In the News: The Positives and Challenges of Being a Woman in Business
On Monday, Lucy, founder of Good Things, was invited to join a round table hosted by NatWest and the Western Morning News to share the ups and downs of being a female business owner. Only 5.6% of women in the UK run their own companies, compared with 15% of women in Canada and 11% in the US.
"It was a fascinating discussion and highlighted to me the importance of sharing, supporting each other and working collaboratively. Every woman there admitted to ongoing feelings of imposter syndrome and admitted that they don't refer to themselves as an entrepreneur. We talked about a lack of role models and normalising female business owners - I'd love to explore this further, reach out if you have ideas!" said Lucy.
It was great to have the discussion and highlight the challenges; there's still progress to be made.
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Good Things is an award-winning online shop that seeks out inspiring ethical and sustainable products that support charities, empower people and protect our planet. We share these products and their inspiring stories of social and environmental impact in our online store. We want to make it easy for people to find feel good gifts, and reduce plastic waste.
Good Things was founded in July 2019 by female entrepreneur, Lucy Willoughby. After spending time in Nepal and Tanzania, working with entrepreneurs setting up small businesses, Lucy was inspired to let the world know about the ethical and sustainable products she found and the projects they support. Find out more.
Since launching in July 2019, Good Things has been featured in BBC One's Sunday Morning Live, and The Guardian, won the SJL Foundations's Start-Up of the Year Contest, and the Fast Track to Growth Award. Lucy is a finalist for the Entrepreneur for Good Award at the 2020 Great British Entrepreneur Awards for the South West region.