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Female Founders Breaking Boundaries, hosted by Casey Gromer, talks to 7+ figure women entrepreneurs who are tired of being held back by stale, inflexible formulas for business success. In this community, we are ditching methods that don't work for women in favor of a new way of approaching entrepreneurship that paves the way for success. Casey provides tools, advice, resources, support, and encouragement for extra passionate women entrepreneurs who want to leave their legacy in this world. L ...
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Inspirational interviews with female founders sharing their honest stories on raising investment – the highs, the lows, the challenges… and top tips for how to be successful. Fundraising Stories is hosted by Julia Elliott Brown, CEO and Founder of Enter The Arena, serial entrepreneur and equity fundraising expert. Enter The Arena is the organisation for female founders, providing investment expertise and business coaching. Enter The Arena empowers female founders to fly through pre-raise and ...
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A new podcast telling the stories of Black/Brown female entrepreneurs and innovators contributing to a more inclusive and equitable startup ecosystem. Mom Your Business, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization, is on on a mission to move Black/Brown female owned businesses from bootstrapping to bankability through education, relevant networks, mentorship and funding opportunities which leads to exponential business growth.
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Female Founders

Vicky Owens & Sophie Simpson

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Welcome to the Female Founders!! 🎙✨ We're Vicky and Sophie, two business owners that share a passion for talking a little bit too much! We made this podcast for women like you, women in business across all industries. We've learnt from experience how hard it can be to manage your own business completely on your own! So, we’re here to answer your questions, spill the tea and be completely open and honest about the life of a business owner. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @thefemalefounder ...
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If you’re the visionary leader of your business but have found yourself bogged down with operational tasks for too long, you might find yourself neglecting your role or even forgetting what your role entails. Reclaiming your focus and transitioning back into being the visionary can feel challenging but is essential for the long-term success of your…
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I typically find my clients in one of two camps. Either they avoid looking at metrics OR they look at every possible piece of data available. Here at C-Suite Boutique, we prefer to take a middle approach, looking at only the key pieces of data you need as a leader to give you a snapshot of your business without wasting precious time and energy. Thi…
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We are constantly striving for improvement here at C-Suite Boutique and one of the ways we practice this is by looking back to see what has been working for us and what’s no longer serving us. Although the start of the year is not the only time you should reflect on your habits, it can be a great time to prepare yourself for a successful year ahead…
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Join Julia Elliott Brown, Founder & CEO of Enter the Arena as she sits down with Nicola Piercy, the Founder of Stripe and Stare, the world's most comfortable knickers sustainably sourced from trees. Nicola shares her life as a serial entrepreneur, from founding Stripe and Stare with co-founder Katie Lopes to getting £3.6million in investment. Whils…
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Does everything in your business feel like an emergency? More often than not, there is no real emergency yet we find ourselves operating in this constant crisis mode. Why? When operating in crisis mode for long enough, we develop a sense of comfort and emotional addiction to the chaos. This familiarity can cause us to unintentionally seek out or cr…
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Company culture is not built overnight. It is ingrained into every aspect of your business making sure that everyone on your team is working towards the same goals, feeling satisfied and fulfilled in their roles, and having consistent expectations when they show up to work. And if your company is missing the mark on company culture, it can lead to …
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Being new to the world of investment, Lisa mapped out local experts in the North East of England that could fill certain knowledge gaps. It was after discovering who could add value to the business that she “accidentally” found her Angel investors and went on to successfully close her round with £225K of funding. Listen to Lisa’s investment journey…
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Bringing someone new onto your team is a significant investment in both time and money. Not only in the financial compensation you give them but in the benefits and the time it takes to onboard and train them. Because of this, it is so important that you take your time when hiring and hire intentionally. And if it doesn’t work out it is equally as …
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Time tracking is a great tool for understanding efficiency. It can be helpful in finding places where you can reduce the time it takes to do certain tasks or reduce the transition time between tasks. Time tracking is NOT the tool to use when determining if your staff is doing what they’re supposed to be doing. This week’s episode 99 of Female Found…
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Like many women starting businesses, the motivation for Rebekah Brown’s entrepreneurship, MPowder, was in response to her own experiences and spotting a gap in the market. She was struggling with a multitude of symptoms during perimenopause and felt there was barely any information on how to deal with it. Since then, Rebekah has listened to the sto…
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Being an entrepreneur is an incredibly turbulent journey. Polly McMaster is the founder of modern luxury workwear brand, The Fold, and she’s been experiencing the highs and lows since 2011. As Polly says in this episode, “that's something you have to have your eyes wide open to, when you go into it”. So how did Polly approach her fundraising strate…
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It’s not often that when you think about bourbon, visual art comes to mind. That’s what has made our guests nonprofit so successful. She’s married two things that have meaning and have impacted the culture of her community in a way to give back through charity work. This week’s episode 98 of Female Founders Breaking Boundaries is about leading a su…
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Perhaps you’ve done your quarterly planning, your staff understands their accountability, they understand the functions of their role, they have ownership over their responsibilities and yet your inbox is still overflowing with messages and questions from your team. So what gives? Today we’re going to dig into why this might be happening even if yo…
