Kate Davies

Ruth Chadwick

Ruth Chadwick

The idea of establishing a fleece felting enterprise had been percolating in Ruth’s mind for several years, so when she was made redundant from her role as a Kindergarten Teacher at age 63, Ruth felt it was the right time to implement her idea and invested in a felt-making machine.

Sarah Nuttall-Worsley

Sarah Nuttall-Worsley – Invigorate Nutrition Club

When the COVID-19 pandemic meant that she was put on furlough from her part-time job fundraising for a local charity, Sarah Nuttall-Worsley looked to her personal interest in health, fitness and nutrition as the inspiration for a new business.

Haidee Dampney

Haidee Dampney – Yoga with Haidee & The Tree Project CIC

A background working with vulnerable families helped Haidee Dampney to set up a business helping people to improve their wellbeing. “The AWE team helped me with my confidence in making decision, before which I was questioning whether to continue with the businesses,” said Haidee.

Elisa Riutta – South Coast Mindfulness

AWE helped me to feel in control and it was uplifting to share my experience with other female entrepreneurs and know that they faced many of the same challenges.

Ruth James

“I met someone who directed me to the AWE Making a Difference programme. It was the perfect timing and it has really helped me navigate all the practical steps I need to take in order to expand my idea.”

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Maryam Chaanda and Mariam Mohammed

“Being able to participate on the AWE Making a Difference programme was a life-changing experience.” Find out more about Maryam and Mariam’s business start-up journey.

Rosa Weber

“I have loved every minute of being on the AWE programme, it was excellent. Max Hope was a brilliant leader of the programme – sensitive, direct, kind and clever.”

Emma-Jayne Murphy

“AWE has been amazing because it has helped me to do things differently. Being able to join the weekly AWE group with other women, has been very supportive and inspiring.” Find out more about Emma’s experience setting up a charity.