11 Inspiring Women in Oxford Indies

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Today is International Women’s Day and here at Indie Oxford we are all about supporting women in business. We’re all for strong and empowering women pushing the boundaries of business, and paving the way for more start ups run by women. Small business is still dominated by men so the more we can do to support and shine a light on women entreupreuners will encourage more women to turn their dreams into reality.

As small business owners ourselves, we know how much work and dedication it takes to achieve these goals, so today I’m highlighting some of the awesome women in indie businesses we love to support here in Oxford for their passion, drive and inspiration.

Hannah Jervis at Jericho Studio Pottery

Hannah makes gorgeous ceramics from her home studio in Jericho, all designed in beautiful colours to be used everyday. Hannah has been a great support for us and her infectious enthusiasm is a great inspiration.

Jericho Studio Pottery

Vicky Troth at The Missing Bean

Vicky is one half of the team behind this Oxford institution and is the creative drive behind the business, designing everything from the logo to the cafe design and layout. She has really supported my business A Rosie Life by letting me hold my A Rosie Life Pop Up Shop in the Roastery last year, and helping to secure my current Pop Up Shop at The Covered Market.

The Missing Bean

Jacqui Thorndyke & Becca Chaplin at Bitten Oxford

Jacqui & Becca started Bitten Oxford over a shared love of food and their online directory and blog has now expanded into Bitten Street, a monthly street food market at the castle, and The Oxford Food & Drink Festival which will be held on 20th May in University Parks. Anna and I are super excited about working on the Indie Oxford Compendium book with them this year.

Bitten Oxford

Natasha Denness at Candy Pop

Natasha has been a great supporter of our work at Indie Oxford and her award winning blog is an inspiration to women all over the world. She is an active member of our indie community and works with us to organise the Oxford Instameet. The next Instameet is on 29th April.

Candy PopAnna Butler at Custom Made

Anna makes jewellery inspired by shape and colour in her studio here in Oxford and has been involved in our last two Independent Oxford Christmas Markets.

Cupola Necklace

Annie Sloan, Chloe Horner & Lucy Bartlett at Annie Sloan

Not only is Annie a great supporter of indies and a successful entrepreneur in her own right, but Chloe and Lucy who run the Annie Sloan Shop on Cowley Road are avid members of our community, supporting us, as well as running events in the shop.

The Annie Sloan Shop

Amy Surman at The Oxford Bead Shop

In the last year Amy has become a Mum to twins but is now back at the helm in her OX4 shop. Check out her website for a list of workshops and learn something new with her this year.

Amy Surman

Sarah Wiseman at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery

Sarah is a such an inspiration for women in business, starting her gallery nearly 20 years ago and quickly gaining a reputation as the number one place in Oxford for contemporary art. You can find her gallery on South Parade in Summertown. She is a great supporter of Indie Oxford and our growing community.

sarah wiseman gallery

Charis Sharpe at Turl Street Kitchen & The Tower House Guest House

We have been working with Charis on our Indie Oxford events at Turl Street Kitchen including our Indie Oxford Business Meet Ups and the Indie Oxford Christmas Market over the passed year. She has been a great supporter of the community and she is now coming on board as a guest writer and events organiser. I can’t wait to work with her this year!

Turl Street Kitchen

Julia Atkinson at Happy Cakes

Not only are Julia’s cakes full of happiness, she exudes her brand philosophy too. Make sure you head to her pitch at Bitten Street next month for a sweet treat made with fun and love.

Happy Cakes

If you’re inspired by these awesome women in our community to launch your own business, talk to us about being an Indie Oxford member and get involved with our Meet Ups which offer a great way to network, find support and collaborate with other Oxford Indies.

Love, Rosie




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