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There seems to be a lot of confusion for founders when deciding which position to hire next to support them in the business. This week, we will discuss the difference between an integrator, a DOO (director of operations), and an Executive Assistant. We’ll also discuss what point you’ll need to hire someone for these positions. This week, episode 96…
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We have a retention issue. Our good, hardworking people are leaving. The first thought tends to be that we must have a company culture issue, but it actually goes well beyond that. We spend time trying to add things to improve company culture, but it doesn’t create an environment that makes our employees feel appreciated. The truth is this–if you w…
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There’s a lot of fear and overwhelming for business owners because of the current climate of the economy and impending recession. The recession doesn’t affect all of us the same way and this is something we definitely learned during the pandemic. The best thing we can do is to see how far forward we can look in the market, economy, industry, etc., …
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Biscuit Tin won the COVID response competition from Innovate UK, being one of 800 out of thousands of applications which gave the business runway through the pandemic. With no marketing budget, Sheila used partnerships to get the business to market and has been on Dragon’s Den which has certainly helped with PR and awareness. She used the media opp…
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A lot of my clients find themselves with team members who are really good at doing the tasks within their role but they are not good at owning the bigger milestones or goals those tasks play into. This week’s episode 93 of Female Founders Breaking Boundaries is about what could happen when you enforce accountability! Have you ever felt like you wer…
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In this episode, we’re joined by Caroline who founded LoveRose Lingerie. Caroline’s story is so inspiring. After being diagnosed with breast cancer she founded a lingerie brand to empower women who have been through similar journeys to her. This is to help them find their confidence, love themselves and their bodies again. Here are the highlights: …
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We’re so excited for today's episode because it's been a year since Sophie left her job and became full-time. We wanted to dedicate this episode to our journey and share with you how we got here because been it's crazy! Here are the highlights: (2:31) Dissociated from school and life. (15:38) College and education. (21:37) Modelling is not a glamor…
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In this episode, we are joined by Elesha Arnfield who shares her inspiring story. Elesha found herself in a difficult place. However, there was light at the end of the tunnel when she turned to crystal healing and started her spiritual journey. Elesha is now an entrepreneur and joins us to share the highs and lows of her story so far. Here are the …
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No investors wanted to “touch the business with a barge pole” fourteen years ago, when the company was started by Cindy, due to fear of being associated with SexTech. However, Cindy saw an opportunity in the market. She feels sex is essentially a recession-proof industry and the niche of “socially acceptable” sex, which normalises it and allows peo…
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Diamond Sands a creative entrepreneur and brand medium, Diamond embodies the philosophy that branding at its core is rooted in authenticity and mirrors how we develop, maintain and deepen relationships with one another as human beings. As the owner of an award-winning branding agency, DS Creative Design Studio, that serves DTC brands, her and her t…
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It’s true, holiday anxiety is real. It’s something we both have had to deal with in the past and we hear many business owners deal with it too. During this episode, we share our top tips on how to best prepare for a holiday and minimise the risk of holiday anxiety. Here are the highlights: (2:04) Anxiety medication for business owners. (4:23) How t…
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One thing I see happening across the women-led companies I work with is that they have reached a place where they realize they can’t manage all of the people anymore so they have to start filling some leadership or management roles, either internally or externally. And what is happening when they fill these roles is that they are finding that they …
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We often see the same mistakes business owners make when creating content on social media and we always get asked the same questions: Why am I not growing and getting results? In this episode, we hope to answer lots of your questions as we explore why your brand may not be growing on social media. We also explain what you can do to change that. Her…
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Sophie and I are always told that we are too nice. It is for this reason that we are going to have a look at how being too nice as a business owner has gotten us into situations that could have been avoided if we had been sterner with our clients. Here are the highlights: (6:54) Being more professional in business. (11:35) The importance of being k…
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In this episode, we are joined by Imogen from Sister Brand. Imogen is here to share her business journey. She shares with us the early days of her career after leaving uni. She shares how she got to where she is today, the hurdles she has faced along the way and the importance of having a strong brand identity. Here are the highlights: (12:10) Soph…
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Arion Long is the self-proclaimed “Chief Estrogen Officer'' at Femly, a hi-tech feminine care company that she started in 2016 after being diagnosed with a cervical tumor linked to additives in popular products. Femly increases access to natural and organic hygiene products through a high tech dispenser found in restrooms at schools, hotels, hospit…
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Katy secured a pre-seed funding round from several angel investors. She remembers hearing from multiple people “That's not possible" and is really glad she didn't listen to that advice and instead pushed to get on board the right angel partners that fully believed in the vision. The relationships Katy has built have been fundamental to the success …
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Everyone has access to social media and we believe this is often where pressures comes from. In this episode, we explore why you should stop comparing yourself to other businesses. We are all guilty of it. We all look up to other businesses and often social media is the culprit. We have all seen those posts where business owners say they have onboa…
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In this episode, we welcome our very first guest, Hannah Gregan Hannah is a specialist in mindset mastery , holistic wellbeing and manifestation. If you love manifestation just as much as we do and want to know how the science behind it works, then this episode is for you. Hannah shares her expertise with us in the world of manifestation and partic…
