new approach to being a working mum

Do you feel like you have to constantly prove yourself in the workplace because you’re a working mum? With most of us having a few days off because of the Christmas and bank holidays, this is your chance to go back to work renewed and ready to stand firm! We

Podcast: Sunshine through the rain – Lorena Oberg talks success after acrimonious divorce

Divorce can be tough no matter how grown up you and your other half choose to be about it. But when it’s acrimonious and you don’t have a penny to your name, and you need to stay afloat so you can keep your children, what do you do? Well, start a

Podcast: Yee Kwan of Dragon’s Den fame on launching into the UK ice-cream market

Yee Kwan launched her ice cream and sorbet business after being made redundant as a surveyor in 2009. Today, Yee’s business produces 18,000 litres of ice cream and sorbet a year, and is stocked in Harvey Nichols and Wholefoods Market, as well as in a growing number of restaurants and independent retailers across the country.

Podcast: Faith Nwosu of Tick-Tec talks about new app MySchoolNews

Turning a challenge into a solution is one of the most common and effective ways to start a business. Tired of the cumbersome method that her sons’ school was using to deliver updates, and the moans of parents at meetings, one mum decided to make, and alas the MySchoolNews app was born. We speak to the founder Faith Nwosu about the journey to developing her app.

Take inspiration from these women: unsung entrepreneurial success

Hands up anyone who can’t by now, after several series of The Apprentice, recite exactly, Karen Brady’s business career almost as well as Alan Sugar’s? Who doesn’t know about the nerve and willpower of Margaret Thatcher as she took on the Old Boys’ Network and won? 

Real dad profile: Rhys Davies of

Young dad Rhys Davies, 21, left school at 14 and jumped straight into his first six-figure business venture. Today, he’s dad to Ruby, four, and Dylan, two, juggling parenthood with a successful online store ( that he set up with just £25.

Real mum profile: Vanessa Blake of dreamgenii

When most people think about the best time to start a business, during a pregnancy isn’t one that often comes up – but then business mums don’t always do things in the traditional way, do they? Married mum of two Vanessa Blake, director of dreamgenii® tells how having problems

Real mum inspiration: Julie Deane (Cambridge Satchel Company) – an inspiring story every aspiring mumpreneur should know

We love a good success story here at Mothers Who Work towers – and we’ve seen a few over the years, too! But, Julie Deane’s story is even more inspiring because it was done under pressure. Like many mums who need to pay a bill of some sort, Julie Deane’s

Real mum profile: Rosemarie Mansfield of Tilly & Tabitha

Married mum of two Rosemarie Mansfield, 32, runs Tilly & Tabitha – a personalised online jewellery store using genuine Swarovski elements with her sister Heather Brice. She tells about the highs and lows and whether she has any regrets about leaving her job as a Deputy Manager of Ernest

Real mum profile: Sarah Buchanan, owner of Baby-Birth

Sarah Buchanan, 31, is mum to Hermione, four, and Eleanor, two in May. She runs Baby-Birth ( and started the business after her own positive experience of giving birth. With her husband also running his own successful website, just how do they get the balance right?

Real mum profile: Jo Shaw of Just Bake

Jo Shaw, 38, a mum of two girls, and a wife works part-time in marketing while running her online bakery supply store. Find out how she juggles her family and work commitments while having fun making her business grow.

Real mum profile: Isobel Thompson of Morrck

They say that friends and family and business don’t mix. But if you can get the basics right, it can be very successful…even with young children. Isobel Thompson, 48, shares how she’s managed to get everyone from her husband to her teenage son, and her eight-year-old twin daughters involved in

Real mum profile: Anna Wreford, Big Bird Boutique

?Running a hobby/craft-based business sounds like fun, the cost of supplies or ingredients leaves you laughing all the way to the bank…right? But is it really that easy – married mum Anna Wreford, 33, talks about running Big Bird Boutique and and how she makes sure she doesn’t get left

Real mum profile: Yuliana Topazly of Phase 1 Enterprise Training

Married new mum Yuliana Topazly, 31, is passionate about entrepreneurship and is the director of Phase 1 Enterprise Training and juggles this with managing enterprise activities for London-based universities. She tells how she has managed to juggle a new business with motherhood, and how it has helped her overcome

Podcast: Working celebrity mum Hermione Norris talks juggling work and family and…ironing!

So how do celebrity mums keep the house ticking while juggling their work and family commitments? We spoke with British actress Hermione Norris about how she does all this and more. Listen to her tips for making that juggling act work while maintaining a successful acting career.

Podcast: Lindsey Benson of The Birthing Shirt Company

We love a good inspirational story of a career mum who is making waves in business…in walks Lindsey Benson, mumpreneur of The Birthing Company (

Lindsey Benson, The Birthing Shirt CompanyLindsey is a great example of how career mums can successfully use transferable skills from their career experience and turn into a business.

Listen to the podcast to find out how she has changed the way she works so she could spend more time with her young sons, and has managed to get the NCT to back product.

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