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There was a point in time where it clicked for me that the entrepreneurial operating system (EOS) was not geared toward the women entrepreneurs who are shouldering the home responsibilities while running their business, but rather to the male counterpart who are encouraged to work long hours and travel away from home. That’s why episode 91 of Femal…
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Welcome to today's episode where we'll be discussing the frustrating reality that the more successful you become in business, the more jealousy and lack of support you may encounter from others. Sound all too familiar? We'll explore why this happens and offer practical strategies for staying focused and resilient in the face of negativity. Let's di…
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Everyone experiences burnout to some degree, sometimes you don’t even realise it's burnout until you take a step back and realise you’ve been pushing yourself too hard. Burnout can present itself in loads of different ways, whether it being that you’re tired all of the time, feeling detached, or simply just feeling overwhelmed. In this episode we t…
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As digital nomads, Vivi and her co-founder had the ambitious goal of building a global empire. With Vivi being from an investment banking background, she had some financial skills, but starting a business was a whole new challenge. It’s why being humble is core to the culture of the business now, and not knowing everything is okay. The co-founders …
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In this episode, we wanted to talk to you about being overwhelmed and how we can deal with it. As business owners, there are many stresses and hurdles which we have to jump day-to-day and becoming overwhelmed, is normal. So, our question to you is, when do you feel the most overwhelmed as a business owner and what do you do about it? Here are the h…
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We often get asked for our advice, especially when it comes to handling tricky business situations. With this in mind, we recently asked on our socials for your business dilemmas which you need our help with. If you are a business owner, you will probably be able to relate to a lot of these questions and hopefully, our thoughts and expertise will a…
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Being an entrepreneur is so exciting, but it can also be super scary if things aren't going well with your business. But don't worry, it happens to everyone! In this episode, we're gonna spill the tea on what to do if your business is failing. We'll share our own experiences and give you some tips to turn things around. From figuring out what went …
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Women in business get treated much differently to male entrepreneurs and we know this firsthand! It’s often harder to be respected, especially if you are a young woman. But there are ways to work through this and have the right mindset when you step into any room. Listen to this episode to find how we cope as women in business. Highlights (04:41) R…
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It’s only right that we start speaking about mental health. How do you deal with it as a business owner? Well in this episode we’ll be sharing stories about our own diagnoses. It’s hard when you have to balance your health and business, but there are ways to do it! It all starts with being aware of who you are - and we're here to help you get start…
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Welcome to the Female Founders!! We're Vicky and Sophie, two business owners that share a passion for talking a little bit too much! We made this podcast for women like you, women in business across all industries. We've learnt from experience how hard it can be to manage your own business completely on your own! So, we’re here to answer your quest…
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Whitney L. Barkley, M.S. is an author and co-author of four books, including a children's book, Hey, Black Girl!, and the founder of Luv Yours Stationery, which specializes in inclusive and nontraditional greeting cards and paper products. She also serves as the Director of the award-winning Greater West Dayton Incubator and is the CEO of Speakeraz…
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I cannot stress enough how important it is to bring the right people into your business that understand the expectations of the role they are being hired for. It can be incredibly frustrating and a waste of time when you hire someone who waits around for their hand to be held and to be told what to do. This week’s episode 90 of Female Founders Brea…
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Change is inevitable and sometimes it comes without us asking for it so instead of fearing change, we must embrace it and ask ourselves what we can start to do differently to not only survive but to thrive through this time. This week’s episode 89 of Female Founders Breaking Boundaries is about staying flexible through failure! Have you ever felt l…
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Nikki Merkerson is the founder of Pairgap, an innovative web platform that matches ideal partners to one another with the intent of buying property together. The platform makes homeownership both accessible and affordable. Nikki strongly believes that by leveraging today’s shared economy and matching potential buyers to one another, more people wil…
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Lucy started raising for Loanhood by building a rewards-based Crowdfunder and receiving a grant from NatWest. This helped establish the brand’s community and opened their eyes to the crowdfunding ecosystem. After some questionable advice, they tried to raise £400,000 from VCs who, from the get-go, said, "No, you're not ready for this. You haven't g…
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I’ve recently had an influx of clients feeling frustrated that their business tasks are not getting done and their business is failing to move forward because of it. More often than not I am finding that it is not a matter of ill-fitting employees but rather a lack of accountability. This week’s episode 88 of Female Founders Breaking Boundaries is …
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Starting a business comes with its own set of obstacles but starting a taboo business is often met with pushback and disapproval. Today’s guest proves that despite these added challenges, perseverance and persistence can ultimately lead to success. This week’s episode 87 of Female Founders Breaking Boundaries is about persisting through a taboo lau…
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Stamena’s co-founder is her daughter, which occasionally means sparks with their differing yet complementary approaches to business. The first thing they did was research the market, to validate their idea and strengthen the vision. Then they found a shop to rent and purchased stock but just before the agreement signing, the owner pulled out. At th…
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